Review: Olly The Little White Van Series

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LP loves the TV now and we still ration it to stop her turning into a monster from watching too much of it! Our routine each day is that she has her nap and then watches TV with a snack and drink in the afternoon. We love trying to find new TV shows and movies to watch – although often LP reverts back to her favourites.

We were recently sent an Olly The Little White Van DVD to watch and review. LP had never watched it before and I hadn’t heard of it so it was something new for all of us. Olly The Little White Van is a series currently shown on Channel 5’s Milkshake.  The series is about Olly, a Little White Van who helps his friends as much as he can with the help of his driver Stan. He bounds around the village of Bumpton talking to everyone, and is happiest when he is helping people.


The series is aimed at 2 to 6 year olds so LP is at the bottom of this range being 2 and a half. Each episode is full of Olly and his friends who are all very memorable characters. The theme tune is also catchy and songs feature in every installment of Olly The Little White Van. I found myself singing along and LP was transfixed. The only problem I found was that each episode of Olly The Little White Van was only 5 minutes long including the intro and end credits. I found that when the episode finished LP wanted more straight away and was confused why it had finished already but admittedly LP is used to watching feature length programs and animated movies and has a very good attention span for her age.

Olly is voiced by Justin Fletcher and has a whole host of friends around him – from Ruby the Helicopter to Royston the Fire Engine as well as a Tractor, Vans and more. LP loved Ruby and made her airplane noises whenever Ruby came on screen. Every episode seemed to have good moral themes, loveable characters and a lot of music!

Overall Olly was a lovely program to watch. It had lovely stories, bright colours and was incredibly engaging. I do feel though that it would be better suited to children with a short attention span or ones that get bored easily – LP was expecting more from each episode but she loved the musical aspect of the show.


Disclosure: We were sent this DVD for the purpose of the review however all opinions are my own.

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