CBBC have announced a new raft of children's programming. Hamza Yassin will front Ranger Hamzas Eco Quest Minis to show how even small tasks can make a difference to the environment we live in.
Director of BBC Children’s and Education, Patricia Hidalgo said: “Our latest commissions, full of homegrown talent and shot across the UK, continue to offer our audience a real breadth of high quality entertaining and educational content that only the BBC can deliver. With beautiful animations, unique gameshows, factual content, enthralling dramas and even a musical or two, there is a real feast for kids families to enjoy”.
Presented by Emma Willis alongside stylist to the stars Ayishat Akanbi, Style it Out (11x28’) will search for the next generation of fashion forward designers and stylists - but there’s a twist. Can the young contestants fly in the face of fast fashion and create their own designs sustainably, while celebrating their individuality and creativity?
It’s out with the new and in with the old as they re-use, reclaim, upcycle and embellish fabulous fashion using only vintage, second-hand, sustainable materials and clothing otherwise destined for landfill. Watch out for plenty of surprises along the way as they discover who they’re styling for – it could be their headmaster, a popstar or even a labradoodle! Made by Lion Television Limited.
Airing this summer and produced by Red Monk Studio and First Generation Films, Home Sweet Rome (13x30’) focuses on 13-year-old Lucy, who moves from America to start a new life in Rome with her dad and stepmother Francesca - who happens to be a famous Italian pop star. Lucy will have to adapt to these big changes whilst navigating through all the growing pains of being a teenager – not easy when her best friend Kyla is now 6000 miles away. Can Lucy embrace a different way of life and might it even spark her own path to pop stardom?
Brilliant Bikers (w/t) (10x22’) will explore what it takes to become a BMX champion racer. This series shines a light on a very special place - the BMX club in Peckham responsible for training more British Olympic riders than any other. Meet the young riders who, come rain or shine, turn up to the track to perfect their racing skills and, through following their amazing stories, find out what it takes to be the best against all odds. Made by Big Deal Films.
My Life, the series of documentary films that follow the highs and lows of children across the world, each with a unique story to tell, will feature a new film called What Freya Did Next. The film catches up with Freya Skye, the 2022 UK entrant to the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, where she went on to win the public vote.
We now follow 13 year old Freya as she lands in Nashville USA to record a new single. During Junior Eurovision she lost her voice, but even with everything against her, Freya still managed to get onto the stage and perform. Can she now launch a successful solo career? Young viewers will get a unique insight into what it takes to break into the music industry. Made by Peggy Pictures.
Jamie Johnson F.C. (13x28’) is a brand new spin-off series from Short Form Film, building on the success of the multi award-winning TV show Jamie Johnson. Set in the high stakes world of Hawx United’s elite football academy, the drama follows a group of talented footballers who get to eat, sleep and breathe the sport they love.
They’re living their dream – but how many of them have what it takes to defy the odds and make it all the way to the Premier League? And will a scholarship from Jamie Johnson himself, now playing in the Hawx first team, be a help or a hindrance? Shot in Yorkshire, series one will air this Autumn and features thrillingly authentic football played for real, as well as signature cameo appearances from Ella Toone, Arsene Wenger, Billy Wingrove and more. The show has been commissioned for a second and third series.
Following the success of season one and a hotly anticipated second season available later this year, Phoenix Rise (20x29’) has been commissioned for a third and fourth series. Phoenix Rise, available now on BBC iPlayer, is a coming-of-age drama that follows the stories of six students who form an unbreakable bond as they navigate the trials and tribulations of school life in the Midlands.
The misfit heroes are a group of teens taking their first tentative steps back into mainstream education after being excluded. At first it seems like they have nothing in common, but they soon realise they all share one unique trait: an indomitable will to succeed. Produced by BBC Studios Kids & Family and distributed by Sinking Ship Entertainment.