Thursday, October 10, 2013

First look at Topsy and Tim

A new series Topsy And Tim which draws on the legacy of the famous childrens books by Jean and Gareth Adamson comes to CBeebies this November.

With a focus on big drama inspired by the small stuff in little people’s lives, each episode will feature a vibrant, charming insight into family life from the point of view of 5-year-old twins, Topsy and Tim. Whether it’s washing the car with Dad; learning to ride a bike with Mum; or finding a lost cat, each story is full of warmth, humour and above all authenticity. Topsy And Tim is a series that all families can recognise a part of themselves in.

8 year old Jocelyn McNab (represented by Alphabet Kidz) from Maidstone plays Topsy Odell. Jocelyn has previousl appeared in Bletchley Circle, The Fear and Southclifffe.
Topsy is more gung-ho than Tim and there’s a real zest about her. She’s usually a real carefree chatterbox, giggly and very fidgety. She is open and trusting and hates confrontation. If she’s ever under pressure then she would always give in.

7 year old Joshua Lester from North London plays Tim Odell. He's appeared in various TV commercials and The Adam And Joe Show.
Tim thinks before he acts (unlike Topsy who is more impulsive). Although he is a thinker, this doesn’t mean he is a serious child in general as he loves to explore, laugh and tumble. Tim’s inclination to think leads to a tendency to turn quiet, even over-react when he’s faced with changes to his everyday life and routine.

Topsy and Tim's friends are played by Natahlia Colbourne as Kerry, their friend and neighbour, Kayleigh Burke as Topsy's friend Vinda, and Tom Hibberd as Tim's friend Tony Welch.

Author Jean Adamson met the young cast and said: "What delightful, charming, friendly and articulate children they both are. I came away feeling confident that they will do an excellent job in bringing my two little characters to life."

Topsy and Tim is a Darrall Macqueen production and is produced by Fiona Robinson.

Kay Benbow, Controller of CBeebies said: "The stories of Topsy And Tim are told and shot from the perspective of the five year old characters as they capture everyday childhood experiences. I hope audiences will enjoy and identify with both dramas.”

There will also be some fantastic content on the CBeebies website to accompany the Topsy And Tim TV series.

Topsy And Tim’s Fun In The House game immerses children into the world of Topsy And Tim. Children can explore the house (inside and out!) and learn about real world experiences through play. The game will give children the chance to explore some of Topsy and Tim’s everyday experiences such as getting ready for bed, brushing their teeth, baking cakes and looking after Wiggles.

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