Cast announced for CBBC comedy news show DNN

CBBC today announced the cast of its new topical comedy show, DNN, which takes a sideways, upside-down and back-to-front look at what’s happening each week in the world of news, sports & entertainment.

Published: 30 April 2013
DNN is the first in the line-up of several brand-new CBBC comedies. It has a sparky and box-fresh cast bursting with brilliant and barmy news items that will have our audience in stitches. Tune in for the News as you've never seen it before!"
— Cheryl Taylor, Controller, CBBC

Filmed in studio and on location during the week of transmission, DNN will run for 13 weeks and include a cast of dysfunctional news anchors and correspondents. Each week they will put their own unique spin on the news agenda through irreverent sketches, hilarious archive clips and plenty of silly physical comedy.

Comedian William Andrews (Sorry I’ve Got No Head, Anna & Katy) stars as Bob Roberts, the hopeless news anchor whose incompetence is often exposed by the brilliance and superiority of his female counterpart Felicity Bond, played by Kelly-Anne Lyons (Dick And Dom’s Funny Business).

The show’s fame-hungry entertainment correspondent, Stacey-May Anais, is played by improviser and comedian Cariad Lloyd (Cardinal Burns, Fit) while the role of deluded sports correspondent Gary Odgen goes to stand-up comedian Sam Fletcher (Coming Of Age, White Van Man, Ideal).

No news programme would be complete without a weather report and newcomer Victoria Cook, winner of BBC competition Jesting About 2, plays the part of all-action weather girl Davina Wave. Getting out and about on location is roving reporter Nellie Osmond, played by Gemma Arrowsmith (Ministry Of Curious Stuff, How TV Ruined Your Life, Two Pints).

Marvyn Dickinson (Emmerdale, Coronation Street) will play the role of ‘dogged reporter’ Phil Tyme, who delivers the ‘breaking news’ as he waits outside various locations hoping for a crumb of exclusivity.

Fearless man of the street Jahmene Mann is played by writer, actor and TV presenter Mawaan Rizwan, who wrote and directed the award-winning short film Jimmy Will Play.

Each week fictitious bloggers, played by Susan Harrison who has a string of comedy and theatre credits to her name, will regularly send in their own unique opinions on current events.

Each epsiode will be based on the past seven days in the real world of news, sport and entertainment, with plenty of physical comedy, running gags, catchphrases and silly humour. There will be spoof headlines based on real-life news clips, special reports in the form of sketches based on topical events, and entertainment news which will parody the headlines of the week’s biggest TV, film and music stories.

There will also be gags around the week’s sports news, and the global news slot will feature the hottest viral clips.

The laughs will come from a stellar team of writers - headed by script editor David Quantick (TV Burp, Smack The Pony, The Fast Show, The Day Today) - from shows such as Horrible Histories, Legend Of Dick & Dom and Miranda. They include Daniel Maier (TV Burp, It’s Kevin, Touch Of Cloth); John Camm and Will Maclean; Stuart Kenworthy (Strange Hill High, Smack The Pony); Ciaran Murtagh and Andrew Jones (Legend Of Dick & Dom, The Slammer); Marc Blakewill and James Harris (Horrible Histories, Russell Howard’s Good News, Sorry I’ve Got No Head).

The series will be broadcast on CBBC in early spring.

Controller of CBBC, Cheryl Taylor, says: “DNN is the first in the line-up of several brand new CBBC comedies. It has a sparky and box-fresh cast bursting with brilliant and barmy news items that will have our audience in stitches. Tune in for the news as you've never seen it before!”

Notes to editors

CBBC is the BBC’s multiplatform offering for 6-12 year olds bringing the very best drama, entertainment and factual programmes to its young viewers.

CBBC is the most-loved and most-watched channel of children in its target age group. Almost a third of children (6-12) consider it one of their favourites and over a third tune into the CBBC channel each week.

CBBC aims to encourage children to find out more about existing interests and inspire them to develop new ones; helps them understand the world around them; and provides an entertaining watch when they just want to relax.

The majority of CBBC's output is UK-made, reflecting children’s lives in the UK today. Popular programmes on the channel include Horrible Histories, Deadly 60, Wizards Vs Aliens, and The Dumping Ground as well as long-running favourites Blue Peter and Newsround.