Leading kids’ entertainment specialist CAKE has announced that CBeebies have pre-bought the latest season of Kiri and Lou following the series’ strong premiere on the channel in March of last year. Produced by Fiona Copland for Stretchy, a further 26 episodes are planned for delivery later this year, bringing the package total to 78 x 5′.
“We are absolutely delighted BBC has come on board for the Kiri and Lou journey,” said Copland, CEO of Stretchy. “These characters have a life of their own and an exciting vision for their future – we love that CBeebies shares that!”
Kiri and Lou follows the friendship between Kiri, a feisty little dinosaur and Lou, a gentle and thoughtful creature, as they explore the world of feelings through laughter, song and outdoor adventure. Original and imaginative, Kiri and Lou invites children to learn about empathy and how to get along, through warm-hearted and gently humorous storylines which are resonating with audiences of all ages.
Hand-crafted in paper and clay and created using traditional stop motion animation from Antony Elworthy (Coraline, Corpse Bride, Isle of Dogs), Kiri and Lou is voiced by Jemaine Clement (Flight of the Conchords, Moana, Rio) and Olivia Tennet (Lord of the Rings). The series is written and directed by feature film director Harry Sinclair.
In 2020, Kiri and Lou won a silver award at the Prix Jeunesse, Cynopsis Best of the Best Award for Best Nature-Focused Preschool Series and Best Preschool Series at the Asian TV Awards. It has also been nominated at the Chicago Int’l Children’s Film Festival as well as NYICFF.
“We were thrilled with Kiri and Lou‘s performance and the overwhelming response from viewers of all ages,” said Ed Galton, CEO of CAKE. “We are delighted to be partnering with CBeebies and bringing another 26 episodes of this charming and original series to audiences in the U.K. and beyond.”