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      27.05.2010 11:34
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      One of the Best Children's show on TV

      "I have this little sister Lola; she's small and very funny". Charlie and Lola is a well put together animated children's cartoon TV programme that comes on Cbeebies on channel 71 which lasts about 10 mins. The times and days on when it is shown varies as they changed the time slots since recently. However they sometimes repeat it again through out the day so it may be best to look it up on your TV guide planner.

      The show is based on the award winning book by the ever so talented Lauran Child who has written so many wonderful books quite a few of which I have bought for my soon to be 4 year old daughter. The show is about an older brother and younger sister relationship. Where Charlie who is seven is the older brother of Lola who is four but nearly five years old. Charlie basically helps to look out for Lola with humour and a straight thinking approach.

      Charlie is a typical little boy who like most boys likes cars, making racing cars, and playing football with his friend Marv. Where as Lola likes pink milk, chimpanzees, and playing with her girly best friend named Lotta who has similar interests to Lola. Lola is very independent and fascinated by everything around her. She does tend to mix up her sentences and make mistakes a bit which is quite cute to watch.

      They both come up against daily life problems in which they need to solve and use they own method and imagination which is where their creative side comes out more whilst learning new and wonderful things along the way with their close friends in tail.

      It's lovely to see the close relationships between the two siblings develop as they go out about their daily life problems together.

      The programme is really fasinating to watch as it helps to teach and educate young children about daily life situations that occur and what pre-schoolers are learning, and how things might be like for them when a problem or situation may arise.

      Charlie and Lola have to be one of my daughters favourite cartoon programmes to watch. As soon as it comes on she is glued to the TV screen until it finishes. She tends to smile when watching it,, and some parts really make her laugh out loud. Even for me as an adult I find it quite humours and pleasant to watch, and there have been times when I have joined in on the laughter.

      The show is mostly aimed at three to seven year olds but my daughter started watching it at the age of two years old and has not wanted to miss a single episode. The series is voiced by children who I have to say deserve meddles as they do an excellent job with the voice over's at such as young age.

      There are so many Charlie and Lola merchandise that you can buy either from the shops or online from books to toys, games, and dolls. The list goes on, all of which are being sold at affordable prices. Charlie and Lola has become so popular over the last couple of years and I can't see it disappearing from out screens any time soon as it's sure to be around for many good years to come.

      Highly recommended

      Rated 5/5 Dooyoo stars

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      12.04.2010 08:34
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      GREAT CHILDRENS SHOW.

      I am writing this review whilst my son is sat watching Charlie and Lola. It is only one of a handful of programmes, that my son will sit and watch from start to finish.

      This programme which is aired on cbeebies, is an animated show. Although it is aimed at younger children, it has the appeal to capture the imaginations of older children too. (My 9 year old daughter likes this show, although I don't think she would be pleased with me sharing this information!!)

      Charlie and Lola are brother and sister. Charlie is an older brother to Lola and the show centres around the relationship between the pair. The show always starts with Charlie talking to camera, explaining that he is Lola's brother and relaying an adventure that has happened to them.

      Charlie is so patient with Lola. He is kind and encouraging. I like this as it hopefully instills some sort of example within my daughter to offer the same patience with her brother.

      Lola is quite an energetic character. She is a bright, curious little girl. Her desire to know how things work and why things are the way they are, makes for an intresting show when Charlie tries to help her understand.

      I think the main appeal of this show is the fact that the voices of the children are actually voiced by children. This makes the show seem more realistic and believable. I think the young voice of Lola is so cute and further emphasises how little Lola is.

      I am not a great fan of the actual animated drawings of this show. I tend to think they are quite simplistic and don't offer much on the visual front. The colours used are not very bright and vibrant. However the children seem to enjoy the animations. This leads me to believe that it is the shows simplicity that is the actual key to it's success.

      The show only lasts for 11 minutes. I think this is great as it has enough time to capture the childs attention, without becoming stayed or boring. I think this length of programme is ideal for a child with a short attention span. (like my son) as it is concise and to the point and is therefore perfect for younger children.

      This show has indeed grown to be particularly popular. There is quite a lot of merchandise available now. offering clothing, lunchboxes, dvd's etc. I know there are a few children in my son's class with Charlie and Lola bits and bobs.

      The Charlie and Lola stories were written by Laura Child. Initially as books. However due to the books popularity, the stories were adapted for television.

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      21.02.2010 13:53
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      Great kiddies program

      I personally think the Charlie and Lola is a great children's program. Its really cleverly written and the animation is simple yet really engaging.

