BBC Children’s unveils fresh batch of commissions

From lively fruits and vegetables to an Alan Carr-narrated documentary, the pubcaster has greenlit and renewed several UK-based productions aimed at kids and families for CBBC, CBeebies and BBC iPlayer.
July 6, 2022

BBC Children’s has revealed that it has a new slate of programming in development for CBeebies, CBBC and BBC iPlayer.

These greenlights follow the British pubcaster’s recent announcement of plans to shut down CBBC and other linear channels at some point over the next few years, intending to reach more viewers through the iPlayer service.

So Awkward: Kids Camp from Channel X North is an 80-minute spinoff based on the CBBC live-action sitcom So Awkward. Its story revolves around Lily Hampton’s quest to be discovered on a reality show, which happens to be filmed at the kids summer camp where she works.

Moving from page to screen is Maramedia’s Olga Da Polga (13 x 11 minutes), revolving around the family life of eight-year-old Karen and her titular guinea pig. Aimed at preschoolers, this CG-animated/live-action series is based on a series of books by Michael Bond (A Bear Called Paddington).

Also in store for under-fives is Roots & Fruits (26 x five minutes) from Edinburgh-based Plum Films. The animated series aims to foster an appreciation for fruits and vegetables with the help of humor, music and fun facts.

Zig Zag Productions’ documentary series Football Academy (15 x 28 minutes) will follow the triumphs and challenges of kids from Southampton FC academy, with narration by Alan Carr (Chatty Man) and guest appearances from football stars such as James Ward-Prowse and Nathan Redmond.

Previously announced projects also in the lineup include 9 Story Media Group’s A Kind of Spark (10 x 25 minutes) and Cyber Group Studios’ animated drama series Digital Girl (26 x 22 minutes)

A Kind of Spark is about a young girl with autism who takes an interest in a historical mystery set in her home town. The live-actioner is based on a 2020 book of the same name by Elle McNicoll that won the Blue Peter Book Award for Best Story last year.

Digital Girl centers around teen superheroes Digital Girl and Hack Girl, who must fight evil on behalf of the residents of Frisco City. Animation studio A Productions is also attached as a producer on the project, which is aimed at kids ages seven and up.

The Beeb has also renewed Cloudco’s Boy Girl Cat Dog Mouse Cheese, Tiger Aspect’s Danny and Mick (pictured) and Britain’s Best Young Artist from BBC Studios for CBBC, along with Ludo Studio’s Bluey and King Banana and Beakus’ Yakka Dee for CBeebies.

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