BBC Worldwide today announced the commission of a second series of Sarah & Duck with 40 brand new episodes. Aimed at three to six year olds, series 2 sees the continued adventures of seven year old Sarah and her quacky, flappy best friend Duck, as they embark on problem-solving adventures in their own wobbly way.
Created by Sarah Gomes Harris and Tim O'Sullivan at Karrot Entertainment, series two of Sarah & Duck has been commissioned by Henrietta Hurford-Jones, Director of Children’s at BBC Worldwide who commented: “Sarah & Duck embodies the warmth, charm and quality that CBeebies delivers to its loyal viewers. With the global popularity and appeal of the show, I’m delighted that there will be more adventures from Sarah, her best friend Duck and their unique group of friends and neighbours.”
The brand new series will air internationally next year, and on the CBeebies Channel in the UK in 2014.
Alison Stewart, Head of CBeebies Production, Animation and Acquisitions for CBeebies UK added: Sarah & Duck became an instant favourite when Series One aired in the UK earlier this year. Young children and their families have taken these two unlikely friends to their hearts, and I am thrilled that we are able to bring a second series to the Channel.”
The 2D animation second series (40x7) created by Karrot Entertainment will once again be internationally distributed by BBC Worldwide who own the global distribution and merchandising rights. Deals have been secured to date to air the first series of Sarah & Duck in the United States (Sprout), Japan (NHK), Norway (NRK), Sweden (SVT), Finland (YLE), Portugal (RTP), Iceland (RUV), Holland (NPO) and Israel (HOP) as well as airing across the global CBeebies network.
CBeebies now reaches over 45 million homes outside the UK, through BBC Worldwide’s network of channels and branded programme blocks. Local schedules are available in seven key markets – the Nordic region, Poland, Africa, Australia and Asia, as well as the Latin American & US Hispanic market.
Sarah & Duck Series two is the latest in a slate of children’s investments at BBC Worldwide including: Chop! Chop!, Numtums, Old Jack’s Boat, Baby Jake and Andy’s Dinosaur Adventures.
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Sarah & Duck embodies the warmth, charm and quality that CBeebies delivers to its loyal viewers. With the global popularity and appeal of the show, I’m delighted that there will be more adventures from Sarah, her best friend Duck and their unique group of friends and neighbours.”