A Kind of Spark

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.

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.