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Darrall Macqueen brings first live action drama to CBeebies

Darrall Macqueen brings first live action drama to CBeebies
Staff Reporter
18 October 2012

Darrall Macqueen is bringing twins Topsy and Tim to CBeebies - the first live action drama for the channel.

Topsy and Tim (60 x 11mins), based on the original books by Jean and Gareth Adamson from the 1960s, has been commissioned by CBeebies controller Kay Benbow.
Each episode explores the fun of family life from the perspective of five-year-old twins – from washing the car with Dad to finding a lost rabbit. There are also two key life experiences which underpin this series – moving house and getting ready to start school . The series aims to encourage children’s personal, social and emotional development as they identify with and learn from the twins’ experiences.

Topsy and Tim is a Darrall Macqueen production and is produced by Fiona Robinson. The executive producers are Maddy Darrall and Billy Macqueen for Darrall Macqueen, and Michael Towner for CBeebies.

Other new shows returning to the channel will include long-running series Grandpa In My Pocket, Show Me Show Me and the CBeebies Panto which this year will be Jack And The Beanstalk.

The fourth series of Grandpa In My Pocket (52 x 12mins) made by Adastra Creative will see James Bolam, return as Grandpa.It is executive produced by Mellie Buse and Jan Page for Adastra Creative and Michael Towner for CBeebies.

Chris Jarvis and Pui Fan Lee return for a fourth series of Show Me Show Me. The 20 X 20 minutes, plus 1 x 20 minute winter special will be made in-house and it is produced by Adam Redfern and executive produced by Tony Reed. The new series is in production at the moment for transmission on CBeebies in 2013.

The channel pantomime this Christmas is Jack and the Beanstalk. It will be narrated by Bernard Cribbins and performed in front of a live audience at The Palace Theatre in Manchester for broadcast this Christmas on the CBeebies channel.

Controller Kay Benbow says: “We have been searching for our first-ever live action drama for CBeebies for some time and we are delighted to be working with Darrall Macqueen to bring the wonderful stories of Topsy and Tim to a brand new audience.”

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