Topsy And Tim to debut on Cbeebies along with new series of Grandpa In My Pocket and returning favourite Show Me Show Me

I am thrilled to be announcing a mix of new and returning programming to the channel. We have been searching for our first-ever live action drama for CBeebies for some time and we are delighted to be working with Darrall Macqueen to bring the wonderful stories of Topsy and Tim to a brand new audience."Kay Benbow, Controller, CBeebies
Date: 17.10.2012     Last updated: 18.03.2014 at 17.54
Category: CBeebies
Controller Kay Benbow today announced that she is bringing lovable twins Topsy and Tim to CBeebies in a new pre-school drama series made by Darrall Macqueen.

Other new shows returning to the channel will include long-running series Grandpa In My Pocket and Show Me Show Me, and the festive favourite CBeebies Panto which, this year, will be Jack And The Beanstalk.

Topsy and Tim (60 x 11mins) is set to deliver a charming knee-high snapshot of contemporary family life that will be enjoyed by children and parents alike. The series is based on the original books by Jean and Gareth Adamson which were hugely popular in the 1960s and now, for the first time, are being brought up to date for the current CBeebies audience.

Each episode explores the fun of family life from the perspective of five-year-old twins – from washing the car with Dad to finding a lost rabbit. There are also two key life experiences which underpin this series – moving house and getting ready to start school – which bring change and new challenges for Topsy and Tim. The series aims to encourage children’s personal, social and emotional development as they identify with and learn from the twins’ experiences.

Topsy and Tim is a Darrall Macqueen production and is produced by Fiona Robinson. The Executive Producers are Maddy Darrall and Billy Macqueen for Darrall Macqueen, and Michael Towner for CBeebies.

The fourth series of Grandpa In My Pocket (52 x 12mins) made by Adastra Creative will see one of the country’s favourite actors, James Bolam, return as Grandpa for more hilarious adventures in Sunnysands. This series brings some exciting changes for the Mason Family. They are now living in The Mill-on-the-Marsh, a gorgeous windmill which mum is running as a B&B, while children Jason and Jemima have grown up. But, when two of Jason’s young cousins come to stay at The Mill for the summer, they are amazed and excited to be let into the secret of Grandpa’s magic shrinking cap.

James Bolam says: “Grandpa In My Pocket is such a great idea – first class scripts, original and funny, and the kids love it. I’m really looking forward to another series. In a word – magic!”

Grandpa In My Pocket is executive produced by Mellie Buse and Jan Page for Adastra Creative and Michael Towner for CBeebies.

Chris Jarvis and Pui Fan Lee return for a fourth series of the enchanting and entertaining series, Show Me Show Me. At the very top of a ten-storey tower block, Chris and Pui await in a beautiful and bright playroom with all their toy friends - Tom, Miss Mouse, Teddington, Momo and Stuffy. This series will explore a number of new themes alongside the usual fun mix of imaginary play, song, rhyme and movement. There will also be some new nursery rhyme guests who travel up in the lift to visit Chris and Pui on the 10th floor.

Show Me Show Me (20 X 20mins plus 1 x 20 mins winter special) is made in-house and is produced by Adam Redfern and executive produced by Tony Reed. The new series is in production at the moment for transmission on CBeebies in 2013.

And, finally, bringing a sprinkling of magic beans and cries of ‘Fe-Fi-Fo-Fum’ to the channel this Christmas is the pantomime, Jack and the Beanstalk. Join all of the CBeebies presenters as they visit an enchanted land for some festive fun and plenty of pantomime frolics. Jack and the Beanstalk will be narrated by Bernard Cribbins and performed in front of a live audience at The Palace Theatre in Manchester for broadcast this Christmas on the CBeebies channel.

Controller Kay Benbow says: “I am thrilled to be announcing a mix of new and returning programming to the channel. We have been searching for our first-ever live action drama for CBeebies for some time and we are delighted to be working with Darrall Macqueen to bring the wonderful stories of Topsy and Tim to a brand new audience. Viewers will be excited, I’m sure, to see brand new episodes of ‘Show Me Show Me’ and ‘Grandpa In My Pocket’ back on the channel. I’m particularly delighted that James Bolam has chosen to return to one of our most popular series as a character loved by our younger viewers and their families, while ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ will bring some fairytale fun to the channel at Christmas.”

Note to editors

CBeebies is dedicated to delighting and surprising its young audience and it remains the UK's most watched and most loved channel for the under-sixes.

Half of the target audience tune in every week (parents and carers with children aged 0-3 and four- to six-year-olds in digital homes) with 57% saying it is one of their favourite channels. Our reach is almost three times that of our nearest competitor.

Our most popular shows include In the Night Garden, Something Special, Octonauts, Justin’s House and Waybuloo. New shows this year include Andy’s Wild Adventures and Tree Fu Tom together with new episodes of the popular series Mr Bloom’s Nursery and Rastamouse.

The CBeebies website is also hugely popular with our young audience and their parents and helps extend the ‘learning through play’ philosophy. Last year it averaged over 830k unique users per week.

CBeebies has been crowned BAFTA’s Children’s Channel of the Year for the second year running and is Freesat’s Channel of the Year.

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