Press Office

Wednesday 24 Sep 2014

Dirtgirlworld

Dirtgirlworld

She knows the names of clouds, grows her own tomatoes and gets around in a big orange tractor, Dirtgirl is back on CBeebies to put the fun back into life outdoors and inspire four- to six-year-olds to "go get grubby" in the big world outside.

A celebration of all that is mucky, Dirtgirlworld is full of bizarre insects, underground tunnels, vaudevillian-trained chickens and performing stunt bugs. It’s a place where children learn to appreciate the outdoors and protect what they love.

At the centre of it all, donning her wellies and getting her fingernails dirty, is Dirtgirl. Helping out in her backyard are best friend Scrapboy, a demon recycler who’s a whiz with junk; Grubby with her grub’s eye view; Ken the Weevil, a super stunt star with an inferiority complex; Roger the Rooster and the Chicks; Hayman the monosyllabic scarecrow and The Green Thumbs – real kids in real gardens having unreal fun.

Filled with exciting contemporary music and covering environmental matters close to children’s hearts, Dirtgirlworld invites viewers to step outside and have a go and teaches them that caring for nature can be second nature.

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A Mememe/Decode Entertainment production

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Everything's Rosie

There’s a new girl in town and, with a little help from her pals, she’s on a mission to teach CBeebies’ viewers the importance of friendship.

Rosie is a 21st-century rag doll living in every child’s dream playhouse. With an infectious sense of adventure, Rosie and her colourful friends, including Raggles the rabbit and Bluebird, embark on a journey of discovery, embracing everyday conundrums, triumphs and disappointments as they learn the meaning of true friendship.

From searching for a lost pal to having tea with the Queen, Rosie and her friends prove that everything’s better when you have someone to share it with.

With an emphasis on fun and fulfilment through friendship, this vibrant CGI series filmed in HD is sure to win Rosie a new set of young friends.

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A VGI Entertainment production

Grandpa In My Pocket

Grandpa In My Pocket

Take one seriously mischievous Grandpa, add an imaginative seven-year old grandson, throw in a magic shrinking cap and watch Grandpa turn into the biggest child of the lot.

Starring James Bolam as Grandpa, Jay Ruckley as his grandson Jason and a host of high-calibre British actors, including Susan Jameson, Liza Goddard, Geoffrey Palmer, Sanjeev Bhaskar and Alex Jennings, the Bafta-nominated ratings-busting hit Grandpa In My Pocket returns for a second series.

Grandpa lives with his family in a beautiful seaside town called Sunnysands. When he isn’t in his armchair, everyone thinks he’s gone for “a little lie down”, but they are wrong. He has a magic shrinking cap, which only Jason, knows about.

When Grandpa puts his cap on, he becomes small enough to fit into Jason’s pocket and embarks on the sort of adventures that children can only dream about.

Since its debut on CBeebies last year, Grandpa In My Pocket, which is filmed in high definition, has been a huge success with children, both on screen and on the BBC iPlayer. It can now be seen in more than 100 countries worldwide.

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An Adastra Creative production

I Can Cook

I Can Cook

I Can Cook serves up another selection of specially-tailored recipes and top cookery tips for children under six-years-old.

Each day presenter Katy Ashworth welcomes five children into the I Can Cook kitchen to create a recipe of the day.

The children also take a trip to the I Can Cook garden where they will learn how key ingredients are grown in order to create the mouth watering dishes.

From the pasture to the plate, children learn to connect the food they eat every day with the world around them – and get a little bit messy along the way.

All the recipes from the series are available to print out as factsheets from bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/icancook.

Children can also play the I Can Cook interactive game, helping them develop their cookery skills in the virtual space before transferring them to the real world.

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An Initial, an Endemol Company, production

Let's Celebrate

Let's Celebrate

From Chinese New Year to Christmas, Let’s Celebrate takes CBeebies’ viewers on a noisy, musical and vibrant tour of the UK, showing how children experience different religious and cultural festivals.

In each episode, Let’s Celebrate visits a different community to join in the fun and excitement of their celebrations, meeting a family or group of children who are getting ready for a festival by dressing up, decorating the house, preparing food or exchanging gifts.

Festivals featured include: Vaisakhi, Eid al-Futr, Holi, Wesak, Purim, Diwali, Easter, St Patrick’s Day, St David’s Day, St George’s Day, St Andrew’s Day, Norouz, Chinese New Year, Carnival and Christmas.

Specially created for four- to six-year-olds, the programmes also showcase a musical or dramatic performance telling the story behind the festival before returning to the children and their families in full celebratory mode.

