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Who Wants To Be A Superhero?

CBBC Winter/Spring 2009

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Newsround has been dedicated to bringing children the news for over 36 years, making the important issues of the day relevant and easily understandable for kids.


Television's only daily current affairs programme specifically made for young people has recently been given a re-launch with a brand new look and three new presenters for a new generation of children.


Newsround continues to make one-off specials, which cover difficult subjects, such as recent reports on knife crime and divorce, in a sensitive and accessible way.


Presented by Ore Oduba and Sonali Shah live from BBC Television Centre in London, Newsround now has its very own news bureau in Manchester, bringing all the latest news from the nations and regions to uniquely deliver world class journalism exclusively for children and young people across the UK.


As well as delivering up-to-the-minute news, Newsround's website also encourages children to share their own views and engage in debates by joining chats on the message boards, voting on the issues that matter to them, pitting their wits in a choice of quizzes, and watching the amazing press pack reports made by other Newsround viewers.




Paradise Café


Paradise Café is a new drama set in the middle of the South Pacific on the beautiful island of Rarotonga.


It's a perfect summer on the exotic island and when Robbo and his kid sister, Megan, set up a beachfront café serving smoothies in the sun with their new island friends, Abi and Tai, it seems nothing can go wrong.


But exploding smoothie makers, mixed-up orders and a cash flow crisis soon put the group's loyalty, friendship and trust to the test.


As if that wasn't enough, the fledgling business is plagued by legions of sea ghosts set free from a hidden prison within the rotting coral at the bottom of the ocean.


The sea ghosts seem to think the café is a cool place to turn up for a mochaccino and a laugh, but a café full of ghosts isn't good for business.


While some of the sea ghosts are simply mischievous and play unpredictable tricks, the bad, scary ones are out to cause more serious trouble for the café gang, even threatening the island itself.


As well as a ghost story to deal with in every episode, the kids have some bigger mysteries to solve.


Why are the ghosts showing up at all? Where has the stunning Chloe come from? Who is the mysterious, mythical "Sea Born" hero who will save the island from the ghosts? And how come Tai can hold his breath underwater for ages?


With its unique mix of a beautiful beach setting, absorbing mystery and edge-of-the-seat thrills, Paradise Café will constantly surprise the audience with scary twists in its sun-kissed tales.


Paradise Café is also being shown on the BBC HD channel.


An Initial (an Endemol Company) production for CBBC.




Richard Hammond's Blast Lab


Top Gear star Richard Hammond hosts Blast Lab, a new science-based game show for CBBC and his first show for children.


Based in a fictitious underground laboratory in the grounds of his supposed stately home, Richard invites two groups of three friends to take part in his crazy experiments and compete to win prizes.


While the winning team take their prizes home, the losers get to blow up their prizes – all in the name of science. The opportunity to push the plunger is a treat in itself, even if it means sacrificing the booty.


Each show focuses on a different scientific theme or principle.


In the "mini science" round, Richard's former science teacher, Mini Miss (she is 65-years-old-but, due to a failed Hammond time-travel experiment, has returned to the present day as a 10-year-old), asks the teams to take part in experiments that range from building rockets that demonstrate Newton's Third Law to exploring the properties of water tension.


Each experiment is designed to have true "take away" value, so children can replicate them at home.


After each mini science round, Richard expands on the theory by sending his technicians (Lab Rats) into the field to test the principles to the max, with some spectacular results.


These films have a genuine "wow" factor, bringing the excitement of science to a broad audience. These experiments are ones to admire from afar and definitely not to be tried at home.


Richard is joined in his secret Lab by Ninja Nan – a 70-year-old lady in charge of security, who may appear frail but is a fully trained Ninja.


There are also a variety of Lab Rats (poor beleaguered technicians at Richard's beck and call) and his beloved car, Oliver, the Opel Kadett he brought back from a Top Gear filming trip to Botswana.


A September Films production for CBBC.






The world of child runaways is tackled by award-winning writer and director Paul Wilmshurst (Trial And Retribution, Forgiven), in a new three-part drama.


Lifting the lid on the little known world of homeless children, the story explains how they came to be runaways and the every day risks they face trying to survive in a hostile adult world.


Sean, played by William Miller (Oliver in the BBC's Oliver Twist), is an 11-year-old fleeing an unhappy home life and bullying at school.


Taking to the streets, he meets repeat runaway Molly, played by newcomer Saffron Coomber.


Together they try to survive by sleeping rough, stealing and eventually falling into the clutches of a deceptive individual.


The series follows the police search for Sean and the emotional ramifications for his mum and the brothers he has left behind.


Sean's occasional imaginings, fears and fantasies are shown in animated sequences to illustrate his heightened senses.


Shot on location, Runaway is a thought-provoking and insightful drama mixing excitement, jeopardy and adventure.


Runaway is also being shown on the BBC HD channel.




Sofa Surfers


Sofa Surfers (street slang for homeless children) tells five stories of child poverty.


There are 130,000 homeless children in Britain today and this ground-breaking series offers a surprising mix of touching stories by giving the children caught up in them a voice.


All aspects of their lives are filmed by the documentary team and the kids will have their own cameras to take with them to record their experiences for themselves.


There is humour amid the pathos as, for many of the young contributors, the ability to find something to laugh at is the key to holding onto their self respect.


Many homeless children keep their situation a secret from their friends, school and people in their community.


In every episode of Sofa Surfers, the documentary team will be present when they reveal this enormously important fact about their lives to a person close to them.


The documentary follows them as they pluck up the courage to be open about something that embarrasses them and that they would rather keep private. It also shows how the person they trust with this important secret reacts.


