Bob the Builder reaches ten year milestone

Samantha Loveday

By Samantha Loveday

September 10th 2009 at 10:21AM
Bob the Builder reaches ten year milestone

Popular character turns CGI to mark anniversary; special event held in London.

Hit Entertainment's Bob the Builder celebrated ten years on television yesterday, with a special event in London revealing the character's new CGI look.

Bob the Builder made his first television appearance on the BBC in the UK on September 9th, 1999, followed by Nick Jr later that month.

Today it is broadcast in 250 territories worldwide and has been translated into more than 45 languages. Almost 260 episodes have been produced across 16 series and five feature-length specials, which feature 57 human and vehicle characters.

"This is a big milestone for a TV programme," Hit's president and CEO Jeff Dunn said at the special event at The Charlotte Street Hotel, London yesterday (September 9th). "To survive ten consecutive years, you really have to be something special. And Bob is a pioneer in many ways."