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.
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 people participating in the sport throughout Europe. I’m a big cricket fan and batting is one of my favourite things so it was brilliant to work at ‘The Home of Cricket’!
Who are your heroes?
Ha! If you asked any of my friends then they’d tell you that I’ve got a pretty big soft spot for Dave Grohl from Foo Fighters and Denzel Washington.
What’s your favourite TV show?
The West Wing! I’m trying to be more like Jed Bartlet.
Where did you study?
I went to school in Devon and then studied Journalism, Media & Cultural Criticism at Cardiff University. I had the BEST time. I made so many great friends,...
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 puppy who loves digging holes, finding bones and chase squirrels! Tweet is a fun-loving little chick who giggles a lot and loves to sing. Being a chick, she can't fly very well, but we did attach balloons to her in one episode to give her more air time! Dave is a blue Panda. He's the wild card character, who has lots of ideas and likes to joke around. He’s obsessed with bananas - for reasons I still don't understand, other than it’s funny! (I did check online when writing the show and discovered that it is okay for pandas to eat bananas, just in case any end up watching the show and copy him.)
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, or use the Bedtime Hour as wind-down time before they go to sleep.
We know that children (and parents and carers!) form very strong attachments to particular programmes between 6pm and 7pm, so it’s important to try and keep programming consistent. Because we understand this, we don’t change the line-up in Bedtime Hour all that often.
So why do we change it at all? The truth is that not all children like the same programmes. We have a very broad audience that we have to appeal to, from newborn babies right up to 6 year olds who may have been at school for two years.
With this in mind, every so...
Producer, CBeebies Grown-ups
Melody is back with a new series on Monday 16th March. 11 year old Angharad Rhodes stars as Melody, a little girl with a big imagination who is partially-sighted. We caught up with Angharad's mum, Lynda, to find out all about Angharad and what it's like being mum to a little CBeebies star...
Can you tell us a little bit about Angharad?
Angharad has always been described by people we meet as...
CBeebies Stargazing is back from Monday 16th March at 5.45pm, and this year the series is marking a very exciting event. We talked to presenter and space scientist Dr Maggie Aderin Pocock to find out what our little ones can expect…
Hi Maggie, can you tell us a bit about the new series of CBeebies Stargazing?
In the new series we’ll be celebrating the power, the reach and sheer size of the...
We asked Shirley Hughes about what inspires her illustrations, what has made her characters appeal to generations of children, and how she has juggled her work with motherhood and grandmotherhood... Read more
For World Book Day last year we talked to author and illustrator Eric Carle as his...
Have you ever wondered why the characters on CBeebies shows look the way they do? We quizzed Steve Roberts (Lead Creative and Writer on Twirlywoos) to find out how he went about designing a whole crew of new CBeebies favourites.
Hi Steve, how did you come up with the ideas for how the Twirlywoos characters should look?
Their body shape, legs and feet were inspired by the ducks I saw on my walk...
We spoke to Anne, the creator of Twirlywoos, and Cathy, the programme’s educational consultant, about the ideas behind this new CBeebies show for toddlers…
Hello, can you tell us a little bit about yourselves and your new series?
Anne: I’m Anne, the founder and creative director of Ragdoll Productions, the company that makes Twirlywoos. We’d previously made several other shows for CBeebies –...
It seems like only yesterday that CBeebies presenter Katy Ashworth had her little boy Charlie, but he’s growing up fast, so we thought we’d sit down for a chat with Katy to see how she’s coping with having a toddler in the house…
Hi Katy, how’s Charlie doing? What’s he into at the moment?
He loves words! Everything is ‘the moon’, and we say ‘bye bye’ to everyone with frantic hand waving. And he...
Hello, can you tell us a bit about what Chinese and Lunar New Year is, and when it falls this year?
Hello! My name is Cindy, and I am mum of three girls aged 5, 3 and 1. We’re Chinese, and Chinese New Year is the biggest festival in our culture.
It falls on a different date every year. This year we are going to be celebrating our Chinese New Year on Thursday 19th February.
Chinese New Year is all...