Sesame Tree - the Northern Irish version of Sesame Street - has been acquired by Cbeebies and is due to hit UK screens later this month.
Aligned with the Northern Ireland Statutory Curriculum, Sesame Tree is produced by Belfast-based production company Sixteen South Television and Sesame Workshop. The project is funded by the International Fund for Ireland and Northern Ireland Screen.
The show - which comprises 20 14-minute episodes - will be broadcast from November 22nd on Cbeebies. Educational materials to support Sesame Tree will be distributed to schools in Northern Ireland in early 2011.
"We believe that Sesame Tree will have a long-term, positive impact on how today's young children perceive the world around them and their own potential role in the world," commented Dr Charlotte Cole, SVP of global education at Sesame Workshop. "And while Sesame Tree is rooted to life in Northern Ireland, we are confident that its humour, energy and educational values will connect with children across the UK, particularly following the success of the first series on Cbeebies."
Colin Williams, executive producer at Sixteen South, added: "The programme continues to show contemporary life here in Northern Ireland and addresses issues such as respecting differences, sharing and dealing with new experiences - things that are really important for young children not just in Northern Ireland but everywhere."