The Tweenies is a television programme aimed at young children, broadcast on the BBC. The programme is set in a nursery attended by the four Tweenies themselves: Milo, Jake, Bella and Fizz. They are supplemented by two adults, Max and Judy, and two dogs, Doodles and Izzles.
The original prototypes for the Tweenies characters were designed by Sally Priesig of Mimics Productions; they were later re-scaled into two sizes for the characters shown on the series. In addition, Sally also designed the character costumes and was co-constructor/developer for the Tweenies' full-size puppets. The costume fabric comes from the US and was imported and dyed into their present colours; it is about the same thickness as fleece jumpers.
The Tweenies are a production of Tell-Tale Productions (now owned by Entertainment Rights) in association with the BBC. Animation for the show was produced by A Productions, an animation studio based in Bristol, England, with Ealing Animation providing some animation in a few early episodes. Computer animation for the series was provided by Clockwork Digital, with Ben Mars animating Mungo, the computer creature who appears in some later episodes.
The show includes a "Tweenie Clock", with five circular lights arranged in a pentagonal shape with the lights denoting "news time" (orange), "messy time" (blue: art, sticking, painting), "song time" (yellow: generally nursery rhymes or children's classics), "telly time" (green; in some later episodes, this is also used when they use the computer) and "story time" (red). "Surprise Time" is a special time determined when all five lights glow. A button at the centre of the clock is pressed to select the activity that will be undertaken next.
Hey, hey are you ready to play? Then join the Tweenies as they sing, dance, laugh and play! Can you find the hidden Tweenies before Bella does? See what happens when Fizz rescues the giant snake from Milo. Sing songs and play games as Bella, Milo and Fizz teach Jake about pushing and pulling.
Judy's bananas have gone missing! The Tweenies are playing tricks and monkeying about - you can be a cheeky monkey too!
Doodles, Izzles and the Tweenies are putting on a show. When Jake wants to dance like his friends, he practises hard and soon all the Tweenies are performing their favourite dances together.