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Steve Box to helm 'Moomins' series

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Steve Box to helm 'Moomins' series
Box, who won an Oscar for The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, will direct a new series based on the classic childrens’ animation.

Oscar-winning director Steve Box, whose credits including Wallace And Gromit: The Curse Of The Were-Rabbit, will direct a new Moomins animation series.

Box will also head the writing team which includes Mark Huckerby and Nick Ostler, with Laurie Hutzler attached as story consultant.

The team behind the series includes those who worked on the recent Moomins On The Riviera feature film.

Filmlance Managing Director Lars Blomgren will executive produce and work closely with Sophia Jansson, the niece of the late Moomins creator Tove Jansson. Marika Makaroff will serve as creative director.

Filmlance International has struck a licensing deal for the series with Moomin Characters and Bulls Licensing.

Cate Elliott (Charlie and Lola, Me & My Monsters) and John Woolley (Shaun the Sheep) will produce. Endemol Shine International will handle distribution.

Sophia Jansson
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Kinky Boots London exclusive rehearsal footage

Kinky Boots London

Starting its preview run at the Adelphi Theatre in London from this Friday, 21st August is the new musical Kinky Boots, and to tie in with that, we have an exclusive look behind-the-scenes at rehearsals for the show in a brand new featurette.

Watch the Kinky Boots London rehearsal footage below.

Kinky Boots: The Musical which music and lyrics by Tony, Emmy and Grammy-winner Cyndi Lauper and a book by legendary Tony-winner Harvey Fierstein, has already had a hugely successful run on Broadway, where it opened in 2013. Transferring to the West End this year, the UK production stars Killian Donnelly and Matt Henry in the two leads as Charlie and Lola respectively, with other cast members including Amy Lennox as Lauren, Amy Ross as Nicola, Jamie Baughan as Don, and Michael Hobbs as George.

Kinky Boots: The Musical is based on the 2005 movie screenplay by Geoff Deane and Tim Firth.
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Watch Charlie and Lola: Snow is My Favourite and My Best on FilmOn

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Watch Charlie and Lola: Snow is My Favourite and My Best on FilmOn
Charlie and Lola” is one of Britain’s most popular children’s shows and for the kids in your life that love the characters, they’ll be able to watch “Charlie and Lola: Snow Is My Favourite and My Best” on BBC Four/Cbeebies. If you’re out of the UK, you’ll be able to watch this program on FilmOn’s BBC Four channel. The program features Charlie and Lola as they learn about and play in the snow. “Children’s animation. A brother and sister deal with topics that affect their everyday lives. Snow is on the way and Lola is bursting with excitement. She wakes up in the morning to find that the world is [ Read More ]

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Stan lands the Brits

Streaming service Stan today announced an extensive licensing deal with BBC Worldwide covering shows such as Sherlock, Ripper Street, Orphan Black, Top Gear and Doctor Who.

Luther, Wallander, Parade.s End and Torchwood will also screen on Stan, which is expected to launch in early January.

The arrangement also covers factual documentaries from David Attenborough and Louis Theroux, kids show Charlie and Lola and, from the vault, comedies including The Office, Gavin and Stacey, The Vicar of Dibley, Extras, Absolutely Fabulous and Fawlty Towers.

Most new BBC Worldwide shows premiere on Foxtel's BBC First, except for programs such as Nine's Top Gear and the ABC's Doctor Who, where the Fta broadcasters retain life-of-series rights. The holdback before titles are available to Stan will vary but. often will be one year after cable/Fta...

.Australians have long been entertained by BBC Worldwide.s great slate of programming. Their shows are especially loved by Australians,
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Six shorts receive Screen Aus support

Six short films have received support from Screen Australia, it was announced today.

Through its Short Animation and Shorts Completion programs, a production investment of $446,000 has been made to support two animations and four shorts.

Screen Australia.s Head of Production, Sally Caplan, said, .Out of many applications, we are delighted to have been able to support these six projects. The filmmakers are all talented teams from diverse backgrounds, and the projects are an eclectic mix with distinctive stories. We are very much looking forward to seeing the finished works..

The Short Animation program is supporting two projects: My Little Sumo and Revolution.

