The UK’s popular learn-to-read book series Biff, Chip and Kipper is being turned into a live-action preschool drama, as part of the BBC’s new commissions.
Developed by BBC Children’s in-house productions team, Biff and Chip is a 30 x 11-minute series following the adventures of the titular twin brother and sister, their little brother Kipper and dog Floppy. Adapted from the books by Roderick Hunt and Alex Brychta, the series will bow on CBeebies. First published in 1986 by Oxford University Press, the book series is used in 80% of the UK’s primary schools and has been read by more than 30 million children.
Biff and Chip joins another book-to-television adaptation—Princess Mirror-Belle, based on the popular Julia Donaldson series—announced earlier this year.
The in-house productions team has also been commissioned to make the unscripted format Britain’s Best Young Artist. Set to premiere in 2020 on CBBC, the 15 x 30-minute factual series follows kids as they go through challenge rounds to win the show and get their artwork displayed in iconic galleries across the nation.
Rounding out its slate, BBC has ordered two additional seasons of CBeebies drama Molly and Mack (pictured) and CBBC’s The Dumping Ground. The in-house team has also produced a previously announced adaption of Gillian Cross’ The Demon Headmaster for CBBC, and new seasons of 4 O’Clock Club, Hetty Feather and The Worst Witch.
This new slate of shows will also include Irish prodco JAM’s newest series Tiara Jones, which be delivered in summer 2021.