(Children's Mockumentary Series; 26 x 15 mins plus 2 x 30 mins specials)
A mockumentary comedy series about fifteen highly significant minutes of a child's life: snack time in the primary school playground.
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- "It's only natural when one gets past a certain age to approach children's TV with apprehension, trepidation, even hostile suspicion. TV that speaks to kids doesn't hold much joy for adults; youngsters generally don't enjoy settling down with a cup of tea in front of Four Corners. Such are the family-dividing facts of our entertainment age. But then along comes something to broach the divide so triumphantly it might have been written by a UN committee. That thing is Little Lunch. Little Lunch tackles the big questions of the school yard with non-patronising aplomb and startlingly good child actors in a mockumentary format that beautifully teases out the laws of the asphalt jungle. In this episode, super-nerd Atticus seems uncannily calm about his impending move to Malaysia, until the school Halloween play stirs up his fear of change." — The Age
- "Australian television more broadly has been caught up in a swell of quality over the past five years…but most have been outclassed by a program that runs for only 15 minutes, on ABC Kids and iView. Introducing: Little Lunch." — The Guardian
- "The best new Australian television show this year is Little Lunch, the ABC3 mockumentary about life in a primary school playground that packs smart scenarios, clever interplay and dexterous performances into episodes a mere 15 minutes long" — Sydney Morning Herald
- ★★★★ Pick of the Week "an absolute joy... beautifully drawn...full of small touches that are laugh-out-loud." — The Sunday Age
- "(4 1/2 Stars) a terrific mockumentary-style series that deals with the big issues for small people." — Daily Telegraph
- "Little project brings the big laughs." — Sydney Morning Herald
- "This clever adaptation of popular children's books by author and Fairfax columnist Danny Katz transposes his stories of what goes down at recess — "little lunch" — among a group of grade-5 kids into a mockumentary format. Produced by the brilliant creators of The Librarians and Upper Middle Bogan, Robyn Butler and Wayne Hope, each episode is 15 minutes long, like recess itself, and the perfect length for these sharply written vignettes executed by six talented child actors. The self-contained episodes focus on the big playground issues of the day — whose turn it is on the monkey bars, which kid is in the principal's office (it's usually Rory), schoolyard loyalties and the like – told from different children's points of view. The after-school timeslot should not be a deterrent for adults. The overarching themes of friendship, tussling with authority and anxiety are relatable for all of us."
— The Age
- Based on the books by Danny Katz and Mitch Vane
- Adapted for television by Robyn Butler and Wayne Hope