Based on the much loved Australian children's classic by Nadia Wheatley and Donna Rawlins, My Place tells the story of the children who live in one place over 130 years. In episode five, Sofia is a spy for the yayas and she's determined to get rid of her brother Michaelis's non-Greek girlfriend before he leaves for Vietnam.
Jennifer Byrne Presents is a series of individual treats for lovers of books and writing. This month Jennifer is joined by an extra-special guest when she chats to one of the world's most prolific and popular authors - Alexander McCall Smith.
Once upon a time there was a campfire where we sat and shared our stories... We spoke them aloud. Until - being a clever species - we found other ways to tell those tales. First we bound them into manuscripts, and from the late Middle Ages - and Gutenberg - we printed them out in books. Early last century came the paperback... now the e-book. But you only have to see the massive growth in book clubs and writers festivals to know we still like to gather and share stories.
Intelligent, provocative, glamorous and intriguing, this three-part series points the camera at the inside pages and inner workings of the first international medium. Venture inside the editor's suite and go on location to the interviews and the photo shoots of the greatest magazines in the world.
Tony's in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales, meeting the community who came together to save local production of Yorkshire's most famous food, Wensleydale Cheese. On the heather moorlands, Tony meets bee keepers working with local farmers to produce award-winning honey with a distinctive taste.
Tony's taking to the skies for a bird's-eye-view of the journey ahead from the cockpit of a glider in the North Yorkshire Moors. Back on the ground, he admires the epic scale of the ruins of Riveaulx Abbey and uncovers the epic tale of 11th century power and greed that eventually saw the monastery brought down.
Tony travels to the Eden Valley where he explores the remains of a 300 million year old tropical sea. He marvels at the magnificent engineering feat of the Smardale Gill viaduct, tries his hand at making Cumbria's most celebrated food and hitches a ride in a classic coach that provides a vital transport link to rural communities. Tony investigates the 21st century technology driving a traditional dairy farm and gets a master class in working with border collies.
You have to be quiet when you're in a library. But that's very hard for Lola when she can't find her favourite book, Beetles Bugs and Butterflies. Charlie introduces her to books about dinosaurs, and books about Romans, and he even takes her into a beautiful Chinese pop-up book. But nothing matches Beetles Bugs and Butterflies. Or does it?
It's the school play and Lola is determined to be The Sun. She knows the part will be hers because yellow is her favourite colour. She was born to play the sun! Imagine her disappointment when she finds out that she's a leaf. And not only that, she's a boring brown autumn leaf. But, with Charlie's help, Lola discovers how leaves are far from boring. And when the big day arrives, Lola is the best leaf in the whole wide forest.
Once they understand what a fossil actually is, Lola and Lotta are determined to find one. Charlie isn't so sure they will. "That's not a fossil, Lola, it's a lolly stick." Undeterred, Lola searches in her lunchbox, in the sandpit, then mum says they can look in the rockery. They find all sorts of things, but no actual fossils. Then they go to the beach. Will they ever find an actual fossil that is very special and extremely ancient?
Mum and Dad let Charlie and Lola go 'camping' in the garden. Charlie is kitted up like a real explorer, and is all excited by the prospect of wild animals, survival and living off the land. But Lola isn't so sure. Home seems a long way away, and what's more, it's started raining. Suddenly the idea of camping doesn't seem fun anymore and Lola wants to go back inside. Then Charlie has a really good idea.
Lola is packing to go to Lotta's for the night. And she is packing everything because her and Lotta are going to play Cinderella! This means that Charlie and Marv can have the whole bedroom to themselves to set up an enormous race track of their own. Disaster strikes when Lola realises she has left her suitcase at home, and Charlie and Marv find they are missing a really important piece of track. Imagination comes to the rescue in the form of a teaspoon and an intergalactic space race. But where exactly did that missing bit of track go?
Will Lola ever be sleepy enough to go to bed, Charlie wonders? She drinks pink milk with tigers, cleans her teeth with a lion, shoos whales down the plughole and has a pyjama party with some dancing dogs. When at last, Charlie manages to get his little sister to feel sleepy, there's a surprise waiting for him in his bed.
