The Jam Badge

1.7 The Jam Badge

The writers of Hey Duggee have always been willing to throw in references and jokes for grown-ups. From the Cheese Badge in series three which parodies Stranger Things to this episode, the Jam Badge, right at the very beginning. In the case of this badge, Naughty Monkey becomes computer game villain Donkey Kong, throwing fruit at the Squirrels as they pursue him.

My one disappointment with this badge is that Duggee doesn’t make jam properly. Jam has two key ingredients and he completely omits one of them. I guess this was done because sugar has become a dirty word due to the childhood obesity crisis. It seems a shame though. Jam makers will also spot Duggee’s second mistake, you never stir a bubbling pan of jam.

Badge Design

Round with a jar of strawberry jam.


Episode Summary

Opening Squirrel

Tag eating his breakfast (jam on toast).

Start

Roly is running around a tree. Tag is watching Happy play with a yoyo. Betty is watching Norre with a dandelion clock.

Set-Up

Duggee is collecting fruit from his garden. What are they going to do with it? They notice Tag has jam around his mouth from his breakfast. That gives Duggee an idea, they should make jam, he has his jam badge.

Picture Credit: Hey Duggee Episode 1.7 The Jam Badge

Story

They discuss how to make the jam Naughty Monkey steals the fruit. As the Squirrels give chase the music turns to a 1990s computer-game style tune. Naughty Monkey takes the barrel up the slope, throwing the fruit behind him down the hill. Naughty Monkey is upset when the fruit runs out so the squirrels invite him to make jam with them. They throw strawberry, lemon, orange, mango and banana in the pot and stir it. When it’s ready they share it spread on toast.

Bridges

A strawberry has a bite taken out of it. An apple that spins round with Duggee’s face on it.

Close and Credits

Naughty Monkey jumps on Duggee’s head.


Style change

As Naughty Monkey throws the fruit down the hill both the music and background change to reflect a 1990s computer game.

Supporting Cast

  • Naughty Monkey

Outfits

  • Duggee wears an industrial blue apron to make the jam.

Get your Jam Badge

Jam is a difficult thing to make with children. It is dangerously hot and has way more sugar in it than Duggee’s recipe suggests. I wouldn’t recommend making jam but there are lots of fun recipes you could try that use jam. Here is a recipe for jam tarts from the official Hey Duggee website:

They also recreated the Jam Badge game on the Hey Duggee website:


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