The series is stripped over a week and, every day, one of the 28-minute films follows one child's extraordinary life – showing the different aspects and realities of homelessness.


In the final episode, the homeless children featured during the first four programmes go on holiday together.


It will be the first holiday of their lives and, for some, the first time they have met another homeless child beyond their own family.


Children can get involved online. After each programme, they can log on to the CBBC website for an exclusive interview with a sofa surfer. There is also a family tree and scrapbook for each child featured in the series.


A Walsh Bros. Production for CBBC.




Sorry I've Got No Head


A fast-paced, irreverent comedy, Sorry I've Got No Head returns for a second series starring some of the best of British comedy talent.


The "grown up" sketch show for children, in which all the roles are played by adults, is made by So Television.


The first run featured Marcus Brigstocke, Mel Giedroyc and Anna Crilly.


The new series contains a huge variety of sketches, some historical, some contemporary and promises even more laughs and mayhem.


Returning favourites include The Witchfinder, proclaiming "she’s a witch" at every opportunity; Jasmine and Prudith who think everything will cost "a thousand pounds"; and Ross from the Outer Hebrides, who has the dubious distinction of being the only pupil in a school with only one teacher.


There will also be a host of new characters to surprise and delight.


Front Desk




Stickers is an exciting new feature coming to myCBBC, a new website in which children have their own "dens" or personal space.


Den owners will be able to create clever and witty short slogans on t-shirts and then store them in a wardrobe in their den, which their friends will be able to see when they drop by. They will even be able to send the t-shirts to chosen friends as gifts.


Stickers is a major leap forward in the interactivity of myCBBC, offering a new and creative way for den owners and their friends to connect with each other, while maintaining the safe and secure environment of the CBBC website.


A Magic Lantern production for CBBC.


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Set in an amazing fairytale world of suspicion, sabotage and strange characters, the third series of Trapped, CBBC's gripping, gothic game show, comes with a cruel twist.


Each week, a group of six friends – The Unfortunates – are winched in a cage to the top of a mysterious tower watched by the ancient, creepy and deeply horrible Caretaker (Simon Greenall).


Once inside, they are guided by the voice of the tower's unseen mistress (played by actress, comedian and impressionist Faith Brown) as they work together to move down the floors to freedom.


On each floor, one of The Unfortunates will be trapped, until only one is left to escape from the tower.


The dark twist is that one team member, a secret saboteur selected by the Voice, is working to ensure that the others fail.


Will the team discover them? If they guess wrong, an innocent Unfortunate will be trapped and the saboteur, combining subterfuge and downright sneakiness to ruin the challenge, will be free to move down to the next floor.


Featuring children from every part of the UK and combining a fantastic CGI world, superb comedy performances and scary games backed by an atmospheric original score, Trapped is a truly unique game show from CBBC, where the only prize is freedom.


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Tronji is an unforgettable new multi-media experience for six-to-eight-year-olds, incorporating an animated television series, website and massive multi-player online game, in which children are given a unique opportunity to create their own avatar character and then explore the world of Tronji.


A world parallel to our own, it is populated with brilliant landscapes and wonderful characters, all thoroughly happy with their crazy home.


The most important of these characters are brother and sister, Tronji I and Tronji O, and the Great Eek, who oversees all the activity that takes place there.


When something catastrophic called "Wobble" happens, the Tronji World fragments. Colour and happiness drain away and Tronji I disappears, becoming stranded in our world, along with the lost colour and happiness – which appear in the form of little stones called "gems".


Only children can enter Tronji World and, using their special skills, they can help restore colour and happiness and reunite Tronji I with his sister.


Reflecting the experience of the TV programme, players can create their own unique avatar to explore a detailed 3-D representation of Tronji World as seen in the series.


The site allows children to catalogue the many unique landscapes and characters within Tronji World and, individually or collaboratively, complete a range of missions while documenting their adventures in the Tronjipedia (a kind of Tronji PDA).


Access to the game will be through the CBBC website, where entrants must register using the CBBC registration infrastructure, ensuring that it is a safe online environment for the target audience.


In each programme, a different set of children will be transported into the world to solve problems and bring back colour and happiness to another part of Tronji.


A Ragdoll production for CBBC.




Who Wants To Be A Superhero?


CBBC favourites Sam Nixon and Mark Rhodes are on the hunt for a brand new superhero.


Unlike other contests, Who Wants To Be A Superhero? demands courage, integrity and determination beyond mere earthly talents.


Each contestant (aged between nine and 13) will create their own unique, never-seen-before superhero character, including original name, catchphrase and superpowers.


The last superhero standing receives the ultimate reward – immortality with a starring role in their very own comic book created by the master of the genre, Stan Lee (The Hulk and Spiderman).


The last superhero standing will fly to Hollywood to meet the legendary creator in person and collect their personalised comic book.


Over the course of the series the aspiring superheroes test their abilities and try to overcome their limitations, doing whatever it takes to prove that they are truly super.


Each week, they face challenges designed to test their courage, integrity, self-sacrifice, compassion and resourcefulness – all the qualities that a true superhero must possess.


And each week, one superhero powers down, transforming back into their real identity and returning home.


Before Sam and Mark begin their quest to find the world's next great superhero, they are trained in "superhero spotting" by Stan Lee himself, qualifying them to host auditions for budding heroes across the country – culminating in a final audition in London.


Eventually, 13 wannabe heroes will leave their normal lives behind and move into a secret lair to face a series of missions as they begin their transformations into real-life superheroes.


Only the strongest superhero will have the inner strength and nobility to open the gates to comic-book immortality.


Front Desk





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