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New BBC children’s programmes, including football series with Alan Carr narrating

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The BBC has announced a range of new children’s programmes, including a documentary series narrated by Alan Carr, which will follow young players and Southampton FC Academy staff.

The announcer said the new programme, which will be produced across the UK, will “reflect the lives of children in the UK”.

This comes after the broadcaster announced that CBBC will end up as a linear TV channel in the next few years and is expected to move online to iPlayer.

The new documentary series, titled Football Academy, will explore the highs and lows of youth player numbers this season while comedian Carr narrates the show.

Carr’s father, Graham is a former professional soccer player and team manager.

England internationals James Ward-Prowse, Nathan Redmond, Theo Walcott and Kyle Walker-Peters join the Southampton first team to take on challenges with the academy team throughout the series.

There were also appearances from football stars Mo Salah, Micah Richards and Alan Shearer, who graduated from the Southampton Academy.

Also among CBBC’s new commissions is a live-action drama that will follow up from the hit sitcom So Awaken.

The spin-off, So Awaken: Kids Camp, will see the character Lily Hampton take on a job at a children’s summer camp with the ulterior motive of wanting her to get the big break on a reality show. economy is being filmed at the site.

A live-action TV series adaptation of Elle McNicoll’s award-winning novel A Kind Of Spark is also among many new shows.

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It will tell the story of Addie, a “bright and sparkling autistic girl who dreams of being accepted in a conservative community”.

An animated TV series, titled Digital Girl, has also been announced that will follow two teenage superheroes, Digital Girl and Hack Girl, who will join the digital wars for the future of city, its inhabitants and their freedom.

A variety of CBBC programming has also been reintroduced for subsequent series including the boarding school drama Malory Towers and Dodger, inspired by the Artful Dodger from Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist.

Younger CBebbies viewers will also receive a host of new shows including a mixed-media series based on the popular books by Paddington creator Michael Bond, which tells the story of Olga da Polga, a beloved guinea pig that lives with its owner.

CBeebies has also re-subscribed to new series for its popular shows including Bluey, Something Special and Yakka Dee.

Patricia Hidalgo, BBC Children and Education Director, said: “I am delighted to see the wide range of high-quality content and titles we have ensured for children of all ages and their families. they will enjoy together in the coming months.”

The BBC previously said the decision to shut down the CBBC linear channel, as well as BBC Four, was part of its plans to become “first digital”.

The news comes after the BBC needed to save an extra £285 million in response to the Culture Secretary’s announcement in January that licensing fees would be frozen at £159 over the next two years.

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