Kate, CBeebies Grown-ups
We all love hearing a good story – but what makes a great story to read aloud to your child, and how can you make sure that your little one is riveted to your tale? We talked to master storyteller Bernard Cribbins about the importance of telling stories to children.
Wussywat the Clumsy Cat arrives on CBeebies from Monday 22nd June 2015 at 9.30am and 1.30pm, bringing his own unique approach to problem-solving to the preschool audience. CBeebies Grown-ups had a chat with co-creators Simon Quinn and Simon Rolph to find out how they brought our new favourite feline to life…
Hello Simons! Can you briefly introduce yourselves and tell us what you do on Wussywat the Clumsy Cat?
Si Q – I’m Simon Quinn, producer and co-creator of the show. I’ve been working in television since 1988, starting out as a puppet maker. I got the animation bug when, in 1990, I worked on ‘Huxley Pig’ and then a revival of the ‘Wombles’ - and I’ve never looked back. I’ve worked on many children’s shows and always thought I would like to make one myself one day. I met Simon Rolph when I was 17 and we’ve been friends ever since. We first worked together in 2005 on a programme called ‘Hannah’s Helpline’.
Si R – And I’m Simon Rolph, writer and co-creator of the show. I’ve written...
A lot goes into making your little one's favourite shows and turning that first brilliant idea into the final programme we show on TV and here at CBeebies we're always aiming to keep our big productions as environmentally friendly as we can. Working with BAFTA, we've been making sure our programmes are as sustainable as possible and we sat down with one of our Executive Producers to find just how the teams go about reducing their carbon footprint...
I’m Vanessa Amberleigh, an Executive Producer for In-House production at CBeebies. I have worked in Children’s television for over 25 years and love it! My role is to help guarantee programmes made by our in-house teams are true to the values of CBeebies.
I look after a variety of shows that include Something Special, Show Me Show Me, Gigglebiz, Swashbuckle, Mr Bloom: Here and There, Justin’s House and the CBeebies dance events.
Part of my role is to fully support sustainability of productions so that as a team we ensure we are wholly...
Brand new CBeebies series Footy Pups starts on Monday 25th May at 4.30pm. We talked to England and Arsenal football player and Footy Pups presenter Rachel Yankey to find out what our little ones can expect...
Can you tell us a little bit about Footy Pups? What can we expect to see in the series?
Footy Pups is a football show aimed at 3-6 year old children. The series is all about getting children active and teaching different skills, which are transferable to all sports.
The Footy Pups are a team of animated dogs, you’ll meet Rozzie, Benny, Geraldine, Rex and Pickles – who will not only make your little ones laugh but also teach them some invaluable lessons.
As a professional player yourself, why did you particularly want to get involved with training children and introducing them to football and healthy living?
I think it’s really important that children get involved in sports from a young age – there are loads of life skills you can learn from sport. For example, in...
Producer, CBeebies Grown-ups
We all know how hard it can be to make sure your little ones are getting enough physical activity – especially when you’re exhausted yourself and just want to collapse on the couch after a long day! One CBeebies dad has taken up the challenge to get his family more active in day-to-day life and we caught up with him to find out how they've been doing it…
My name is Tom and I'm the proud dad of...
We had a chat with Chuggington director and head writer, Sarah Ball, about what to expect from series 5 of your train-obsessed tot's favourite show.
What can parents and little ones expect from the new series?
We’ve introduced lots of new fun characters and a really impressive location - the Chuggington Docks - which we’ve always referred to in the series, but never actually seen before! The...
We chatted to self-confessed 'dance mum' Vicky and her 10 year old son Fin, a keen dancer, to find out what life's like when you just *have* to dance...
Hi, can you introduce yourself and tell us a bit about your family?
I’m Vicky, and I have three boys (cue the gasps / comments of ‘you’ve got your hands full there’!), Callum is 11, Finlay is 10 and Ewan is 6. Callum and Ewan both play football...
Executive Producer, CBeebies Presentation
CBeebies welcomes its youngest ever visitor on the morning of Monday 27th April. She is 6 week old Evangeline and the CBeebies audience will be able to follow her development over the next year.
The idea was sparked from a dim and distant memory of the baby who regularly appeared on Blue Peter nearly 50 years ago when John Noakes and Peter Purves showed viewers how to look after little Daniel....
Producer, CBeebies Grown-ups
There’s a new face in the CBeebies House. It’s Ben Cajee and Grown-ups has the low down on him.
What do you like to do?
I love playing and watching sport! I’ve always supported West Ham and know that we’ll definitely win the FA Cup at some point in my lifetime…
What were you doing before?
Before starting with CBeebies I worked for the International Cricket Council at Lord’s, trying to get more...
Hello, can you tell us who you are, and what you do on Ruff-Ruff, Tweet & Dave?
Hello! My name is Tony Collingwood and I'm the creator of Ruff-Ruff, Tweet and Dave. I also co-directed the series with the show's designer, Andrea Tran, and in my spare time, I've written some of the episodes. It's been a fun journey
(L-R) Ruff Ruff, Tweet and Dave
Can you tell us a bit about the characters?
Ruff-Ruff is an excitable...
This Easter we’re welcoming some new friends to the Bedtime Hour, alongside some old favourites.
Here at CBeebies, we know that bedtime is a really important time for you and your little ones. We aim to create a calm and consistent television schedule at bedtime that will be a helpful part of this routine, so that you can set key points around the programmes for your child to get ready for bed,...