CBeebies and France Télévisions have jointly commissioned new 3D animated preschool series, Big Lizard, co-produced by UK animation studio Beakus and French production companies Watch Next Media and Je Suis Bien Content.

Aardman is on board the project handling global distribution for the 52 x 7’ show, which is scheduled to launch in Autumn 2024.

Featuring a voice cast including Josh Widdicombe as Dad, Mandip Gill (Hollyoaks, Doctor Who) as D.O.R.I.S., and Lois Sefton (123 Number Squad) as Cosima, Big Lizard was created by Amaël Isnard and Steve Smith (Beakus). Amaël Isnard will also direct the show and Steve Smith will produce alongside Je Suis Bien Content’s Franck Ekinci.

Big Lizard is a brand new comedy adventure series about a young astronaut called Cosima and a big lizard called…Big Lizard! The series is a mixture of comedy and adventure, with some light education about science and prehistoric planet Earth.

Creator and Producer Steve Smith says: “We are delighted to be partnering with such an amazing team to produce this brilliant, funny and unique show. Big Lizard has all the ingredients it needs to enchant audiences and parents alike.”

“Following the success of Roger and Hello Kitty Super Style, Watch Next and JSBC are happy to consolidate their expertise in producing 3D animated series for preschoolers with Big Lizard,” add Philippe Alessandri & Franck Ekinci.

Jon Creamer

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