BBC Worldwide has commissioned a second season of popular animated children’s series Hey Duggee from London-based production house Studio AKA. The 52-episode order is placed on behalf of CBeebies international channels as well as potential clients. In the UK, CBeebies Controller Kay Benbow has also ordered season two of Hey Duggee for the channel.
Hey Duggee is centered on “The Squirrel Club,” which is run by a big, friendly dog called Duggee. The Club is a place where kids take part in all manner of activities and adventures, earning badges along the way. Duggee’s mission is to teach kids valuable life skills related to responsibility, teamwork, taking acceptable risks and, most importantly, having fun.
Created and written by Grant Orchard, Senior Director of the Oscar-nominated and BAFTA-winning Studio AKA, Hey Duggee features the voice talent of comedian Alexander Armstrong. The series has proven a hit on CBeebies channels since its launch, and has sold to over 80 international territories — including to key broadcasters France Televisions, ABC Australia, SVT (Sweden) and most recently to Nickelodeon in the US.
The show has also been viewed over 22 million times on BBC iPlayer and attracted multiple licensing partners, including Golden Bear (master toy) and Penguin’s Ladybird (publishing). Last year, the first Hey Duggee preschool app from BBC Worldwide and developer Scary Beasties rocketed to the top of the kids app chart and a new app is in production for an Easter 2016 release.