My Little Sumo comes from South Australian animation directors Ana Maria Mendez Salgado and Carlos Manrique Clavijo, and writer Lee Sellers. Supported by writer/producer Marion Pilowsky, the film follows the plight of Daisy, a little girl with mighty dreams . to become a professional sumo wrestler.

The
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10 great TV shows to enjoy with your kids

Feature Glen Chapman James Stansfield 26 Feb 2014 - 07:00

From Adventure Time to Old Jack's Boat, James and Glen talk us through ten modern kids' TV shows that geek parents can enjoy too...

“Urgh, I’m so hungover. I’m going to sit in my pants and watch movies all day”

So invariably goes at least one entry on my Twitter feed every Saturday or Sunday morning. Yes, lying about all day watching TV is great but nine times out of ten when someone writes something like this, I can guarantee that they don’t have kids. For those of us with small children, the television we regularly watch throughout the day comes from a vastly different landscape. To the childless, names such as Makka Pakka, Tree Fu Tom and Yo Jo Jo may mean very little. To some us though they’ve become household names, as our lives are filled
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20 best iPhone and iPad apps this week

Call of Duty: Strike Team, Human, Mobento, 2K Drive, Dk Peekaboo!, Star Wars Force Collection, KakaoGroup, Giant Boulder of Death, FriendStrip Kids and more

It's time for our weekly roundup of brand new and notable apps for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad devices.

It covers apps and games, with the prices referring to the initial download: so (Free) may mean (Freemium) in some cases. There's a separate roundup for Android apps, which was published earlier in the day.

For now, read on for this week's iOS selection (and when you've finished, check out previous Best iPhone and iPad apps posts).

Call of Duty: Strike Team (£4.99)

There have been Call of Duty games for iOS before, but this is Activision's most ambitious yet. Partly with the graphics, which are very impressive, but mainly for its exploration of new gameplay for the first-person shooter series: the ability to switch to a third-person
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In the company of women

Tim Lott ... lone man in a female household

I recently wrote a column stating that I believed my brain had been rotted by 18 years of being exposed to kiddie culture – Barbie dolls, puppet shows, shit movies with talking animals etc. But, as with so many of my opinions, it has recently occurred to me that I was wrong.

I have misremembered all the cultural gems I would have missed out on had I not had children. I think I've had more pleasure out of kiddie culture – particularly books and films – than reading all manner of literary novels and art-house movies.

The main scapegoat for the deleterious effects of kiddie culture is usually American kids' TV shows. This is what is fingered by parents as brain rot, contrasted with our supposedly more wholesome, homegrown produce.

But when people think of American cartoons, they still tend to think of low-grade, poor-quality conveyor-belt
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BBC Worldwide Australia appoints Helen Pendlebury

BBC Worldwide Australia has appointed Helen Pendlebury as head of commercial, entertainment and children’s brands.

The announcement:

BBC Worldwide Australia has appointed Helen Pendlebury in the new role of Head of Commercial, Entertainment & Children’s Brands.

In this newly created role, Pendlebury will be responsible for the business development around some of BBC Worldwide’s biggest global brands, including Doctor Who and Dancing with the Stars as well as a range of children’s properties such as Charlie and Lola. Pendlebury will take up her new position in May and report directly to Amanda McGregor, Director of Brands, Consumer and New Ventures.

“Helen comes to us with a wealth of commercial experience and a strong track record in developing brands and fan enjoyment beyond the TV screen” said McGregor of the appointment, “We are thrilled to have someone of Helen’s calibre join the team as we continue to
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Baby Jake: Going on an Adventure DVD Review

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Created and produced by Maddy Darrell, who has also produced the children’s television shows Bear Behaving Badly and Pet Squad, Baby Jake blends animation and photo images to tell imaginative adventures starring a ten-month-old baby as his older brother narrates for the audience.

The BBC has released a number of merchandising for babies and toddlers while the series is continuing with its success and the company have distributed the series’ first DVD. While I am not as much of a fan for this show as much as the likes of Numtums and Charlie and Lola, this is no doubt different from other productions currently available for children.

As previously mentioned, each episode starts out with introducing a family that includes ten children that live in a windmill in a big, beautiful cornfield.

But out of this big family, we focus on Jake the baby and his older brother, Isaac,
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Gossip Girl Fashion Recap: A Valentine's Day Massacre

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Apparently the Upper East Side fell off is axis on Valentine's Day.

