CBBC film new series at Paignton Zoo
Published: 27th Jul 2016The BBC are filming at Paignton Zoo this summer.
A new CBBC series, The Zoo (working title), is set to star animals at Paignton Zoo. The world famous BBC Natural History Unit is collaborating with independent kids’ content company, DHX Media to produce the show.
The show is an observational documentary about real life at the zoo with a comedy spin. If you ever wanted to find out what makes our animal friends tick - thanks to the power of animation they can now tell us. Gorillas, penguins and giraffes will all take lead roles, and we find out that it’s often the animals that have the last laugh over the staff. Paignton Zoo’s animal characters will be given human voices and computer generated moving mouths.
Cheryl Taylor, Controller of CBBC said: “This new series promises our young audience a fact-filled and fun packed series centered around the fascinating characters and everyday adventures at the zoo.”
Josh Scherba, SVP Distribution of DHX Media said: “We are delighted to once again be teaming up with CBBC on a new kids’ show. Working with the wonderful staff and animals of Paignton Zoo, we think The Zoo promises to be a terrific and entertaining show from which kids worldwide can enjoy animals stories direct from the horse’s mouth, so to speak.”
Paignton Zoo Executive Director Simon Tonge said: “It’s a pleasure to have the BBC with us. This show will blend animal science and conservation information with engaging character-driven comedy. It will reach a really important audience for us and do it in a way that is appealing and memorable.”
Filming begins at Paignton Zoo in July will continue over the summer.
The Zoo is commissioned by Cheryl Taylor, Controller of CBBC, and is produced by the BBC Natural History Unit in collaboration with DHX Media. DHX Media will handle global distribution for the show outside the UK. The Executive Producer is Jonny Keeling and the Series Producer is Aaron Paul. Thirty shows have been commissioned, due to be aired on CBBC in 2017.