Cosgrove Hall Hatching Shelltown

U.K. animation house Cosgrove Hall is working with Irish company Shelltown Prods. on a new kids’ show titled Shelltown. The series follows the tales of three mischievous young eggs who reside in a town where all the buildings and cars are egg-shaped.

Irish singing sensation Ronan Keating provides the voice of main character Splat. The recording artist is so sure of the project’s success he has invested in Shelltown Prods. and is also composing the show’s music.

Keating will be joined by Bitish TV show host and I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here! contestant Kerry McFadden, who will voice the lead female character, Cracker. Other celebs linked to the project include Oscar-winning actor Julian Fellowes (Gosford Park), Kenneth Brannagh (Henry V, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets) and comedian Johnny Vegas.

Patricia Parsons-Sparkes and husband Bernard Sparkes created the series, which is based on the bedtime tales they made up for their 13 children. The couple brought the concept to Manchester-based Cosgrove Hall, which has worked with them to develop the characters and a two-minute pilot episode. The 26×11 CG series is expected to go into full production in early fall.

According to Cosgrove Hall, Irish Channel RTÉ has already committed to acquire the series, and an unnamed American broadcaster has also expressed interest. The Shelltown team is now looking for a U.K.-based broadcaster and distributor.