Avery single Serena pined for a Blair-obsessed Dan, who kissed Blair, while Chuck, in all his St. Jude's glory (scarf! bow tie!), made moves to bring down the mop-haired Brooklynite, who let's face it, is nowhere in his league.

Charlie and Lola had a run-in with an oblivious Nate not putting the pieces together and Georgina continues to ruin everything for yet another week while her adorable husband cheers her on from the evil sidelines.

Whew. At least the fashion was on point.

Yes! The return of Blair's pretty hair! Pulled back in a loose braid, (Rapunzel reference?) and paired with a lilac and tweed number, B was feeling the love. Although the tweed vest was debatable, the look overall is an improvement of latter episodes, so we'll take it.

Actual Dress: Zac Posen Tweed Vest Dress

Steal
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Is pre-school TV having a golden moment?

Ex-Doctor Who boss Russell T Davies says kids' TV is in decline – but just look at Abney and Teal, Peppa Pig or Charlie and Lola

No less an authority than former "Whopremo" Russell T Davies – who cut his TV teeth on Children's Ward and whose latest project is Cbbc action romp Aliens Vs Wizards – recently lamented the decline of kids' TV. "I'm amazed people don't recognise the genius of children's writers," he said. "For example, Andrew Davenport, the creator behind Teletubbies and In The Night Garden, is up there, in my opinion, with Tom Stoppard and Samuel Beckett."

Putting aside the curious choice of comparison, his comments were fired by anger at ITV for ending production of children's shows. But judging by the TV I watch over my toddler's shoulder – Ok, sometimes he watches over my shoulder – Davies need not worry. There's enough excellent stuff on the BBC, Five's Milkshake,
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Cbeebies’ Christmas Gift Sets Review

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Christmas products and offers started appearing even before Halloween and it is no surprise that Cbeebies have already started to sell Christmas edition DVDs and special box sets ready for parents to buy for their children to open on Christmas day.

But while every year television shows for all ages usually release a DVD with some of their holiday specials, I will be reviewing three box sets that the BBC’s children department have released, which are based on their three big shows: Charlie and Lola, In the Night Garden and Chuggington with a view to see what buyers will receive and if they are the best DVD compared to previous releases for those looking for ideas on what to get children for the holidays.

Charlie and Lola Gift Set 2011 – I Can’t Stop Hiccuping!

Charlie has a little sister, Lola, who is small and very funny. Each episode focuses
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Kelis reveals the face of casual British racism | Barbara Ellen

The singer's experience of abuse should shame us all

It comes to something when racism from a Briton is described as "disgusting" by a black American raised in Harlem. Singer Kelis, who memorably brought milk shake to the yard, used Twitter to describe an incident at a Spanish border control, where a British man, thinking she'd pushed in, called her a "slave", "probably a disgusting Nigerian" and "Kunta Kinte". Talking of our riots, Kelis said that she felt Britain was "decades behind in progression… everything is swept under the rug".

There was some initial confusion about where it happened. Boris Johnson mistakenly wrote to the UK Border Agency about the incident. He also tweeted an apology to Kelis, assuring her that her incident was "not typical" of Britain. I, too, read the report, thinking that Kelis's abuse at the hands of a British person seemed highly unusual and extreme.

Then
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Baby Jake, the real 10-month-old set to be a star of children's TV

CBeebies to feature child narrators to translate baby talk in mix of live action and animation

He giggles and gurgles at viewers with all the cuteness that comes naturally to a 10-month-old baby in a fetching pale-blue romper suit. But Baby Jake is carrying a heavy burden on his small shoulders: the hope that he and his eponymous television show will become the next big hit for Britain's most popular children's digital channel.

Editors at CBeebies hope that the programme, which begins next Monday afternoon, will be as memorable, in its way, as Teletubbies, Charlie and Lola and In the Night Garden.

Boosting their expectations is the knowledge that they are pushing the boundaries of television: not only is the star of Baby Jake a real child, but his co-stars are too.

