CBBC recommissions ‘Dani’s Castle’ for a second series



Dani’s Castle is to return for a second series on the CBBC Channel in 2014.

According to Broadcast, The Foundation will once again produce a 13 episode each 30 minutes in length.

The show started this year, following Dani Harmer as she becomes a Hollywood star while looking after her recently inherited Bogmoor Castle home. The show is a spin off from the popular Dani’s House series.

Written by Paul Rose, produced by Raymond Lau and directed by Dez McCarthu, the show is set to become as popular with the CBBC audience as original Dani’s House was – which ran for five series.

The executive producer for The Foundation is Elaine Sperber and CBBC is Melissa Hardinge.

Elaine Sperber said: “Dani’s Castle has already established itself as a hit amongst viewers and I’m delighted that we’ll be back for more. Dani has a huge following on CBBC and in this new series we’ll be taking the opportunity to introduce new talent, new characters and plenty of interesting guest stars.”

10 aspiring presenters for ‘Blue Peter – You Decide!’ revealed



The BBC have announced the 10 presenters who will take part in Blue Peter – You Decide!.

The 10 were chosen from more than 20,000 who registered their interest in becoming the 36th Blue Peter presenter.

The programme will be presented by Dick and Dom and will see Myleene Klass, Eamonn Holmes and Ceallach Spellman judge the wannabes – who will take part in a series of challenge-based heats.

The judges will be scrutinising the hopefuls to decide which of them will make it through each elimination stage.  But they can’t influence the ultimate winner – that’s in the hands of the CBBC viewers, who will be able to vote online from 22 July to choose which of the final three will get the job of their dreams.

The show is due to start on the CBBC Channel later this month.


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University student Ben has spent the past three years studying on a full scholarship at the University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus. Originally from Woodford Green, his degree in Psychology & Cognitive Neuroscience has allowed him to explore the world – trekking through jungles, climbing mountains and eating insects – before relaying these experiences back to everyone on campus via his own online blog and student magazine. His passions are performing arts, travelling and food; and he wants to share his appetite for adventure with our Blue Peter viewers.

Ben says: “I’m unlike anyone who has been on Blue Peter before and I’m up for anything. I’m always laughing and constantly looking for opportunities to try something new.

“It would be insane if I got this role. This is the first time I’ve done anything related to the TV industry and to get this far is unbelievable. To win would be madness – and awesome!”


Despite having wanted to be a presenter all his life, Freddie has never before been in front of the camera… until now! Raised on his family’s farm, he has a love of animals and the great outdoors. Although currently working as a recycling manager, Freddie’s love of broadcasting began at University where he presented two radio shows – getting people ready for Friday night and then helping them out of bed on a Sunday! Former rowing coach Freddie has a ‘never say never’ attitude and has completed half marathons all over the UK – training that he hopes will help him achieve his goal to be the next Blue Peter presenter.

Freddie says: “I’m energetic, enthusiastic and committed. I don’t shy away from anything, and I smile a lot – I’ll genuinely do anything that’s asked of me without hesitation and with a smile on my face.

“Matt Baker really inspired me when I was growing up. He seemed such an approachable guy who could get on with anyone and is a real natural on camera. He inspired kids and I’d love to do the same. If I was chosen it would be the best thing that has ever happened to me.”


Science-mad Ross loves nothings more than inspiring children and teaching them new things about the world around them. Ross has his own YouTube channel where he creates educational videos teaching the online world all about his love of science. Born in Newport, South Wales and now based in Bristol, Ross has travelled the country as part of a sports science interactive exhibition. It’s not just in the lab that Ross is bold and daring though; he’s also a black belt in Taekwondo, loves travel and will try anything once – including any challenges Blue Peter are willing to throw at him!

Ross says: “I’m enthusiastic and think I have the ability to inspire viewers to explore the world and do whatever they want to do in life. That’s what Blue Peter is all about – it’s about making kids excited about new things and showing them its okay to ask questions and go on adventures.

