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MIPJunior Hot Pick: Andy’s Baby Animals

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Andy Day is a CBeebies regular, as the creator of and a presenter for his own franchise shows.

His new effort is Andy’s Baby Animals. Like Day’s previous shows, it hails from the BBC’s esteemed Natural History Unit and meshes its wildlife footage with his presenting skills.

At the start of each of the 10x20mins instalments, Day appears in a zoo, getting close to the animals that kids will learn about, with the footage element then playing out with Day’s voiceover.

Each episode features three animals as they learn a new skill.

BBC Worldwide part-financed Andy’s Baby Animals in same way it did with Go Jetters and Hey Duggee: it plays on international CBeebies nets and will be sold through the distributor. The format is such that an international buyer could top and tail it with their own presenter to give it a local flavour.

“The initial outreach will be for English-speaking territories, particularly PSBs,” says Worldwide’s director of children’s, Henrietta Hurford-Jones. “It’s not for the cartoon-focused channels.”

The show: Andy’s Baby Animals
The producers: NHU Production
The distributor: BBC Worldwide
The broadcasters: CBeebies (UK, international)
The concept: Latest Andy Day series, combing his presenting skills and NHU wildlife footage