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Gawain's Word
Between the Lions is an American children's television series designed to promote reading.wikipedia
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Peter Linz

He was voiced by Tyler Bunch in Season 1 and Peter Linz from Season 2 onwards.
He has performed many characters on children's television shows: perhaps some of his best known performing roles are Snook in It's a Big Big World, Tutter in Bear in the Big Blue House and Theo Lion in Between the Lions, though he has also performed in Blue's Room, Sesame Street, and The Puzzle Place.

Mississippi Public Broadcasting

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The show was a co-production between WGBH in Boston and Sirius Thinking, Ltd., in New York City, in association with Mississippi Public Broadcasting, in Mississippi; with the original production and episodes shot at Lifetime Studios.
A partial list includes Tomes & Talismans, The Write Channel, Clyde Frog Show, About Safety, Ticktock Minutes, Zebra Wings, Posie Paints, Project Survival, The Metric System, Media Mania, and Between the Lions.

Tyler Bunch

He was voiced by Tyler Bunch in Season 1 and Peter Linz from Season 2 onwards.
Between the Lions (PBS): Walter Pigeon, Dr. Nitwhite

WGBH-TV

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The show was a co-production between WGBH in Boston and Sirius Thinking, Ltd., in New York City, in association with Mississippi Public Broadcasting, in Mississippi; with the original production and episodes shot at Lifetime Studios.
Between the Lions (2000–2010, PBS; with Sirius Thinking Ltd. and Mississippi Public Broadcasting)

Nitwit

* Dr. Alexander Graham Nitwhite (often mispronounced as "Dr. Nitwit", which he hates being called, by his duck assistant, Watson and sometimes by other characters: a regular routine has Theo and Cleo saying hello to "Dr. Nitwit" and when they are corrected (Nitwhite) they proclaim "Right...") is a pelican scientist.
Dr. Nitwhite, a scientist in Between the Lions

Wayne's World

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Gawain's Word – A Wayne's World spoof featuring two jousting knights charging at each other, each touting a speech balloon with half of a word which then became their respective names, then demonstrating the word. For example, one skit featured "Sir Sh" dressed in silver armor and "Sir Ark". dressed in gold armor Then Gawain says, "Blend on, dudes!" when it is time to put the halves together. When Sir sh bumped into Sir ark, their speech balloons melded together to form the word "shark." Then they took advantage of the word, by running away from a hovering shark. Though the title of the segment clearly is a parody of the Saturday Night Live skit, the two knights in the segment speak more characteristically like Bill and Ted from Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure than Wayne and Garth from Wayne's World.
"Gawain's Word", a regular segment on the children's educational show Between the Lions, takes inspiration from both the "Wayne's World" sketch and its theme song.

The Puzzle Place

Puzzle Place
The show ran from April 3, 2000 (which replaced The Puzzle Place) to November 22, 2010.
After three seasons and 75 episodes, the show stopped production, but it was seen on reruns until March 31, 2000, when it was replaced by Between the Lions the following week.

Christopher Cerf (producer)

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Songs – Silly but informative songs sum up the rules of English spelling and pronunciation in easy-to-remember ways, with lyrics like "When two vowels go walking, the first one does the talking" or "Even the blues would be blue without an s" and many others. Often the text of the song is shown on screen. The songs for the show are by Thomas Z. Shepard, Christopher Cerf, Sarah Durkee and Paul Jacobs. Norman Stiles, Ray Messecar, Peter K. Hirsch, Brian Meehl, Jennifer Hamburg, Sarah Durkee, Luis Santeiro, Christopher Cerf, Beth Kirsch, Fred Newman, Judith Stoia, Candy Kugel (PBS)
He is known for his musical contributions to Sesame Street, for co-creating and co-producing the award-winning PBS literacy education television program Between the Lions, and for his humorous articles and books.

Dick and Jane

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Fun with Chicken Jane – A parody of the famous Dick and Jane books for children. In this, two naive children, Scot and Dot, place themselves in harm's way. An intelligent chicken named Chicken Jane spells out an obvious solution to the problem. At the last moment, the children get out of the way and Chicken Jane gets hurt instead. The theme song is a parody of the old Alka Seltzer jingle. When the skit starts, Scot, Dot, and Chicken Jane come skipping down a dirt road to the jingle that goes "Look, look, see, see, coming down the lane. Here comes Scot, here comes Dot, here comes Chicken Jane!" When the skit is over, Scot and Dot head back up the road (Chicken Jane limping along behind with an injured wing) to "Look, look, see, see, going up the lane. There goes Scot, there goes Dot, there goes Chicken Jane!". Chicken Jane once fell out of one of the books and ended up in several other books which are Colonial America, Sleeping Beauty, and a cookbook written by Molly Stewpot (a reference to Martha Stewart). The very demanding chef Molly sees Chicken Jane, and wants to use her in one of her recipes, while ignoring what Chicken Jane is saying. The book is then swatted at in an attempt for Chicken Jane to Come to life while jelly is spilled onto Molly in a defeat, and Leona succeeds in getting Chicken Jane back in her book.
A PBS children's television series called Between the Lions does a spoof of the books entitled Fun with Chicken Jane

Thomas Z. Shepard

Songs – Silly but informative songs sum up the rules of English spelling and pronunciation in easy-to-remember ways, with lyrics like "When two vowels go walking, the first one does the talking" or "Even the blues would be blue without an s" and many others. Often the text of the song is shown on screen. The songs for the show are by Thomas Z. Shepard, Christopher Cerf, Sarah Durkee and Paul Jacobs.
Shepard received two Emmy Award nominations for songs he composed for the PBS television show Between the Lions (2007).

