My kids grew up on CBeebies, the BBC's young children's channel. And Andrew Davenport's Teletubbies and In The Night Garden played major roles in that.
They will be too old for his latest creation to follow those, Moon And Me. But maybe I won't be.
It's the first programme produced by Davenport;s own company Foundling Bird, with Bento Box Entertainment's New Kids and Family Division, Sutikki. Fifty episodes have been commissioned for 2018 by Controller of
Inspired by well-loved tales of toys that come to life when nobody is looking, Moon and Me is the comical story of a special friendship between two characters from completely different worlds.
Moon and Me combines the latest production methods with traditional storytelling, comedy and music to create a breathtaking, beautifully-constructed picture-book world, celebrating a young child's creative play away from screens.
While, you know, still being on a screen.
Through the partnership with Foundling Bird announced last year, Sutikki is serving as the primary production, merchandising and non-UK distribution partner for the series. Pre-production has begun at multiple locations in the US and in the UK.
Andrew Davenport said: "I'm thrilled – over the moon – at this commission from CBeebies to create an innovative pre-school series that will honour the heritage of our previous work together. The time is right for a new approach to pre-school storytelling and – like In the Night Garden and Teletubbies, ten and twenty years ago respectively – Moon and Me will pioneer new production techniques to create the highest standard of quality programming for the CBeebies audience."