Horrible Histories

What does the future hold for children's TV?

The Tiger Who Came to Tea (credit: Channel 4)

Children are the canaries in the mine, picking things up first,” obser­ved Greg Childs, director of the Children’s Media Foundation, as he introduced an RTS debate on how children’s TV and content movers and shakers are adapting to the fact that young people have migrated online.

An optimistic tone was established from the start by Alice Webb, the outgoing head of BBC Children’s and ­Education, who asserted: “Yes, the kids are absolutely fine. They have more choice than they ever had. They are exercising choice and are after things that interest them.

Sky reveal first look at Stephen Fry’s new Yonderland character

A still from the third series of Yonderland (Credit: Sky)

Sky 1 has released a trailer for family-friendly comedy Yonderland, which contains the first footage of Stephen Fry’s new character, Cuddly Dick.

The programme is set in a magical, madcap world populated by wizards and elves.

Cuddly Dick is a former elder who returns to Yonderland having been imprisoned for years by the now-dead Imperatrix.

Cuddly Dick is a charming eccentric who lives to spread love and kindness.

Jane Turton: We can do bigger, better, challenging things

There was a great deal of quiet satisfaction across the British production sector when Jane Turton was named Chief Executive of All3Media back in February. The steely, 53-year-old Scot had triumphed over external candidates following a five-month, global search by its new US owners, hard-driving Discovery Communications and Liberty Global, who paid around £550m for this important producer.