January 11, 2022

BBC Studios Launches Two New FAST Channels for Kids in the U.S.

BBC Kids and Niños por BBC Will Live On Pluto TV

New York, NY – January 11, 2022 – BBC Studios – creator, producer and distributor of distinct British content globally – today launched two new FAST channels in the U.S. on Pluto TV. BBC Kids and Niños por BBC, the first children-dedicated FAST channels for BBC Studios, will bring over 450 hours of English and Spanish language programming to Pluto TV.

Beth Anderson, GM, Fast Channels, BBC Studios said: “BBC Studios is doubling down on FAST channels as we see great potential to tap into this tremendous growth sector, including bringing our content to new audiences in the US and beyond. We are committed to delivering high quality content for children to households for free, and hope to expand this offering to other FAST providers.”

“We are thrilled to continue our partnership with BBC Studios by adding two new channels, BBC Kids and Niños por BBC, to our growing Kids category,” said Amy Kuessner, Senior Vice President of Content Strategy & Global Partnerships at ViacomCBS Streaming. “As the leading free streaming service in the U.S., Pluto TV offers highly acclaimed kids programming in categories such as animation, cooking, DIY, music, factual entertainment, and more.  These new channels give parents even more options of kid friendly content for their children to enjoy on Pluto TV in both English and Spanish.”

Starting today, families can enjoy the following titles on both BBC Kids and Niños por BBC: fan-favorite Sarah & Duck, as well as Andy’s Prehistoric Adventures, Andy’s Wild Adventures, Dinopaws, Mr. Bloom’s Nursery, My Pet and Me, My World Kitchen, Old Jack’s Boat, Show Me Show Me, Swashbuckle, and Yakka Dee. Additional titles available in English include Demon Headmaster, Horrible Histories, Leonardo, MI High, Wingin’ It, and World’s End. Spot Bots is available in Spanish only.


Content Highlights (Available January 11, 2022):

