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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 Builder.
• Entertainment, learning, sharing and enjoyment are at the heart of Chuggington.

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 their children.  

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.

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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.”

Educational Advisors say:
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 nice discussion piece for children and parents.” Dorothy Singer.

Mum’s say:
“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!”

The second broadcast of Chuggington begins Monday 3rd November and can be seen every week day on BBC2 (CBeebies) at 8.45am and on the BBC i-player and You Tube.

Visit www.chuggington.com for more information.

 

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