Sky Kids has announced a deal with Beano Studios to produce a new TV show aimed at 8-11-year olds. The show, So Beano!, will be broadcast on Sky Kids, and will be available on the Sky Kids app and the kids strand on Sky’s OTT service, Now TV.
Fronted by four presenters, the show will include unique sketch acts, animated shorts and guest challenges. So Beano! has been commissioned for 26 15-minute episodes and will draw on the “rebellious and anarchic ethos” of Beano.com.
The show brings together a range of talent from the UK kids entertainment sector, including YouTuber Joe Tasker, actor Nimisha Odedra, and presenters Joseph Robinson and Emma Shaw. Showrunner George Sawyer, who won an Emmy for his work on Horrible Histories, is slated to direct and produce.
Emma Scott, chief executive officer of Beano Studios, said: “It’s so great to work with the highly innovative, creative team at Sky Kids and bring the very best of our riotous daily Beano digital mayhem to its audiences”
“We’re really excited to showcase new, young and unsung UK digital talent with such a well known broadcaster. This new TV show embodies our kid-led mentality by bringing their loves and obsessions to screens across the land in a festival of hyper-relevant mayhem.”
Lucy Murphy, head of sky kids, added: “We can’t wait to bring a bit of mischief to Sky Kids this autumn. This show really celebrates all the humour, mayhem and irreverence that kids (and their parents) love from the Beano. There isn’t a kids show out there like it and it promises to bring something fresh to our screens that taps into everything kids love.”
Beano Studios’ first TV commission, animated series Dennis & Gnasher: Unleashed, aired on CBBC late last year. The company was set up by publishers DC Thomson with the aim of relaunching the comic brand as a global entertainment network.