Netflix has greenlit two British series aimed at older children.

Lime Pictures is to produce the Untitled Horse Mystery Project, a coming-of-age story about an American teenager, Zoe, and her summer of intrigue in the English countryside.

During her stay at Bright Field Stables, 15-year-old Zoe’s life changes forever when she meets the mysterious horse Raven, whose friendship gives Zoe the strength to deal with issues and explore new relationships.

The untitled Horse Mystery project stars Jaylen Barron (Good Luck Charlie, Shameless) as Zoe, as well as Celine Buckens (War Horse) and Kerry Ingram (Game of Thrones). Executive produced by Rebecca Hodgson, Kate Little and Claire Poyser for Lime Pictures and directed by Paul Norton Walker (Shameless), the 10-episode series will be available on Netflix in 2017.

Netflix has also confirmed The Worst Witch, a new series based on the books by English author Jill Murphy.

The Worst Witch is produced by CBBC Productions in collaboration with ZDF, ZDF Enterprises and Netflix.

The show follows the ever-clumsy Mildred Hubble and her adventures as a student at Miss Cackle’s Academy for Witches.

Starring Bella Ramsey (Game of Thrones) as Mildred, Clare Higgins (Doctor Who) as Miss Cackle and Raquel Cassidy (Downton Abbey) as Deputy Head, Miss Hardbroom, the 12-episode series will be brought to life by UK vfx company Milk (Ex Machina).

Netflix is soon to launch British period drama The Crown from Left Bank Pictures, which is reported to have a budget of around £100m.

Staff Reporter

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