Ireland’s RTE is the first broadcaster to sign on for Lifeboat Luke, a new CG-animated kids’ show from Belfast-based Banjax Studios. The 52-episode, Hi-Def search-and-rescue series is currently being shopped by Banjax at MIPCOM Jr and MIPCOM in Cannes, France, and will be ready for broadcast in October of 2007.
for kids aged 4-7 featuring Lifeboat Luke is created and directed by Alastair McIlwain, who previously directed the award winning 2001 series Tiny Planets for Pepper’s Ghost Prods. and Sesame Workshop. ‘Our aim has been to create a show with universal appeal, lots of comedy, and a great graphic look that reflects the culture and place in which it was made,’ he comments. ‘I believe there has been a loss of local cultural voices in children’s TV, particularly in the U.K., and I think Luke is a show that is genuinely local but with true global appeal.’
In the show, Luke the lifeboat and his friends have fun and help people in need in the magical Irish seaside town of Donghadoo, not to be confused with the real-life Northern Irish seaside town of Donaghadee, which Mcllwain calls home. The first 13 episodes are in production at Banjax with support from the Northern Ireland Film & TV Commission’s Lottery Production Fund and private investors.
The remaining 39 installments will be co-produced with Dublin’s Kavaleer Prods. with additional aid from the Irish Film Board and the Broadcast Commission of Ireland. The series