BBC & DHX Prep Observational Docuseries on Animals


HALIFAX/LONDON: BBC Natural History Unit has partnered with DHX Media to produce The Zoo (working title), an animal-themed observational documentary series for CBBC.

The Zoo looks on as animal characters at the Paignton Zoo in the U.K. are given human voices and computer-generated moving mouths. The 30-episode comedic show, which begins filming this month, is due to debut on CBBC next year. DHX Media will handle global distribution outside of the U.K.

Cheryl Taylor, controller for CBBC, commented: “This new series promises our young audience a fact-filled and fun-packed series centered [on] the fascinating characters and everyday adventures at the zoo.”

Josh Scherba, the senior VP of distribution at DHX Media, noted: “We are delighted to once again be teaming up with CBBC on a new kids’ show. Working with the wonderful staff and animals of Paignton Zoo, we think The Zoo promises to be a terrific and entertaining show from which kids worldwide can enjoy animal stories direct from the horse’s mouth, so to speak.”

Simon Tonge, Paignton Zoo’s executive director, added: “It’s a pleasure to have the BBC with us. This show will blend animal science and conservation information with engaging character-driven comedy. It will reach a really important audience for us and do it in a way that is appealing and memorable.”