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We caught up with Adam Idelson, one of the Octonauts Producers, to hear all about what we should expect from series 2 and what it's like to work aboard the Octopod...

Hi Adam - what do you do on the Octonauts?


A: I'm the Supervising Producer, which means working directly with all the talented people who make Octonauts, from the artists who design the characters, to the writers and actors who make them speak, to the animators who put it all into motion.

How does it feel having watched the Octonauts come to life from the pages of a book, all the way through to a second series?


A: It's been amazing! Executive Producer Kurt Mueller discovered the books by Meomi a while back and worked with our head writer, Stephanie Simpson, to adapt it to TV. And I was lucky enough to join the team shortly after that.


At first it seemed to go slowly, as if we had forever to decide little things like should Captain Barnacles have a belt? What colour should the Gup-D be? Then about 3 years ago, we officially began production on series 1, and it's been like trying to catch a runaway train ever since!


What can we expect from series 2?


A: More of everything you like! Our mantra this season was to go BIG. So bigger with the action, creatures and comedy. And from what we've seen so far, we're delivering. I have to give a shout out to the sleepless souls at our animation studio, Brown Bag Films, who somehow manage to pack a feature film's worth of action-packed adventure into every 10 minute episode.

Any favourite episodes?


A: Well, that's a bit like choosing your favourite child! Speaking of which, there's a very funny episode coming up about a Jawfish father who carries his eggs around in his mouth and the Octonauts have to help him to keep track of them all. Being a dad, I can relate. But my favourite show so far this season is the premiere, where the Octopod tangles with a Colossal Squid!


What's your favourite thing about working on the Octonauts?


A: Honestly, it's hard to pick one thing. Some days I'm looking at designs for an upcoming character or rough animation for a new episode, other days I'm brainstorming new ideas with our writing team, or recording voices, or doing it all at one time! It's exhausting but exhilarating. I work with wonderful people and we all work 24/7 making a show we love.


What's next for the Octonauts?


A: There's a fantastic double-length special coming up for Christmas that all of us involved in the show think will be the best thing we've ever done. I don't want to give away any spoilers, but let's just say Kwazii goes in search of an underwater city his long-lost grandfather, Calico Jack could never find, and gets more than he bargained for.

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  • Comment number 7. Posted by Terry

    on 9 Sept 2013 15:55

    Thanks to the Octo-activist who highlighted the scheduling issue on Wikipedia... ;-) I had just lost track, which I suspect was their intention all along.

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  • Comment number 6. Posted by ~952086fd838d2c23dd6b71a69312801e3caa3c97

    on 14 Dec 2012 05:38

    Thanks for letting us know Ian. My son's interest in Octonauts has now waned again since the new episodes disappeared. I'm a big fan of the show too so I'm gutted. Scheduling idiocy.

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  • Comment number 5. Posted by Ian Flint

    on 7 Dec 2012 18:09

    We were sent an e-mail as we asked why it had been stopped and they said it would continue in the New Year, which makes no sense why start a series if you are going to stop it half way through why not just start the whole series in New Year or show it all before Christmas instead of showing old ones!?!

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  • Comment number 4. Posted by Ro

    on 7 Dec 2012 17:34

    It's ok but like what other people said: its halted half way through!

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  • Comment number 3. Posted by ~952086fd838d2c23dd6b71a69312801e3caa3c97

    on 5 Dec 2012 18:08

    We're with Ian. I don't know who is in charge of this scheduling fiasco but it seems designed to annoy children and parents who are fans of the show. When will the new series start up again? It is impossible to divine this from anywhere on iPlayer or this website. Incredibly irritating for families up and down the country who have been so looking forward to the second season of their favourite Cbeebies program. My son keeps asking what has happened to the new Octonauts, and I am not even able to answer his questions. Any light you can shed on this would be much appreciated, and not just by my family.

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  • Comment number 2. Posted by Ian Flint

    on 5 Dec 2012 06:33

    We love watching Octonauts with our Daughter but we are pretty annoyed you've halted the new series half way through.

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  • Comment number 1. Posted by Ro

    on 3 Dec 2012 21:34

    I love the new series of Octonauts!

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