A new animation for CBeebies starring Jason Donovan

Boj burrows on to CBeebies in May

I think Boj will charm both children and adults and I’m thrilled to welcome Jason Donovan to the channel.Kay Benbow, Controller, CBeebies
Date: 28.04.2014     Last updated: 29.04.2014 at 10.34
Category: CBeebies
Jason Donovan will voice the character of ‘Pops’ in a new charming, animated comedy series called Boj which starts on CBeebies in May.

The series follows the life of the main character Boj, who is a Bilby – a rare marsupial from the Australian Outback. Boj has burrowed to Giggly Park with his musical parents Mimi and Pops where they now live in a simple underground burrow at the heart of their new neighbourhood. This cosmopolitan community has never seen anything quite like Boj’s family with their inventive back-to-basics lifestyle.

Boj is full of creativity and messy fun and since popping up as the new kid in Giggly Park he’s made lots of new buddies. Everyone loves Boj’s upside-downy, topsy-turvy ways. With his improvised 'Boj-a-boom' ideas Boj can solve everybody’s problems, and when Boj gets boj-ing he builds friendships and bonds the whole community together like never before.

The character of Boj is voiced by a 9-year-old Australian actor, Ziggy Badans, while other voice talent on the series includes: Josie Taylor (Mimi, Boj’s mum), Dave Benson Phillips (Dr Woof), Dominica Warburton (voice of Mrs Bleat and Mrs Twitch) and Dan Chambers (voice of Mr Cloppity and Mr Bleat).

Kay Benbow, Controller of CBeebies, says: “I think Boj will charm both children and adults and I’m thrilled to welcome Jason Donovan to the channel. The series is beautifully animated with quirky characters and plenty of humour. I’m sure it will become a favourite with our audience.”

Boj is a celebration of childhood. Boj shows us all how to loosen up, be free-thinking, creative, pro-active and resourceful – and ultimately how to put aside our differences and all get along!

The series features a theme tune (sung by Jason Donovan) and a dozen original songs all specially written in collaboration with BAFTA-winning composer Mick Cooke, member of BRIT award-winners Belle And Sebastian.

Boj (52x11min) is produced by BAFTA Award-winning Pesky Productions for CBeebies in association with Kavaleer Productions (Dublin) and Cloth Cat Animation (Cardiff). The creator and director is Claire Underwood with co-creators Dave Ingham (head writer) and David Hodgson (producer). Sarah Legg is the programme executive for CBeebies.