Darrall Macqueen teams with Penguin for new pre-school drama

Topsy and Tim will be based on classic Ladybird books from the 1960s.
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Kids TV indie Darrall Macqueen has been commissioned by Cbeebies to produce its first pre-school drama, Topsy and Tim.

The show will be based on the best selling books by British authors Jean and Gareth Adamson, which became popular in the 1960s and are still published today by Ladybird, an imprint of Penguin Children's.

The drama series will be filmed from the point of view of five year-old twins who are taking their first steps to independence. As well as exploring the fun of family life, the series will also see the twins tackle authentic life experiences that can bring change and new challenges for young children, such as moving house and getting ready to start school.

"We have been searching for our first ever live action drama for Cbeebies for some time and we are delighted to be working with Darrall Macqueen to bring these wonderful stories to a brand new audience," said Kay Benbow, Cbeebies' controller.

Maddy Darrall, joint MD at Darrall Macqueen, added: "Topsy and Tim is such a well-loved series of British children's books it is a fantastic basis for a first TV drama viewing experience."

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