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Children at work on the series.

The writers have worked for three months

Cartoon soap brings teenagers to life

An internet cartoon soap about teenagers trapped in an abandoned school has had its premiere. The series has been produced by children from Knowsley with the help of animators at John Moores University and scriptwriters from the BBC.

An internet cartoon soap produced by children from Knowsley has premiered in Liverpool.

Trapped

Watch episodes of the series online

The youngsters created the characters for the eight part series, entitled 'Trapped', with the help of animators at John Moores University and scriptwriters from the BBC.

The national charity behind the project, Action for Children, says it gives disadvantaged children a creative outlet that can help them to rebuild their self-esteem and improve their outlook on education.

Trapped

Consequences

Trapped is a drama about consequences. It's a drama about four teenage friends who decide to break into, and explore their old school, which is due to be knocked down. 

The first episode ends when the school’s roof collapses trapping the teenagers. The next seven episodes focus on the consequences of their actions and tests of friendship and lessons they learn as they try to escape the condemned building.

The drama was developed by BBC writersroom and children's charity Action for Children with three young writers: Jade (11), Jake (14) and Chelsea (14) who have worked over a three month period with TV writer Lucia Haynes (Doctors, BBC One) to develop the scripts for this online drama.

For eleven-year-old Jade, creating the animation has been an experience which has given her confidence, "I’ve really enjoyed creating our animation. Lucia made me realise that I can do something if I put my mind to it," she said.

"One of my favourite bits was creating the characters and seeing my work come to life. I’m really proud of myself."

How to watch ‘Trapped’

Trapped can be viewed on BBC's Liverpool08 Capital of Culture website from Thursday 25th September 2008, one episode will be uploaded to the site each day.

Trapped will also be available on the BBC Liverpool08 mobile browser site, so episodes can be downloaded to mobile phone for the audience to watch and keep.

To get the clips on your mobile phone, text CULTURE to 81010 or type bbc.co.uk/mobile/liverpool08 into your mobile browser. Texts cost 10-15p depending on your network.

last updated: 03/10/2008 at 12:59
created: 02/10/2008

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