Award-winning channel CBBC has commissioned a raft of new in-house entertainment and factual programmes, reinforcing its commitment to producing original children’s content.
Commissioned by CBBC Controller Damian Kavanagh, the new programmes include Secret World Of..., a documentary series which proves that being famous isn’t a one man show; Hoopla, which invites viewers into Dick and Dom’s very own magical funfair and second series of both Alesha’s Street Dance Stars and Sam & Mark’s Big Friday Wind-Up, commissioned by the CBBC Productions team in Salford.
The CBBC team at BBC Scotland has also been commissioned to create the new documentary series Superhumans, which looks at real-life superheroes and their amazing talents, and All Over the Place USA which follows Ed Petrie and his CBBC friends as they take a trip around the United States of America.
The CBBC Scotland team will also be making a second series of the popular canine talent show Who Let The Dogs Out, plus Who Let The Dogs Out and About, a magazine style roadshow series that will be presented from various locations across the UK.
Damian Kavanagh says: “These recent additions to the CBBC pipeline are all very different and each brings something new for our audience to experience and enjoy. It’s important that we continue to offer children programmes they wouldn’t find anywhere else except on CBBC.”
Secret World (5 x 30 minute programmes)
Lots of children say they want to be famous when they grow up...but being famous isn’t a one man show.
This exciting new series will peel back the curtains on fame to reveal the huge network of people working tirelessly to create, guide and advise just one person.
The series includes a journey behind the scenes with dance crew Flawless as they embark on a ground-breaking collaboration with the English National Ballet; a peek at what it takes to find a new young star for Shrek the Musical; a trip behind the scenes with the Speaker of the House of Commons John Bercow; a look at what it takes to make a TV show with Dani Harmer and a profile of the under 18s team at Manchester City’s Football Academy, as they strive for greatness both on and off the pitch.
Secret World is executive produced for CBBC by Gurdip Bhangoo and series produced by Hugh Lawton.
Hoopla (10 x 60 minute programme)
They used to live in a bungalow...now they’ve run away to the circus!
CBBC legends Dick and Dom are back and this time they’re the ringmasters of their very own funfair, packed to the rafters with oddities, games and pure entertainment of the kind that only Dick and Dom can provide.
There’s a carnival atmosphere as our comedic hosts guide us round their new home, complete with a big top, rides, side shows and tents full of mystery, promise and plenty of celebrity guests.
Hoopla is executive produced by Annette Williams for CBBC and series produced by Steve Ryde.
Alesha’s Street Dance Stars (10 x 30 minute programmes)
Alesha Dixon is on a mission to find Britain’s most original, entertaining and accomplished young street dancing crew, as Alesha’s Street Dance Stars heads back to CBBC for a second series.
She’ll be scouring the nation for eye-popping, jaw-dropping routines matched with tight showmanship and electrifying acrobatic dance skills, as dance crews of up to 12 young street dancers compete to win the title of Alesha’s Street Dance Stars 2012.
The series is executive produced by Simon Marsh and series produced by Julie Kelling.
Sam & Mark’s Big Friday Wind-Up (10 x 60 minute programmes)
Pranks, games and surprises are around every corner with Sam & Mark’s Big Friday Wind-Up, which returns to CBBC for a second action-packed series.
Full of fun, the show takes viewers on a roller-coaster ride into the weekend in the way that only Sam & Mark can. With celebrity appearances and regular live musical performances from some of the hottest stars of the moment, combined with a host of sketches, pranks and games, Sam & Mark’s show is the best way to wind-up the week.
Sam & Mark’s Big Friday Wind-Up is executive produced by Simon Marsh and series produced by David Beardsell.
Superhumans (10 x 28 minute programmes)
Prepare to be amazed as we follow extreme enthusiast and explorer Tim Fitzhigham as he tracks down real life Superhumans and tests himself against them, in an attempt to become the ultimate Superhuman.
Each programme will follow the story of an amazing individual, such as the real life Iceman, Daredevil, Incredible Hulk, Spiderman, The Flash and Batboy. Tim learns how the human body copes in extreme situations - and how some individuals have the ability to do superhuman things against the odds.
Superhumans is executive produced by Louise Corbett.
Who Let the Dogs Out? (15 x 30 minute programmes)
Do you know a clever canine? Want to meet some totally amazing mutts? Then join champion dog trainer Zak George in the Dog House and find out just how incredible Britain’s top pups can be!
Who Let the Dogs Out? returns for a second series, scouring the country to find the most talented dogs the UK has to offer.
Presented by Zak George, Who Let the Dogs Out? is executive produced by Yvonne Jennings and produced by Claire Gillies.
Who Let the Dogs Out and About? (10 x 60 minute programmes)
The popular CBBC show heads out around the UK, as Zak George presents a series of magazine-style roadshows which invite children from all over the UK to come and visit with (or without!) their dogs.
The hour-long programmes will air on CBBC in the Autumn.
Who Let the Dogs Out and About? is executive produced by Yvonne Jennings and produced by Chris Hulme.
All Over the Place USA (13 x 30 minute programmes)
All Over the Place returns to CBBC for a third series, and this time Ed Petrie and his CBBC mates are off to the USA.
Ed is joined by Naomi Wilkinson, Jonny Pitts, Cellach Spellman, Iain Stirling and Michelle Ackerley on a bizarre quest to find the most unusual, strange and amazing places to visit in the United States of America.
All Over the Place USA is executive produced by Louise Corbett and produced by Maria Stewart.
For more information on CBBC programmes please visit www.bbc.co.uk/cbbc