Natalie Bassingthwaighte, Shane Jacobson, Claudia Karva, Michael Caton, Yumi Stynes and Graeme Base bring Australian books alive in CBeebies Story Time
In celebration of the National Year of Reading, pre-school channel CBeebies is launching CBeebies Story Time a new series which brings together well-known celebrities to read popular Australian books for young children. Top TV presenter and musician Natalie Bassingthwaighte; award-winning actor and presenter Shane Jacobson; acclaimed TV and film actress Claudia Karvan; legendary actor Michael Caton; popular TV presenter Yumi Stynes; author and illustrator Graeme Base; country music artist Gina Jeffreys; chef Luke Nguyen; actress, singer, and presenter Toni Pearen; and TV and radio presenter Glenn Wheeler, are among the celebrity storytellers joining us in the story time chair.
Launching on Monday 23rd April at 7.15pm, CBeebies Story Time will keep the under-sixes enthralled with an imaginative storytelling treat. The series features an exciting mix of enchanting adventures, traditional tales, and contemporary fiction that families will love. Australian authors are at the heart of the series, with captivating stories like ‘Max Meets a Monster’ by Tracey Hawkins, ‘The Great Expedition’ by Peter Carnavas and ‘The Legend of the Golden Snail’ by Graeme Base, taking centre stage.
The 24 x 5 minute series is created and produced in-house and broadcast on CBeebies, BBC Worldwide Australia’s channel for pre-schoolers available on FOXTEL and AUSTAR. It is inspired by the hugely successful and much-loved Bedtime Stories strand broadcast daily on CBeebies UK since its launch in 2002.
CBeebies Story Time will join established favourites such as Charlie and Lola, Poetry Pie, Humf, 3rd and Bird, Five Minutes More, Jackanory Junior, Roly Mo and The Large Family in the Story Time block which airs weekdays from 7:00-8:30pm. With an emphasis on storytelling, all the programmes within the block are based on books or linked to reading.
Deirdre Brennan, GM / Director of Channels &Branded Services, BBC Worldwide Australasia said: “We are proud to offer families another opportunity for their children to learn by engaging with an imaginative world of stories and play. I am also delighted to welcome a special cast of talented Australians who will bring these tales to life! This enormously popular CBeebies programme format in the UK celebrates a love of books and reading, so it is very exciting to share this new local production with our audience in Australia.”
For more information, please contact:
BBC Worldwide Australia
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CBeebies is a brightly coloured world where children aged six and under learn through play. CBeebies provides a range of pre-school programming designed to encourage learning through play in a consistently safe environment. It’s a place full of stories, discovery and fun, with colourful effects and clever music creating a playful experience to keep younger audiences enthralled. It’s an interactive environment where ideas grow into imaginative games and exploration opens new doors to language and learning. CBeebies Australia is an advertising-free, safe environment for children.
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This enormously popular CBeebies programme format in the UK celebrates a love of books and reading, so it is very exciting to share this new local production with our audience in Australia.”