Children’s performer and presenter Patrick Lynch (Razzle Dazzle) introduces the festivals from his “party house”, which literally tingles with excitement – this house and the street outside can’t wait to celebrate. Each show ends with a call for viewers at home to join the celebrations as a street party explodes into life.

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BBC Productions, Scotland

Little Human Planet

Little Human Planet

From the mountains of Mongolia to the islands of the South Pacific, Little Human Planet takes a colourful voyage of discovery around the globe, as CBeebies visits children from different countries to get a bird’s eye view of their homes, hopes and ways of life.

Each episode explores a different theme through the perspectives of young children. From languages and food to houses and celebrations, Little Human Planet opens a window on the world and explores the everyday lives of amazing children in amazing locations.

Although the children’s experiences, circumstances and environments may differ, Little Human Planet shows that, at heart, they are all the same.

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BBC Productions, Wales

Mighty Mites

Mighty Mites

From circus skills to skiing, from go-karting to kite-flying, the energetic Mighty Mites inspire children to have a go at a range of activities in this exciting new series.

In each episode, presenter Sarah-Jane Honeywell (Tikkabilla, Higgledy House) and her excitable and inquisitive companion, Go-Joe, take two children on a journey to try an activity for the very first time and become Mighty Mites.

Sarah-Jane and Go-Joe share the activity alongside their two young friends to help empower and encourage them. But it’s not just the presenters doing the hard work, Mighty Mites encourages children watching at home to get involved too.

From ballet to ballroom and pond-dipping to tree-planting, Mighty Mites urges viewers to join in a range of activities by learning actions and taking part in quizzes.

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A Wish Films production

Mister Maker Comes To Town

Mister Maker Comes To Town

CBeebies’ favourite making-man is packing up his craft box and taking his artistic talents on the road in Mister Maker Comes To Town.

Firing up his "Makermobile" – a vehicle packed full of arts and crafts surprises – Mister Maker visits an audience of mini-makers around Manchester and finds amazing new ways to inspire young children to enjoy art at home.

Fun, inspirational and good with his hands, Mister Maker takes bright ideas for art from everything around him, making objects, pictures and constructions magically come to life.

With his amazing collection of arts and crafts and bits and bobs, Mister Maker will help the young art-lovers of Manchester with “makes” on a grand scale and perform his popular “minute make time” in front of an enthusiastic live audience.

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The Foundation production

Nina And The Neurons – In The Lab

Nina And The Neurons – In The Lab

Why do fingers go wrinkly in the bath? Why does popcorn pop? And why are stalactites like teeth? Nina and the Neurons – In The Lab aims to show children the amazing ways that things can change and react in our everyday world.

Aimed at four- to six-year-olds, this series shows that science is all around us, in the small things we use everyday, like soap, salt and glass, and in bigger things like firework displays and ice-cream factories.

Donning their lab coats, Nina (Katrina Byrne) and a team of inquisitive young Experimenters delve into the scinitillating world of science to discover just why it’s cool.

Under Nina’s careful supervision, the Experimenters test some sensationally smoky, noisy and smelly experiments, investigating burning questions such as why the sea is salty and why people get “sleepy dust” in their eyes.

In a series that fires children’s natural wonder about the world, the scientific sleuths also visit some super cool locations to find answers to questions like why bubbles burst and why eyelids are like windscreen wipers.

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BBC Productions, Scotland

Nuzzle And Scratch

Nuzzle And Scratch

Long-necked and lovable with a liking for climbing mountains, Nuzzle and Scratch, CBeebies’ delightful but disastrous alpacas, return for a second series of hapless adventures.

Nuzzle and Scratch have somehow landed a job at Frock ‘n’ Roll fancy dress shop, an Aladdin’s cave of costumes and piles of props teetering with comedy potential.

The alpacas’ job is to pick out costumes from the rails, ready for collection. But the temptation to get dressed up and hit the town is always too much to resist.

With costumes for every occasion, Nuzzle and Scratch find that each day brings a new opportunity for adventure and inevitable chaos. Whether they are dressed as cheerleaders, train drivers or a very odd-looking pantomime horse, Nuzzle and Scratch always save the day in their own unique style.

As Nuzzle says: "Dressing up is Fun."

Nuzzle and Scratch is filmed in HD.

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BBC Productions

The Octonauts

The Octonauts

A new band of heroes come splashing onto CBeebies, taking viewers on exciting underwater journeys of discovery and rescuing sea animals.

A tip-top team, including the dashing Captain Barnacles Bear, Lieutenant Kwazii Kitten and Medic Peso Penguin, The Octonauts dive into action whenever there is trouble underwater.

