Little Lunch - Series 1

Synopsis

Little Lunch is a comedy series, where every episode takes place during that highly-anticipated school day break – morning snack time!

Each self-contained episode revolves around, and is told by, six diverse and distinctly identifiable children.

  • Atticus is sweet, straight, nerdy, and always hungry
  • Melanie is stubborn and morally courageous, but shy
  • Tamara is not remotely shy, and excellent at sport
  • Rory is naughty, distracted and so very likeable
  • Battie is a gentle, creative daydreamer
  • Debra-Jo is extremely smart, ambitious and organised (though some would call it bossy!)

And then there is Mrs Gonsha, their much-loved teacher, with extreme patience, a generosity of spirit and the tendency to nod off in class…

Little Lunch tackles the big issues in the playground. Who gets to go on the monkey bars? Who gets to join whose club? Who gets Mrs Gonsha off the top of the slide pole, when she gets stuck? Little Lunch tells stories that may seem small to adults, but loom large for kids.

Little Lunch is an eminently relatable, universal comedy with heart for 6-12 year-olds.

Episodes

Episode 1 The Principal's Office

When Rory is punished and sent to the Principal’s office, the other kids surprisingly feel sorry for him and try to cheer him up.

Episode 2 The Dress Up Day

On Dress-Up-As-What-You-Want-To-Be-When-You-Grow-Up-Day, Battie dresses up as Stretcho, his very own made up super hero.

Episode 3 The Ya-Ya

While Atticus’ parents are away, his Ya-Ya (grandmother) looks after him and sends disgusting lunches with him to school.

Episode 4 The Monkey Bars

Tamara refuses to share the monkey bars but, for once, Melanie won’t give in and get off.

Episode 5 The Top Of The Fireman's Pole

After Mrs Gonsha bravely rescues a tiny boy from the top of the playground equipment, she becomes stuck herself, and the kids must get her down.

Episode 6 The Lost and Found Box

After Debra-Jo loses her glasses the children take her to the Lost and Found box to look for them, where they discover all their long-lost own belongings.

Episode 7 The Milk Bar

After Rory forgets his lunch and, in desperation, decides to go to the milk bar, he must convince the other kids to keep his secret from Mrs Gonsha.

Episode 8 The Girls Toilets

Melanie is caught in the middle when Debra-Jo and Tamara stop speaking to each other and insist that Melanie must pick a side.

Episode 9 The Kiss-Chasey Oval

Tamara unexpectedly wants to play kiss chasey but the only person she want to chase and kiss is Battie.

Episode 10 The Thing In The Sand

Melanie thinks she discovers a possum’s head in the sand pit, and refuses to believe that it’s actually Rory’s craft project made out of a pine-cone and toilet paper.

Episode 11 The Band

Bored during a rainy little lunch, Atticus starts a band and makes Battie reluctantly join too.

Episode 12 The Beep Test

Tamara is excited about doing the beep test fitness assessment, but after she sprains her ankle and can’t join in, she decides to be Debra-Jo’s beep test coach instead.

Episode 13 The Joke Competition

Atticus holds a joke telling competition and Melanie, overcome by shyness, is terrified to tell a joke in front of everyone.

Episode 14 The Old Climbing Tree

Debra-Jo thinks that the old climbing tree is dangerous and should be chopped down, but the other kids think it should stay. They each embark on a campaign to get their way.

Episode 15 The Oval

Trying to stay out of trouble for once, Rory wants the other kids to play with him so devises an elaborate and confusing ball game on the oval.

Episode 16 The Pavlova

For the birthday party of Max and Elsa, the weird twins, Mrs Gonsha makes a pavlova, which looks delicious, but is the most disgusting thing that the children have ever eaten.

Episode 17 The Germblock

After Tamara accuses Melanie of not washing her hands and “germblocks” her, Atticus and Debra-Jo investigate what really happened.

Episode 18 The Grandparents Day

Battie’s grandfather is the guest of honour at Grandparents Day but Battie is too scared to tell Mrs Gonsha that he is in hospital and won’t be able to come.

Episode 19 The Cake Stall

When Melanie decides to have a cake stall to raise money for homeless puppies, Atticus gets jealous and sets up a rival fundraiser.

Episode 20 The Walk-A-Thon

The children face the difficult task of finding the right partner to be their walking buddy for the walk-a-thon.

Episode 21 The Windy Day

During a very windy little lunch, Mrs Gonsha insists the class comes inside and does yoga, much to Debra-Jo’s horror.

Episode 22 The Body Bus

After the kids think they see a health van in the playground, Debra-Jo becomes anxious that she has headlice.

Episode 23 The Election

When Rory announces that he wants to be the Prime-Minister, Mrs Gonsha suggests they have their own election and that everyone run a campaign.

Episode 24 The Corridor Outside 6E

When Max and Elsa, the weird twins, suddenly leave class without a note, a ridiculous rumour chain begins about what happened to them.

Episode 25 The Gap Behind the Dumpster

Atticus decides to start a secret club with Rory, but after Rory, who is terrible at keeping secrets, invites everyone else to join, Atticus’ idea is ruined.

Episode 26 The Relationship

Rory is bewildered and confused when he finds out a grade six girl likes him and Debra-Jo can’t understand why she feels so cross about it.

Running Time
26 x 12 mins or 13 x 24 min

Production Company
Gristmill

Language
English

Genre
Live Action

Awards

2018 International Kids Emmy Awards (FRANCE)
Nominated

2016 Chicago International Television Awards (USA)
Certificate of Merit: Children's Series

2016 Banff World Media Festival Rockie Awards (UK)
Nominated - Children and Youth Category

2016 TV Week Logie Awards
Nominated - Most Outstanding Children's Program

2016 Prix Jeunesse International Awards (Germany)
Winner - Fiction Category 7-10

2016 Worldfest Houston Remi Awards (USA)
Silver Remi: Children's Audience

2016 Chicago International Children's Film Festival (USA)
Winner - Children's Jury Prize

2015 AACTA Awards
Nominated - Best Children's Television Series

2015 AACTA Awards
Nominated - Best Editing in TV