Andy's Wild Adventures

Thursday 9 February 2012, 11:45

Louise CBeebies Team Louise CBeebies Team

Picture of Andy and Kip

Hi! I'm Andy.

Anyone who recognises me as a presenter on CBeebies might have noticed I haven't been around as much as usual. Well, I haven't given up the day job yet but I do have an exciting new show to tell you about…

It all started two years ago, whilst travelling in Central America. I was asked to take part in a pilot for new children's TV show for CBeebies. Well, to cut a very long story short, I said 'Yes' and I made a pilot show with the help of The BBC's Natural History Unit in Bristol.

Thankfully the people in charge at CBeebies thought it was great and gave the go ahead to a whole series. So, for the past 10 months I have been very busy filming this brand new show which we called 'Andy's Wild Adventures'.

In the programme I work as a park keeper at Pickles' Animal Park for my boss Mr Pickles (Aka Alex Winters from CBeebies!) and with my intellectually gifted side-kick and friend 'Kip' (a cat!).

Our mission was to bring children right up close to some weird and wonderful animals! To do that, we've used the very best film from the BBC's Natural History Unit. Using green-screen technology, I've been embedded into each environment, which feels and looks pretty realistic!

During the course of the series and without leaving the 'comfort' of the studio, I've managed to hitch a ride on an ostrich's back, explore the fungus-filled nest of a colony of grass-cutting ants, and gone fishing alongside grizzly bears!

It's difficult to describe what an average day was like on set because it's always so different! I have been covered in more water/fake snow/mud/cocoa powder and flour than you can imagine!!

I also had the chance to fly! - while rigged into a harness of course. Eat your heart out Peter Pan!

There were countless 'funny moments' during filming and when working with live animals to film the Pickle's Animal Park sequences you always have to expect the unexpected, for example, when a very hungry pelican jumped from the water onto the grassy bank in front of me. The pelican's attempts to steal my bucket of fish (and almost my hand in the process!) using its extremely large, gaping mouth was quite unnerving, I can tell you!

Andy's Wild Adventures feels like a combination of some of my favourite childhood films: 'Honey I Shrunk the Kids', 'Indiana Jones' and 'The Goonies'! Without doubt, this is one of the best projects I have ever been involved in and I feel very privileged to be a part of it!

I really hope you all love this programme as much as we loved making it!

Thanks for watching…

Andy x


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    Comment number 1.

    We noticed Andy wasn't around! Really enjoying the new show. My two do not really enjoy nature programmes but are loving this new show. It puts the size of everything into a perspective that they didn't quite grasp before and Andy makes them laugh a lot.

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    Comment number 2.

    My Five year old is loving Andy and Kips wild adventures and said that they are both his favourite characters. He wants to go and visit Andy at the safari park bit we have told him he might not be there on the day we go as they may be on another wild adventure.

    He is really enjoying the programs an tells his Grandma and Granda all he has learnt from wAtchng the show. I'm glad there was 40 made a he still has the other 30 to
    Look forward too.

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    Comment number 3.

    My 3 (almost 4) year old absolutely loves Andy's Wild Adventures. He is animal mad anyway and the programme really captures his imagination. Luckily we have the series on 'series record' so he can watch it whenever he likes. He also enjoys the Wild Adventure games on this website. Thank you for making such an innovative and educational programme.

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    Comment number 4.

    our two lads love this show, but does anyone know if the instumental music played when the 'kip mobile' takes off is from a film/programme, it sounds very familiar!!

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    Comment number 5.

    My 2 1/2 year old loves Andy's Wild Adventures. He now picks up the phone and says "Hello Mr Pickles, Andy here. Over!". And he never moans about putting his seatbelt on anymore (because Andy does it in the Kipmobile). It's a brilliant way of bringing wildlife to life for little ones. And it makes both of us chuckle. Good work! Another series please :-)


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