      The program is about a brother and sister called Charlie and Lola hence the title, and Charlie basically looks after Lola and plays with her.

      Each episode has a new story where Charlie and Lola may play with their best friends Marve and Suzy.

      I think that this program is actually quite educational and there is always a lesson to be learnt from the stories.

      My son is now 5 and still loves it, I think it is great for most children and both characters appeal to both genders.

      I really like the animation because it is so simple but clever, I haven't seen a children's TV program before where the use of cartoons is mixed with real life props. For example the pattern on Lola's dress is of a real fabric, that sort of thing. I think it really gives something different to the program.

      There are also some fantastic Charlie and Lola story books and have recently started to bring out lots of merchandise of the characters.

      Bits of the program is narrated by Charlie as he explains what they have done that day and the books are in the same kind of way. They all start off with "I have this little sister Lola, she is small and very funny"

      You can watch Charlie and Lola on weekdays on Cbeebies which is available on freeview.

      You can also visit the Cbeebies website to play educational fun Charlie and Lola games.

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        25.10.2009 16:59
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        Thumbs up from this Mum!

        'I have this little sister Lola, she is small and very funny'

        I absolutely adore Charlie and Lola, and lucky for me so do my two youngest children. It makes such a refreshing change from that awful cartoons my 8 year old would sit through endlessly if he was allowed. I am a little aggrieved that Charlie and Lola has been removed from the bedtime hour on Cbeebies, and can now be found at 7.30 am and 4pm (for now, they will probably change it again soon - they have a habit of doing that!)

        Charlie and Lola is surprisingly enough, a cartoon series by Lauren Child, based on Charlie and Lola, who are a brother and sister. I dont actually know thier ages, but I would guess that Charlie is maybe 7 or 8, and Lola is 4. The other Characters that appear frequently are Marv, who is Charlies best friend, and Marv's brother Morton, and they live upstairs. There is also Lola's best friend Lotta, and her imaginary friend Soren Lorensen. Charlie and Lola have parents but they never seen. Infact there are no adult shown on the show, although they are mentioned. The only characters are Children and animals. The way the characters, especially Lola and Lotta speak are very much how you might expect a young child to speak, so not Queens English but in an authentic childlike way. Such as the episode 'I will not ever, never eat a tomato'. I think this help children to identify with the programme.

        The animation is lovely - no classic is a Disney-like way, but lovely none the less. The episodes are all based on things that children do in everyday life, and problems they might encounter. They have addressed things such as Fussy eating, haircuts, dentist trips, seperation from Mum and Dad, falling out with friends and many more. Each of these is dealt with in a fun manner, and Charlie and Lola always manage to solve the problem. Its also great for teaching children about siblings, and how much help and fun they can be.

        Each episode teaches the children something, but it may not be an obvious in-your-face way, which I think is great. There is nothing worse that being beaten over the head by a moral message, especially when it is coming from a childrens TV programme.

        There are three series, with 6 DVD that have been released so far. There is also alot of other merchandise that has been released from Dolls and books to clothes and rucksacks, so any Charlie and Lola fan will be set for Birthday and Christmas presents.

        The website is www.charlieandlola.com

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          27.09.2009 20:49
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          Fantastic kids programme, and adults!!

          My daughter (1 year old) has just taken to watching Charlie and Lola, she is a very cheeky little one and seems she has already grown out of In the night Garden and CHuggington. She is however totally in love with Charlie and Lola. She hears the music and comes running in (not literally) and stands up next to the television, glued for the next 20 minutes.

          I cannot say I blame her however as out of the kids programmes I have been introduced to in the last 13 months Charlie and Lola is definitely my favourite and I myself have been in fits of laughter at it before now.
          Charlie and Lola is based on the books written by Lauren Childs about a brother and sister who face the trials and tribulations of a young persons life. Unfortunately not everything always runs smoothly for these two but sees together they can face anything.

          The programme is broadcast daily on bbc's cbeebies channel (freeview 71) and we always look forward to it.

          Charlie who is he older brother tries always to help his little sister out. I love the relationship that the two of them have, this is exactly how I would want my children to be. He is the model older brother who never ever gets annoyed with Lola, even though she does many things that could tip him off the edge. He tries his hardest to teach her right from wrong. I love this element of the programme because I think there is so much potential for your little one to learn things from this programme which is exactly what a child's programme should be like. I think it is important for a child's programme to teach children life lessons and this programme is a perfect example of this!!

