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CBeebies shines a spotlight on the nation's children in Same Smile

Nisha Anil with Mish, Moosh and Mogo

The nation's children are set to take centre stage in Same Smile, a new CBeebies series starting in June, which sees presenter Nisha Anil cycling 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 England, Same Smile travels the length and breadth of the country to open a window on the world of young children and celebrate the diversity of their lives.

From Lisburn to Inverness and Cambridge to Colwyn Bay, Same Smile sees Nisha and her furry trio – Mish, Moosh and Mogo – pay a visit to a nursery or group of children from a different regional area.

Delving into the special Same Smile suitcase, Nisha discovers the theme for the day – be it a favourite place, favourite food, favourite garden or favourite family activity.

While Nisha and one of the pandas stays with the group to play games or do creative activities, two of the cuddly pandas go home with two children who introduce them to their worlds, friends and families and explore their own versions of the day's theme.

From Irish dancing in Strangford to looking after pet tarantulas in Poole, Nisha and her adventurous friends explore a rich range of activities, places and objects from the everyday to the extraordinary.

"At CBeebies we're dedicated to reflecting real children's lives in our output and Same Smile is a wonderful example of this," says CBeebies controller Kay Benbow.

"Our resourceful regional teams have all worked together in a unique collaboration which sees the series travel around the country to bring children absolutely to the heart of the programmes."

Aimed at two to four year olds, this delightful new series takes a unique look at children's lives around the country and discovers that, while we may have different lives, we all have the Same Smile.

Same Smile is a BBC Scotland production for CBeebies.

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