Throughout the show, the baby's babble is translated for viewers by a supporting character, Isaac, who is played by his actual five-year-old brother.
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Peter Bennett-Jones: A talent spotter with a lot of comic relief

The chairman of Tiger Aspect is stepping down but plans to spend more time on charity work and fostering television talent

Peter Bennett-Jones's CV tells of a rich and varied career in the entertainment industry. Cambridge Footlights, agent to comedy talent including Rowan Atkinson, Eddie Izzard and Armando Iannucci, helping set up Comic Relief with Richard Curtis, independent producer with credits including Mr Bean, The Vicar of Dibley, Billy Elliot, Charlie and Lola, and Omagh.

In typically self-deprecating fashion, he puts this down to being "very lucky" with who he met at university – including Griff Rhys Jones at Cambridge, and Oxford graduates Atkinson and Curtis when Footlights went to the Edinburgh Festival – but there's a bit more to it than that. Industry colleagues speak with unusual affection of Pbj, as he is widely known, as a respected behind the scenes operator – described as a "great unsung hero of British
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TV ratings – 10 January: Glee lights up E4 with record-breaking 1.6m viewers

Second series opener gives E4 its best ratings so far with a 6% audience share

Gleeks Multiply

Glee: E4, 9pm – the second series of the Us import began where last year's first run – one of E4's biggest new shows of 2010 – left off.

Glee attracted 1.614 million viewers and a 6.1% share, the show's best E4 audience so far. Last year Glee launched on the channel with 1.1 million in January, rising to 1.5 million for the series finale in June.

Last night's episode was the most-watched multichannel show on Monday, with another 362,000 (1.8%) watching an hour later on E4 +1.

There's No Place Like Home

Episodes: BBC2, 10pm/Shameless, Channel 4, 10pm – BBC2's new comedy about a Brit couple taking their, um ... Brit comedy to Hollywood with predictably disastrous results made a solid start in the ratings last night, but was no match for Channel 4's long-running drama, back for its eighth series.
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Nicole Kidman Sightsees in Sydney With Sunday, Opens Up About Connor and Bella

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Nicole Kidman Sightsees in Sydney With Sunday, Opens Up About Connor and Bella
Nicole Kidman and her husband, Keith Urban, stepped out in Sydney this morning to watch Charlie and Lola's Best Bestest Play at the city's Opera House Playhouse Theatre with their daughter Sunday. The trio are Down Under prepping for the holidays, following Nicole's recent press tour on behalf of Rabbit Hole. She and costar Aaron Eckhart got irritated with each other while shooting the heart-wrenching film, but all Nicole's hard work has paid off. She ended up earning a Best Dramatic Actress nomination at the Golden Globes, as well as for the Screen Actors Guild Awards and the Independent Spirit Awards. Nicole's experienced professional success, but she recently opened up about a rarely discussed aspect of her personal life - she spoke to Britain's Hello! magazine about her children Connor and Bella, revealing they chose to live with her ex-husband, Tom Cruise. View Slideshow ›
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Maggie Gyllenhaal's Daughter Not as Wild as Her

Maggie Gyllenhaal is baffled by her young daughter's impeccable behavior - because the actress was "kind of wild" when she was a child. The "Crazy Heart" star's daughter Ramona, with husband Peter Sarsgaard, always listens to her parents and abides by their rules - even reminding them when she isn't allowed to watch her favorite TV shows.

But Gyllenhaal is mystified by the three year old's obedience. She tells British morning show GMTV, "I am actually just getting into discipline. My parents didn't have a lot of rules, I was kind of wild."

"My daughter who is three-and-a-half really like rules and likes to test - will I really say no 'Charlie and Lola' (TV show) in the morning? And she reminds me sometimes - 'Remember Mama, no 'Charlie and Lola' today'."
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Gyllenhaal's Daughter Loves Rules

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Gyllenhaal's Daughter Loves Rules
Maggie Gyllenhaal is baffled by her young daughter's impeccable behaviour - because the actress was "kind of wild" when she was a child.

The Crazy Heart star's daughter Ramona, with husband Peter Sarsgaard, always listens to her parents and abides by their rules - even reminding them when she isn't allowed to watch her favourite TV shows.

But Gyllenhaal is mystified by the three year old's obedience.

She tells British morning show GMTV, "I am actually just getting into discipline. My parents didn't have a lot of rules, I was kind of wild.

"My daughter who is three-and-a-half really like rules and likes to test - will I really say no Charlie and Lola (TV show) in the morning? And she reminds me sometimes - 'Remember Mama, no Charlie and Lola today'."
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