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CBBC Productions wins raft of new in-house orders

CBBC Productions wins raft of new in-house orders
Jon Creamer
17 December 2014

CBBC Productions, the BBC’s in-house Children’s production team based in Salford, has secured new and returning in-house commissions, commissioned by CBBC Controller Cheryl Taylor for the CBBC Channel in 2015.

New programmes include comedy sketch show Class Dismissed and factual entertainment series The Dengineers along with the return of dramas The Dumping Ground, 4 O’Clock Club, and entertainment titles Hacker Time and Sam & Mark’s Big Friday Wind-Up.

In Class Dismissed (12 x 15) staffroom and playground stereotypes are flipped on their head and parodied in this school based sketch show. Each episode is set across a school day at the fictional Dockbridge High, that boasts stunt diving supply teachers, explosive science classes and hazardous baked bean moments! The series was created by Steve Collins, Luke Beddows and Andy Potter and will be produced by Claire McCarthy.

The Dengineers (10 x 30) is a transformational format where children and experts unite to create the den of their dreams for a lucky CBBC viewer. Online, 'Den hacks' will enable kids across the UK to share in the ideas and swap tips of their own.

Popular drama the Dumping Ground (20 x 30mins) will also return in 2015 for a fourth series which will start filming in the North-East of England in Summer/Autumn 2015. 4 O’Clock Club (13 x 30) also returns in 2015 with a fourth series which will tx in January and a fifth series which will start filming in the Summer.

There’s also an order for the fifth series of Hacker Time (10x30) and a fifth series of entertainment show Sam & Mark’s Big Friday Wind-Up (10 x 60).

Controller Cheryl Taylor says: “I’m delighted we're bringing more comedy to CBBC in Class Dismissed. Comedy is a hard genre to crack for a young audience but I think this new series gets the tone just right and will make viewers laugh out loud. The Dengineers is a dynamic and hugely engaging idea which combines creativity, inspiration and the great outdoors all in one uniquely entertaining package. I am really proud to have such a strong selection of popular returning series on the channel which I’m certain our young audience will love.”

Helen Bullough, Head of CBBC In-House Productions says: “The two new titles, together with a host of high quality returning brands, highlight the diverse range of high quality content created by the in-house production team across all platforms. On and off screen, this creative bunch thrive on bringing kids the best stories, funniest moments and talk-about content, along with loads of opportunities for kids to join in and share in the fun."

Class Dismissed will be executive produced by Sid Cole and will be filmed in 2015. Cole is also the Executive Producer on both Hacker Time and Sam & Mark’s Big Friday Wind-Up. The Dengineers will be executive produced by Annette Williams.

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