CBeebies New Season 2010
Programmes to delight, inspire and entertain
Joe Godwin today (Monday 22 March) launches his first season of programmes as Director of BBC Children's. He introduces a line-up designed to delight, inspire and entertain CBeebies' young audience.
"I’m delighted to be able to launch my first season of programmes as Director of BBC Children's.
"CBeebies remains the UK’s most watched and loved channel for the under-sixes. Almost half of all pre-schoolers tune in to CBeebies each week, but we are not resting on our laurels and this new season of programmes will have something to excite and delight children everywhere.
"This is a really exciting time to be working for BBC Children's. We’ve already increased our investment in children's programming to a record high and the BBC Strategy Review, published this month, is proposing an additional spend of £10 million per year to reinforce its position as one the BBC's top five editorial priorities.
"We hope this additional investment will help us make even more outstanding, UK-made programmes like the ones we are announcing today."
Taking centre stage in the new Spring/Autumn season of CBeebies are musical sensations Zingzillas – a band of highly-talented primates who, with the help of a stellar cast of musicians from around the world and across the range of musical genres, encourage children to discover and make all kinds of music. Developed and produced by the in-house CBeebies Production department, this major new show will get under-sixes across the nation tapping their feet and making music Zingzilla-style.
Other highlights include: Mighty Mites – an energetic new series which inspires children to get off the sofa to try a range of exciting activities, from circus skills to skiing and kite-flying to tree-planting. Presented by CBeebies' favourite Sarah-Jane Honeywell, each programme will see two children go on an adventure to try an activity for the first time while children at home are encouraged to join in the action too.
CBeebies' favourite making-man, Mister Maker, is back with a new series which sees him packing up his crafts box and taking his artistic talents on the road in Mister Maker Comes To Town. Revving up his "maker-mobile", the making maestro will be visiting "mini-makers" in the north west and finding amazing new ways to inspire young children to enjoy art and crafts at home.
From Chinese New Year to Christmas and Eid al-Futr to Diwali, Let’s Celebrate takes the under sixes on a noisy, musical and vibrant tour of the UK showing how children experience different religious and cultural festivals around the country. Meeting families and groups of children who are getting ready for a festival - be it dressing up, decorating the house, preparing food or exchanging gifts – Let’s Celebrate joins in the fun and excitement of their celebrations.
There’s a new band of heroes splashing onto CBeebies screens later in the year as The Octonauts take children on a series of exciting underwater adventures. Based on the thrilling books by Meomi, The Octonauts rescue sea animals, explore underwater worlds and transport children to a world they don’t normally visit deep under the ocean.
The nation’s children take centre stage in Same Smile as presenter Nisha Anil cycles across the UK with her group of three cuddly pandas to visit children and discover that we are all the same, but different. A collaboration involving BBC teams from Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and London, Same Smile opens a window on the world of young children, celebrating the diversity of their lives.
New girl in town Rosie is on a mission to teach children the importance of friendship in Everything’s Rosie. A 21st century rag doll, Rosie lives in a magical playhouse and is armed with an infectious sense of adventure. Rosie and her colourful band of pals are on a journey of discovery, embracing everyday conundrums, triumphs and disappointments as they learn the meaning of true friendship.
Timmy, the lovable little lamb with a lot to learn, is back at nursery and having more fun than ever before in Timmy Time. Made by Oscar-winning studio Aardman, the home of Wallace And Gromit, Creature Comforts and Shaun The Sheep, Timmy and his friends are embarking on a whole new set of farmyard frolics in this next series, exclusive to CBeebies.
Tinga Tinga Tales returns to enchant children with a new series of fantastical animal stories inspired by African folk tales and the Tingatinga art of Tanzania. From the elephant's trunk to the tortoise's shell, Tinga Tinga Tales reveals more tall stories which explain how our favourite animals came to be the way they are today.
A highly-talented cast including James Bolam, Sanjeev Bhaskar, Susan Jameson, Liza Goddard, Geoffrey Palmer and Alex Jennings light up a second series of ratings-busting show Grandpa In My Pocket. Following the adventures of a mischievous grandfather with a magic shrinking cap, it has been a huge hit with children since its launch last year and can now be seen in more than 100 countries.
Finally, little chefs everywhere are encouraged to get back in the kitchen and cook up a storm in a second series of I Can Cook. Each episode presenter Katy welcomes five children into the I Can Cook kitchen to create a recipe of the day, as they learn how to grow it, cook it and eat it and discover the magic of the full cycle of food.