“I can’t think of the words to describe how amazing it would be if I was the new Blue Peter presenter. I get excited a lot, but that doesn’t even begin to explain what it would mean to me. It would change my life.”


Salford university student Isaac has a passion for presenting and is currently studying for a degree in TV and Radio. Cool and confident, Isaac has spent the last year working with club promoters interviewing guest DJs and presenting online promotional videos, but his real passion is children’s TV. Growing up as part of a big family, he loves spending time with his younger sisters and cousins and wants to inspire children all over the country as the next Blue Peter presenter. As well as broadcasting, Isaac loves cooking and football – especially his beloved Tottenham Hotspur!

Isaac says: “I’ve watched the show for years and love it. I think I could be a breath of fresh air and bring something new to the programme. Every presenter has their own style and I think mine is creative and current. I’m only 19 so in many ways I’m an average teenager, but I think my creative flair sets me apart.

“If the CBBC viewers chose me as their new Blue Peter presenter it would mean absolutely everything. It would be the ultimate dream come true. All I want to do is be a Blue Peter presenter. It’s such an iconic TV show – I couldn’t believe it when this opportunity came up for grabs. It’s unbelievable.”


Loughborough-born Andy describes the chance to become the next Blue Peter presenter as ‘a dream come true’. When he moved to London to pursue his presenting dream he began making videos and documenting behind the scenes on productions before landing a job on online channel SBTV, presenting their sports content – something he’s really passionate about as a former track athlete himself. In the past year as a web presenter, Andy has travelled up and down the country interviewing stars of screen, pitch and track; something he hopes will help him in pursing his dream to work on Blue Peter.

Andy says: “I am who I am. There’s no-one like me. I love travelling and adventures. I think my friends would say that if there’s something I want I really go for it and try to achieve it.

“If the CBBC audience chose me as the brand new Blue Peter presenter it would mean everything to me. Becoming a TV presenter isn’t an easy thing to do and to be chosen to present one of the UK’s – if not the world’s – most respected TV shows would be so amazing. Unbelievable. I’d celebrate by making a Tracy Island!”

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As a primary school teacher, Emma is used to working with children every day and loves entertaining staff and pupils every week in assembly. Full of energy and up for any challenge, Middlesbrough-born Emma loves music and getting creative. She runs two school choirs and knows a thing or two about makes because of all the activities she does in class. Outside of school, Emma has slept in the African rainforest and climbed mountains in China – but it would fulfil a lifelong dream to become the next Blue Peter presenter.

Emma says: “I don’t put on an act, I’m just me and I think that’s important. Blue Peter presenters should be likeable and someone kids can relate to. I’m full of energy, positive and willing to give anything a go – a big personality in a small package. Though they do say good things come in small packages!

“If I was chosen I’d be achieving a goal that I never thought was possible and doing something I’d never, ever thought I’d have the chance to do. It would be a dream come true.”


Dancing queen Kerry has an ambition to beat John Noakes’ record as the longest serving Blue Peter presenter!  Londoner Kerry attended the Brit School before graduating from the London Studios Centre in 2010 having trained for three years in dance and performance – from jazz and musical theatre to singing and hip hop. Outgoing, spontaneous and passionate about inspiring today’s youth, Kerry describes herself as a big kid at heart and capable of doing absolutely anything if she puts her mind to it!

Kerry says: “Blue Peter presenters have a lot of energy, passion, and have a real connection with the audience, but are still able to show who they are so people can relate to them. I feel like everything in my life has driven me to be where I am now. It’s made me feel comfortable with myself and I really want to inspire others to do the same.

“It would mean the absolute world to me if I was chosen – a dream come true. Blue Peter is the longest running children’s TV show and it would be such an honour. It would be the biggest achievement of my life.”


Somerset-born Hettie doesn’t need much of an excuse to bring out her inner daredevil. As a charity fundraiser she’s raised an astonishing £250,000 for good causes, has completed the Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and tried new and exciting experiences all over the world – from crunching on deep fried creepy crawlies in Bangkok to sharing mud baths with elephants in Thailand. Hettie’s motto when facing challenges is ‘All for One and One for All!’, and she’s prepared to push herself to the limit to become the next Blue Peter Presenter.