  • Andy’s Prehistoric Adventures – Travel back in time with popular children’s presenter Andy as his latest spectacular adventures bring natural history and science to life for young viewers. A CBeebies and BBC Studios co-production. Distributed by BBC Studios.
  • Andy’s Wild Adventures – Have you ever wondered what it would be like to have afternoon tea with a baboon or slide on your tummy with penguins? In this program, charismatic CBeebies presenter Andy Day takes young audiences on an incredible journey into the natural world. A BBC Natural History Unit production for CBeebies and BBC Studios. Distributed by BBC Studios.
  • Demon Headmaster – The Demon Headmaster is evil with a sinister plan to take over the world. And he plans to start by hypnotizing the pupils in his school – an easy enough task, or so he thinks. The Society for the Protection of our Lives Against Them (SPLAT), a small gang of pupils determined to resist his hypnotic powers at all costs, is something he didn’t count on. They will have to act fast because once the Demon Headmaster has the pupils under his power his next target is Downing Street, and after that the world…
  • Dinopaws – Three very inquisitive dinosaurs are on a mighty mission to go everywhere that can be gone, see everything that can be seen, feel everything that can be felt, and do everything that can be done! A Kindle Entertainment Ltd, Guru Studio Ltd and Laughing Gravy Media Ltd co-production for CBeebies, BBC Studios, and Treehouse TV. Distributed by BBC Studios.
  • Horrible Histories – Based on the best-selling books for kids (and for adults, but they just won’t admit it), Horrible Histories is an energetic, surprising and unconventional take on history’s most gruesome, unpleasant yet funniest moments. A Lion TV production for Distributed by BBC Studios.
  • Leonardo – Following a teenage Leonardo da Vinci and set against the breath-taking backdrop of 15thcentury Florence, this series is far from a typical period drama. Bursting with mystery, adventure, comedy, and even a slowly unfolding love triangle, the show charts the exploits of history’s most dynamic group of teens. A Kindle Entertainment production for  Distributed by BBC Studios.
  • MI High – This is St. Hope’s, an inner city high school – however St Hope’s is no ordinary place of learning, as deep beneath the corridors and classrooms lies the top secret headquarters of I.High – M.I.9’s division of highly trained teen spies. Their mission is to protect Britain from a series of threats to national security from various dastardly villains, including the Secret Kriminal Underground League (S.K.U.L.). A Kudos Film and Television production for BBC. Distributed by BBC Studios.
  • Bloom’s Nursery – The colorful show that guarantees pre-school children will love vegetables! Combining live action with puppets, this enchanting series for 2 – 4 year-olds shows how young children can learn important life lessons from the experience of nurturing plants and vegetables. A BBC production. Distributed by BBC Studios.
  • My Pet and Me – Celebrating all the joy that pets can bring, this brand new series helps children appreciate what it really means to have a pet, highlighting the responsibility of caring for its needs while also showing what great fun you can have! A BBC production for CBeebies. Distributed by BBC Studios.
  • My World Kitchen – This charming children’s cookery show sees talented young cooks taking over the kitchen to celebrate their heritage. In each episode, a child takes center stage, demonstrating how to cook a favorite dish from the country or region from which their family originates. Destinations include India, Italy, Scotland, China, Israel, Morocco and Jamaica. A Terrific Television production for Distributed by BBC Studios.
  • Old Jack’s Boat – Old Jack’s Boat stars Bernard Cribbins as the eponymous Jack who lives in a pretty little fishing village on the Yorkshire coast. Helped along by his dog, Salty, and a cast of colorful characters, Old Jack tells tales of his past adventures on the high seas from inside his old boat, The Rainbow. A mix of live action and animation, and including stories by Russell T Davies, this captivating, charming series is a treasure trove of treats for young viewers. A CBeebies production. Distributed by BBC Studios.
  • Sarah & Duck – A charming and quirky animated series, focusing on the day-to-day new experiences and learnings of childhood. A Karrot Entertainment Production with CBeebies. Distributed by BBC Studios.
  • Show Me Show Me – At the top of a ten-story tower block, presenters Chris and Pui await in a beautiful, bright new playroom. All children need to do for a magical play date is enter the lift, press the button, count the floors and begin a musical journey to the top floor. There they’ll find a place alive with vibrant colors and amazing decor, twinkling fairy lights, mysterious tunnels, a gigantic tea cup and a magical green tree. A BBC production. Distributed by BBC Studios.
  • Spot Bots – Funny to watch, even more fun to play, Spot Bots is an entertaining children’s sketch show that helps pre-schoolers develop their attention skills by playing along with observation games and puzzles. A CBeebies production. Distributed by BBC Studios.
  • Swashbuckle – This engaging pirate game show features four young Swashbucklers, competing in a series of physical games against the “naughty pirates” led by Captain Sinker and her hapless shipmates Cook and Line, under the watchful eye of Gem and her parrot Squawk. A CBeebies production. Distributed by BBC Studios.
  • Wingin’ It – From the makers of Being Erica comes a hilarious and original teen comedy. Reckless angel-in-training Porter has been sent to Earth to earn his wings. His task? He must transform hapless student Carl into the most popular kid in the school. A Temple Street production for the Family Distributed by BBC Studios.
  • World’s End – This intriguing drama series follows six teenagers from very different backgrounds who are brought together in a castle in the remote village of World’s End. A CBBC Distributed by BBC Studios.
  • Yakka Dee – An entertaining and inspiring series that uses a mixture of animation and live action to help teach young children new words and encourage their self-esteem and social confidence. A Beakus production for Distributed by BBC Studios.

About BBC Studios

BBC Studios, a global content company with bold British creativity at its heart, is a commercial subsidiary of the BBC. Able to take an idea seamlessly from thought to screen and beyond, its activities span content financing, development, production, sales, branded services, and ancillaries across both its own productions and programs and formats made by high-quality UK independents. Award-winning British programs made by the business are internationally recognized across a broad range of genres and specializations, with brands like Dancing with the Stars/Strictly Come Dancing, Top Gear, and Doctor Who., BBC Studios’ global digital news platform, provides up-to-the-minute international news, in-depth analysis and features to more than 139 million unique browsers each month. BBC Studios has offices in 20 markets globally, including ten production bases in the UK and production bases or partnerships in a further nine countries around the world. The company, which ordinarily makes around 2,000 hours of content a year for both the BBC and third parties including Apple, Netflix, and Migu, is a champion for British creativity around the world. It is also a committed partner for the UK’s independent sector through a mix of equity partnerships, content investment, and international distribution for program titles.

In the Americas, BBC Studios operates a diverse portfolio of businesses focused on bringing the best of British content to fans across the region. This includes joint ventures with AMC Networks for flagship channel BBC AMERICA (U.S.) and with ITV for SVoD service BritBox (U.S./Canada), as well as a strategic partnership in Canada with Blue Ant Media for channels BBC Earth and BBC First. In February 2021, BBC SELECT, an ad-free, digital streaming channel offering all-new documentaries across culture, politics, and ideas, launched in the U.S. and Canada on Amazon Prime Video Channels and the Apple TV app. BBC Studios also runs a robust linear and digital content sales and co-productions operation, as well as a franchise management business. In addition, BBC Studios operates one of its major scripted and unscripted production unit in Los Angeles, responsible the Emmy®-winning Dancing with the Stars, the multi-award-winning Life Below Zero, and the popular reboot of the classic quiz show Weakest Link, among others.

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