          Although the programme is in cartoon form it there are some 'real life' things in it and this is a really good technique because it makes the programme really individual! It is colourful and attractive and draws any child in, as does the music which is very catchy.

          There are many series of Charlie and Lola and they are available to buy on Dvd along with a lot of merchandise, you can get anything from plates and bowls to socks. You can pick these things up including the dvds for very reasonable prices.

          I really think that even you as an adult will love Charlie and Lola, it is very comical and funny and your child will love every aspect of it. Enjoy!!

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            06.08.2009 18:30
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            A fantastic mini episode for kids to watch while Auntie tidies up!

            Charlie and Lola is a children's show which is currently shown on CBeebies and each episode runs for around 11 minutes. At present there have been around 70 episodes and these are all regularly repeated at various times throughout the day and evening.

            Charlie and Lola are brother and sister, Charlie is 7, Lola is 4, and they both have blonde hair and black eyes. The show centres around Charlie, Lola and their friends (both real and imaginary) and throughout the episodes you never see any adults. The voices sound like actual children which makes a refreshing change.

            Charlie is not a stereotypical big brother really as he doesn't squabble with Lola and he tries to look after her and teach her right from wrong. Charlie is a nice big brother and when I was younger I would no doubt have loved one like him!

            Lola is the original annoying little sister, with lots of cute little phrases thrown in! She wears lots of crazy outfits, sometimes very retro, and her character is always dressed nice. She has an imaginary friend called Soren who she is sometimes seen to be talking to.

            There is lots of merchandise available such as Charlie & Lola toys, DVDs, Albums etc so there is plenty for my nieces and nephews to bug me to get them!

            The episode is just the perfect amount of time to sit the little ones down in front of the television and leave them for the 10 or 11 minutes while you get a spot of housework done, start dinner or run them a bath. It really is amazing what us aunties can get done in just 10 short minutes, I consider it a mini workout!

            I am going to rate this show 5/5 as it's nice and friendly, fun for children and the characters are nice, if a little unrealistic at times. Also, I like the way that Lola speaks just like my niece did back when she was 4! I must admit I actually like watching this just a little bit (but don't tell anyone!).

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              19.07.2009 12:12
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              Every little girl needs a big brother like Charlie looking out for them!

              Charlie and Lola is my soon to be four year olds favourite animated series at the moment.
              At the moment its being shown on Cbeebies in the bedtime hour at 18.20 every evening and it lasts 10 minutes per episode.
              THese are the quietest 10 minutes of my day! I usually take advantage of these precious minutes by having a shower safe in the knowledge that above metioned toddler is not going to move from the settee!

              Charlie and Lola are big brother and little sister. Charlie can be easily spotted as he always wears a tshirt with his name on and Lola is an adorable little sister who really talks like a toddler would sometimes mixing up her sentences and coming out with cute little mistakes.
              THe series focuses on them and their close relationship and every episode is based on small everyday things that we all do and I guess pre-schoolers are learning. From walking the dog,visitng the library,riding a bike without stabilisers, learning a new rhyme, buying a lolly, having a pretend shop .. you get the general idea.

              I have to say that I too love this series although as an adult realise that brother and sister are usually arguing and dont have this relationship where an older brother is so tolerant of a younger sister!

              I have found myself, whilst splitting up some sibling rivalry, saying Charile and LOla wouldn't argue about that!

              Id say that this show is aimed at 3-5 year olds but is in fact enjoyed by a much wider aged audience. In my house by 3 to 8 year olds alike!

              THe BBC have hit another money spinner here now with toddlers everywhere wanting Charlie and Lola everything! From dvds, books, cuddly tos, games to partyware and bedroom accessories

              I wonder how long before Im trading in Charlie and Lola for Horrid Henry!

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                31.01.2009 23:43
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                a lovely show for young and older children

                Charlie and Lola is my daughters favourite tv show, and you know what....its my favourite too. The show is about a brother and sister and the adventures they afce in day to day life. Charlie is a great big brother who is always looking out for his little sister and loves dinosaurs. Lola is the cheeky little sister that loves pink milk and long words. You never see any adults in Charlie and Lola but you know they are always there in the background.

                The main carachters are Charlie and his best friend marve. and Lola and her best firens Lotta. this is a lovely light hearted show that just make you go aahhhhhh. makes a change from some of the stranger shows like the teletubbles and in the night garden. the strong polite accents are a good influence aswell.

