Bluey commissioned for a second series by ABC Children’s and BBC Studios

Bluey is a series with huge heart, warmth and humour that offers a modern and authentic look at family life - and it has taken Australia by storm. The response from global clients has also been phenomenal and we think it will be embraced by audiences worldwide. We can’t wait to introduce the world to this Blue Heeler family who will clearly resonate everywhereHenrietta Hurford-Jones, Director of Children’s Content at BBC Studios
Date: 16.05.2019     Last updated: 21.05.2019 at 10.42
Category: BBC Studios
75 million views and counting for series one
Bluey is the #1 series ever on ABC iView
Series one is currently the #1 Australian children’s series of 2019 on metro broadcast TV in Australia

BBC Studios and ABC Children’s announce a second series commission for Bluey. The record-breaking animated series on ABC KIDS has captivated audiences across Australia with over 75 million programme plays to date. Created by Joe Brumm, Bluey is produced by the Emmy® award-winning Queensland-based Ludo Studio for ABC KIDS and BBC Studios with production investment from Screen Australia and funding from The Queensland Government through Screen Queensland and the Australian Government.

Bluey follows the adventures of a lovable and inexhaustible six-year- old Blue Heeler puppy who lives with her dad, mum and four-year- old little sister, Bingo. In every episode, Bluey uses her limitless Blue Heeler energy to play elaborate games that unfold in unpredictable and hilarious ways bringing her family and the whole neighbourhood into her world of fun.

A smash hit with families in Australia, Bluey series one has had over 75 million plays. It is the #1 series ever on ABC iview and currently the #1 Australian children’s series of 2019 on metro broadcast in Australia. The series received its global launch at MIPCOM Junior 2018 and was the 4th most watched show of  1470  titles presented at the Junior screenings.

‘Bluey is a series with huge heart, warmth and humour that offers a modern and authentic look at family life - and it has taken Australia by storm. The response from global clients has also been phenomenal and we think it will be embraced by audiences worldwide.  We can’t wait to introduce the world to this Blue Heeler family who will clearly resonate everywhere.” Said Henrietta Hurford-Jones, Director of Children’s Content at BBC Studios

Bluey is created by creator/showrunner Joe Brumm (Charlie and Lola), Emmy®  awarding-wining executive producers Charlie Aspinwall and Daley Pearson (Doodles, #7DaysLater), producer Sam Moor (CBeebies), and supervising director Richard Jeffery (Tinga Tinga Tales). The series will be executive produced by Libbie Doherty, Acting ABC Head of Children’s Television, and Henrietta Hurford-Jones, Director of Children’s Content for BBC Worldwide. 

 “The first series was a massive effort from our talented and dedicated young team. We've all been amazed and overwhelmed by how our audience has taken Bluey into their hearts and we're totally stoked to be making another fifty-two brand new episodes.” Said Charlie Aspinwall, Bluey Producer/Executive Producer.

“The phenomenal success of Bluey is a testament to the incredible creative vision of the Ludo team and we can’t wait to share the new adventures in series two with Australian kids and their families” said Libbie Doherty, Acting ABC Head of Children’s Television. “Australians – young and old, with kids and without kids have embraced Bluey, Bingo, Chilli and Bandit, and ABC KIDS is thrilled to be able to offer them more of this warm and funny series next year.” 

The second series ofBluey will comprise of 52 x 7-minute episodes, with production commencing later this month in Queensland. Series two will make its television debut on ABC KIDS and ABC KIDS iview in 2020.

 

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For further information contact:

Amy Reiha, Marketing Communications Specialist, ABC TV, Audiences

02 8333 3852 | 0404 026 039 | reiha.amy@abc.net.au

Emma Mackinnon, Communications Manager for Brands and Content, BBC Studios

+44 7725 906 962 |Emma.Mackinnon@bbc.com

 

NOTES TO EDITORS

*Source: OzTAM VPM & 'Begin Event' data.

** Source: Oz TAM (5 City Metro) Consolidated to 7 if between 7 and 28 days from broadcast, or Consolidated 28 if 28 days from broadcast

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