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CBeebies orders series from Kindle and Initial

CBeebies orders series from Kindle and Initial
Staff Reporter
19 June 2012

CBeebies controller Kay Benbow has ordered three new series for CBeebies from Kindle Entertainment, Initial and BBC in-house production.

Get Well Soon is a new show, while Mr Bloom’s Nursery: Get Set ,Grow! and I Can Cook - On the Go are adaptations of the current CBeebies series’ Mr Bloom’s Nursery and I Can Cook.

Get Well Soon (30x14mins) from Kindle Entertainment aims to enlighten CBeebies’ young audience about health and medical issues. Presented by paediatrician Dr Ranjit Singh, the series will help children to understand their bodies and to see the medical world as an environment in which they feel safe. The series tackles this through music, games and five puppet characters.
In each episode Dr Ranj will open up his surgery to a different child puppet, each displaying different symptoms. Dr Ranj reassures his young patients and ensures that a visit to the doctor is seen as an interesting, non-threatening experience. The series will explore and explain 30 of the most common childhood illnesses, injuries and general ailments from asthma to chickenpox; food allergies to hiccups. As well as visiting the doctor’s surgery, Get Well Soon also travels around the country where groups of pre-school children help nurse Morag Calder answer the puppets’ questions and explain how our bodies work.
Get Well Soon is in production for transmission on CBeebies later this year.  The series will be recorded in studio and also on location at a number of nurseries and schools. David Collier is producing the series for Kindle Entertainment and the executive producers are Anne Brogan and Melaine Stokes for Kindle Entertainment and Michael Towner for CBeebies.

 Commenting on the series, Anne Brogan, co-founder and director, Kindle Entertainment said, "Kindle Entertainment always seeks to create fresh and engaging children’s content and Get Well Soon is a perfect example of this. The series has all the ingredients to be a stand out pre-school show and it is fantastic to be working with CBeebies to bring it to their young audience.”

Mr Bloom’s Nursery: Get Set, Grow! (20 x 22 mins, plus 2 x 24 min specials) sees Mr Bloom pack up his Compo Car and head out across the country to set up a travelling village fete for thousands of Tiddlers. Mr Bloom is joined by his team of Veggies who discover about life outside the Nursery from a maize maze, meeting enormous vegetables, scarecrow competitions and rooftop gardens.
In conjunction with the new series, BBC Learning is staging a series of family events throughout the country this summer*. Hosted by Mr Bloom (Ben Faulks), the events will show the audience how to have fun in the garden.
Commissioned for CBeebies by Kay Benbow, it is produced in-house by Simon Hall and series produced by Jon Hancock. The executive producer is Paul Shuttleworth. The Learning events have been commissioned by Abigail Appleton for BBC Learning. They are produced by Margaret Burgin and the executive producer is Moray London. The series will broadcast in early 2013.

Katy Ashworth cooks up snacks in I Can Cook - On The Go (26 x 15mins) produced by Initial. This series focuses on creating healthy sweet and savoury recipes and looks at why nutritious food gives us energy to perform well in our lives. Katy travels around the country in Horace, her kitchen campervan, helping children create and prepare healthy food. Katy then joins the children as they take part in fun activities together including going to the skate park, surfing and treasure hunts.  When it’s time for a break, the snacks they prepared earlier are the perfect energy source to enable them to play more.
With songs, actions to join in with and recipes to try at home I Can Cook - On the Go aims to make healthy eating and outdoor activities fun and accessible for families to enjoy together.
I Can Cook - On The Go is currently in production for transmission on CBeebies in Autumn 2012. The series producer is Gerard Williams and it is executive produced by Christopher Pilkington for Endemol and Michael Towner for CBeebies. The series was co-devised by Sally Brown, Kate Morris and Initial, an Endemol company.
Controller Kay Benbow says, “These three new commissions are typical of the range and depth of programming on CBeebies at the moment.  Get Well Soon is an exciting new commission which I think will make the medical world more open and accessible to our young audience.  I think we have discovered a real talent in Dr Ranjit Singh who is not only an experienced paediatrician but an exciting new face that I am delighted to bring to CBeebies.  I am also thrilled to welcome back returning favourites Mr Bloom and I Can Cook in new formats as they both hit the road to meet audiences around the country.”

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