BBC unveils roster of CBBC and CBeebies commissions

BBC unveils roster of CBBC and CBeebies commissions

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Tuesday, 17th October 2023
In a still from an animated TV show, a seven-year-old girl sits on the first of a procession of floating bread rolls. She holds a magic wand and looks behind her shoulder excitedly at her two dads
Rafi the Wishing Wizard (credit: BBC)

The BBC has announced several commissions for CBBC and CBeebies.

A new series, Thinkingblocks, will air on CBeebies to teach coding to preschool viewers. The programme is part of the Blocks franchise, for which there is a four-year output plan. A second series of Colourblocks has been commissioned, along with additional series of Numberblocks and Alphablocks. The programmes feature titular blocks who team up to learn essential skills, including literacy and numeracy, and are produced by Alphablocks Ltd and Blue Zoo. 

Also coming to CBeebies is Hey Duggee, which has been recommissioned for a fifth series. Meanwhile, a brand-new spin-off, Hey Duggee’s Squirrel Club, has been commissioned for one series. Both shows come from Studio AKA and BBC Studios Kids & Family.

Duggee is a large friendly dog and leader of the squirrels who – together with his animal friends – learns skills and earn badges. In the new spin-off, viewers are invited to join the gang by becoming part of the Squirrel Club.

Also amongst the brand new CBeebies commissions are Mojo Swoptops, an animated programme following Mojo and her best friend, Bo, a mechanic. The two bring their unique problem-solving skills to a range of adventures, with Blue Zoo and Tararaboom producing.

Staying with CBeebies, Maramedia’s Olga da Polga is to return for a second series, following the adventures of the eponymous guinea pig. The programme is a live action adaptation of the books by Michael Bond, author of Paddington.

BBC Studios Kids & Family are producing a new animated show, Rafi the Wishing Wizard. The family sitcom follows seven-year-old Rafi as she gets to grips with her first ‘wishing wand’, bringing her two dads in tow.

Over on CBBC, A Kind of Spark has been commissioned for a second series, exploring the story of neurodivergent teenage girl Addie. The show is produced by 9 Story Media Group.

CBBC will also broadcast three feature-length episodes of a Famous Five adaptation, produced by Moonage Pictures and byNWR Originals, in co-production with German ZDF.

Other CBBC commissions include the return of Odd Squad as Odd Squad UK and new comedy Pickle Storm. Odd Squad UK follows mostly British kids as they run a high-tech organisation to investigate all manner of peculiar goings-on. The show is produced by Sinking Ship Entertainment and BBC Studios Kids & Family.

Pickle Storm follows nine-year-old Pickle as she is forced to flee her fantasy home world Kleftania and adjust to life in bog-standard British town Middlington. The show is produced by Black Dog Television.

The first Famous Five adaptation will air during the 2023 festive period.

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The BBC has announced several commissions for CBBC and CBeebies.