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Pablo, starts on RTÉJr, Monday, October 2nd at 9am and 3pm. Episodes to air at 9am and 3pm weekdays on RTÉJr.
Magic crayons, animated friends and a wonderful imagination… these are the tools that five and a half year-old Pablo uses to turn life’s little challenges into big adventures.

An RTÉJr and CBeebies co-production, Pablo, produced by Paper Owl Films, sees the smart, funny and creative Pablo draw imaginary animal friends which come to life to help him handle situations which make him feel anxious, such as going for a haircut or to the supermarket. Pablo is on the autism spectrum.

To cope with the challenges he faces, Pablo enters into an animated art world, the world of his imagination where he is able to explore things that confuse him. With the help of his animal friends, Pablo is free to work through things and figure them out, having lots of fun along the way.

Every episode of Pablo is grounded in the real-life experiences of autistic children, with autistic young writers and contributors helping to bring ideas and perspectives to life in an honest and humorous way.

Pablo will air on RTEjr and CBeebies  in October.

Pablo is a cross-border production with Kavaleer animating the series from its Dublin studios.

Pablo, Episode 1 of 52, RTÉ Jr, October 2nd at 9am

Big Coat, Small Coat
When Pablo’s Mum says his coat is getting too small, Pablo is horrified. He draws himself small so his
old coat will still fit, but what he really needs is a new one.

More About Pablo

The characters in Pablo’s Art World reflect aspects of his own personality and of course, his autism.


Mouse is organized, reliable and dependable.She is perfectionist and hates it when things are untidy or out of sequence and will always try to restore order, which is very soothing for the group. Mouse is also sensitive to sounds and smells.

Noasaurus (Noa)

Noasaurus is a small dinosaur, who is gentle and kind. He struggles with speech but he has very good spatial awareness and is great at recognising patterns. Noa can’t read social cues or facial expressions very well but his maths and sequencing abilities are quite advanced. Noa is sometimes a little clumsy, but this can often turn up a solution to a problem or help find a missing item.


Tang swings effortlessly through branches, but once out of the trees, he can’t control his limbs very well. However, he loves to dance and is full of love and kindness. Tang is not great at reading social cues or gauging how another person is feeling. This, coupled with his natural propensity for the dramatic, can lead to quite chaotic confusion at times.For all of his natural chaos and his ability to sleep in whatever tree he chooses, Tang is resistant to real change, which can make him feel very anxious.


Wren is very excitable and has lots of energy which she channels by flapping her wings. Flapping calms her down if she is frustrated and helps to accentuate her good feelings when she is excited. Wren often lacks concentration and focus, being distracted by the next wonderful thing.


Sensitive Llama is a thinker. She is very careful to protect her personal space and doesn’t do physical displays of affection. Language is not something that comes easy to her and she has echolalia, she repeats things that people say, as does Pablo in the real world. Llama loves details. She can often become absorbed in a detail for ages and will be fixated by a shiny button or interesting object.


Draff loves facts and knows a lot of them. His most commonly used phrase is ‘in point of fact’. He makes pronouncements very confidently but his outward bravado covers an inner insecurity and sensitivity. We don’t need to scratch the surface too far to see that Draff needs reassurance like the rest of us.

The writing process

When making the series, the creators wanted to ensure they reflected the authentic voices of young people on the autism spectrum. Pablo and his animated friends are all voiced by people with autism, who also worked on story ideas and co-wrote scripts. Creatively, the team found that they discovered stories from new perspectives which resulted in really original and funny stories which young children will be able to relate to.

Andrew Brenner, Head Writer

Andrew has specialised in writing children’s animation since 1995, working on titles including Thomas and Friends and Nelly and Nora, amongst many others. He undertook extensive research before embarking on the writing for Pablo, reading huge amounts and reaching out to people on the spectrum, learning their experiences and crafting them into funny stories for a preschool audience. He worked with a team of brand new writers, on the autism spectrum, guiding them through the process of turning their ideas into stories and their stories into scripts.

Sumita Majumdar, voice of Wren and writer

Sumita studied music and songwriting and she loves to create and perform songs. She is particularly interested in the therapeutic values of the creative arts, as, similar to Pablo, her own personal art worlds help her to make sense of the external world and her internal feelings. As a late-diagnosed autistic person, co-writing and voice acting on Pablo has helped Sumita to accept and embrace her autistic qualities in a positive manner and to discover her potential as a writer.

Rosie King, voice of Llama and writer

Rosie is studying creative writing in London and hopes to become an English teacher in a school for disabled children. Rosie has autism and has younger siblings who are both severely autistic. As a family, the Kings have done a lot of work to raise awareness and acceptance for autistic people, including various TV appearances and public speaking events, so when Rosie was asked to be a part of Pablo she jumped at the opportunity.

Tony Finnegan, voice of Noa and writer

Tony studied film at university and is a movie fanatic. He was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome at the age of 8 which has presented him with both advantages and disadvantages in life. He spends much of his spare time working on scripts of his own and hopes to continue this work as a professional screenwriter/voice artist in the future.

