Channel 5 has bolstered programming block Milkshake! to include more high-end animation, factual content and live-action drama.
Among the new commissions includes Milkshake! Monkey’s Amazing Adventures, which follows iconic character Milkshake! Monkey as he visits various locations across the UK to learn about the geography and history of the country.
The channel has also announced six potential projects in development for Milkshake! and for the Young Audiences Contestable fund.
Milkshake! also announced a strong commitment to develop content from the UK and has confirmed more investment to boost UK commissions on the channel to 300 programmes by 2021.
Channel 5 re-commissioned Peppa Pig, Floogals, Little Princess and has acquired the 23rd and 24th series Thomas and Friends.
Milkshake! also commissioned a second series of Pirata & Capitano from Millimages, which follows a group of treasure seekers on a never-ending quest for riches as they sail across the islands of the Great Sea aboard the ship Pink Skull.
“I’m thrilled to have announced the raft of exciting content coming up on Milkshake! later this year,” commented Louise Bucknole, Vice President of Programming for Viacom International Media Networks Kids.
“This, alongside the six projects applying for the Young Audiences Content Fund, is going to provide us with a lot more scope to keep producing a strong pipeline of best-in-class British pre-school content, that will continue to drive Milkshake! as the number one breakfast block and brand.”