Live-action comedy Spooky Files to launch on CBBC

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Halloween is about to get a whole lot spookier for audiences across the UK with new CBBC show Spooky Files.

The brand new 10 x 24 series is a fun adventure-filled look at the universal experience of childhood fears, with a comedic twist.

Spooky Files will be available on the CBBC channel and BBC iPlayer from Monday 23 October.

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When supernatural creatures – nicknamed ‘Spookies’ – start appearing in the small Australian town of Sunny Valley, long-time Spookyphile Bert is thrilled.

He assembles the ‘Spooky Crew,’ consisting of his best bud and gadget queen Xena, his super-cool sorta step-sis Billie, and Derek, their school’s sports captain – an ‘undercover agent’ who keeps his Spooky beliefs a secret.

Their mission: to capture the ‘Spookies,’ figure out where they’re coming from, and safely return them ‘home’ – wherever that may be!

The series blends contemporary characters and retro delights from the 80s and 90s with mystery, humour, nostalgia and just the right amount of scary.

Each episode features a new Spooky surprise, from a humungous flying clown head to a punk rock truth fairy and even a Fart Blob.

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L-R: Billie (Audrey Salinas), Xena (Alberta Brudan), Derek (Lennox Lee) and Bert (Thomas Saddler) (Image: Narelle Portanier)

Spooky Files was created by International Emmy award-winning writers Guy Edmonds and Matt Zeremes.

The series is produced by Tony Ayres Productions (TAP) and Megaboom Pictures for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) and the BBC. TAP is backed by Matchbox Pictures and Universal International Studios, a division of Universal Studio Group.

The series was commissioned for CBBC by Senior Head of Commissioning 7+, Sarah Muller and produced by Paul Watters. Aubrey Clarke is the Commissioning Executive for the BBC.

Executive Producers are Tony Ayres and Andrea Denholm for TAP and Margaret Ross for the ABC.

The series received major production investment from Screen Australia and was financed with support from VicScreen. NBCUniversal Global Distribution is managing international sales.

Sarah Muller, Senior Head of Commissioning 7+, CBBC, said: “Storytelling that captures children’s imagination and helps to make sense of the world around them has always been crucial to us at CBBC, and why we’re thrilled to launch Spooky Files this Halloween.

“The brand-new series provides a delightful mix of nostalgia and laughter with every spooky surprise.

“It’s the perfect Halloween treat and we’re excited to bring children and family audiences across the UK along on the adventure to capture the Spookies!”

Andrea Denholm, Executive Producer and Head of Development for Tony Ayres Productions, said: “The team who created Spooky Files is passionate about making content that connects with children and we are delighted to be partnering with CBBC to bring Spooky Files to families in the UK this Halloween.

“We can’t wait to introduce kids and their families to the Spooky Crew and Sunny Valley’s wonderful array of spooky characters.

“Filled with fun, mystery and sprinkled with scares, children and grown-ups will enjoy this original series that celebrates the imagination and curiosity of childhood.”

Other BBC Children’s commissions young audiences and families can enjoy this Halloween include Aussie based horror teen comedy Crazy Fun Park.

The popular series follows the story of Chester, a young boy who discovers the loss of his best friend Mapplethorpe in an abandoned theme park.

Behind its eerie walls, an incredible adventure of intrigue and thrills awaits. Now in extraordinary circumstances, they must face the reality of life apart or deal with the deadly consequences.

Crazy Fun Park will be available on BBC iPlayer and BBC Three from Monday 16 October.