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CBBC Productions wins orders, reorders from CBBC

CBBC Productions wins orders, reorders from CBBC
Jon Creamer
15 May 2015

In house kids producer CBBC Productions have bagged new and returning in-house commissions across TV and online, commissioned by CBBC Controller Cheryl Taylor.

New programmes include Pocket Money Pitch, where young entrepreneurs will pitch to some of the country’s top business people, and Diddy TV, a new series fronted by Dick and Dom. Re-commissions include dramas Wolfblood, The Dumping Ground and 4 O’Clock Club and Hetty Feather.

Pocket Money Pitch (10x30) is described as a "fast-paced and jeopardy-packed business format" developed by Ben Armstrong and the CBBC in-house team. In each of the 10 themed episodes, young entrepreneurs present their fledgling ideas and inventions to a 'brain bank' of successful British business people, with three young people or teams then going through to form development partnerships with them. The young entrepreneurs must then compete with one another for the support of a famous business high-flyer from a variety of sectors, from fashion and transport to technology and food. Putul Verma joins CBBC Productions in June to executive produce the series.

Diddy TV (10x15x2), stars Dick and Dom and has been commissioned for two series. The show, which starts filming this week, sees puppet-based creations Diddy Dick and Dom become the producers, schedulers and presenters of their own TV channel, with pastiches of a range of popular titles and genres. Series producer is Steve Ryde with Annette Williams as executive producer.

Match Of The Day Kickabout (8x15) is presented by Tyler West and encourages kids to try out a variety of sports. Executive producer is Gareth Edwards.

New in-house drama Hetty Feather, a TV adaptation of Dame Jacqueline Wilson's novel, starts airing this week on CBBC and has already been commissioned for a second series (10x30). Exclusive audio content will also be available for Hetty Feather on the CBBC website, in the form of original ghost stories.

Other in-house drama re-commissions include a fifth series of drama The Dumping Ground (20x30); a fourth series of fantasy thriller Wolfblood (12x30), and a fifth series of comedy drama 4 O'Clock Club (13 x 30) all with new interactive content to accompany the linear series.

Head of CBBC Productions, Helen Bullough, says: “These commissions demonstrate the breadth and quality of the content developed by the in-house team in Salford; we’re on a mission to inspire and delight young audiences across the UK and across all platforms and we’re confident everyone will be talking about and enjoying these stories.”

Speaking about the commissions, Cheryl Taylor, controller of CBBC, says: “We're confident that Pocket Money Pitch will inspire a new generation of entrepreneurs and that the hilarious Diddy TV will delight Dick and Dom’s growing army of fans. CBBC boasts a stellar line-up of returning in-house drama series in Wolfblood, Hetty Feather, The Dumping Ground and 4 O'Clock Club. These shows have struck an emotional chord with our young audiences and remain at the heart CBBC schedule.”

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