CBBC Productions at MediaCityUK has been commissioned to develop and produce a number of new dramas for the channel.
These include Hetty Feather, an adaptation of the novel by Dame Jacqueline Wilson. Set in Victorian London, it tells the story of a young girl abandoned by her mother at the Foundling Hospital as a baby.
Helen Blakeman is the lead writer on the 10 x 30 minute series and Foz Allen will be the executive producer.
World’s End, meanwhile, is a 36 x 15 minute series where a group of children find themselves in a remote castle, which sees “life and death decisions slam up against the everyday dilemmas faced by the kids.” It’s been written by Diane Whitley and Danny Spring, with Sarah Muller the executive producer.
Both these productions will air in 2014/2015.
Finally, comedy drama, 4 O’Clock Club will return for a new run in 2015. The 13×30 minutes series is based around a school, with the story punctuated with raps from Ben “Doc Brown” Smith and Mikis Michaelides.
“We’re thrilled about these commissions – we’re all on a mission at CBBC to build on our reputation for delivering distinctive, original British dramas and comedies for our young audience and these new series are a credit to everyone involved with our in-house drama development and productions,” said Helen Bullough, head of CBBC Productions.