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Music by  Banks & Wag
Original language(s)  originally English
Network  CBeebies
5.9/10 IMDb

Country of origin  United Kingdom
First episode date  5 April 2010
Written by  Simon Davies
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Developed by  CBeebies in association with BBC WorldwideCreated by Steve Cannon, Alan Robinson and Barry Quinn
Producer(s)  David CollierDominic MacdonaldTony Reed
Running time  22 minutes (series 1 & 2)11 minutes (series 3 & 4)
Genre  Children's television series
Cast  Jeremiah Krage, Rachelle Beinart
Similar  Tikkabilla, In the Night Garden, Old Jack's Boat, Sarah & Duck, Tweenies

ZingZillas is a British television programme aimed at young children, broadcast on the BBC pre-school channel CBeebies.


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ZingZillas is a music show aimed at children ages six and under.

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It is set on a monkey-shaped tropical island where everyone joins in to create music magic. They use musical influences from all over the globe from rock to soul, jazz to samba, big band to orchestra.

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A yellow submarine is sometimes seen in the sea near the island. One episode contains what appears to be a view from the submarine through its periscope. In a recently started 5-minute version called Zingzillas Zingbop, the submarine goes very near the viewpoint, showing children inside the submarine through its portholes; those children later take part in the programme's singing and dancing session, as if (in the world of the story) the submarine is the usual transport for guests to and from the island.

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The main characters are primates: Zak, Tang, Panzee and the youngest, Drum. They are mentored by music guru DJ Loose and they create their unique ZingZilla sound just in time for their daily performance which is called 'The Big Zing'. A coconut clock counts down the time to the Big Zing and breaks each programme into four parts.

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In every episode they are visited by a different musical guest. The ZingZillas always discover their musical guests in a 'glade' in the jungle and they take inspiration from these guests, incorporating them and their sounds into The Big Zing.

Original music for the series has been composed by Banks & Wag.

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On Monday 30 August 2010, "Do You Didgeridoo?" was released on an EP, alongside the "ZingZillas Theme Tune" and "Bhangra Beat", reaching #1 in the iTunes Children's Chart.

On Monday 4 October 2010, "ZingZillas: The Album" was released on CD and as a digital download, reaching #1 in the iTunes Children's Chart on the first day. The recording features guest tracks by musical luminaries who have appeared on the show including cellist Julian Lloyd Webber flautist James Galway and jazz vocalist Cleo Laine.

On 28 February 2011 Cbeebies began broadcasting a 20 part series of 5 minute spinoff programmes entitled "Zingzillas Zingbop" which is hosted by DJ Loose, where a small group of children (known as Zingboppers) go to Zingzilla Island and are taught to dance to a Zingzillas song. The Zingboppers then participate in the final Zingbop. Every Zingbop performed is of course "the best Zingbop ever".


Each ZingZilla has their own personality:

  • Panzee is feminine and loves dressing up. She is sensitive, fun and always ready to try something new. She is a chimpanzee, played by Victoria Bovingdon, and voice by Sarah-Jane Honeywell:
  • Tang thinks creatively and is never afraid of asking for help when he doesn't know the answer. He is an orangutan, played by Nick Kellington and voiced by Gary Jordan
  • Zak has a positive attitude. He is serious, confident and likes taking risks. He is a gorilla, played by Jeremiah Krage and Jack Andrews and has purple fur. He is voiced by Michael Offei.
  • Drum is very young at heart. She loves exploring sounds and enjoys making rhythms and noise. She is very sensitive to the mood of music. She resembles a golden lion tamarin, is played by Rachelle Beinart and Amy Collins and her voice is by Penni Tovey
  • Other characters

  • Todd is the ‘father figure’. Helpful, inventive, accident-prone and loveable. He is a mandrill.
  • Auntie Dot is a relation of Todd's and whose voice is by Penni Tovey
  • DJ Loose Is the island's sloth DJ. He plays the ZingZillas music made by real people in the glade.
  • The Beach Byrds (Maxine, Patti and Laverne ) are tropical birds who work in the coconut hut and say everything tunefully.
  • The Moaning Stones are similar to the standing moai heads on Easter Island. Although four are shown, only the middle pair called Granite and Gravel talk. All four heads jet into the sky near the end of each episode signalling the start of the "big zing".
  • Series 1

    Series 1 has been broadcasting on CBeebies since 5 April 2010

    1. Didgeridoo Hullabaloo: Dhinawan
    2. Tang's Happy Day: Jim Hart
    3. Rock Guitar: The BMQ
    4. Auntie Dot's Dash: Piper Martin McKay
    5. ScatZilla!: Cleo Laine, John Dankworth & Friends
    6. Operatic Todd: BBC Concert Orchestra with Sarah Connolly & Ben Foster
    7. Sticker Trouble: Julian Lloyd-Webber
    8. Bhangra Beats: Jugnu Bhangra
    9. Squeaky Boots: Kickin' Alice
    10. Sweet Dreams: Catrin Finch
    11. A Great Place to Live: James Knight
    12. Bubble Trouble: Elio Pace
    13. Tang's Clubhouse: BBC Concert Orchestra, Ben Foster
    14. Welcome Beach Byrds: Lila Cita
    15. Zak's Rubbish Day: Julian Bliss
    16. Disappearing Drum: Joji Hirota & Hiten Ryu Daiko
    17. Keep Your Castanets: Angus Cruickshank, Verena Menichellui
    18. The Fan Letter: Jay Phelps
    19. Hide and Seek: Dame Evelyn Glennie
    20. Birthday Todd: Silk Street Hot Seven
    21. Gravel and Granite's Quiet Night In
    22. The Z Factor: Philip Achille
    23. Panzee's Photograph: Dr Lonnie Smith, Jamire Williams & Jonathan Kreisberg
    24. Tang's Hooter: Sir James Galway
    25. Where's Yapple: BBC Concert Orchestra, Ben Foster
    26. Tuba Swaps: The Amazing Bavarian Stompers

    Series 2

    Series two has been broadcasting on CBeebies since 18 October 2010.

