King Bert and WildBrain have been commissioned by CBBC (UK) and Family Channel (Canada) to produce 26 new episodes of the live-action series, "Malory Towers", in association with BYUtv (US). Shooting on the new episodes is slated to commence in the UK this spring and Canada this summer, with delivery targeted for later this year.
Deirdre Brennan, Executive Vice President, Content Partnerships at WildBrain, said: “We’ve had a phenomenal response to 'Malory Towers,' both on our own Family Channel in Canada and from international partners. Even though Darrell Rivers was created seventy-five years ago, she is an inspiring character, full of spirited independence that keeps these stories relatable and relevant. We’re delighted that so many partners are joining us to share more of her experiences with young audiences worldwide.”
Jo Sargent, Managing Director of King Bert, said: “It was always important to us to make Malory Towers accessible and relatable to a modern audience, so we’re all absolutely thrilled that, in partnership with WildBrain and our broadcast partners, the series was so well received by fans old and new. We can’t wait to get back on set in Cornwall and Toronto and start filming the next set of adventures with the girls at 'Malory Towers'.”
Amy Buscombe, Commissioning Editor, BBC Children’s said: “'Malory Towers' has been a huge hit with our audience, bringing fun and adventure to our screens at a time our young audience needed it most. We can’t wait for viewers to see what Darrell and the Malory girls get up to next!”.
Michael Dunn, Managing Director of BYUtv, said: “BYUtv is delighted to partner on new episodes of 'Malory Towers' and looks forward to working with King Bert and WildBrain to bring the show back for its many fans in the U.S. and around the globe. At BYUtv, our vision is to create quality programming that young people and their parents will watch together, and 'Malory Towers' delivers fully on that promise with excitement and emotions that transcend generations and appeal to all ages.”
A hit with kids and families worldwide, "Malory Towers" first launched in March 2020 and has since been picked up by broadcast and streaming partners in more than a dozen territories. Set in the late-1940s on the sun-drenched cliffs of the Cornish coast, the series explores the nostalgic world of midnight feasts, lacrosse, ghost stories and lasting friendships. For a modern pre-teen audience, the show is both aspirational and inspirational because of the autonomy the girls have over their daily lives. Trusted to roam the school grounds on their own, our characters enjoy independence, freedom and responsibility for their own time.
We’ve had a phenomenal response to 'Malory Towers,' both on our own Family Channel in Canada and from international partners. Even though Darrell Rivers was created seventy-five years ago, she is an inspiring character, full of spirited independence that keeps these stories relatable and relevant” Deirdre Brennan Executive Vice President, Content Partnerships at WildBrain