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New to CBeebies - from Monday 2 September

What's the story from Balamory?

The cast of Balamory

Meet the residents of Balamory this Autumn on CBeebies, in a new, live action daily programme for pre-school children, set around the adventures of the small island community of Balamory, in Scotland.

The cast is a mixture of children and adults - the young children of the local nursery and their teacher, Miss Hoolie.

These regular characters will be joined by PC Plum, Archie the Inventor, Spencer the Painter, Edie McCredie the bus driver, Josie Jump the fitness instructor, and Susie Sweet and Penny Pocket who run the local sweet shop.

Each programme will blend drama and documentary to provide and entertaining and informative experience for viewers, as well as some new, larger than life friends in the shape of the regular characters.

Each day's stories are set in the picturesque village of Balamory, where pretty, coloured houses nestle around a charming harbour.

As well as the narrative of the day's events, each programme will contain colour songs, puzzles, poems, dances and a Story of the Day, all revolving around Balamory life.


C Plum is a warm-hearted gentle community policeman, who can always be spotted riding around town on his policeman's bicycle.

He sharpens his investigative skills in the sleepy town by keeping a close check on the local flora and fauna.

As a result, he has a wide knowledge of both these and the wildlife that lives and feeds upon the island.

He has been known to stop traffic for hours to let a hedgehog or a family of toads to cross the road and finds great satisfaction following a snail's silvery trail to its woodland hideout.

With a swish of his trusty magnifying glass, every footprint, every call, every plant or animal of every type will be identified by PC Plum's keen eye.

He enjoys sharing the tales of his adventures on the island with the villagers over a hot cup of tea. In fact, you've only to brew a fresh pot of Darjeeling in Balamory and you can be certain that PC Plum will be ringing your doorbell before you've a chance to say "One lump or two?"

PC Plum is something of an innocent with simplistic boundaries; he is a good blocking character, dressed in his smart uniform, he adores rules and organisation as well as the great outdoors.

He loves being a policeman more than anything else. He longs to one day emulate his grandfathers feats of crime detection, by catching a criminal or solving some dastardly crime, even though he has only ever arrested a mischievous magpie for stealing one of Miss Hoolie's sparkliest earrings.

PC Plum has a nephew who attends the nursery and this dutiful uncle sometimes takes him to the nursery in the mornings.

Miss Hoolie

Miss Hoolie is the nursery school teacher, the narrator and the inspiration for the series.

Bright, sparkly, humorous, forgetful, engaging, warm, quirky, in fact she is every child's dream teacher and the source from which all the stories radiate.

Something of an eccentric, she has a cheeky sense of humour. She is fearless and exudes positivity, always certain that every question has an answer, whether it is right or wrong hardly seems important as long as the mind is stimulated.

She loves children and empathises with their simplistic outlook on the world. She has a special soft spot for both PC Plum and Suzie Sweet.

She identifies in many ways with the shopkeepers carefree nature. The one person, sometimes at odds with Miss Hoolie, is Penny Pocket and her obsession with adding and subtraction; mathematics was never Miss Hoolie's strong point.

Edie McCredie the Bus Driver

Edie McCredie drives the Balamory nursery school bus. She is a cheery, strong, determined, down to earth highlander with a passion for travel, especially on buses.

She has visited the four corners of the world, from Antarctica to the Gobi desert and has framed photographs and souvenirs from her many trips covering the walls of her home.

Her passion for busses has led to her living above the bus garage, which she enters via a fireman's pole descending through the floor of her living room.

She knows everything there is to know about engines and the way they work and occasionally gets exasperated with other road users, especially PC Plum and Spencer, who seem to be eternally blocking her path on the narrow winding roads around Balamory.

Josie Jump the fitness instructor

Josie is in charge of physical education at the primary school next door to Miss Hoolie's nursery school.

She is mad about movement and dance and her enthusiasm isn't only reserved to the gym or dance classes but covers all aspects of sport.

She referees the football and the rugby, is captain of the swimming team, she coaches basketball and has been the Balamory cricket teams top scorer for two seasons on the trot.

Josie also has a real gift for telling stories via expression, movement and dance.

This is a gift, which comes in very handy both when she's teaching and when she is performing another invaluable community role as childminder.

Archie the inventor

This character lives in the pink turreted tower of an old castle and occasionally helps Miss Hoolie at the nursery school, where he uses his talents for making things.

His castle tower houses his wide ranging set of salvaged items from which he constructs his various madcap inventions.

Among the number are vintage yoghurt pots, plastic bottles, pebbles, newspapers, cardboard boxes and reams and reams of sticky tape and string.

Each invention is generally aimed at helping to make both his and his chums lives a little easier, though his intervention can sometimes create havoc.

He is aided at times by Nobby, the robot.

Penny Pocket and Suzie Sweet the shop owners

Suzie Sweet and Penny Pocket run the village shop and café.

Suzie is everyone's favourite granny. Penny is in her early twenties and is a wheelchair user.

Suzie has owned the traditional styled general store in Balamory for many, many years. She loves to tell the customers tales about every item sold in her shop.

For example, if you buy some potted salmon from Suzie you will also get, free of charge, a potted history of the fishes journey through the raging Atlantic waves and along fast flowing rivers and streams to reach your dinner plate.

Penny's talents lie not in her imagination but in her logic. Give her a puzzle or a mathematical problem to solve and she will have the answer before you can say 'Two tins of baked beans please'.

Suzie is older than Penny and has a large collection of grandchildren who are regularly to be found in the shop and the café, where the lure of toys, scones and books, all housed under the one roof, can prove irresistible

Spencer the painter

Spencer's job is to paint the coloured houses that line the harbour front and streets of Balamory.

In his spare time, he loves to paint pictures. He is an eternally cheery individual, who sees the world as simply a variety of wonderful colours and sounds.

He travels around the island on his rickardy, brightly coloured bicycle, complete with a trailer, which houses his collection of paint pots, brushes, extendable ladders and a variety of his percussive musical instruments.

His ladder is musical too, with each painted rung acting like a musical scale, ascending and descending.



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