Kay Benbow, Controller of CBeebies, and Cheryl Taylor, Controller of CBBC have announced today (Thursday) that the live-action drama Katie Morag will return for a second series airing on both CBeebies and CBBC.
The series will again be filmed on the Isles of Lewis using Stornoway studio space and the Hebrides as a backdrop.
This second series will see some episodes shown exclusively on CBeebies allowing the current audience to enjoy more adventures from Katie Morag McColl while other episodes will be shown on CBBC allowing the series to explore slightly more complex storylines and themes aimed at the CBBC audience.
Katie Morag is based on the hugely popular series of books by Mairi Hedderwick which relate the adventures of this feisty red-headed girl who lives with her family on the magical island of Struay. The stories celebrate the intrinsic sense of community, the preciousness of the environment and the universal tensions and joys of family life.
Cherry Campbell will return as Katie Morag while the rest of the cast includes Gail Watson (Mrs McColl), Kenneth Harvey (Mr McColl) with Katie Morag’s two grandmas being played by Ann Louise Ross (Grannie Island) and Barbara Rafferty (Granma Mainland).
Kay Benbow, Controller of CBeebies said: “I am thrilled that Katie Morag will be returning for series two. The first series performed really well on CBeebies, particularly with the older end of our audience. It’s fantastic to be working so closely with CBBC in commissioning the new series with exclusive episodes for both channels.”
Cheryl Taylor, Controller of CBBC said: “I am delighted to bring Katie Morag to CBBC. This is the first time that CBBC and CBeebies have co-commissioned a series and I am really pleased to be working so closely with CBeebies. The exclusive episodes to be shown on CBBC will allow us to develop more multifaceted storylines for the older CBBC audience.”
The second series of Katie Morag (12 x 15mins and 1 x 30mins) will be filmed over the summer on the Isle of Lewis using both studio facilities on the island as well as the backdrop of the beautiful Hebridean landscape.
Produced by Scottish indie Move on Up, the series will be shown on CBeebies and CBBC in 2015. The Executive Producers are Lindy Cameron for Move On Up and Sara Harkins and Michael Towner for CBeebies. The series has also received support from BBC Scotland and BBC Worldwide.
The commission is part of BBC Scotland’s commitment to produce distinctive and reflective Scottish output and complements productions including Shetland (BBC One), Sunset Song, Bob Servant (BBC Four) and new landmark series, Highlands (BBC One).
The first series of Katie Morag also won recently the Royal Television Society Scotland Children’s Award at the inaugural awards ceremony last week.