BBC Worldwide Brings Brand New Children's Titles Go Jetters and Clangers to MIPCOM 2015

As one of our most exciting new titles, Go Jetters has great potential to be a global, multi- format hit. It is funny, fast paced and full of adventure, taking audiences on a funky ride around the world! Henrietta Hurford-Jones, Director of Children’s at BBC Worldwide
Date: 05.10.2015     Last updated: 05.10.2015 at 12.37
Category: BBC Worldwide
BBC Worldwide will be launching two new animated pre-school titles, Go Jetters and Clangers, at a special Children’s launch event at MIPCOM which will be attended by narrator of the Clangers Michael Palin.

Go Jetters, a co-production between CBeebies In-house Production and BBC Worldwide in association with Boulder Media and Giant Animation, is an original commission by BBC Worldwide’s Director for Children’s Henrietta Hurford-Jones and CBeebies controller Kay Benbow.  Launching originally on the CBeebies UK website last year, the new series for television will air on CBeebies internationalchannels across 73 territories, shortly after its debut in the UK, complete with a new website, online game and digital app. Fisher-Price was also recently announced as the global master toy licensee for the series.

The beautifully crafted animation series is packed with comedy, teamwork, action, awesome sights and fantastic facts about well-known landmarks.  Go Jetters follows the adventures of four plucky heroes, Xuli, Kyan, Lars and Foz, as they travel the world with their teacher, mentor and friend, Ubercorn, a funky disco-grooving unicorn. Aimed at the upper-end of preschool ages 4-6, Go Jetters incorporates music, cool gadgets and disco-dancing to fire up the imagination, and develop learnings about people, places and environments.

Henrietta Hurford-Jones, Director of Children’s at BBC Worldwide, said: “As one of our most exciting new titles, Go Jetters has great potential to be a global, multi- format hit. It is funny, fast paced and full of adventure, taking audiences on a funky ride around the world! ”

CBeebies Controller, Kay Benbow, said “Go Jetters uses exciting adventures to ignite a sense of wonder to stimulate and encourage children to learn through play in a fresh and dynamic way. The series is thrilling to watch and offers geography learnings in a unique way, rarely covered for this upper-preschool age group.”

BAFTA-fellow and professional globe trotter Michael Palin (Monty Python, Around the World in 80 Days, Brazil with Michael Palin), also renowned for his love of geography and worldly adventures will attend the BBC Worldwide’s Children’s launch in Cannes.  The Award-winning actor, writer, presenter and comedian is the narrator for the hotly-anticipated Clangers series. The series is Palin’s first venture into children’s animation and is a contemporary version of the British classic animated television show. The new series of Clangers is co-produced by CBeebies, Coolabi Group, Smallfilms and Sprout, with BBC Worldwide for its international channels.

The Clangers are a family of pink, long-nosed, inventive and loveable mouse-shaped creatures who live on a small blue planet, out in the starry stretches of space, not far from Earth. Kind and generous creatures, they communicate with distinctive whistles and a narrator comments on the thrilling and often hilarious events which occur in every episode. The cast of characters consists of Major, Mother, Small (a boy), Tiny (a girl) and Granny. These and many other peculiar creatures, create a warm and harmonious world of fun, imagination, exploration and invention.

Nathan Waddington, Head of Children’s at BBC Worldwide says “Clangers is a much-loved brand in the UK with a strong heritage that is iconic of British childhood.  We are delighted to be bringing the new Clangers to MIPCOM and introducing them to a whole new generation of potential fans across the globe.”

Jackie Edwards, Executive Producer for CBeebies, says: “The Clangers was always a good-hearted show, the characters thoughtful and kind. This new series retains that good heart, and while it it is a brilliant homage to the original, it is also a contemporary work of beauty and joy that will captivate and delight today’s audience.”

BBC Worldwide’s Children’s slate for MIPCOM 2015 contains a variety of titles covering every age range. New series’ include Hey Duggee which has sold to over 80 territories including France Television, ABC Australia and SVT Sweden, Nelly and Nora, World’s End, and My Pet & Me.

Returning series’ range from the second series of award-winning Sarah and Duck which is now shown in 98 territories globally, the third series of compelling and international ratings banking dance-drama The Next Step and Nina & The Neurons Series 9 - Get Sporty, to BAFTA-award winners Horrible Histories which is back for a sixth series with a guest appearance from Rowan Atkinson (Blackadder, Mr Bean) and Katie Morag Series 2.

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About CBeebies

CBeebies is an award-winning, multi-platform brand for pre-schoolers aged six years and under which encourages children to learn through play.  In the UK, CBeebies offers a mix of new and landmark, high-quality programming to educate and entertain the BBC’s youngest audiences.  The service provides a range of pre-school programming designed to give pre-schoolers knowledge and experiences to help them explore, learn and grow in a consistently safe environment that makes it much loved by parents and carers as well.  

BBC Worldwide takes the CBeebies brand out to the world, offering products that parents can trust with wholly-owned Channels in Asia, Australia, Latin America  & the US Hispanic market, Poland and South Africa as well as branded blocks in China, India, Korea & Japan. CBeebies channels showcase high-quality content of an educational capacity through a mixture of live-action; featuring real children in real world, and animation.  CBeebies programmes include Andy’s Dinosaur Adventures, Mr Bloom, Nina & The Neurons, The Numtums, Nelly & Nora, Hey Duggee and BAFTA award winner Sarah and Duck.

CBeebies product offerings include; branded consumer products, live events, CBeebies Land in the UK, a CBeebies-themed English language-learning centre in Shanghai, and a CBeebies app in Latin America.

About BBC Worldwide
BBC Worldwide is the main commercial arm and a wholly owned subsidiary of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC).  Its vision is to build the BBC’s brands, audiences, commercial returns and reputation across the world.  This is achieved through investing in, commercialising and showcasing content from the BBC around the world, in a way that is consistent with BBC standards and values.  The business also champions British creativity globally.

In 2014/15, BBC Worldwide generated headline profits of £138.6m and headline sales of £1,001.8m and returned a record £226.5m to the BBC. For more detailed performance information please see our Annual Review website:

http://www.bbcworldwide.com/annualreview

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