BBC introduces new children’s iPlayer experience

The platform will include a wide range of both entertaining and educational series and films from the CBBC and CBeebies, as well as other suitable BBC programming.

To access the site, users simply have to select the monster shaped ‘children’ button when asked who’s watching.

The categories have also been simplified to make it easier for child viewers, who will find their favourite series divided into Trending, Drama, Funny and Cartoons. Live broadcasts of the CBBC and CBeebies channels can also be easily accessed.

Festival backs young talent

From left: Victoria Griffin, Francesca Colpitts-Swaby,  Kia Pegg and Connor Lawson (Credit: Aine Dvileviciute)
ITV Tyne Tees content editor Alex Watson hosted the festival, which included industry networking and a mini-masterclass in camera work. Kia Pegg and Connor Lawson from CBBC show The Dumping Ground, which is filmed in the North East, were special guests. 
The festival has been running for more than 20 years and celebrates work from students, schools and colleges. In total, this year, there were 49 entries from young film­ makers, from 13 institutions or on an individual basis. 

How Beano is leading the digital revolution

Dennis from Dennis and Gnasher Unleashed (Credit: Beano Studios)

"Slime is officially dead,” declares Emma Scott, CEO of Beano Studios. As the custodian of one of Britain’s most beloved brands, she is responsible for bringing the Beano brand into the 21st century.

The Beano comic is still profitable, she points out, although the 35,000 copies it sells each week are a far cry from the 2 million copies it sold during its heyday in the 1950s.

Raven returns to CBBC

The original show ran for eight years, finishing in 2010.

Aisha Toussaint (River City) has been cast as Raven, taking over from the original Raven James Mackenzie, who will make an appearance during a quest to find an Ultimate Warrior.

The new series expands and develops the format of the original to make it appeal to a whole new audience, with action-filled challenges and interesting stories.

Children’s drama: from concept to screen

Credit: (Claire Harrison)

An RTS North West event at the Lowry Theatre, Salford at the end of October – “Children’s drama: from concept to screen” – looked at how the best shows are put together.

On the panel assembled for the event were the executive producer of The Worst Witch, Marcus Wilson; senior drama producer, CBBC Independents, Amy Buscombe; Lime Pictures drama chief Rebecca Hodgson; and Hank Zipzer producer Jim Poyser. The panel was chaired by head of CBBC production Helen Bullough. 

Event report: An evening with the Chuckle Brothers

The Chuckle Brothers with Louis Barfe

The brothers, Paul and Barry, were interviewed on stage at Holy Trinity Church in Leeds by the author and light entertainment aficionado Louis Barfe.
The brothers’ father, Gene Patton, was a well-known Gang Show performer who had worked with a teenage Peter Sellers. Indeed, the brothers think that some of the characters later performed by the chameleon-like Sellers bore a striking resemblance to their father.