Announced by CBBC controller, Anne Gilchrist, at The Children’s Media Conference Showcomotion in Sheffield, the new commissions include a Simon Nye adaptation of children’s classic Just William; a new wildlife series; a new comedy and a new single documentary strand series.
Gilchrist said: “These new commissions reflect the originality and diversity of the CBBC schedule and reinforce our commitment to working with the most innovative new and established creative British talent around.”
Simon Nye (Reggie Perrin, Men Behaving Badly) waves his comedy wand over Richmal Crompton’s timeless classic in Just William. Set in England in 1952, this adaptation for Sunday afternoons sees the schoolboy in a new series of scrapes.
Just William is a CBBC production for BBC One, executive produced by Steven Andrew with Martin Jarvis as consultant. The series is due to transmit in 2010.
Combining live action, puppetry and CGI, Big Babies is a new 26x15minute comedy series, Big Babies is the creation of comedy collective Broken Biscuits led by John Riche and Spencer Jones, with Sharon Horgan (Pulling, Free Agents) acting as programme consultant. The executive producers are Jack Cheshire for BBC Comedy and Japhet Asher for CBBC.
In Inside Life, CBBC goes behind the scenes of the BBC Natural History Unit’s landmark new series Life, to find out just what it takes to get footage of the wildlife.
This 10x30min series for this autumn sees ten CBBC agents go on a global adventure to get the inside track on the new natural history blockbuster. The series is executive produced by Wendy Darke.
Following on from the success of its homelessness documentary series, Sofa Surfers, CBBC has commissioned a 6 x 28minute issue-led single documentary series, with each programme reflecting a different aspect of children's disparate lives in the UK today.
The strand will feature programmes from independent and in-house documentary makers.
The team behind Amazon with Bruce Parry from independent production company Indus Films will make two films - one about a rite of passage for boys in a Coventry school and another one about a group of traveller children in Essex. Both films will be executive produced by Steve Robinson and Chris Morris.
Children's indie, The Foundation has teamed up with documentary maker Mick Robertson to produce one about Young Mayors and Welsh indie Boomerang will be following three children whose parents are in prison.
Alison Gregory will executive produce the strand which will transmit next year.