The brand new comedy adventure series is a co-development between CBeebies In-House Productions and BBC Worldwide Channels, and based on the Numtums learning shorts
BBC Worldwide Channels today unveils Numtums Adventures (52 x 11 mins) as the latest new title in production for the international CBeebies network. Created as a result of BBC Worldwide Channels’ ongoing deal with CBeebies in-house productions in the UK, Numtums Adventures continues BBC Worldwide’s commitment to invest in high quality programmes that will encourage children around the world to learn through play. BBC Worldwide will hold the commercial rights for the series, including global channel broadcast, distribution and merchandising.
Aimed at four to six year olds, the adventure comedy evolved from a series of five-minute learning shorts that currently air on the preschool channel in the UK and around the world to help children with their numbers.
The new series targets upper pre-schoolers by introducing story driven episodes, fast paced comedy and visual humour, and distinct voices and personalities for the Numtum characters. Using CGI, each episode sees the number-obsessed heroes use their maths and number skills to resolve problems in their quirky hometown of Gumnut Gorge.
Numtums Adventures is produced by the CBeebies in-house team and animated by A Productions in Bristol. The series will debut on CBeebies in the UK and around the world in 2013/14.
Henrietta Hurford-Jones, Director of CBeebies Investment, BBC Worldwide Channels said, “We’ve created some groundbreaking and popular shows with CBeebies in the UK, across a range of formats, and I have no doubt that Numtums Adventures will be just as popular with fans of the channel around the world. I’m so pleased to be working with the in-house teams to continue to develop high quality and fun shows that really embody the CBeebies ethos of learning through play.”
Alison Stewart, Head of CBeebies Production, Animation and Acquisitions, said "Last year's short form Numtums series has performed extremely well, and we all saw great potential in the characters for further development. We're delighted to be working with BBC Worldwide Channels on this narrative series, which skilfully embeds maths learning in a range of comic adventures. I'm sure young audiences worldwide will love the series, which will have them laughing and learning at the same time!"
Numtums Adventures is the latest in a slate of new investments for BBC Worldwide’s international CBeebies network. Titles announced in recent months include the BAFTA nominated Andy’s Wild Adventures, which combines footage from the BBC's Natural History Unit with CGI technology, Mr Bloom’s Nursery, a combination of live action and puppetry to teach children about vegetables, and Baby Jake, a mixture of live action and 2D photographic animation that celebrates the bond between siblings.
CBeebies is a multiplatform brand for preschoolers aged six years and under, which encourages children to learn through play. In the UK, CBeebies offers a mix of new and landmark, high-quality, UK-produced content to educate and entertain the BBC’s youngest audiences in a consistently safe environment. The international CBeebies channel is wholly-owned by BBC Worldwide and is available in the following territories: Pan Asia, Australia, Pan Latin America & the US Hispanic market, Poland, South Africa and the Nordic region.
For more information, please contact:
Communications, BBC Worldwide Channels
Tel; +44 (0)208 433 2603
NOTES TO EDITORS
BBC Worldwide Channels is one of five BBC Worldwide businesses. Formed in 2005, the business’ diverse portfolio of channel brands provides a global showcase for the best mix of British TV across factual, entertainment, children’s and lifestyle programming. The company is the largest European News and Entertainment channel group, operating a network of 42 localised channels that reach almost 400 million homes in more than 100 countries around the world.
I’m so pleased to be working with the in-house teams to continue to develop high quality and fun shows that really embody the CBeebies ethos of learning through play.”