UK broadcaster Channel 5 is adding some new flavors to its Milkshake! preschool block, mixing new commissions and acquisitions in with a handful of series renewals.
The first greenlight is for stop-motion animated comedy Tweedy & Fluff (40 x five minutes), whose yarn-made main characters met on the workshop floor of a tweed mill. They quickly become inseparable bond, learning how to communicate without using speech and manage their anxieties in stressful situations.
Created by children’s author Corinne Averiss (A Dot in the Snow), the show will be directed by Chris Randall (My Motorbike) and co-produced by UK-based Second Home Studios and Averiss’s Stitchy Feet entertainment company, with support from the UK Government’s Young Audiences Content Fund.
Channel 5 is also adding a little spice to Milkshake!’s slate with a commission for live-action series Cooking With The Gills (25 x 11 minutes) from Brit prodco MCC Media.
The project features English actor and farmer JB Gill, who takes his family all over the UK asking talented young cooks to help him prepare and cook delicious recipes from around the world. After learning the origins of the dish and the value of its ingredients, Gill and his family head to their rural pop-up kitchen and serve meals to their friends and other local families.
Lastly, the broadcaster has acquired CG-animated series Oggy Oggy (156 x seven minutes) from Paris-based prodco Xilam Animation. This preschool spinoff of long-running 2D-animated comedy series Oggy and the Cockroaches, which debuted in France in 1998, follows along as young kitten Oggy adventures with his cat pals in a bright and colorful world where everything is made out of toys.
These three new titles will join returning shows including Boom Kids’ live-action adventure series Meet the Experts (season 2, 20 x 11 minutes); 2D-animated preschool series Daisy & Ollie (season five, 26 x seven minutes), produced by UK-based Hoopla Studio; CG-animated comedy Pip & Posy (season two, 52 x seven minutes), a UK co-pro from Sky Kids and Magic Light Pictures; and WildBrain’s CG-animated Fireman Sam (season 13, 26 x 11 minutes).