BBC Global Channels, which finally launched its two channels in India -- Cbeebies and BBC Entertainment; has announced its brand new programme line-up. The channels will be available on IOL Broadband, after the debut in India last week on the Tata Sky DTH platform. CBeebies, targeted at children below the age of six, will be broadcast from 6 am to 6 pm, while BBC Entertainment will be broadcast from 6 pm to 6 am daily.
The programming line-up is a selection from BBC’s own content as well as from other British production houses. “From now on, our channels will be extended to audiences through IOL IPTV as well,” announced Christine Leo-McKerrow, Senior Vice President, Global Channels Asia-Pacific.
AS Oberoi, Director, IOL Broadband, added, “It is fantastic to be collaborating with the BBC. We are looking forward to broadcast these two channels to our viewers on IOL IPTV.”
Some of the shows on CBeebies include ‘Tweenies’, which is a pre-school series on all the joys and challenges which children between the age of three and five experience. The show is done through songs, rhymes, games, stories, puzzles, ‘make and do’, fantasy and creative play, and attempts to make children wonder, explore and develop life skills for confidence.
‘Teletubbies’ is about Tinky Winky, Dipsy, Laa-Laa and Po, who play over the hills in a far away magical place called Teletubbyland, where just about anything can happen. The ‘Roly Mo Show’ is about Roly Mo, a kind, cheerful mole from Fimbles with a passion for books, stories, games and activities that entertain and educate. The show tries to introduce children to the magic of reading.
‘Big Cook, Little Cook’ is a cookery programme presented by a big cook called Ben and a little cook called Small. Ben and Small run their own café where all sorts of customers drop in to eat -- from a robot to a racing driver, from Humpty Dumpty to a Pink Monster. As the pair makes exciting and creative recipes that explore shape, measurement, colour and texture for each visitor, the customer leaves something for the cooks -- an item they particularly need at that point of time.
In yet another show ‘Bill and Ben’, the two characters are Flowerpot Men who live in a discarded flowerpot on the corner of a shed. Weed lives between them. All sorts of characters are explored, who live around these characters in the shed, including Slowcoach the Tortoise and Pry the Magpie.
‘Boogie Beebies’ aims to get children off their seats and dance along to pop songs created specially for the show. The programme tries to promote dance, healthy movement, singing, and some interesting locations. ‘Tikkabilla’, too, features songs, rhymes, surprise guests, animals and visits to different places.
BBC Entertainment has various productions that include thrillers and drama. ‘Doctor Who’, ‘Cutting It’, ‘Spooks’, ‘Hotel Babylon’, ‘Inspector Lynley Mysteries’, ‘Waking The Dead’, ‘Silent Witness’, ‘Extras’, ‘My Family’, ‘The Catherine Tate Show’, ‘My Life in Film’ and ‘Suburban Shootout’ are some of these.
Leo-McKerrow said, “We are going to ensure that we stick to BBC’s core value of quality, and our mission statement is to inform, educate and entertain. The idea behind CBeebies is to help pre-schoolers learn to play, and create a fun and colourful environment for them. BBC Entertainment, which delivers mysteries and thrillers, mixes drama and entertainment.”