With their fleet of aquatic vehicles, rescuing sea creatures, exploring new underwater worlds and triumphantly saving the oceans from danger is all in a day’s rather wet work.

Based on the richly imaginative books by design team, Meomi, this new series is filmed in HD and combines classic team adventure with dazzling CGI animation to transport children to a world deep under the ocean.

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A Chorion production

Penelope K, By The Way

Penelope K, By The Way

Penelope K, By The Way is a brand-new locally-programmed series, from the creator of the hugely successful, Upside Down Show.

Penelope K runs the Information Station, a place which contains all the answers to any question a child might have. While she knows that she once knew the answer to the question when asked, it invariably vapourises like a dream when she tries to think of it.

Fortunately, she has various companions to help her out. None of them can completely answer the question but all of them have a fact or two that will help her towards an answer.

Whether it is her companion Squirm, a sock puppet occasionally on her right hand, a floating band of instruments, Hank and Frank – two wisecracking fish, or Trewey, a shadow rabbit able to illustrate stories by instantly transforming into different characters – all of them provide lots of information, only a small portion of which is correct.

When the child returns to get the answer to her question, Penelope K has a jumble of facts. In every episode the child helps the confuddled Penelope K to sort out the facts and discover the answer. Each episode is a comic journey of realisation with the core idea that being wrong is just the first step to being right.

A funny and imaginative live action series, Penelope K is sure to be adored by pre-schoolers and parents alike.

A Blink Films/Freehand production

Same Smile

Same Smile

Accompanied by her three cuddly pandas, Nisha Anil cycles across the UK helping the nation’s children discover that we are all the same, but different.

Same Smile, a collaboration involving BBC teams from Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and London, opens a window on the world of young children, celebrating the diversity of their lives.

In each episode, Nisha and her furry trio visit a nursery or a group of children and delve into the Same Smile suitcase to reveal the theme for the day. This might be a favourite place, a favourite food, a favourite garden or a family activity.

While Nisha and one of the pandas stays with the group to play games and undertake creative activities, the other pandas go home with two of the children, who introduce them to their worlds and explore their own versions of the day’s theme.

Taking a unique look at children’s lives, this series shows that, while we may have different lives, we all have the Same Smile.

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BBC Productions, Scotland

The Sesame Tree

The Sesame Tree

Up in the wise old branches of The Sesame Tree, knowledgeable Muppet friends Potto, Hilda the hare and Archie the squirrel find the answers to questions in this new interactive series featuring footage from the Sesame Street archive.

The Sesame Tree is a wonderful, spreading tree to which children bring questions. The Muppet friends then work together to help the children learn about matters of identity and difference.

Including documentary visits with children and adults out and about in Northern Ireland, fun and frolics from the Sesame Street archive and lots of drama and songs, The Sesame Tree is a magical place for children to grow and learn.

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A SixteenSouth production, part of Inferno Group, in association with Sesame Workshop

Show Me Show Me

Show Me Show Me

CBeebies presenters Chris Jarvis and Pui Fan Lee return to their beautiful, bright new playroom at the very top of a 10-storey tower block for an enchanting new series of Show Me Show Me.

In a special setting, alive with vibrant colours, twinkling fairy lights, mysterious tunnels and a magical green tree, Chris and Pui invite young viewers to pick up their toys and come and play. They also fire the children’s imaginations with games, songs, stories and adventures and encourage them to join in at home.

Joining Chris and Pui is a posse of playful pals including Mo Mo the robot, Stuffy the squishy cube, Tom the felt doll, little knitted Miss Mouse and Teddington the teddy bear. And who knows who will be next to arrive in the lift?

Each day Chris, Pui and their friends explore two themes of relevance to young children’s lives – anything can become the start of an adventure.

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BBC Productions

Something Special

Something Special

Bafta-award winning CBeebies presenter Justin Fletcher, MBE, returns in a brand new series of the multi award-winning Something Special.

Presented by Justin and his much-loved, slightly hapless, alter-ego Mr Tumble, Something Special takes up a new, weekday slot all year round to provide continuity for its loyal audience.

Simple, informative and most of all great fun, Something Special uses the Makaton system of communication incorporating signs, symbols and gestures to help young children learn how to communicate.

Exploring everyday aspects of young children's lives to help them understand the world around them, Justin and Mr Tumble take their gentle blend of physical comedy and exploration to airports, hospitals and even the seaside for a host of fact-finding adventures.

As ever, Grandad Tumble, Aunt Polly and noble newcomer Lord Tumble are on hand to ensure that things don't run smoothly.

