RTS award-winning CBBC programme A Kind of Spark receives April release date

Addie (Lola Blue, The Worst Witch), is an 11-year-old girl in her first year of high school, who discovers her home town of Juniper used to hold witch trials centuries ago. Her research leads her to Margaret (Hattie Gotobed, Homebound) and Elinor Fraser (Ella Maisy Purvis, Malpractice), two suspected witches from 1597 who had a confusing disappearance. The more Addie researches, she starts to suspect that Elinor Fraser may be neurodivergent like her.

The Dumping Ground takes home two in RTS North East Programme Awards

Long-running CBBC drama The Dumping Ground won the prestigious Centre Award for its contribution to jobs and opportunities in the region’s screen sector at the RTS North East and the Border Awards in late February.

The children’s show, which made its debut in 2013 and is made by BBC Studios Kids & Family, is set in a care home and has been filmed across the North East. The series is a continuation of the CBBC drama Tracy Beaker Returns, which was based on the novels of Jacqueline Wilson.

K-pop dramedy Gangnam Project coming to CBBC

Eight teenagers sit and stand, looking into the camera

The show follows 16-year-old Hannah Shin (Julia Kim Caldwell), a young Canadian-Korean woman looking to connect with her heritage. She travels to South Korea to tutor at the prestigious K-pop academy OME. After catching the eye of the CEO, Hannah’s life is turned upside down, when she becomes a trainee determined with living up to her potential.

Her older brother Leo is along for the ride, as he learns to take control of his life to stop being such a slacker. A devastating family secret is also uncovered.

BBC reveals release date for Nicolas Winding Refn’s adaption of The Famous Five

Nicolas Winding Refn (byNWR) and Matthew Read (Moonage Pictures) have come together to bring Enid Blyton’s classic children’s novels to the screen. Blyton’s ‘Famous Five’ are comprised of George, an only child, whose three cousins, Dick, Julian and Anne come to stay at her home in Kirrin for the summer.

Although initially George is dubious about trusting these new friends, she soon learns that adventuring with them is more fun than without them. The five are completed by George’s loyal dog Timmy.

BBC unveils roster of CBBC and CBeebies commissions

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

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. 

New BBC drama Dodger to star Christopher Eccleston, David Threlfall, Billy Jenkins and Saira Choudhury

Billy Jenkins as Dodger (credit: BBC)

The ten-part series will see Christopher Eccleston (The A Word) star as Fagin, with David Threlfall taking the role of Sir Charles Rowan, the Chief of Police. Billy Jenkins (The Crown) will star as the titular Dodger, with Saira Choudhury (Life) as Nancy.

Written by Rhys Thomas and Lucy Montgomery, with a guest episode written by Charlie Higson, Dodger will follow the iconic pickpocket and his gang as they weave through London to fulfil Fagin’s light-fingered demands and avoid the hangman’s noose.

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BBC announces new stars for Celebrity Supply Teacher

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Celebrities such as Gemma Collins, Kimberley Walsh, Bobby Berk, Courtney Act and Bruno Tonioli are set to take part, with Julie Hesmondhalgh providing the voiceover.

The Only Way Is Essex star Gemma Collins will showcase her entrepreneurial flair and give a business studies lesson, sharing advice on how to come up with a killer business idea, plus the best way to create a brand that will stand out.

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.