New series focusing on the environment, local history and world stories have been commissioned by BBC Children’s for CBBC and CBeebies.
The titles include a new series with Steve Backshall, Deadly Mission Shark which takes an educational deep dive into the plight of sharks, a trip around the UK for a close up look at pioneering nature projects in OZT Goes Wild in Britain, new My Life films that focus on single stories from Ukraine, Kenya to Peru and a fascinating history through objects series based in Cornwall called Treasure Tales.
Patricia Hidalgo, Director of Children’s and Education, said: “Learning is one of BBC Children’s core values and we want our programmes with educational themes to highlight great stories and to be fun and light-hearted for our audience.
“Factual Entertainment is a great way to do that and these new commissions are great additions to our existing shows and means we are offering the broadest range of content for children.”
BBC Children’s commissions
This 30 x 14 live action series from Screen Glue Ltd unlocks the story of Cornwall’s rich history through found objects.
Friends Fred and Pete live in the pretty Cornish village of Port Isaac and spend their days hunting for treasures.
From mysterious hats to burnt buckets, pages of a diary to a broken telescope, each object has a story that Fred and Pete bring to life when they go on an adventure to discover more about the treasure’s secrets.
Helping them on the way is Suzy who runs the Museum of Cornish Treasures in Post Isaac.
Suzy knows a thing or two about the history of Cornwall and is on hand to offer pointers to the friends about how they can find out more about their discoveries and once the history of the item is unearthed, it may even end up on display in her museum.
With challenges, songs and capers along the way, the items bring stories to life to provide a potted history lesson of the region in a fun, accessible way for children.
Treasure Tales is a 30 x 14 series produced by Screen Glue Ltd. It was commissioned by Kate Morton, Head of BBC Children’s Commissioning and Acquisitions, 0-6, and the Commissioning Executive for the BBC is Nick Hall.
The Executive producer is Jasper James.
Deadly Mission Shark
With 70% of Oceanic Sharks lost in the last 50 years, sharks are heading for extinction and a generation of new shark advocates is needed.
In this 10-part series from BBC Studios for CBBC, Steve Backshall leads ordinary kids from the UK and the Bahamas on a mission to save the World’s Sharks.
Under Steve’s tutelage, 8 children will be chosen to undertake a 10 day bootcamp at a shark sanctuary in the Bahamas where they will learn about the challenges sharks face and how they could help save them in the future.
During the bootcamp, the team will learn how to dive and how to interact with sharks.
They will get hands-on with conservation projects, meet marine biologists and learn about shark habitats before immersing themselves into Bahamian culture.
Steve Backshall, said: “I feel so excited about leaving 8 kids utterly inspired, believing they can change the world. And that kids and adults watching them will also believe they too can change the world.”
Deadly Mission Shark is a 10 x 30 mins series produced by BBC Studios.
It was commissioned by Sarah Muller, Head of BBC Children’s Commissioning and Acquisitions, 7+, and the Commissioning Editor for the BBC is Melissa Hardinge.
The Executive producer is Jo Shinner from BBC Studios’ Natural History Unit.
OZT Goes Wild in Britain
Join the Whitnall brothers (Aaron, Tyler and Cam) as they travel the length and breadth of Britain in their electric vehicle to get up close to British wildlife – past and present – and champion conservation projects and rewilding initiatives across the country.
From locally extinct species like wolves and bears, to those who have suffered catastrophic population losses like hedgehogs, red squirrels, and red kites, they’ll find out about the issues that have caused these animals’ demise: from the rise of agriculture and industrialisation to the spread of our towns and cities.
They’ll discover what is being done to help these animals and make Britain a safer place for wildlife and demonstrate smaller projects that you can do at home to help.
Featuring guests and a studio audience made up of up children, this 5 x 22 series from True To Nature will feature stories that look at animals in different habitats and conservation projects across the UK; from woodland to coast and wetland to urban spaces.
In addition, they will demonstrate a range of top tips, DIY projects, and eco hacks for children and their families to try at home.
OZT Goes Wild in Britain is a 5 x 22 mins series produced by True to Nature Ltd. It was commissioned by Sarah Muller, Head of BBC Children’s Commissioning and Acquisitions, 7+, and the Commissioning Editor for the BBC is Melissa Hardinge and the Executive producer is Wendy Darke.
A set of new single documentary films that follow the highs and lows of children across the world, each with a unique story to tell.