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BBC Productions

Timmy Time

Timmy Time

Lovable little lamb Timmy is back at nursery and having more fun than ever in the animated series from Oscar-winning studio Aardman, creators of Wallace And Gromit, Creature Comforts and Shaun The Sheep.

In this new series, exclusive to CBeebies, Timmy and fellow pre-schoolers Yabba the duckling, Finlay the fox cub, Paxton the piglet and Mittens the kitten enjoy great adventures at their farmyard nursery.

From accidentally becoming the class collage after getting glue on his fleece to making scarecrows and tractors and playing pirates, Timmy and his feathery and furry friends have a great time doing all the things young children love to do.

But it’s not all painting, drawing and having fun. Timmy and his classmates are kept in line by their teachers, firm-but-fair Harriet Heron and knowledgeable Osbourne Owl, who help them understand life’s important lessons because, adorable though he may be, Timmy will always be a lamb with a lot to learn.

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An Aardman Animations production

Tinga Tinga Tales

Tinga Tinga Tales

From the elephant’s trunk to the tortoise’s shell, Tinga Tinga Tales returns with more vibrant, animated stories, bringing to life the traditional art of storytelling through tall tales about how our favourite animals came to be the way they are.

Inspired by traditional African animal folk tales and the Tingatinga art of Tanzania, Tinga Tinga Tales features some of the UK and Africa’s finest vocal talent including Lenny Henry, Miriam Margolyes, Penelope Keith and Sophie Thompson and opens up a fantastical world of colour, characters and transformation.

Produced on location in Kenya by Tiger Aspect Productions (Charlie And Lola) in conjunction with Homeboyz Entertainment, Tinga Tinga Tales, which is filmed in HD, draws upon the inspiring talent of local artists and musicians and is expertly computer-animated using beautiful, hand-painted imagery.

How did the zebra get his stripes or the lion get his roar? With the big six at its heart – Monkey, Tortoise, Elephant, Hippo, Tickbird and Lion – Tinga Tinga Tales reveals the fantastical stories of how our favourite creatures turned out the way they did.

Children can meet their favourite characters from the series, explore the savannah and create their own Tinga Tinga creature at www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/tingatingatales.

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A Tiger Aspect production

Veggie Mates

Veggie Mates

Children are invited to pull on their wellies, pick up a trowel and go green-fingered with Veggie Mates, a brand new series introducing the magic and wonder of gardening and growing.

Mr Bloom is the proud owner of a wonderful, fertile allotment where young children, or "tiddlers", help to tend the plants and grow the produce. They also care for a selection of magical vegetable babies – the Veggie Mates – who need a lot of looking after.

In a colourful location, nurturing themes, lively music and fun and games, Veggie Mates is sure to grow on young children everywhere.

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BBC Productions

Waybuloo

Waybuloo

Waybuloo returns to CBeebies, for a new series of gentle, happy adventures from the magical land of Nara.

A harmonious land of happiness, laughter and friendship, Nara is home to the loving, caring and inquisitive Piplings.

Yojojo is mischievous and loves surprises; Lau Lau is creative and thrives when she’s dancing or painting; Nok Tok is practical and inventive and happiest when he’s making things and De Li is thoughtful, caring and loves gardening.

The Piplings practice Yogo, a gentle form of exercise. The movements are often inspired by things that the Piplings see in Nara such as birds, trees and narabugs.

When Piplings experience pure happiness they achieve Buloo and rise gently into the air.

In this new series, children continue to visit Nara; to play with the Piplings and explore their world, reconnecting with some of their favourite Nara animals, birds and insects.

In Waybuloo, real life interacts with the animated world, showing that every child can visit Nara and find a path to happiness.

DS

A The Foundation, part of RDF Media Group, production

ZingZillas

ZingZillas

On their island paradise, primate friends Zak, Tang, Panzee and Drum live to play fantastic music. Zingzillas is a musical feast introducing new sounds, instruments and musical ideas into the lives of young children, inspiring them to listen to and create music for themselves.

With the help of DJ Loose, their mentor and music guru, Zak, Tang, Panzee and Drum create their unique ZingZilla sound in time for their daily performance, The Big Zing.

In each episode different musical guests, ranging from saxophonists or bottleneck guitarists to a full concert orchestra, visit the island. The series embraces musical genres from around the world. The ZingZillas take inspiration from their guests and invite them to join The Big Zing.

As the band strut their funky stuff on screen, viewers can tune in to CBeebies radio to sing along to the Big Zings or log on to bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/zingzillas to join in the fun including a complementary set of toe-tapping, finger-clicking activities and games. Youngsters can even join the band and play along with their webcams.

It’s time to get under-sixes across the nation making music… ZingZilla-style!

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BBC Productions

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