BBC picks up 25 new stay-at-home shows

The British pubcaster has commissioned a bevy of new shows for CBeebies, CBBC and iPlayer, many with a faster turnaround to reflect the reality kids are living in today.
April 29, 2020

BBC has picked up 25 new shows for CBeebies, CBBC and its SVOD iPlayer from its in-house prodco and several independent producers. Many of the shows have been turned around much faster than usual in order to reflect the world kids are living in today, including changes in routine, home-schooling and separation from friends and family.

CBeebies new in-house commissions include: 25 x five-minute Boogie Beebies, which teaches preschoolers a new dance each ep; 25 x two-minute Stay in with Mr. Tumble, in which the titular character (pictured) pops up to provide live links and highlights from social media for his audiences during the lockdown; and the five x seven-minute Storytime with Mr. Tumble. BBC Studios NHU, meanwhile, made the 15 x three-minute Andy’s Dinosaur Toybox for three- to six-year-olds on BBC iPlayer.

Three Arrows made two CBeebies series, including the 20 x five-minute Baby Club at Home hosted by Giovanna Fletcher and Nigel Clarke, and the 20 x five-minute Baby Club Weekend. Plug-In Media out ofmade two 10-minute Tee and Mo’s musical specials. Kindle Entertainment and Paper Owl also hopped on the COVID specials, with the three-minute Get Well Soon: Coronavirus Short and seven-minute Pablo: Coronavirus Special. Rounding out the CBeebie commissions, Zodiak Kids made eight x seven-minute eps of Mister Maker At Home and Preston, UK-based Northern Heart Films and Nine Lives made a two-minute Young Persons at Home: Participation Poem.

CBeebies also acquired the Sesame Street 30-minute Caring for Others: Elmo special.

The channel’s radio station picked up in-house produced 15 x 15-minute Mr. Tumble’s Radio Show; 12-minute Andy and the Band Podcast from Three Arrows Medial and 12 x 10-minute Magic Den by Little Radio.

CBBC, meanwhile, picked up the 20 x 10-minute My Celebrity Supply Teacher and 12 x 10-minute How to be Epic at Home both produced in-house. CBBC will also air Young Persons at Home: Participation Poem. The pubcaster also picked up Maverick’s 10 x 10-minute Do Try This At Home with Chris and Xand and 30-minute Operation Ouch Virus Alert. CBBC rounded out its commissions with the 22-minute Daily Nature Bites/Live Deadly from BBC Studios’ NHU; Phoenix Television’s 10 x 10-minute Out of this World; Blakeway North’s 10 x seven-minute Nikki Lilly Bakes; and Shortform’s 10 x four-minute Jamie and Braydon Interview the Stars.

Finally, BBC iPlayer commissioned Mimi: Life on Lockdown. The 15 x eight-minute series from Peggy Pictures follows Mimi Missfit as she gives weekly updates from her flat where she is in lockdown with her 16-year-old sister Vicky.

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