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  1. Up on the roof: summer filming with Cat and Rebecca

    Tuesday 29 July 2014, 15:56

     Bev Bev Producer, CBeebies Presentation

    Hello, I’m Bev, one of the producers in CBeebies Presentation – basically that means I help make the bits you see with the presenters in the CBeebies House between the shows (a.k.a. the ‘links’). Sometimes, we get the chance to film somewhere even more exciting, and we thought you’d like to hear about our recent adventure on the roof above MediaCity…

    CBeebies filming in progress on the roof at MediaCity

    We love working in the CBeebies House, but it’s always nice to be able to go outside, especially in the summer when we can share the good weather with our viewers. Last week when it was warm and sunny, we decided to film some sequences on the roof terrace above our studios in Salford.

    We made the decision on a Monday that we wanted to record the outdoor links the following week, so we didn’t have long to turn the plan into reality – and there’s a lot to do!

    But just what goes into turning an idea for a link into something you actually see on screen? Here’s a little taste of our week:


    Decision made! We want to film on the roof next week, so first up we check with the Studio Manager that our chosen date is actually possible, and organise a technical planning meeting for our crew. I’m the producer...

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  2. Getting into gymnastics: Louis Smith Q&A

    Friday 25 July 2014, 11:11

     Kate Kate CBeebies Grown-ups

    Are your children inspired by the exploits of sports stars and athletes? We chatted to Olympic medallist and Strictly Come Dancing star Louis Smith about his earliest inspirations..
    Have you always been sporty? 
    I have always been sporty. Having an older brother whom I played football and other games with really encouraged me to be competitive and active at an early age.
    Who or what inspired you in sport when you were little?
    Having fun playing lots of different sports is what encouraged me; I was playing lots of different sports because I loved it.
    Did your family encourage your interest in sport from an early age? Do you think you take after anyone with your sporting talents?
    Yes, they were the driving force, they sacrificed their time and I am so thankful for that. Do I take after anyone with my sporting talents? Well my nan used to swim, my brother was REALLY sporty. My mum wasn’t really sporty at all, but she definitely encouraged my brother and me to get involved, so sport has always been in my family.
    Lots of our CBeebies audience were really into the Olympics in 2012 – do you find that children recognise you since then? How do you cope with being a role model?
    Yes, I do get recognised...

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  3. Brand new series: Nina and the Neurons: Get Sporty

    Friday 18 July 2014, 10:13

     Kate Kate CBeebies Grown-ups

    Nina’s back on CBeebies from Monday 21st July 2014 at 4.15pm, with a brand new series exploring and explaining sports science – with a bit of help from her five sense Neurons, of course!
    From Wimbledon and the World Cup to the Tour de France, it’s already been a cracking summer of sport, and with the Commonwealth Games coming to Glasgow, the excitement is set to continue. If the exploits of their sporting heroes leave your child with more questions than answers, Nina and the Neurons are on hand to help.
    Why are balls so bouncy? Why do we play football in a team? How can we jump further, start faster or climb better – and why do we get so out of breath? Nina and her intrepid young Experimenters visit stadiums, ice-rinks, velodromes and pools to find out how athletes like rugby players, cyclists, trampolinists, high divers, gymnasts, curlers, cricketers and marathon runners do what they do.
    We hope Nina and the Neurons: Get Sporty will really inspire little ones to get active and try some new things. Top exercise scientist, Dr Jason Gill helped to make the series, and is passionate about getting kids up and moving. In this video, he explains for parents why it so vital that little...

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  4. BBC Children’s TV exhibition: Alex, Katy and Cat get nostalgic

    Friday 18 July 2014, 08:10

     Kate Kate CBeebies Grown-ups

    Some of our CBeebies presenters had a little preview of a brand new exhibition celebrating the history of BBC Children’s television yesterday – and it’s got them thinking about their own childhood TV favourites. How many of these do you remember?

    Play School, 1975 Play School, 1975

    Alex Winters:

    What was your favourite BBC Children’s programme when you were little, and why?

    Chockablock – with Fred Harris and Carol Leader. I loved the little yellow truck that the chockabloke and chockagirl used to drive around on – I really wanted to do that!

    I also loved Play School, and Derek Griffiths is one...

