BBC Worldwide has added two new shows to its slate of children's programming; Shoebox Zoo, a 13x 25minute live action drama series, and Jack Frost, a half hour animation developed from the best selling book by David Melling.
Aimed at pre-teens, Shoebox Zoo is co-produced by BBC Scotland, Blueprint Productions and Alberta Filmworks. Seamlessly combining CGI and live action, the series premiered in the UK on BBC television in September 2004 and has been licensed by BBC Worldwide to six broadcasters to date; HRT Croatia, RTR Kultura Russia, Cartoon Network India, Efal Nigeria, TV2 Iceland and SABC South Africa. Further deals are expected shortly.
Filmed in Scotland, Shoebox Zoo boasts a stellar cast including Peter Mullan (Ordinary Decent Criminal), Jason Connery (Robin of Sherwood ), Rik Mayall (Blackadder, The Young Ones), Simon Callow (Four Weddings and a Funeral ) and Alan Cumming ( Xmen 2, GoldenEye), and introduces talented young Canadian actress Vivien Endicott-Douglas in the lead role of Marnie McBride. Marnie and the tiny carved animals of the Shoebox Zoo set off on an epic adventure to discover the lost Book of Forbidden Knowledge.
Jack Frost is a beautifully produced animation that further augments BBC Worldwide's portfolio of classic family and children's animation, which includes BAFTA award-winners Robbie the Reindeer and First Snow of Winter.
The half-hour special is written and produced for the BBC by Jack Frost Limited, and has been created using toon–shaded CGI techniques to give it an illustrative feel. Jack Frost will be transmitted in the UK on BBC television this autumn.
Helen McAleer, Director of Children's, BBC Worldwide comments: "The addition of these two superbly produced programmes further enhances the quality and reputation of BBC Worldwide's international children's TV portfolio, which continues to be welcomed by our broadcast partners across the globe."