BBC Worldwide has agreed major deals with Australian broadcaster, ABC, Scandinavian broadcaster, SVT in Sweden and DR in Denmark, to take 26 episodes of Tiger Aspect's brand new children's animation Charlie and Lola. This follows sales to Disney in the US and TF1 in France.
Deirdre Brennan, Programmer, ABC Australia said: "We are very excited about introducing Charlie and Lola to our ABC Kids audience in 2005. The series offers a magical mix of memorable characters, terrific storytelling and unique design that will make children love and laugh at the world around them."
The show will premier in the US on the Disney Channel as part of its learning-focused Playhouse Disney programming block.
Nancy Kanter, Senior Vice President, Programming, Disney Channel, said: "Charlie and Lola's relationship is refreshingly harmonious, with the big brother employing logic, humour, compassion and imagination to help his little sister understand the world better or just get to bed on time."
BBC Worldwide holds all global rights (excl US TV) and plans are in place for product roll- out commencing Spring 2006 in the UK.
Acquired by the BBC for its pre-school channel CBeebies and BBC Two, the series is based on Lauren Child's award-winning children's books and is due to air in Autumn 2005 in the UK.
Produced by Claudia Lloyd, directed by Kitty Taylor and designed by Leigh Hodgkinson, the animation reflects the distinctive cut-out style of the books and the exuberance and imagination of the characters, seven-year-old Charlie and his younger sister Lola. Glorious music, sound effects and design will conjure up magical worlds that only children could have the imagination to invent.
Realistic dialogue, voiced by children, makes Charlie and Lola really resonate with kids.
In one of the stories, four-year-old Lola proclaims she "will not ever, NEVER eat a tomato!"
Other stumbling blocks include dealing with the boredom of being ever so not well, not wanting to get your hair cut, not being particularly keen on spiders or not wanting your first wobbly tooth to fall out. It falls to big brother Charlie to win her round - and he uses every trick in the book - logic, humour, and the power of the imagination.
Charlie and Lola is a Tiger Aspect production.