Michael White, voice of Tang and writer

Michael White enjoys story/script writing and is currently studying Creative Media & Animation. It was Michael’s Asperger’s mentor at university who read about Pablo and suggested that he audition for a role. As a result of his experience on Pablo, Michael got the opportunity to work on Thomas and Friends, a show of which he has been a life-time fan.

Rachael Dickson, voice of Mouse and writer

Rachael was diagnosed with autism when she was three and feels that her autism has given her many gifts. She loves Pablo and feels that it is a very honest portrayal of autism. She hopes she will inspire fellow autistic girls to know how special they are.

Scott Mulligan, voice of Draff

Scott enjoys theatre, and has recently taken a number of lead roles with his local theatre school. He hopes to pursue further acting roles in future.

Story Consultants Paul Isaacs, Stuart Vallantine and Donna Williams also drew on their own experiences of autism to contribute to the writing of Pablo.


PABLO Series 1
1. Big Coat, Small Coat
When Pablo’s Mum says his coat is getting too small, Pablo is horrified. He draws himself small so his
old coat will still fit, but what he really needs is a new one.

2. The Fiona
When Pablo meets Mum’s friend Fiona, all he notices about her is one bright shiny button. He tells
the Book Animals it’s a Fiona, but they’ve all seen something different.

3. The Wildman
Pablo doesn’t want a haircut, so he draws a picture and enters the Art World. But Tang draws a huge
scribble of hair all over Pablo and warns him about becoming The Wildman.

4. The Party Present
Nervous about a noisy birthday party, Pablo runs back to the car. In the Art World his friends join
him and help him realise that a party is just when friends get together.

5. Squeak, Squeak, Squeak
One day Pablo hears a strange sound and discovers his Mum has some squeaky new shoes. He wants
to know what they’re trying to say. Are the shoes crying or laughing?

6. Paint the Music
Pablo sees colours coming from the radio! He uses his crayons like a conductor and draws colourful
music, but Draff insists that music is for your ears, not your eyes!

7. Goodnight Blues
It’s bedtime, but Pablo keeps turning the light back on. Wren worries that when you go to sleep you
disappear. Mouse doesn’t think this is true, but Pablo agrees with Wren.

8. Chasing the Breeze
Pablo loves feeling the breeze as he swings on the swing. When it’s someone else’s turn, Pablo
enters the Art World and draws a bigger swing before drawing an aeroplane.

9. Flapping Away
Pablo likes flapping. Wren says flying is even better and draws wings on Pablo, but he flaps so much
that he flies away and the Book Animals have to track him down.

10. Talked Out
Pablo doesn’t want to talk, but Draff finds it difficult not to. Slowly together Pablo and his friends
find ways of playing without words, through movement and their senses.

11. Mr Whizzy
Pablo gets very excited by Mum’s mechanical hand whisk. He draws Mr. Whizzy and he and Tang get
even more excited, as he whizzes up everything and makes a huge mess!

12. The Noise Dragon
When Pablo is woken by banging and scraping, he draws a cave to hide in, afraid of the noise
dragon. His friends hide with him and help draw a castle for better protection.

13. Into the Fluff!
Pablo is fascinated by the tiny strands of colour he can see a piece of lint. In the Art World he and his
friends follow the strands, going deeper and deeper into the fluff.

14. The Lost Smell
After having a bath, Pablo is upset that his smell is gone. He enlists the help of Bubble Bottle and his
friends to track down his smell and follow it down the drain.

15. One Mum’s Rubbish
Pablo likes plastic ice cream spoons even more than ice cream. He keeps them and makes them his
friends, but Draff says he can’t keep and make friends with everything!

16. Scaredy Cat
Pablo is scared by a print on the wall of a café. He draws a very confusing world in response and
decides it’s okay to be a scaredy cat. Everybody is scared of something.

17. Feeling Scribbly
Pablo is very uncomfortable and doesn’t know what’s wrong. He draws himself as a scribble and his
friends have to figure out who he is and why he’s feeling so scribbly.

18. Mirror Boy
Pablo is fascinated with the boy in the mirror. He draws his new friend and introduces him to the Art
World, but being friends with a reflection has its own limitations.

19. Pick Us, Pablo!
Pablo can’t decide which shoes to wear, concerned that the others will feel sad. His friends try to
help find a solution, such as wearing shoes on his hands and his head.

20. The Taste of Triangles
When Pablo’s Granny makes his lunch, she cuts his sandwiches into squares. But Pablo only eats
triangles. The Book Animals try to help Pablo find his real lunch.

21. Zoom! Zoom! Zoom!
Pablo and the Book Animals are repeating jingles and playing with words, treating them as sounds
that don’t mean anything, which Mouse and Draff find very confusing.

22. The Super Place
Mouse finds the noisy colours of the supermarket overwhelming. Pablo and his friends try to help,
putting her in the trolley and letting her look at the lovely quiet list.

23. The Sparkles
Pablo is splashing in a puddle, making little spots of light dance about on the surface. Everyone loves
the Sparkles and it soon becomes a game of trying to catch them.

