A third series of The Rubbish World of Dave Spud has been confirmed. The Illuminated Film Company is producing 26 new episodes of the RTS Awards’ Best Children’s Programme winner, which is due to air on CITV in Autumn 2023.

The Rubbish World of Dave Spud, which first aired in 2019, has received support from Welsh Government via Creative Wales and will be animated at Welsh animation company Cloth Cat.

CITV first launched the new British animated series in September 2019 and following a successful run, commissioned an additional 52 episodes for delivery over 2020 and 2021. S4C also picked up the first series and aired episodes in Welsh. CITV has now commissioned a third series

Created by the Series Director Edward Foster and developed by The Illuminated Film Company, series three will see a top cast returning. Starring Johnny Vegas voicing the eponymous hero Dave Spud; Gina Yashere as his friend Gareth the Starfish; Phillip Glenister as Mum; Arthur Smith as Dad; Lisa Hammond playing sister Anna and Jane Horrocks as the outrageous Gran. Plus Akiya Henry, Adam Gillen, Inel Tomlinson and David Holt voicing Dave’s friends and various monsters.

The series follows Dave Spud and his family and friends as they enjoy the ordinary things in life, but it’s never long before the world starts to misbehave. The new series will see new adventures explored with a host of new writers on board.

Producer Iain Harvey said: ‘We are delighted by the continued success and support of this British series and are thankful for the support from ITV and the funding support from Creative Wales. We hope to deliver another bin full of fun adventures for all the fans of the series – they are who we really do all this for!’

Gerwyn Evans, Deputy Director of Creative Wales, added: “It’s fantastic to see Dave Spud announce its third series. The Animation sector in Wales is growing and Creative Wales is delighted to support a project that provides opportunities for Welsh companies to demonstrate their creative talent. We look forward to seeing the new series hit our screens later this year and, no doubt, more industry awards to follow.”

The Rubbish World of Dave Spud is an Illuminated Film Company production, commissioned for CITV by Paul Mortimer, Director of Digital Channels. Internationally, the series is being represented by Beta Film, and has been picked up by MG ALBA and RTE. The series is also moving forward in the licensing and merchandising space with Licensing Management International (LMI) representing the series.


Jon Creamer

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