UK pubcaster CBBC is bolstering its in-house programming slate with a roster of new commissions, including Pocket Money Pitch and Diddy TV, as well as a second season for new drama Hetty Feather (pictured).
Commissioned by CBBC controller Cheryl Taylor, Pocket Money Pitch (10 x half hours) sees young entrepreneurs pitch their fledgling ideas to some of the country’s top business execs. The live-actioner was developed by Ben Armstrong and the CBBC in-house team, with Putul Verma slated to join CBBC Productions in June as executive producer.
Popular CBBC presenters Richard McCourt and Dominic Wood (Dick and Dom) are set to star in Diddy TV (10 x 15 minutes), which has been commissioned for two seasons. It follows puppet versions of Dick and Dom as they act as producers, schedulers and presenters of their own TV channel. Steve Ryde is producing, with Annette Williams as executive producer.
Rounding out the list, Match Of The Day Kickabout has spawned spin-off Kickabout + (eight x 15 minutes), which will run this summer. Encouraging kids to try different sports, the series is hosted by CBBC personality Tyler West and executive produced by Gareth Edwards.
Slated for a second season is new in-house drama Hetty Feather, which began airing this week on CBBC and has already been greenlit for more eps (10 x half hours). The TV show is an adaptation of the eponymous novel from Dame Jacqueline Wilson and tells the story of feisty Victorian foundling Hetty.
Exclusive audio content will also be available for Hetty Feather on the CBBC website in the form of original ghost stories.
Other in-house drama recommissions include a fifth season of The Dumping Ground, a fourth season of popular fantasy-thriller Wolfblood (co-produced with ZDF Enterprises), and a fifth season of 4 O’Clock Club.