BBC Studios Natural History Unit has started production on two new children’s orders for CBeebies and CBBC iPlayer filmed under lockdown from the homes of presenters Andy Day and Steve Backshall.

Andy’s Dino Toybox with presenter Andy Day and DIY Deadly with Deadly 60’s Steve Backshall will reflect changes in routine when home-schooling, promoting exciting staycation activities, exploring nearby wildlife and discovering new things to do and learn.

Jo Shinner, Executive Producer of the Natural History Unit, said: “During this time of uncertainty it is really beneficial for kids to feel connected to nature and what better way than having family favourites Andy Day and Steve Backshall encouraging children of all ages to explore and celebrate the natural world around them. Our amazing NHU children’s team in Bristol have come up with brilliant solutions to safely create brand new content to delight our youngest audiences.”

The 15×3 Andy’s Dinosaur Toybox for CBeebies iPlayer is a new short-form BBC iPlayer series that sees Andy bring his toy dinosaurs to life. “Amazing stories, mind-blowing dinosaur-facts and funny voices feature to inspire and entertain 3-6yr olds.”

The 10×10 DIY Deadly with Steve Backshall for CBBC iPlayer has has Backshall filming himself in lockdown at home. He will identify deadly animals living right under our noses… “whether it’s giants hiding in our gardens, predators lurking in our houses, or even survival specialists enduring lockdown in a windowsill flowerpot!” He will also share anecdotes about Deadly 60 adventures and audiences will be encouraged to send in pictures and videos from their home, to share what they’re seeing.

Steve Backshall, Presenter said “DIY Deadly will be a unique opportunity to connect with the CBBC audience, it’ll give us the chance to hear what’s important to them, and deliver – Deadly Denizens, Lockdown activities, Home school facts and Backyard beasties!”

Staff Reporter