Aardman reboots Timmy Time for return to CBeebies
The classic pre-school series is refreshed for a new generation of fans
Aardman has today announced that a reboot of its classic Timmy Time series will premiere on CBeebies (UK) this autumn, 10 years after the original launch in 2009. The classic series is broadcast in 150 territories, which has gained a legion of fans worldwide.
The brand new, reformatted series, comprising of 78 x 5 minute episodes is scheduled for transmission from mid-October 2019. Shorter than the original 10 minute episode format, the redeveloped, 5 minute episodes now feature a cheerful voice over from a fellow nursery-goer. This evolution from the original series without dialogue, enables the viewer to better familiarise themselves with Timmy and his group of animal friends.
Alison Taylor, Head of Sales and Acquisitions at Aardman comments:
“CBeebies has been a key partner of Timmy Time for many years so we’re delighted that they’re supporting the new version on air and on iPlayer to help attract an even wider audience.”
Cheryl Taylor, Head of Content for BBC Children’s comments:
“Timmy has established himself as a firm favourite on CBeebies and we’re delighted to have a refreshed version of his adventures to share with his many fans. We’ve always got time for Timmy.”
Early in 2019, the refreshed Timmy Time series received an outstanding reception in France and Germany, transmitting on WDR and Kika (Germany) and France 5 (France).
To support the series reboot, one of Europe’s leading independent toy companies, Vivid has renewed its licensing programme, with master toy rights, launching a range of Timmy Time plush toys for the preschool market.
Additionally, in 2020 licensing partner Ladybird Education is to launch a range of books to complement Aardman and the British Council’s Learning Time with Timmy initiative to help children aged 3-7 around the world to learn English.
Timmy is the littlest lamb in Shaun the Sheep’s flock and will feature in the much anticipated A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon, released in cinemas worldwide from September 2019.