CBeebies Numtums to go global
Numtums, a series of shorts that introduce small children to basic numeracy on CBeebies, will get adapted for an international audience and turned into an 11-minute episodic programme for the UK and CBeebies channels around the world.
The new series will be called Numtums Adventures and is the latest pre-school show to be created by BBC Worldwide and CBeebies UK for the international preschool network.
The 52-episode series will premiere on the CBeebies channel next year. It will also be shown on the international CBeebies channel available in a number of territories worldwide.
The programmes will feature the popular Numtums characters using maths to solve problems in Gumut Gorge, their quirky hometown.
The humorous, story-driven episodes will give distinct voices and personalities to each of the Numtums heroes, who were first seen on CBeebies last year.
The cuddly, animated animals are based on numbats, rare marsupials native to Western Australia.
The aim of the show is to skilfully embed maths learning in a range of comic adventures.
Alison Stewart, head of CBeebies Production, Animation and Acquisitions, said: 'Last year's short-form Numtums series has performed extremely well, and we all saw great potential in the characters for further development.'
Numtums Adventures is produced by the CBeebies in-house team and animated by A Productions in Bristol.
It's the latest in a slate of new investments for BBC Worldwide's international CBeebies network. Other titles include Andy's Wild Adventures, Mr Bloom's Nursery and Baby Jake.
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