Big and Small on the airwaves

Pre-school property to launch on digital radio station BBC7 in September.
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Kindle Entertainment, the independent production company, has announced the radio premiere of its pre-school show, Big and Small, on CBeebies Radio (21x10’) from September 2009.

The Big and Small radio adaptation will follow the same format as the TV show, with each episode featuring a song and will also feature the introduction of Jim Carter as the narrator (Shakespeare in Love, The Little Vampire, The Golden Compass).

The show aims to open children’s minds to a variety of outlooks on the world and encourage them to appreciate that people have many different ideas and opinions.

CBeebies radio, aimed at the under-six audience, broadcasts daily between 5am and 8am and is part of the dedicated children’s schedule on digital radio station BBC7.

Since its TV premiere in October 2008, Big and Small has proved successful with kids and parents and is currently airing daily on BBC2 at 8:30am and CBeebies at 3:40pm.

Other significant progressions for the property include an immersive 3D website (www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/bigandsmall) which launched in December 2008.

A licensing programme continues to roll out throughout 2009 with HarperCollins having secured the worldwide publishing rights, ITV DVD having released the first DVD for Easter and Jumbo confirmed as the major toy licensee. Further licensees include CYP for music downloads and CBeebies magazine.

Anne Brogan, founder and director of Kindle Entertainment, commented: “Big and Small has found a great home in CBeebies and following the successful TV series, the radio show is a natural extension for these immensely loveable and popular children’s characters.

“CBeebies Radio provides the perfect platform to broadcast this high quality pre-school show and with Jim Carter injecting his own warmth and humour to a truly funny and clever show we are confident it will be loved by Big and Small people alike.”

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