                Charlie and Lola adventures are all available on dvd and the full box set retails at around £70. you can purchase other items including bedding, dolls, back packs, clothes and a lot more.

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                  21.10.2008 22:40
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                  charlie and lola on cbeebies

                  Charlie and Lola is one of many fantastic TV shows on cbeebies, this is based on a brother and sister about daily life from monsters under the bed or being fussy with food to the more important things like recycling.

                  Lola the little sister often asks her brother charlie for help and advise, i think this is a great way to show children how to interact with each other.

                  Its written with such imagination that your often thrown into there dreams and fantasy's exploring new worlds and thing that could be, like dancing butterflies and walking on rainbows a lot of children respond to this, my son often asking me questions on the topic they did that day.

                  Like many young children they sit glued to the screen from beginning to end laughing at the telly, with lots of these on dvd with several episodes on each, i'd say its definitely worth paying out for with the way it entertains them.
                  And it gives you time to do the more important stuff like the washing and ironing

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                    12.10.2008 21:25
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                    go on watch it you know you want to!

                    I first saw charlie & lola when my 3 year old daughter was watching her favorite channel cebeebies and she started telling me all about it so i just had to watch! I have to admit i love the programme as it is based on lola and her older brother charlie who tries toexplain things to lola and the programme shows in pictures how a 4 year old would understand what would seem to us a the simplest of things such as getting a hair cut, brushing teeth and going to bed .. all things that children want to know the word "WHY" The programme and books for that matter explain things in a way in which children can relate to and understand. For us adults to read/watch it can be a bit of an eyeopener to see actually how the child sees things in their mind. My two year old son is even starting to become obsessed and when we are out shopping if we see something "charlie & lola" my kids just have to have it no matter what it is, I have noticed a lot more merchandise comeing out lately such as "bed time lola" with her story book and tooth brush, lots of jigsaw puzzles and number and letter games to encourage children learing along with their favorite tv characters. We have lots of dvds loads of books and all sorts and im sure santa will bring a few more things this christmas ;) It has a great witty sence to the programme and the theme tune is so catchy ! Charlie and Lola have become very well known in the last few years and i dont think there are many children or adults infact who dont like watching them.

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                      02.09.2008 13:03
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                      entertaining

                      This is a kids TV cartoon that tells the story of 4 year old Lola from her 7 year old brother, Chalie's, perspective whilst having fantasy elements where Chalie and Lola's imagination get illustrated.

                      Out of all the TV shows that my 3 year old daughter has watched this one is the only one that makes her stop what she is doing and just watch TV. With each episode being only 10 minutes in length its perfectly timed for a young child's attention span and usually leaves enough time to make a cuppa and take a few breaths before she wants to play again.

                      Lola is the star of the show with her brother Charlie acting as the narator and her mentor, you never get to see any adults in the show and as such everything is explained in a very child friendly way which I think is where the appeal comes from.

                      Lola is shown in many situations that you regularly find your young child in, such as playing with toys and not sharing, not wanting to eat dinner because everything is "yucky", not wanting to go to sleep because of "monsters in the closet", needing constant attention when ill, and so on.

                      As there are no adults actually shown in the programme Charlie is Lola's mentor, he is the one tasked with getting her to eat her food, go to sleep, or learn how to deal with being ill. He does it in a way that gives the audience some ideas to try when having the same problems. Such as inventing games to play when eating food to make it more interesting, making up fun stories at bed time and when ill to help forget about the problems, and teaching how sharing is a good thing as its a 2 way process.

                      In all I'm impressed with this show, not only does it seem to have hit its target audience (well my daughter at least), and given us time to have a small break in the day, but it has also helped explain some things to her in a simple way that sometimes is hard to explain.

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                        31.08.2008 18:15
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                        Charlie and Lola is a program that children will love becuase it's colourful and musical.

                        This program on Cbeebies is so good that I even bought an Audio CD and books influenced by my daughter's interest.My 32 months old daughter loves the program so much.She loves the little voices and can fetch the Charlie and Lola books upon instruction.The other day I found her browsing through on her own.The program is very entertaining and stands out.It's one of my daughter's favourate programs on Cbeebies, even adults like me enjoy watching it.It's a pity she does not have a brother otherwise the program would have made more sense to her.I would advise parents to try exposing your children and you will be surprised by the result. At the moment I assume the music and the colourfull pictures in it entertains my daughter the most.I am positive she will grow up with the program and love it even more.When she is able to comprehend a lot more and even read for herself the stories about Charlie and his sister Lola.

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