We're sure you have lots of questions about In the Night Garden and we've answered a few below.

Does each programme have a structure that children will recognize ?

The programme always begins with a different child drifting off to sleep and always ends with putting the characters to bed. In between it is full of surprises, just like every child's day. Different structural markers have been placed in the show to provide a clear and reassuring narrative. But the most reassuring and recognisable element of the show is provided by its cast of characters - simple, unchanging, affectionate and funny.

Did you come up with any new filming techniques or special effects, and/or did you encounter any unique challenges during production?

The challenges associated with this production are too numerous to list! Shooting outside in the UK and hoping for good weather is challenge enough, but to do so in High Definition, in a protected woodland, with characters of multiple scales is as daunting an undertaking as any that Ragdoll has ever been involved with!

Has the programme been tested with children?

While Ragdoll does not use focus groups as such, it does engage directly with children throughout the production of any programme via a dedicated Children's Response Unit. This Unit works with children of a variety of ages and from many cultures in parallel with the origination of every Ragdoll programme, from initial concept through to finished show.

Why are the characters in the programme toys

The characters are toys for important creative reasons. Everybody understands what toys are - most of all children. A child understands that a toy is a person, but not a real person. A toy has a special relationship with a child, and exists for children, and is only of interest to them. A toy is a special object of expression and self-awareness. The toys are representative of the many different personalities of children who may have cherished them and kept them with them, especially at bedtime. Best of all toys are effortlessly funny.

Is it a programme that parents can enjoy too?

The programme is consistently rich in music and rhyme, so that parents and caregivers can pick up on the fun and share it with their children. In the Night Garden is designed to be shared - it originates from a shared moment. The characters and stories are charming and funny, and the songs and rhymes are deliberately simple and catchy.

What will children get out of the programme?

Children will feel happy and secure when they watch the programme, and it will make them smile and laugh. Teletubbies demonstrated that children laugh at the same things wherever they live in the world. All children also experience this lovely dream-like state between waking and sleeping, so the show will have universal appeal.

What is the age group targeted by the programme?

It is intended for a very young audience, aged 1-4 years old.

How did Anne Wood and Andy Davenport collaborate on the production?

Andy is the author and composer of the show. He drove the conceptual process - from the characters and their rhymes, to the architecture within the garden and the music in the show. He is a brilliant storyteller, and has written all of the 100 episodes. Anne has been fundamental in producing the programme. She is driven to innovate, and as a producer she has the vision and determination to fight for the best possible creative outcome.

Where did the idea for the programme come from?

The programme is Ragdoll's response to the anxious times we seem to live in today. It is a warm enfolding programme, funny and reassuring. It directly references a pivotal moment in a child's experience, bedtime - that universal time of formative imaginative intimacy, of pictures and thoughts.

What is the name for the little blue people who live next door to the Pontipines?

The family who live next door to the Pontipines are called the Wottingers.