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CBBC commissions more homegrown dramas

UK pubcaster CBBC, on the heels of gaining one extra hour of air time per night, has commissioned three new dramas, including The Millie Show, a brand-new family sitcom/drama co-produced by The Foundation that explores the life of a young girl whose parents have split up.
March 25, 2014

UK pubcaster CBBC has commissioned three new dramas, including The Millie Show, a brand-new family sitcom/drama co-produced by The Foundation that explores the life of a young girl whose parents have split up.

Starring 12-year-old Scottish starlet Millie Innes (CBBC’s Dani’s House), The Millie Show will be filmed in Dumbarton and executive produced by The Foundation’s Elaine Sperber and CBBC’s Melissa Hardinge.

The series blends drama and comedy as Millie looks at the positive aspects of living in a broken home, such as being able to celebrate holidays twice and have two bedrooms, and the more challenging—learning to accept her parents’ new relationships and the new partners’ kids.

CBBC’s second new commission is season two of 13 x half-hour seaside drama All At Sea. Filmed on location in Scarborough and in studios in North West England, the series delves back into the mischievous adventures of 10-year-old Charlie whose family has moved from London to manage a seaside bed and breakfast.

Salford-based in-house creative team CBBC Productions is on board to produce with Connal Orton as executive producer.

Rounding out the new commissions is a third 13 x half-hour season of sci-fi action adventure drama series The Sparticle Mystery.

Produced and filmed in Northern Ireland, the new season is once again set in a modern-day world without adults. Season three kicks off as the Tribe Sparticles must find a way to send their teenage parents back to the right dimension after a quantum-sized mix up at the end of season two.

Sparticles Productions will produce the series for CBBC with additional funding by Northern Ireland Screen and Cake Entertainment. Sparticles Productions’ Alison Hume, Stephen Smallwood and Jon East will executive produce with Sue Nott from the CBBC.

The commissions come on the heels of CBBC gaining one extra hour of air time per night as a result of linear channel BBC Three being re-invented as an online service.

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Jeremy is the Features Editor of Kidscreen specializing in the content production, broadcasting and distribution aspects of the global children's entertainment industry. Contact Jeremy at jdickson@brunico.com.

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