Renowned Shakespearean actor Mark Rylance is to take on his first ever children’s role in a new CBeebies series announced today by the BBC.
The actor, director and playwright, who is currently filming an adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall for BBC2, will voice the character of Flop in an animation called Bing.
Flop is described as the carer of Bing, a three-year-old who is “energetic, playful and engaged with the world around him”.
The 78×7’ series is an Acamar Films Production for CBeebies and is co-produced with both Brown Bag Films and Tandem Films. It’s adapted from the Bing Bunny books, written and illustrated by Ted Dewan.
Rylance said: “I love the energy of young people, as well as the entirety of the team involved, who are very true and imaginative and kind, so working on Bing has been a wonderful experience. Voicing Flop gave me a second chance to be a good parent, the experience reminded me of many things and people I had forgot which was sad sometimes but ultimately very enriching.”
CBeebies controller Kay Benbow added: “The stories reflect the real lives of our very youngest audience members and their parents and caregivers – it is animated reality TV for toddlers, but done with such care, authenticity, warmth and charm – it is simply captivating.”
Acamar’s CEO, Mikael Shields, is the producer and series voice director, the director is Brown Bag Films’ Nicky Phelan and the series story director is Tandem Films’ Jeroen Jaspaert. Lucy Murphy and Howard Litton are Executive Producers for Acamar while Jackie Edwards is the Executive Producer for CBeebies.
Bing will launch on CBeebies next month.