24. The Aroma
There is an unusual smell in the house that Pablo finds very distracting. In the Art World the Aroma
becomes a swirling character that makes it hard to think or speak at all.

25. Slippy Mouth
Pablo is struggling to understand his Mum. Her voice sounds disjointed and garbled. Draff thinks it
sounds like Slippy Mouth, a very naughty creature who jumbles words up.

26. Purple Bird
Pablo and his Mum are getting ready to go to a wedding, but when Pablo discovers a big purple
creature with feathers on top of her head he wonders where his Mum has gone.

27. Crisps Everywhere!
Pablo opens a packet of crisps too fast and his crisps go everywhere. Pablo and his friends go to the
top of a mountain, the bottom of the sea and the moon to get them back.

28. Missing Music
Pablo hears a song on the radio and wants to hear it again, but he can’t make it come out anymore.
The Book Animals try to help him find a way to get it back again.

29. Tummy Talk
Pablo is making funny noises. Noa thinks he might have swallowed something like a telephone or a
radio. They realise it’s his tummy, but nobody knows what it’s trying to say.

30. The Big Book of Animals
Pablo can’t find his Big Book of Animals. He needs to make sure that it is still exactly the same. This is
where the Book Animals come from, so they want to find it too.

31. Captain Pinecone
Pablo has two pinecones for tapping, which turn out to be explorers! They lead the Book Animals on
a journey to discover sounds and textures and Llama makes an aural map.

32. Night Noises
Pablo’s Mum has friends round for dinner, but the noises are making it hard for Pablo to sleep. He
wants to get away or cover the noises up, but Tang just wants to party.

33. Feeling Floaty
Pablo thinks he’ll float away if he puts down his pinecones. Draff disagrees, but when Pablo puts
them down, he floats up into the sky and his friends have to rescue him.

34. Word Search
When Pablo can’t find the words to tell Granny what he wants for breakfast his friends have to help
him get them to come back again and turn into the things he needs to say.

35. Back and Forth
Pablo doesn’t want to wait for a blancmange to set. He wants to eat it now. He draws a controller
like the iPad to speed up the time, but that creates problems of its own

36. The Wrong Crayons
Pablo’s old crayons are running out, but his new ones are the wrong shade, design and smell. The
Book Animals are worried. Without them, Pablo won’t be able to draw any more.

37. Facts and Mistakes
Pablo makes a mistake in his drawing and colours in his shorts the wrong colour, so he decides not
to draw himself at all. But his friends in the Art World want to find him.

38. When Foods Collide
Pablo goes to a café with his Mum and gets an egg and spaghetti hoops, but his food is upset. The
spaghetti hoops keep touching the egg cat and it doesn’t like that at all!

39. Surprise!
When Pablo gets a birthday present after his birthday, it is very confusing. He doesn’t want to open
it, because he doesn’t know what’s inside and doesn’t like surprises.

40. Scab Billy
Pablo discovers a scab on his knee and is upset. He’s never seen that before and doesn’t know why
it’s stuck to him. But he soon learns that Scab Billy is there for a reason.

41. Everything Pineapple
Pablo sees a picture of a pineapple he gets the taste in his mouth and it won’t go away. Soon
everything and everyone in the Art World looks and tastes like pineapple too!

42. Journey to the Centre of the Telly
Pablo wants to know what is happening to the characters on his favourite TV program after the TV is
turned off. Luckily Noa has an idea about how they can find out!

43. The Duvetsaurus
Pablo finds an itchy label in his t-shirt and decides not to get dressed. He makes himself into a
duvetsaurus, so he can be like his Book Animal friends and not wear clothes.

44. Happiness
Pablo has a funny tickly feeling inside and doesn’t know what to make of it. He draws himself into
the Art World where his friends discover he’s full of happy sparkles.

45. Around the Houses
When the bus that Pablo and his Mum are waiting for is late, Draff gets anxious. He knows every bus
route and details of the timetable and he likes things to be on schedule.

46. The Lift
Pablo is worried about the lift at the department store, but with the help of his friends in the Art
World he learns what the buttons are for and how to get safely out again.

47. How Are You?
When the Fiona asks Pablo how he is, Pablo doesn’t know the answer. He explores the question with
his friends in the Art World and they all try to figure out what it means.

48. The Smell Gobbler
When Mum leaves a can of air freshener on the counter, it’s up to Pablo and his friends to stop The
Smell Gobbler eating all the smells in the house, including the nice ones!

49. The Book Spider
Pablo loves the Book Animals, but when he gets a new book with a spider in it, Pablo thinks the
spider looks scary. But it turns out the spider is a bit frightened as well.

50. Zip It!
Pablo is fascinated with the way the zipper on his coat closes up and opens again. With his friends in
the Art World Pablo explores the magic of opening and closing things.

51. Face Feelings
Pablo is surprised to learn that his face is saying things to people he doesn’t know about. He has no
idea what his face is doing, until the Book Animals help him find out.

52. Water Boy
Pablo loves watching the rain. Some of his in the Art World friends don’t. Draff and Mouse hate
getting wet, but Pablo loves the rain so much that he actually turns into it!