DLT Entertainment has won a commission from CBBC for a new children’s comedy series, Monster Court.
The 15 x 10-minute series is aimed at 6 – 12-year-olds and is centred around a monster puppet, the Rt Hon Judge Martin Smudge, who dishes out justice for children who send in their light-hearted problems, such as embarrassing parents, boring teachers, bedtimes or being made to do things like eat vegetables or wear shoes. Children apply with their crimes and Judge Smudge delivers justice in the form of a monstrous punishment.
In response to production challenges related to COVID-19, Monster Court was developed specifically with social distancing safety measures in mind. Children from across the country present their ‘complaints’ from the safety of their own home to Judge Smudge via a video link. The whole production is set up so that cast and crew can work remotely, enabling the show to be produced in complete lockdown mode.
The small production team is led by Executive Producers Donald Taffner, Jr. and DLT’s Creative Director, Darren Smith. Jack Cheshire is Series Producer and Rohan Acharya, Producer. Judge Smudge is operated/voiced by comedian Dan Clarkson (writer/performer of Olivier-nominated Potted Potter).
Production started at the beginning of September with episodes due to air from early 2021 on CBBC.
President of DLT Entertainment, Donald Taffner Jr. said; “Monster Court is great fun, and we couldn’t be happier that CBBC are just as taken with Judge Smudge and his humorous form of justice as we are. We were determined to make sure we could deliver a top quality and thoroughly entertaining comedy for kids, no matter the current COVID situation, and even if further lockdown measures were put in place. The show also marks a step in a new direction for DLT, where we can mix our expertise in the comedy sector with content for the children’s market. It’s a joy to add Monster Court to our portfolio.”