Lola and Lotta are best best friends. They do everything together. Then a new girl arrives at school and Lotta seems rather taken with her. Lola starts to feel left out. Inconsolable that Lotta may not like her anymore Charlie and Marv come to the rescue, and Lola realises that of course Lotta is still definitely her best friend. Phew! For one brief moment it looked like life may never be the same again!
Lola and her friend Lotta know everything there is to know about dogs. So they are really pleased when Marv lets them look after Sizzles in the park. They stroke him, they pat him, they groom him. It is all going well - until Sizzles disappears. And when they find him, there isn't just one Sizzles, but two! How will they tell them apart?
Lola is convinced she's the luckiest person in the whole wide world, especially when Granny and Grandpa send her and Charlie the money to go and see the new 'Bat Cat' film. 'Bat Cat' is her favourite! Then things start to go wrong and Lola's luck runs out. Or has it?
Charlie has promised Marv that he'll play football with him but poor Lola has a very nasty cold and is stuck in bed. She begs Charlie to stay with her. Charlie tries all sorts of ways of making her feel better but a butterfly chase Flutterby Mountain finally does the trick. Will Charlie ever make it to his football match?
Charlie and Lola's well-rehearsed circus act for Granny and Grandpa is put in jeopardy when poor Charlie breaks his arm playing football with Marv. Lola and Soren Lorensen try to nurse him back to health and cheer him up. But will Lola find anything for poor "broken" Charlie to do in the circus?
Lola promises to play beads on Friday with her friend from school, but then Marv invites her to his special space party on the very same day! She loves beads and she did promise, but there is going to be games and cake and everything at Marv's house! What is Lola going to do?!
Lola finds a toy rabbit near school and is very worried about it. Charlie puts it on the school wall in case its owner comes back to look for it. But when the rabbit is still there after school, Lola insists that they take it home. Charlie is determined they should find the rabbit's owner and sets about doing just that. But Lola gets more and more attached to it, and the rabbit makes friends with her favourite toy, Foxy. How will she ever be able to hand the rabbit over if its owner turns up?
Charlie and Marv go swimming, Lola decides to play 'Spies' with her imaginary friend Soren Lorenson. The two intrepid detectives spy a removal van outside the flats and they become convinced that a big Ogre is moving in next door! Then they change their minds, it's not an Ogre, it's a Wolf! Or perhaps a whole family of hungry wolves!! When Charlie comes home, he says that's impossible, wolves can't possibly be moving in next door! He decides to sort things out once and for all. But who will answer the door?
Lola likes all sorts of creepy crawlies - she is just not keen on spiders. Charlie tries to show Lola that spiders are not bad at all, in fact they are really quite clever. He shows her that spiders can walk upside down, and build fantastic webs that are bouncy like trampolines. Soon Lola gets very attached to a little spider they have found in the house and, before we know it, she has given him a name, made him his own house, found him a friend and is throwing a spider tea party.
Long car journeys and rainy days can be pretty boring, but a dentist's waiting room, where there is absolutely nothing to do, is definitely the most boring place of all. The lady at the desk seems determined to ruin any fun that Charlie and Lola start to have. But even she can't stop Charlie and Lola from turning a dull old water-cooler, fish tank and tooth poster into an epic pirate adventure on the high seas!
It's Save An Animal week at school, and Lola and Lotta are horrified to learn that all sorts of lovely animals are in danger! Which one should they save? Finally, they all agree on the panda and decide to raise money by getting sponsored to do difficult things. Charlie is going to balance an apple on his head for as long as he can, Marv is going to stand on one leg, Lotta is going to skip and Lola hop. Everything is going to plan and then Lola wakes up with spots all over her face and Mum says she has to stay in bed. How will she save a panda now?
Charlie wants Lola to hurry or they will be late for school. But there are so many exciting things to do on the way that Lola keeps getting distracted. There's colouring, and dancing with clouds, playing hopscotch on musical pavements and giggling with hysterical hedgehogs. Charlie has to come up with a cunning ruse to get his little sister to hurry up. You wouldn't want to miss Dragon Day at school, would you?