CBBC commissions play-along gameshow, Ludus

Our new fantasy adventure game allows viewers who prefer a more immersive experience to join in the fun and play along at home."Cheryl Taylor, Controller, CBBC
Date: 17.10.2013     Last updated: 18.03.2014 at 18.05
Category: CBBC
CBBC has commissioned its first-ever play along gameshow. Ludus (20x30 minutes) is an interactive gameshow where children can play along in real-time with the contestants on the show.

Produced by Boom Pictures in Cardiff, Ludus will be a true multiplatform production. Children can play the games together with the programme’s contestants – whether they are watching the show as it is broadcast or viewing on BBC iPlayer. The games will be available on desktop and mobile devices to enjoy alongside the show.

Ludus is a villain who has taken the friends and family of three children into space. The children must play the six levels of Ludus to win back their loved ones and, in the final game, they must try and win their own ticket back home!

Controller of CBBC, Cheryl Taylor, says: "Our new fantasy adventure game allows viewers who prefer a more immersive experience to join in the fun and play along at home. Ludus is compelling and charismatic with a big thrill factor for those who just want to view too. We're confident that this will be the first of many such sophisticated experiences for CBBC.”

Ofcom’s recent survey into children’s media use showed that half of 8-11 year olds in the UK now have access to a mobile and 44 per cent to a tablet (up from only 13 per cent in 2012).

Executive Producer at Boom, Rob Hyde, said: “We have given the show a vintage sci-fi feel that we hope will appeal to both children and their families. When designing the interior of the space ship we imagined how it might look if it had been designed for kids by Apple and NASA."

The format was co-created by Boom Pictures and Cube Interactive. Executive Producers for Boom are Rob Hyde and Angharad Garlick and Melissa Hardinge and Mario Dubois are Executive Producers for CBBC.

Ludus will be broadcast early in the New Year with the games available prior to transmission.

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