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BBC Children's And Education Announce Collaboration With Alphablocks And Blue Zoo Animation

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BBC Children’s and Education has announced a significant collaboration with Alphablocks Ltd. and Blue Zoo Animation Studio creating an exciting new era of educational entertainment for CBeebies viewers.

The agreement will deliver new episodes of flagship Blocks brand programming over a five-year period, extending the presence of Alphablocks, Numberblocks and bringing a brand new Blocks series to market - starting with the series two of Colourblocks on 12 February.

The collaboration between Blue Zoo Animation Studio and Alphablocks Ltd. marks a monumental step forward in children's educational programming. With this deal, viewers can anticipate more of the much-loved Blocks shows - Numberblocks, Colourblocks and Alphablocks, ready to captivate a new generation of young minds.

The agreement secures the delivery of fresh episodes of the beloved shows to CBeebies until 2027, ensuring that families can continue to rely on high-quality, entertaining and educational content for years to come. The Blocks brands are used in over 90% of primary schools, which has resulted in the UK curriculum changing to adapt to the new skills of Blocks-literate children.

Kate Morton, Senior Head of Children’s Commissioning for CBeebies said: "Engaging and entertaining educational animation is the heart of CBeebies that keeps audiences coming back for more. This is the biggest content agreement of its kind, bucking the trend to support the UK animation industry by investing in high-quality, home-grown content that pre-schoolers love."

Oli Hyatt MBE, Co-founder of Blue Zoo Animation Studio: "We are absolutely thrilled to partner with the BBC and to continue to work creatively with Commissioning Executive Joel Wilenius to expand the Blocks brand programming on CBeebies. Our mission has always been to create content that not only entertains but also educates and inspires young minds. We look forward to expanding our digital and consumer product offerings, which we hope will help work towards this wider goal. As a B Corp-certified studio, it is our intention to make the world a better place through high-quality animation. This partnership allows us to continue delivering on that mission and reach an even wider audience of children and families."

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