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CBBC readies new Bottersnikes & Gumbles TV series

Bottersnikes & Gumbles is set to make its debut on CBBC this July, Lisle Licensing has revealed.

Bringing characters from the classic 1970s children’s books by Australian author S.A Wakefield to life, each episode features adventures of the Gumbles as they battle against the evil Bottersnikes.

Starring the voices of Miriam Margolyes and Jeff Rawle, the CGI show has already picked up this year’s Pulcinella Award for Best Kids TV Series at the international animation festival Cartoons on the Bay.

Cheryl Taylor, controller of the CBBC, said: “I adored the Bottersnikes & Gumbles books as a child, and am delighted that we are now bringing these original and engaging stories to CBBC.

“Gumbles are bouncy and bright, Bottersnikes are lumpen and uptight, and both creatures work really well in the new magnificent and colourful animation. I’m sure that a whole new generation of children will fall in love with this brilliant new series.”

Patrick Egerton, executive producer of B&G at Cheeky Little Media, added: “The books contain such a rich, distinctive world and made an indelible mark on my mind as a kid.

“With the CG tools and skills now available, we knew the timing was right to develop the property for TV and really do it justice.”

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