The independent producer of high-end factual and kids’ content, founded by the multi-award-winning Jasper James, confirms its first commission for CBBC, "Hey You! What If…", and announces that it will launch on the channel this spring.

6 FEB 2020

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Screen Glue confirms its first commission for CBBC, “Hey You! What If…” and announces that it will launch on the channel this spring.

“Hey You! What If…” is a 26 x 5’ bold, clever and mischievous comedy science series that provides answers to such questions as “What if… the earth was flat,… the moon was made of cheese, and …everything you touched turned to gold”? Combining live-action and photo-real visual effects with motion graphics, each episode features one madcap experiment where the impossible is made real, with even abstract principles such as gravity and sound made highly visual. At the centre of each episode is an endlessly inquisitive character played by Neil Reynolds (Secret Life of Boys), who continually does impossible, crazy things and creates all manner of mischief to see what happens. He is accompanied by the entertaining off-screen banter from two narrators – one who really knows his science and a sidekick who asks seemingly stupid but insightful questions.

Screen Glue can also announce that Beyond Distribution has signed its first international deal for “Hey You! What If…” , with Noga Communications in Israel acquiring the series for its Logi Channel.

“Hey You! What If…” joins a growing Screen Glue portfolio of impactful factual series, which includes "Size Matters" (2 x 60’) for the BBC, ZDF/ZDFE and Arte, and "A Day in the Life of Earth" (1 x 90’/2 x 45’) for CBC, BBC, France 5 and ZDFE, as well as kids show "Quarx" (26 x 11’) for Curiosity Stream and Discovery Asia.

Jasper James, Screen Glue founder and executive producer comments: “We are very excited that ‘Hey You! What If…’ is about to premiere and has already started its journey in the international marketplace. Through our existing factual content, we have a reputation for creating big, impactful programming backed up with rigorous science – and this new series for kids aged 7-11 is no different in that respect. It is, however, funny, hugely colourful, fast-paced and throws out some wild ideas that will really spark the imagination of young viewers – and indeed any adults watching with them. Whether for adults or kids, we pride ourselves in creating shows that nobody else has thought about – and I am confident that ‘Hey You! What If…’ ticks that box!”

“Screen Glue has created a wonderfully innovative series that reveals how our world works by making it do things it’s not meant to do! Clever thought experiments, real science, brilliant visuals, and terrific humour will succeed in delivering information about the world to our viewers in a truly entertaining and engaging way,” said Kez Margrie, CBBC commissioning editor.