12 OCT, 2014

HIT Entertainment, one of the world’s leading pre-school entertainment companies and a subsidiary of Mattel Inc., today announced that the all-new series of Bob the Builder will air on Channel’s 5’s Milkshake! in the UK, PBS KIDS in the US and Super RTL in Germany beginning next year.


The new CG-animated series will see Bob the Builder continuing to bring the world of construction to life for kids, with exciting characters and new relatable locations. 


Jessica Symons, Head of Children’s at Channel 5 commented: “We are thrilled to be welcoming all-new Bob the Builder to our weekday schedule.  Milkshake! is home to many of the most popular pre-school shows and everyone’s favourite builder will fit perfectly into our programming line-up. The addition confirms our commitment to providing high quality entertainment and I’m sure our audience will quickly fall in love with Bob and the gang.”


Super RTL CEO, Claude Schmit, commented: “We are delighted to continue our long association with Bob the Builder and look forward to presenting his exciting new look to our Super RTL viewers”.


For the new series, Bob’s world has expanded. The seaside village of Fixham is still there, but he has a new home and an impressive new yard on its outskirts.


All of the show’s core characters return for the new series, including Wendy and popular vehicles Lofty, Muck and Scoop. Other fans’ favourites Roley and Dizzy also remain. There will be new faces for viewers to meet, including apprentice Leo, Mayor Madison, young sports club members ‘The Spring City Rockets’ and two new machines: a heavy-lifting low-loader truck ‘Two Tonne’ and tower crane named ‘Tiny’. 


As well as a new look; the voice cast has also been renewed for this new series - Bob will now be voiced by film and TV actor Lee Ingleby. Lee will be known to audiences for his role playing Stan Shunpike in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Inbetweeners star Blake Harrison is also joining the cast voicing Scoop, while Downton Abbey’s Joanne Froggatt is taking on the voice of Wendy.  


Edward Catchpole, Senior Vice President of HIT Entertainment said: “Milkshake!, PBS KIDS and Super RTL already broadcast a number of our popular pre-school shows so we are thrilled to be partnering with them to bring the brand new Bob the Builder series into homes of millions  across the globe.


“With their family-friendly, educational and high-quality programming these platforms really give us a solid foundation for success.” 


From the top of his yellow hard hat to the toes of his boots, Bob is ready to go! No project is too big, no problem too hard to solve. Can he fix it? Yes he can!


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Notes to editors


Bob the Builder by numbers



  • Bob the Builder has been broadcast in over 170 territories and translated into 40 languages.

  • There have been 209 stop frame episodes produced across series 1-16.

  • Bob the Builder launched in CGI in 2010 producing 40 episodes across two series.

  • The show has received numerous awards including a BAFTA Award for ‘Best Animation’ in 2003, BBC’s ‘Top Selling Single’ in 2001 and two Parents’ Choice Awards, both in 2008.

  • Bob the Builder has achieved two number 1 hit singles in the UK pop charts selling over 1.4 million copies.

  • Bob the Builder has a huge global social media following with over 1.8 million Facebook fans.


About Bob the Builder™


Bob the Builder and his machine team are ready to tackle any project. As they hammer out the solutions that lead to a job well done, Bob and the crew demonstrate the power of positive-thinking, problem-solving, teamwork and follow-through. Most importantly, from start to finish, the team always shows that The Fun Is Getting It Done! Bob the Builder is produced by HIT Entertainment with animation services provided by Canadian based digital animation company Mainframe, a division of Rainmaker Entertainment.


About HIT Entertainment


HIT Entertainment is one of the world's leading pre-school entertainment companies, specialising in building powerful brands based on engaging stories.  HIT Entertainment’s world-class portfolio includes  Thomas & Friends®, Mike the Knight™, Fireman Sam®, Bob the Builder™, Barney®, Angelina Ballerina®, Pingu® and Rainbow Magic®.


HIT Entertainment excels at creating and building globally successful brands which capture the hearts and imaginations of pre-schoolers and their families.  This is achieved through exceptional storytelling in multiple formats, enhanced by creating high quality character-based products and experiences with best-in-class partners. HIT Entertainment’s lines of business span television and home entertainment production, content distribution, digital media and live events and attractions.  HIT Entertainment, a subsidiary of Mattel, Inc., has operations in the UK, US, Canada, Hong Kong and Japan. For more information visit www.hitentertainment.com


About milkshake!


Channel 5’s milkshake! is home to some of the world’s favourite preschool characters.  There is a range of stimulating and engaging programmes that include strong story led animation, genuine documentaries for pre-schoolers and presenter led high quality musical entertainment.  Channel 5 broadcasts 24 hours of children's programmes every week.  Milkshake! is on air from 0600 - 0915 every weekday and 0600 - 10.00 on Saturday and Sunday.  For further information visit www.channel5.com/milkshake


About Channel 5


Channel 5 launched as Britain's fifth public service broadcaster in March 1997 and reaches 4 in 5 of the UK viewing public each month with a broad mix of popular content, including quality factual programmes, entertainment, reality, sport, acquired and original drama and pre-school children’s programming through its award winning Milkshake strand. Sister channels 5* and 5USA compliment Channel 5 with a mix of must see entertainment and US drama, while Demand 5 is a free service to catch up with the latest programmes on Channel 5, 5USA and 5* available across platforms and devices including You View, Sky On Demand, Virgin Media, BT Vision, Xbox1, iOS, Android, Freesat, PS4 and Roku. For all the latest about Channel 5, follow us on twitter.com @channel5press and @channel5_tv.


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