CBeebies Controller Kay Benbow has commissioned a new animated comedy-adventure from FremantleMedia Kids & Family, Bitz & Bob (44 x 11). The groundbreaking series aimed at preschoolers combines funny, whimsical stories and key STEAM principles as it follows the antics of eight-year-old inventor Bitz and her little brother Bob. Part of CBeebies five-year co-production partnership with FME Kids, the show is slated for 2017.
Engineering adventurer Bitz loves to play and make amazing creations at home in her “Maker-space” treehouse. She and her brother Bob weave these inventions into magical stories where her creations come to life and lead them on epic journeys. Inevitably things go just a little haywire and Bitz has to use her special “Engineer-o-vision” to visualise and enact inventive solutions that empower her and her friends to help “invent a way to save the day!”
“We always aim to inspire on CBeebies and I hope that Bitz & Bob will encourage a new generation of engineer,” says Benbow. “Bitz is a wonderful female role model, she is full of creative ideas and energy that will take our viewers on adventures that we know will fire their imaginations.”
Bitz & Bob boasts an international writing team consulting with sector experts from the U.K. and the U.S.: Helen Heggie, Director of STEMFirst, and Dr. Lisa Regalla, Deputy Director of Maker Ed. The series is being produced by CBeebies Productions and FremantleMedia Kids & Family, with CG animation by Jellyfish Pictures. FMK’s Bob Higgins and CBeebies’ Vanessa Amberleigh serve as exec producers. FMK holds full global rights.