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  5. Swashbuckle: The researchers’ story

    Tuesday 15 July 2014, 15:38

     Mollie Mollie CBeebies Grown-ups

    We caught up with the very busy Swashbuckle researchers to find out what it’s like working aboard the Scarlet Squid!

    We caught up with the very busy Swashbuckle researchers to find out what it’s like working aboard the Scarlet Squid!

    Hi guys, can you introduce yourselves and tell us what you do?
    Hi! We’re Kate and Richard, the researchers on series 2 of Swashbuckle. It’s been out job to find the teams of Swashbucklers who will compete to try and win back Gem’s jewels from the naughty pirates. Once we’ve recruited the teams, it’s our job to look after them and their parents when they...

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  6. Here’s one we made earlier: BBC Children’s exhibition in Salford

    Friday 11 July 2014, 11:17

     Kate Kate CBeebies Grown-ups

    Did you grow up watching BBC Children’s programmes? Have your own children’s childhoods been defined by particular shows they’ve loved, or favourite characters who feel like an extra member of the family? 
    A new exhibition that’s opening at The Lowry in Salford this summer looks at the past, present and future of children’s broadcasting at the BBC. It explores more than 90 years of BBC Children’s, from the very early days of broadcasting with the launch of Children’s Hour in 1922, right up to today’s multimedia shows.
    Visitors will be able to see iconic items, footage, puppets and...

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  7. Exciting changes to CBeebies iPlayer

    Thursday 10 July 2014, 15:25

     Sally Sally Senior Producer

    Hello, I’m Sally and I’m proud to be part of the team that helped make the new CBeebies iPlayer that launched recently for computers, tablets and mobiles.

    The new CBeebies iPlayer has been specially designed to be fun and intuitive for little ones to use while making it easier for parents to ensure their child stays in a safe place enjoying age-appropriate shows. There are now lots more pictures to help little ones recognise their favourite CBeebies shows and characters and find their way around. It will also be easier to find new things that your child might enjoy including the most popular...

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  8. Cooking with Cat: banana yoghurt ice lollies and savoury pastry tart

    Monday 7 July 2014, 14:22

     Kate Kate CBeebies Grown-ups

    Child with ice lolly

    Cat’s been cooking up a storm in the CBeebies House this week – and if you’d like to try her summery recipes with your little ones, we’ve got all the details here. We’ve love to see a photo of your efforts – email us a picture on!

    Banana yoghurt ice lollies

    Banana yoghurt ice lolly

    To make six small lollies you will need:

    160-200g natural or Greek yoghurt
    1 tsp runny honey
    1-2 bananas

    6 empty mini yoghurt pots (washed)
    Lolly sticks
    Sheet of foil
    Or you could use ice lolly moulds, if you have them.




    1. Mash the banana(s) until very pulpy
    2. Mix...

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  9. Pirate party: Swashbuckle series two sets sail!

    Thursday 3 July 2014, 13:06

     Kate Kate CBeebies Grown-ups

    Swashbuckle Pirate Party

    You know how it is when you’re hosting a party – there’s just so much to do; party bag gifts to find, food to prepare, games to plan … don’t you sometimes wish you could recruit some of CBeebies’ finest to help you get ready?

    Swashbuckle’s Gem knows exactly how you feel. She’s holding a very special Swashbuckle Pirate Party aboard the Scarlet Squid for some of her CBeebies friends in a very special episode to celebrate the new series on Friday 11th July at 4.55pm.

    Topsy and Tim, Robert the Robert, Nina and Mr Bloom will all be there to lend a hand and make sure the party...

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  10. Joanna Rowsell: 5 steps to teach your child to ride a bike

    Tuesday 1 July 2014, 15:50

    Joanna Rowsell Joanna Rowsell Olympic cyclist

    Is your little one itching to get on two wheels? Riding a bike is a lifelong skill that can be picked up early - great for boosting confidence and developing independence, as well as being a fun way to get active.

    If you're not sure how to start teaching your child to cycle, Olympic gold medallist Joanna Rowsell is here to help with some top tips to get you going...

    Child riding a bike

    1. One thing at a time: cycling requires children to master a series of skills, then bring them all together to balance, pedal and steer all at the same time! When they're learning, it's much less stressful...

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