Hit Entertainment, a subsidiary of Mattel, has confirmed its all-new look Bob the Builder series will launch on Channel 5’s Milkshake from 1st September.
The show’s core characters will return to screens, including Wendy, Scoop, Muck and Lofty. However, the series will also introduce new faces such as apprentice builder Leo, Mayor Maria Madison, heavy-lifting low-loader truck Two-Tonne and tower crane Tiny.
The new-look Bob has a hi-vis jacket instead of dungarees but his chunky boots, yellow hard hat and checked shirt all remain. As Bob and his friends learn about the world around them, key STEM concepts will be explored.
The voice cast has also been renewed with Lee Ingleby (Harry Potter) taking on the voice of Bob, Joanne Froggatt (Downtown Abbey) the voice of Wendy, Blake Harrison (Inbetweeners) the voice of Scoop and Jacob Scipio (CBeebies) the voice of Leo.
Christopher Keenan, VP global content and executive producer at Hit Entertainment, said: “We can’t wait for a new generation of pre-schoolers to engage with the new look Bob and begin to feel a part of the show as they get to know the core vehicles like Scoop, Muck and Lofty, plus the new members of the team. With a multitude of fresh, relatable locations to enjoy, we are really looking forward to seeing young families get excited about tuning into Milkshake and enjoying Bob’s fun and immersive world of construction.”
The company will produce two series of 52 x 11’ episodes of Bob the Builder, as well as 1 x 60’ special due for delivery in 2017. The first of the new CGI-animated series airs on Channel 5’s Milkshake from 1st September 2015 at 7.20am.
An array of themed consumer products will be rolling out in late 2016.