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BBC Licenses "Charlie and Lola" Merchandise

The BBC has awarded licenses to four companies to produce merchandise from pre-school series Charlie and Lola, C21Media reports. Character Options has also expanded their Doctor Who toy license to include forthcoming spin-off The Sarah Jane Adventures.

BBC Announces Animated Doctor Who Mini-Series

The Tenth Doctor (David Tennant) and new companion Martha Jones (Freema Agyeman) are set to star in a new animated Doctor Who mini-series, the BBC has announced. Written by Alan Barnes, the 13-part ‘The Infinite Quest’ will air as part of weekly companion show Totally Doctor Who. Anthony Head will also return, voicing new character […]

"Horrid Henry" Coming to DVD

Horrid Henry will come to DVD via Abbey Home Entertainment, C21 Media reports. The series will be released in the late spring of 2007.

Disney Dali Film to Screen at London's Tate Modern

Several news outlets are reporting that London’s Tate Modern gallery will be screening Destino, the animated short film that was a collaboration between surrealist artist Salvador Dali and Walt Disney. The film was in production between 1945 and 1946 before running out of money. It was completed in 2003 by Roy Disney and was nominated […]

Manga Launches New Anime DVD Magazine In The UK

Manga UK, in partnership with Hachette Partworks, will be releasing a new 50 part magazine/DVD series entitled Manga Force. Each fortnightly issue will include a DVD of a Manga licensed title, including Ghost in the Shell, Akira, and the Evangelion films.

CBBC Hires Famous Voice Talent for "The Secret Show"

Several famous voice talents have been hired for guest roles in the upcoming CBBC toon The Secret Show, C21Media reports. Among the stars is Little Britain narrator and former Doctor Who star Tom Baker.

UK's FilmFour Airs Miyazaki Films

A posting on Nausicaa.net notes that the U.K.’s FilmFour channel will be airing several films directed by Hayao Miyazaki throughout the month of August. In addition to almost all of his Studio Ghibli output, FilmFour will also be airing Lupin III: The Castle of Cogliostro.

Spider-Eye Set To Tell 'The Rory Stories'

UK animation studio Spider-Eye is working on a pilot for a new potential pre-school show entitled The Rory Stories, C21Media reports. The production, led by Darrall Macqueen, is based on a series of books about five-year-old Scottish boy Rory. The pilot will feature the talent of newcomer Connor Gray and Peter Mullan.

ITV Commissions Ricky Gervais' "Flanimals"

UK network ITV has commissioned a series of Ricky Gervais’ book series Flanimals, C21Media reports. Gervais, most famous for both versions of the comedy series The Office, will write and narrate the series, which focuses on his personally imagined monster creations. The series will be animated via a mix of claymation and CGI.

"Roary the Racing Car" Zooms onto UK Screens

British production company Chapman Entertainment has secured a two channel UK deal for new stop-frame animated pre-school series Roary the Racing Car, C21Media reports. The deal sees the TV rights shared between channel 5 and Nick Jr, with a planned air date of next spring.

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