CBeebies has commissioned a new pre-school series from Ragdoll Productions, called Twirlywoos.
Blending stop animation and live action, the new children's comedy show has been produced in association with DHX Media and is designed to encourage pre-schoolers to think for themselves.
Following the adventures of four bird-like creatures, the Twirlywoos inhabit a big red boat and travel the globe searching for adventures.
The series has been devised and produced by Anne Wood, who teamed with writer Steve Roberts and producer Chris Wood to create the show.
DHX Media will now handle the global distribution of the series, as well as merchandising and brand management.
The show is set to air in 2015 and toy firm, Golden Bear has already signed as the property's master toy partner.
Controller of CBeebies, Kay Benbow, said: “I am delighted to be working with Ragdoll again. It’s been such a positive collaboration and Ragdoll have managed to develop a show that is both brilliantly clever and funny and which has a strong educational element underpinning it.
"It’s a great new offering for our younger viewers while at the same time the charming nature of Twirlywoos will undoubtedly appeal to all age groups.”
Anne Wood, founder and creative director of Ragdoll Productions, added: “Television that makes children smile is so valuable and I’m proud to be part of CBeebies tradition of wonderful children’s television, contributing towards making children and even some parents, smile.
"It is particularly rewarding to be working with Steve Roberts. Twirlywoos is our second collaboration after the award-winning Dipdap, and has all the same sense of fun.”
Steven DeNure, President and COO of DHX Media, concluded: “Anne and her team at Ragdoll have created a series that truly puts child-centric development at its centre – it’s also laugh-out-loud funny with a host of standout characters drawing on real-life situations and discoveries.
"Twirlywoos has an easy charm and visual simplicity but is also multi-layered with each element carefully considered to enhance preschool development. We are confident that it will be a tremendous success.”