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CBeebies adopts Kiri & Lou

Claymation series Kiri & Lou is in production

BBC preschool channel CBeebies has picked up the animated children’s series Kiri & Lou from UK-based kids’ entertainment company Cake.

The 52×5’ series follows the friendship between the two eponymous animal characters as they explore the world of feelings through laughter, song and outdoor adventure.

The claymation series is currently in production, with Jemaine Clement (Flight of the Conchords) and Olivia Tennet (Lord of The Rings) voicing the creatures and Harry Sinclair writing and directing.

Kiri & Lou is produced by Fiona Copland at NZ prodco Stretchy and Heather Walker of Yowza Animation, with Cake handling international sales.

CBeebies has become the latest broadcaster to pick up the series, joining ABC Kids in Australia, YLE in Finland, Sweden’s SVT, Czech Television, EVision and BeIN in the Middle East and Showmax in Africa. It was originally commissioned by New Zealand broadcaster TVNZ and CBC in Canada.

Copland said: “It has been wonderful to see the rest of the world connecting with these idiosyncratic, original characters. As concern for our planet increases, people are looking for natural values, which are reflected in the simplicity of Kiri and Lou’s world. We love that families are watching Kiri & Lou together and adults and siblings are enjoying it too.”

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