Big Duck

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Moby Duck – A parody of Moby-Dick, this takes place in a peapod (parody of Pequod) where there are two captains. The first is Captain Starbuck, the second Captain Ahab. Starbuck looks through a telescope and sees a white animal and yells, "Wait, Cap'n! Thar she quacks! Moby, the great white duck!" Captain Ahab takes a closer look and gives the tagline "Argh! That not be Moby, the great white duck! Argh!", and explains the differences and sounds out syllables, showing, for example, Daisy, the entertaining white snail. The two admit defeat before continuing their search. A running gag is the fact that they never look behind them, which is exactly where Moby is.
The Big Duck was used as a setting in a sketch from Between the Lions called Moby Duck, a parody of Moby Dick.

Kathryn Mullen

Kathryn Mullen – Leona Lion (2000–2001), Vowelles, Information Hen
She also voice directed Dog City for Nelvana, worked as a designer for The Muppet Movie, a performing assistant for Yoda on The Empire Strikes Back, and was one of the creators of Between the Lions.

Sarah Durkee

Songs – Silly but informative songs sum up the rules of English spelling and pronunciation in easy-to-remember ways, with lyrics like "When two vowels go walking, the first one does the talking" or "Even the blues would be blue without an s" and many others. Often the text of the song is shown on screen. The songs for the show are by Thomas Z. Shepard, Christopher Cerf, Sarah Durkee and Paul Jacobs. Norman Stiles, Ray Messecar, Peter K. Hirsch, Brian Meehl, Jennifer Hamburg, Sarah Durkee, Luis Santeiro, Christopher Cerf, Beth Kirsch, Fred Newman, Judith Stoia, Candy Kugel (PBS)
Durkee and her husband Paul Jacobs are the creators of the theme song for the popular PBS literacy education series, Between the Lions, and have also written many other musical numbers for the program.

Pam Arciero

Pam Arciero – Leona Lion (2002–2010), Dixie Chimps
She has performed characters for Allegra's Window, Between the Lions, Eureeka's Castle and The Great Space Coaster.

Jennifer Barnhart

Jennifer Barnhart – Cleo Lion, Dixie Chimps, Monkey Singer
She also stars as Cleo on PBS's literacy education series, Between the Lions, and performed the puppetry for Kanga and Owl on Disney Channel's The Book of Pooh.

Alison Fraser

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Fraser portrayed the flamboyant but clueless "Babs Caplan" on the award-winning PBS series, Between the Lions.

Chris Phillips (voice actor)

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Chris Phillips – Cliff Hanger
Phillips did voice work for the award-winning PBS show Between the Lions and has been in numerous "TV Funhouse" episodes for Saturday Night Live.

Michael K. Frith

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Michael K. Frith – Red Knight
Sirius is the multi-media children's education company that created Between the Lions, an award-winning educational puppet show on PBS, in 2000.

Joe Lynn Turner

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Joe Lynn Turner sung a few songs on the show
The May 11, 2000 PBS show Between the Lions, featured his vocal on the song "Clobbered" in the Season 1, Episode 29 episode entitled, Giants and Cubs. Another song, "Very Loud, Very Big, Very Metal," was also featured.

Fred Newman (actor)

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Fred Says Segments – Fred Newman portraying himself appears onscreen sounding out a word syllable by syllable after which he acts it or demonstrates it in his usual humor by attaching sounds to each syllable. On multiple occasions, Fred would appear doing his segment twice in the first season. Norman Stiles, Ray Messecar, Peter K. Hirsch, Brian Meehl, Jennifer Hamburg, Sarah Durkee, Luis Santeiro, Christopher Cerf, Beth Kirsch, Fred Newman, Judith Stoia, Candy Kugel (PBS)
Newman can be seen on the PBS reading series Between the Lions, for which he also writes and provides animated voices, and as the conductor on PBS' Lomax, the Hound of Music.

Ruth Westheimer

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The Word Doctor with Dr. Ruth Wordheimer – Dr.Ruth Westheimer plays "Dr. Ruth Wordheimer", a friendly therapist. Her two types of clients are:
Between 2001 and 2007, Westheimer made regular appearances on the PBS Television children's show Between the Lions as "Dr. Ruth Wordheimer" in a parody of her therapist role, in which she helps anxious readers and spellers overcome their fear of long words.

Brian Meehl

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Norman Stiles, Ray Messecar, Peter K. Hirsch, Brian Meehl, Jennifer Hamburg, Sarah Durkee, Luis Santeiro, Christopher Cerf, Beth Kirsch, Fred Newman, Judith Stoia, Candy Kugel (PBS)
In 1984, Meehl left the Muppets and began writing for children's television series including Between the Lions, Codename: Kids Next Door, Cyberchase, the TUGS segments for Salty's Lighthouse, Eureeka's Castle, Eyewitness for the BBC and DK Vision and The Magic School Bus.

Tim Lagasse

Tim Lagasse – Arty Smartypants, Barnaby Busterfield III, Gus Rabbit, Theo Lion (Seasons 3 and 4), The Lost Rock (puppetry and speaking voice), Steve the Bowling Ball, Various Characters

Paul Jacobs (composer)

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Songs – Silly but informative songs sum up the rules of English spelling and pronunciation in easy-to-remember ways, with lyrics like "When two vowels go walking, the first one does the talking" or "Even the blues would be blue without an s" and many others. Often the text of the song is shown on screen. The songs for the show are by Thomas Z. Shepard, Christopher Cerf, Sarah Durkee and Paul Jacobs.
As of the early 2000s, Jacobs has served as musical director for the PBS show "Between the Lions" alongside his wife, Sarah Durkee, and they have won several Emmys for their work on that show, most recently the 2007 Emmy for "Best Original Song in an Animated Children's Series."

Carmen Osbahr

Carmen Osbahr – Sierra Lion, Vowelles
Between the Lions - Sierra Lion