Telling tales at CBeebies
BBC Worldwide has concluded deals with children's publishers Barefoot Books and Ladybird Books which will see eight well-known tales read by the CBeebies presenters in Africa, Asia, Australia, Latin America and Poland.
Ranging from Goldilocks and the three bears, to Emily's Tiger, via the Three Billy Goats Gruff, Cinderella and a Gigantic Turnip eight fables will be used for 40 short illustrated films. They are intended to be engaging additions to the 'Story Time' sections of the international CBeebies websites, and the presenters give each story a distinctly local flavour to create a range of bespoke story time pieces for children around the world.
So far readings have been completed for Africa, Asia and Poland featuring Sid Sloane, Nisha Anil and Aneta Piotrowska respectively. Similar recordings are planned for Australia (fronted by Robbie Harding and Duncan Fellows) and Latin America (with Roser Cabañas). Sid, Nisha, Robbie and Duncan will read in English, while Aneta reads in Polish for local children, and Roser in Spanish.
As well as CBeebies' international websites, the films will also appear on BBC Worldwide's pay TV channels and associated on-demand services, as well as CBeebies Facebook page and via apps.
Henrietta Hurford-Jones, director of CBeebies Investment at BBC Worldwide said; 'It's very important that children in all our markets can relate on a very personal level to what they see on screen and these stories bring them universally loved tales with the added familiarity of their local presenters.'
The stories launch on the television network from February, but are already being rolled out on CBeebies' digital platforms, with films currently available on the local websites in South Africa,Asia and Poland.