Wednesday, December 17, 2014

New CBBC sci-fi drama starts January

The highly-anticipated new CBBC sci-fi drama Eve starts on Monday 5th January on CBBC starring Poppy Lee Friar, Eubha Akilade and Oliver Woollford.

The thirteen episode series combines sci-fi mystery adventure with a fish-out-of-water comedy-of-manners as life changes beyond recognition for the Clarke family when Eve, the world's first fully sentient ‘artificial person’, comes to live under their roof.

Eve (Poppy Lee Friar) is the first of her kind who, on the surface, seems perfectly human. But scratch beneath that surface and you find a robot capable of amazing feats - if she manages to navigate her way through the perils of teenage life first.

In episode one, maverick scientist Mary Douglas, played by Jane Asher, is being thrown out of her own scientific institute, Calimov Systems, by Katherine Calvin (Rhona Croker) who’s staging a hostile takeover.

Mary orders Nick Clarke, played by Ben Cartwright, to destroy her top-secret Project Eternity prototype, Eve. But just as he’s about to disconnect Eve, Nick is stopped by his teenage son Will (Oliver Woollford).

Will reconnects Eve, bringing her to life and persuades his dad to take her back to their home where they’ll need to keep Eve’s existence a secret to protect her.

But hiding Eve proves harder than expected. First Will’s best friend Lily Watson (Eubha Akilade) works out the truth, then his teacher Mr Bevan (David Ireland) turns up looking for him and ends up locked in the cellar by Eve.

It will take all Eve, Will and Lily’s ingenuity to sort things out. Meanwhile, at Calimov Systems, Katherine is desperately trying to unlock the mystery of Project Eternity.

Eve is made by Leopard Drama.

Popular CBBC dramas set to return for two more series

The Dumping Ground is set to return to CBBC in 2015 for a fourth series. The 20 episodes of the new series will start filming in the North-East of England in Summer/Autumn 2015. The award-winning drama is set in and inspired by Jacqueline Wilson’s children’s home, and this new series will continue to follow the lives of the diverse group of young people who live there, combining the anarchic activities of this alternative family with tough and emotional storylines.

Series three of The Dumping Ground will be shown on CBBC in January 2015. Launching alongside the series is a new Dumping Ground app called The Dumping Ground - You’re The Boss, produced by Nikki Stearman.

Also returning to CBBC in 2015 is popular comedy drama 4 O'Clock Club. The fourth series (13 episodes) will be shown in January, and a fifth series will start filming in the Summer. Series five of the award winning comedy drama will bring more fun, chaos, mischief and mayhem to Elmsmere High.

Connal Orton is the Executive Producer of both the fourth and fifth series.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

10 year old newcomer lands lead in Steven Spielberg's The BFG

Ten year old Ruby Barnhill from Knutsford has landed the lead role in Steven Spielberg's adaption of Roald Dahl's The BFG.

Ruby (represented by David Daly Associates) will play young orphan Sophie, opposite Mark Rylance in the title role. She will also be seen in the new series of CBBC's 4 O'Clock Club.

The character of Sophie was said to be inspired by Roald Dahl's own granddaughter and Steven Spielberg said of the casting: “After a lengthy search, I feel Roald Dahl himself would have found Ruby every bit as marvellous as we do. We have discovered a wonderful Sophie in Ruby Barnhill"

Production is set to begin in early 2015 with a release date scheduled for July 2016.

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