The top rated 2D animation from Karrot Entertainment, Sarah & Duck is gearing up for a busy summer with a host of broadcast, promotional and retail activity.
Onscreen, children's TV legend Derek Griffiths is joining The Thick of It's Roger Allam and Downton Abbey's Lesley Nicol to voice the new character of the Cloud Captain in fresh episodes for Cbeebies. These will begin airing in August.
The new episodes will be accompanied by a special Sarah & Duck Week on the channel, with repeats of favourite episodes, as well as games and activities on the website.
There will also be a chance to preview Griffiths' first episode - Cloud Tower - in a special screening at the BFI celebrating 60 years of the finest BBC children's characters on Sunday, July 13th.
In addition, Carousel Calendars will launch a new planner on August 1st, while a new DVD from BBC Worldwide featuring ten episodes from the series will be available from September 8th.
Small talking Sarah & Duck plush toys and a large plush Duck from Posh Paws are also available.
"With new episodes for the summer and beyond and lots of exciting retail activity from now up until Christmas, there's going to be plenty to keep Sarah & Duck's many loyal fans amused for some time to come," said Jamie Badminton, product and Karrot Entertainment co-founder.
Internationally, the series is shown in over 80 countries - airing on Cbeebies international channels, as well as other key broadcasters such as Sprout in the US, ABC Australia, Canal+ in France and NHK Japan. It makes its debut on Kika in Germany and Disney Junior in Canada this month.