Children’s favourite, CBeebies, is getting a brand new look and three exclusive new shows this March.
With a dedicated programme for each age group, there’s a special treat for all including a magical delight from the creators of Teletubbies, live action animal adventures and animated superhero escapades.
Screening alongside award-winning and established favourites such as LazyTown, Charlie and Lola and Big Cook, Little Cook, CBeebies is the place for children to be this Spring.
The three new shows are In The Night Garden, Mama Mirabelle’s Home Movies and Tommy Zoom.
Made by acclaimed children’s specialists and creators of Teletubbies, Ragdoll’s Anne Wood and Andy Davenport’s latest production is In The Night Garden.
Filmed in a real woodland setting, In The Night Garden is a magical programme, for the under-4s, about the dreaming time between waking and sleeping. Reached by following a magical little, blue star, the Night Garden is a warm and affectionate world which is home to a comical and diverse community of toys, living happily together.
They include the curious and adventurous, Igglepiggle, who is like a well-loved teddy and the happy and optimistic, Upsy Daisy, who loves to dance regardless of the occasion. Filmed in HD, the series is narrated by Sir Derek Jacobi.
Perfect for 3 to 5-year-olds, Mama Mirabelle’s Home Movies celebrates the comedy, drama and gentle wisdom of the animal kingdom through a vibrant blend of animation and live action clips extracted from thousands of hours of the BBC’s Natural History Unit and the National Geographic’s outstanding archives.
Mama Mirabelle (voiced by Floella Benjamin) is a sassy, soulful elephant living in the African Savannah. She cares for and plays with her son Max and his friends including Bo the cheetah, Karla the zebra and monkeys Kip, Flip and Chip.
Mama Mirabelle has travelled the globe filming all the animals she’s encountered and, with a loud trumpet, she calls them from every corner of the planet to the Savannah for Movie Time when they gather to share their secrets and adventures.
Especially for 4 to 6-year-olds, Tommy Zoom mixes drama and animation and is narrated by Daniel the dog (voiced by Jerome Flynn).
Daniel and his best friend, Tommy, have a special friendship and together they work out solutions to the everyday problems of life by consulting Tommy’s animated superhero alter-ego, Tommy Zoom.
In their adventures together, Daniel and Tommy Zoom solve dilemmas, face trouble and outwit the evil Polluto and his feline sidekick, Smogg.
Tommy Zoom is CBeebies first multi-platform show with special content also created online and for interactive TV.
Since its launch in 2002, CBeebies has set the standard for children’s broadcasting and recent BBC research revealed that parents and carers want even more of what CBeebies does best – great shows that are fun, adventurous and involving in a safe environment which will educate and entertain their little ones.
Michael Carrington, CBeebies Creative Director, explains: “Parents and carers have told us how much they love CBeebies for its range and style of programming.
“So, as well as launching three exciting new shows, we’re also adapting our daily schedule to help parents steer their kids through the day – getting up and getting them to school, lots of active imaginative programmes for smaller children during the day, fun on the return from school and then winding down for bedtime.
“At each phase of the day, the refreshed, new look CBeebies will have special programmes for each age group.”
March will also see the launch of CBeebies Radio as part of BBC 7. The dedicated children’s network will transmit between 2-5pm daily, jam-packed full of CBeebies characters alongside specially commissioned programming for the under 6s.
As part of the new look channel and the launch of CBeebies on BBC 7, the CBeebies website and interactive TV (red button) components are also being redesigned and will re-launch later in the Spring.
The CBeebies website is already the fourth most visited BBC site and it will now host streaming of CBeebies radio plus a new look Grown Up section with lots of parenting tips, tools and information, as well as mini-sites for each of the three new shows: In The Night Garden, Mama Mirabelle’s Home Movies and Tommy Zoom.