New pre-school animation Colourblocks in development

Published on: 1st September 2022

Commissioned by BBC CBeebies, the new pre-school show Colourblocks is made by Alphablocks Ltd and Blue Zoo animation studios.

Commissioned by BBC CBeebies and made by Alphablocks Ltd and Blue Zoo animation studios, the multi-award-winning creators of smash-hit shows Numberblocks and Alphablocks, Colourblocks helps young children dive into the world of colour.

“With the third show in our ever-expanding learning universe, we fully expect to grow our audience of super-engaged learners and give them a confident on-ramp into the world of art, design and creative self-expression,” explained co-creator, Joe Elliot.

Developed in consultation with Professor Stephen Westland and offering the same unforgettable blend of entertainment and learning that has won the rest of the Blocks universe millions of fans, Colourblocks’ aim is to carve out new ways of teaching children about colour. The show is packed with loveable characters, songs, humour and adventure. Children will learn colour recognition; colour names, meaning and signifiers; mixing; mark making; contrasting colours; light and dark and all kinds of patterns.

Each vibrant Colourblock character personifies a different colour, bringing it to life for children as they explore a black and white world, adding colour to it as they go.

Colourblocks is the brainchild of artist and creative David Bowman, who said: “As an artist, colour has always been a passion of mine. Creating a colourful show that is also educational is a dream come true for me. I can’t tell you how truly proud I am of the show and of my team that worked so hard with me to make it a reality.”

Joe Elliot added: “As soon as David approached us, we knew this would be a perfect Blocks show and a really clever way to engage kids in all kinds of key skills through the lens of colour. It’s been a true labour of love, a proper team effort, and one of those perfect collaborations where everything has come together beautifully.

Kate Morton, head of BBC Children’s Commissioning & Acquisitions 0-6 said: “Alphablocks and Numberblocks are much loved BBC CBeebies brands. We’re looking forward to introducing cool Blue, happy Yellow and the rest of the Colourblocks to our UK audience.”

Colourblocks will build on the huge success of Alphablocks and Numberblocks on BBC CBeebies and BBC iPlayer where, since launch, there have been over half a billion requests. On YouTube, the shows have notched up over 5.5b views. Series one launches on BBC CBeebies and BBC iPlayer on 12th September 2022 with 30 x 5-minute episodes. The free companion app Meet the Colourblocks will also be available to download from 12th September.


The Sidemen co-create new card game Hit Send

The Late Late Toy Show showcases this year’s top toys

Did Black Friday boost retail footfall?

It’s the back of the net for Golden Bear’s Soccer Bot

Spin Master’s Unicorn Academy secures top spot on Netflix

Spring Fair announces major upgrade to show experiences

International pavilions well supported at Spielwarenmesse

Profits rise at Smyths Toys in Ireland

Canada’s Mastermind Toys under creditor protection

Master Replicas brings back Doctor Who statue line