    1. Super Zak: Lydia Kavina
    2. Panzee Gets the Giggles: The Swingle Singers
    3. Bam-Boo!: Kausary
    4. Try a Triangle: Petit et la Gross
    5. Auntie Dot's Special Show
    6. Aloha Flower: Polynesian Beats
    7. The Golden Coconut: BBC Concert Orchestra, Ben Foster
    8. Banana Blues: Stuart Zender
    9. Tang's Photo Album: Verena Menichellui & Angus Cruickshank, Dame Evelyn Glenny, Sarah Connolly & BBC Concert Orchestra, Petit et la Grosse
    10. Music Box: Roderick Elms
    11. Panzee's Poorly Knee: BJ Cole
    12. The Red Button: Matt Gooderson
    13. Trombone Trouble: Chris Lowe
    14. Panzee's Wish Stall: Zhou Jinyan
    15. Cinema Day
    16. Salsa Dip: La Cuba Ritmo
    17. Making a Choice: Jonathan Mayer
    18. The Hairy Diggle: Nicola Benedetti
    19. The Singing Bowl: Frank Perry
    20. Todd's Little Helper: Karen Geoghegan
    21. Home: Michael Messer
    22. Pirate Day: The Hornpipers featuring Robert Harbron, Miranda Rutter & Laurel Swift
    23. Pom Pom: Ebony Steelband Trust
    24. Where's the Bug?: Dame Evelyn Glennie
    25. DJ Loose's Radio Show
    26. Let It Snow: ACM Gospel Choir

    Series 3

    Series three started broadcasting on CBeebies from the 21 November 2011.

    1. Thunder and Lightning:
    2. Disco Lights:
    3. Panzee, I'm Sorry:
    4. Catch That Beat:
    5. Giddyup and Go:
    6. On the Drums:
    7. Pause For a Moment:
    8. Beatbox:
    9. Sunshine:
    10. ZingZilla Rock N Rollin':
    11. To the Beat of a Drum:
    12. Brush Your Teeth:
    13. Let's Play:
    14. Listen to the Wind:
    15. Panzee's Family Show:
    16. Cooking in the Kitchen:
    17. Like a Firefly:
    18. Tiny or Tall:
    19. It's Fun to Be a One Man Band:
    20. Granite's Glasses:
    21. I'll Grow Flowers for You:
    22. Orangutango:
    23. My Lazy Afternoon:
    24. Chugging On a Train:
    25. Shake It:
    26. Counting the Pennies:

    Series 4

    Series 4 started airing on CBeebies from 23 April 2012.

    1. Electric Guitar: Justin & Dan Hawkins
    2. New Banana Car: Urban Strawberry Lunch
    3. Spread the Word: Melanie Oesch
    4. Never Mind: The Grimethorpe Colliery Band
    5. You Need a Hat: Mariachi El Mexicano
    6. You Can Really Do It If You Try: Bond
    7. The Little Pigs Saved the Day: Mukul Acharya
    8. All the Fun of the Fair: Boggart's Breakfast
    9. Flying to the Moon: Kojo
    10. Shopping: Paul Patrick
    11. Statues: Sharon Shannon, Jim Murray, Dezi Donnelly, Michael McGoldrick & The North West Celtic Dance Ladies
    12. Belle of the Ball: Bond, Tom Malone & Natalie Patel
    13. Why Don't You Copy Us Too?: Nuline Dance Cumbria
    14. Echo On the Island: Michele Montolli
    15. Good to Be Me
    16. Hangin' Loose
    17. Everyone's Different: Julian Smith
    18. Jogging Day: Justin and Dan Hawkins, Paul Patrick
    19. Robotic Beat: Rie Fujii
    20. Fall Asleep: George Panda
    21. Washing Up: Mahatma Skiffle Orchestra
    22. Zak Loves Dancing: Valentino & The Grecian Dancers
    23. Everybody Bogle to the Island Beat
    24. Magical Carpet Ride: Hassan Erraji
    25. Staying Up Late: Simon Finch
    26. Picnic Day: Urban Strawberry Lunch, Mariachi El Mexicano, Bond

    Welcome to the Island

    This DVD contains five episodes (note that it's not the first five of the series, although there's a lot of overlap):

    1. Didgeridoo Hullabaloo
    2. Operatic Todd
    3. Rock Guitar
    4. Auntie Dot's Dash
    5. A Great Place to Live

    Extras: Musical instrument game and character profile.

    World Music Tour

    This DVD contains five episodes:

    1. Bhangra Beats
    2. Welcome Beach Byrds
    3. Keep your Castanets
    4. Disappearing Drum
    5. Bam-boo!

    Extras: Interactive game


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