Chuggington set to become the next big
thing with children as the next part of the series returns to
screens this week.
• Chuggington is directed by Sarah Ball, who won a BAFTA award for
her work as director and writer of the hugely popular Bob the
• Entertainment, learning, sharing and enjoyment are at the heart of
A brand new children’s TV show,
Chuggington, is set to become the next big thing with children as
the second half of the series returns to
BBC (CBeebies) next week.
The series follows the adventures of Wilson, Brewster and Koko,
trainee engines called “Chuggers”, each with their own unique
personality and learning style. Chuggington is set in a contemporary
world - much like our own - with cities, villages and diverse
cultures and geography. Entertainment, learning, sharing and
enjoyment are at the heart of Chuggington, and embedded within each
story are important developmental messages centred on
social-emotional development. The show deals with everyday issues
such as bullying and visits to the doctors – helping children
develop life skills, essential in today’s world.
The show’s creators are a Who’s Who
of high profile children’s TV. Chuggington is directed by Sarah
Ball, who won a BAFTA award for her work as director and writer of
the hugely popular
Bob the Builder. The series has been designed by a team led by
Don Toht who has, for more than twenty years, been instrumental in
the design and creation of well known children’s properties.
www.chuggington.com is an interactive site that offers great
entertainment value to children and allows parents to prioritise the
developmental and learning issues that they believe are important to
In January, the site’s Virtual
World will launch, presenting an immersive and entertaining world of
Chuggington, which is both graphically and textually consistent with
the television series.
Julian Day, Vice President of UK
Licensing at Ludorum, the studio behind Chuggington, said: “Kids
really identify with Chuggington’s fun characters, while parents
love the fact each programme has a message or story that is positive
for their children.
“The show is aimed at children aged
between three and six years old – and the interactive website gives
parents a chance to really get involved with their children, whilst
sharing the Chuggington experience with them.”
The show was created under the advice of early childhood psychology
and media experts who said:
“I found the first three episodes
very good, and they certainly captured many of the positive
qualities inherent in this series. I thought that the theme of
‘listening carefully to directions’ was really well done in
‘Breaking Brewster’. It shows a level of care and the value of data
to inform your decisions.” Gordon Berry.
“First, let me remark on how
beautiful the graphics and animation are. The DVD’s are pleasing to
look at and the character’s personalities are strong and clearly
delineated. ‘Clunky Wilson’ is a useful episode for children who are
afraid to go to the doctor or dentist and would make a
discussion piece for children and parents.” Dorothy Singer.
“I liked that the trains were all different types and ages and the
destinations would teach about different cultures.”
“A very sweet show with trains as
the main characters, the show is filled with great lessons and is
very colourful. I enjoyed it being on.”
“My 2 and a half year old daughter
keeps begging to watch it again and again!”