Channel 5’s Milkshake! to air "Sesame Street" spinoff series in the UK

"Sesame Street Mecha Builders" is due to premiere on the channel in spring 2023 and will introduce children to STEM concepts.

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"Sesame Street Mecha Builders"

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"Sesame Street Mecha Builders", the first fully animated "Sesame Street" spinoff series, has been acquired by Channel 5’s Milkshake! The 52 x 11’ series is due to premiere on the channel in spring 2023. The dynamic 3D-animated series from Sesame Workshop, with animation produced by Guru Studio, reimagines much-loved favourites Elmo, Cookie Monster and Abby Cadabby as robot heroes-in-training who use their STEM superpowers to solve wacky, larger-than-life problems. Along the way, the series aims to help older pre-schoolers practice foundational critical thinking skills while laughing along with their Sesame Street friends.

Through the Mecha Builder characters and their unique powers, the series introduces children to STEM concepts like simple machines, force and properties of matter. To provide an added sense of localisation and relatability all the secondary characters featured in the series will have British voices.

“These much-loved characters have been children’s icons for decades and we are excited to be taking them into the future in these fun robot versions and bringing them to the Milkshake! audience", said Louise Bucknole, General Manager, Kids & Family, Paramount UK and Ireland. “The stories are a great mix of energetic entertainment and STEM-related learning with a valuable message that it’s okay to make mistakes. That’s how kids learn, so the series will be hugely relatable for them.”

Stefan Kastenmüller, Sesame Workshop’s General Manager for Europe, adds: “Sesame Workshop Europe is thrilled to partner with Milkshake! on 'Sesame Street Mecha Builders' to help inspire children across the UK. As kids get older, they’ll continue to grow with these much-loved characters but now as dynamic, superpowered robots. Mecha Elmo, Mecha Cookie and Mecha Abby have the same lovable personalities as their Sesame Street counterparts with shiny new gadget-laden guises, ready to enthuse kids about STEM-related subjects and teach them the value of teamwork and perseverance.”