Lolita Chakrabarti (Series 1-4) Ashley Artus (Series 5-7) Anthony Barclay (Series 3-4) Gary Beadle (Series 2) Tony Bluto (Series 1) Carolyn Bonnyman (Series 2) Brian Bowles (voice only, Series 9) Laura Brattan (Series 3-4; voice only, Series 5-9) Joanna Brookes (Series 1, 3 and 4) Otiz Cannelloni (Series 4) Paul Cawley (Series 3-7; voice only, Series 8-9) Ian Connaughton (Series 9) Simon Corris (Series 3-4) Sue Elliott-Nicholls (voice only, Series 8) Chris Emmett (Series 3-4) Michael Fenton-Stevens (Series 8) Regina Freedman (Series 1) Victoria Gay (Series 5-7) Roger Griffiths (Series 5-7) Mike Hayley (Series 2-7) Toby Jones (Series 5) Jenny Jules (Series 1) Moir Leslie (voice only, Series 9) Tania Levey (Series 5-6) Andy Mc Ewan (Series 1) Brian Miller (Series 3-7) Anastasia Mulrooney (Series 2-4) Fidel Nanton (Series 5) Richard Pearce (voice only, Series 9) Mo Sesay (Series 1) Elisabeth Sladen (Series 3-4 and 9) Peter Temple (voice only, Series 7) Issy Van Randwyck (Series 3-7) Paul Vates (Series 8) René Zagger (Series 2) [El Nombre] Sophie Aldred Janet Ellis (Series 6-9) Michael Fenton-Stevens (Series 9) Kate Robbins Steve Steen Archie Brown (Series 9) Neil Ben (Series 5-9) Mark Blackledge (Series 2-9) Charles Casey (Series 9) Stephen Chadwick (Series 8) Andrew Dodge Richard Durrant (Series 5-8) Sue Herrod (Series 2) Simeon Jones (Series 9) Seán de Paor (Series 2) Derek Nash (Series 4-9) Sandy Nuttgens (Series 5-9) Numbertime is a BBC educational television series for primary schools that was aired on BBC Two from 20 September 1993 to 3 December 2001.
For its first four series, it was presented by Lolita Chakrabarti.
El Nombre, an animated character from Numbertime, eventually became the concept for another educational BBC children's television program; his name means "The Name" in Spanish, and not "The Number", which would be "El Número".
The third line of his opening song and his farewell catchphrase were also changed several times during the series' run, to reflect their focus - however, the original ones ("Writing numbers in the desert sand" which was also used for the seventh series, and "Adios amigos, and keep counting" which was also used for the fourth, sixth, seventh, eighth and ninth series) remain the most famous.
For the second series, El Nombre's tagline and farewell catchphrase were changed to "Drawing shapes in the desert sand" and "Adios amigos, and keep shaping up" respectively, while for the third series, they were changed to "Righting wrongs in the desert sand" and "Adios amigos, over and out" respectively; however, for the fourth series, his tagline was changed to "Counting numbers in the desert sand" (which was also used for the ninth series), and for the third episode of the fourth series, his farewell catchphrase was changed to "Adios amigos, and fetch some water".
For the fifth series, both his tagline and farewell catchphrase were changed to "Telling time in the desert sand" and "Adios amigos, 'till the next time" respectively, while for the sixth series, his tagline was changed to "Using numbers in the desert sand"; finally, for the eighth series, his tagline was changed to "Counting money in the desert sand".
1 - Little Miss Muffet with several interruptions, and Little Jack Horner has one minute to Find 1 Plum on Sammy Sallow's game show of the same name; if he succeeds, he can choose one mountain bike, or one computer, or one picture of Sallow.The first series, which is aimed at four- to five-year-olds, comprised ten episodes focusing on the numbers 1-10, in order; each episode opened with Lolita introducing herself to the viewer, and pulling the number for the episode off its string (which was hanging from the studio ceiling), then pushing it into its correct hole in a wall, and singing the main theme, One to Ten, as each of its holes lit up in turn, which was repeated throughout the programme.In between, there were comedy sketches (mostly based on nursery rhymes), and animations, the most famous involving El Nombre, the Mexican gerbil who parodied Zorro, showing little Juan how to draw numbers as his four-piece mariachi band played The Mexican Hat Dance (and said "Again!This episode ends with One Finger, One Thumb, Keep Moving, which is sung by the group of children who sang Numbers All Around earlier on in it. 2 with Marvo the Magician (and his Two Amazing Dickey Birds), and Sammy Sport reports on Jack and Jill's attempt to break the world record for the fastest time to run up a hill, fill a pail with water, and take it back down the hill again (under 2 minutes); this episode ends with Lolita singing The Animals Went in Two by Two.
Sammy Sport is joined by Baa-Baa Black Sheep for the results of the "Win a Bag of Wool" competition, while Goldilocks invites viewers to Guess Whose House (for Sammy Sallow's game show of the same name); the Numbertime Top Ten also brings the viewers, at No.
3, the ever-popular "Three-Sided Triangles", who sing an original song named We're Triangles (Oh Yes We Are).