Hettie says: “I think I could bring a different element to the show and shake it up a little. I’m interested in different cultures and am fresh and different. I don’t have any presenting experience at all but am willing to work hard and learn – a diamond in the rough hopefully!

“It has been surreal so far. I’ve been chilled most of the time, then it suddenly hits me and I just squeal and jump around. It’s an impossibility that I’ve reached this point and I’m lost for words. If I was chosen I think I’d need to sit down for a good long while! I’d be grinning for months and wouldn’t be able to wipe the smile off my face.”


French-speaking Lindsey is currently coming to the end of a four year degree at the University of Bristol. Outgoing and creative, Lindsey has taught Film, Drama and English to French children, presented theatre workshops for The National Youth Theatre and performed in an award-winning comedy show at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival. She describes herself as musical and athletic, a keen skier and lacrosse player as well as performing piano and saxophone; and would love nothing more than putting all these skills into practise as the next Blue Peter presenter!

Lindsey says: “I think I’m bubbly, fun to be around. I am full of energy and think I’d make a good Blue Peter presenter as I know how to translate this energy to the viewers. I think that’s what makes me different – apart from my bright red hair and the fact that I’m really short. I have loads of enthusiasm and I’m always smiling. I’m quite clumsy too!

“If the CBBC viewers chose me as the new presenter of Blue Peter it would be life changing – a real dream come true. It would also mean I didn’t have to grow up and go into the boring adult world after uni – I could keep having fun!”


Since watching Blue Peter as a child, Shona has dreamt of presenting the show. Born in Edinburgh but now working in London behind the scenes on ITV’s Daybreak, Shona dreams of stepping out from behind the camera to pursue a career in front of the lens. With an infectious personality and a thirst for adventure, Shona says she “won’t fail at any challenge” to prove that she’s the right girl for the job!

Shona says: “I’m always up for a challenge and love learning new things. I think I have an infectious personality and will hopefully get people excited about what I’m doing. I think I’m a girlie girl with an edge – a real go-getter.

“It would mean the absolute world to me to get this job. I remember watching Anthea Turner, building a Tracy Island and sending in pictures to the show countless times but I still don’t have a Blue Peter badge. I’m desperate to get one! I can’t think of any programme I’d rather present. It’s the opportunity of a lifetime.”

CBBC confirmed judges for ‘Blue Peter – You Decide!’

Blue Peter - You Decide! JudgesMyleene Klass, Eamonn Holmes and Ceallach Spellman have been confirmed as the judges for the upcoming Blue Peter – You Decide! series.

The new show will follow 10 hopeful presenters as they complete a series of challenges, until one of them is crowned the third Blue Peter presenter – alongside Helen Skelton and Barney Harwood.

Dick and Dom are to present the series, as announced earlier this year, which will start on Monday 24th June 2013 on the CBBC Channel.

The three judges will be scrutinising the aspiring presenters as they select which hopeful presenters get through after each challenge, which will test some of the crucial skills required by anyone hoping to become a Blue peter presenter. But, they won’t be deciding the winner. Instead, for the first time ever – CBBC viewers will decide from the final three.

Darrell Olsen, Executive producer of Blue Peter – You Decide! says: “We’re so excited to have Eamonn, Myleene and Cel on board. They’ll be responsible for making eliminations throughout the series until there are just three of the hopeful presenters left – which is where the CBBC viewers then step in, to be our fourth judge!

“Eamonn brings with him a wealth of live TV presenting experience and is someone that has been known and loved on our screens for many years. Myleene, as well as being a successful presenter and performer in her own right, knows how it feels to go through a similar selection process as part of a high profile television programme. Cel is a firm CBBC favourite as a regular on Friday Download and really understands our audience and what they might be looking for in a presenter – so the three of them together are the perfect combination.”

Eamonn Holmes says: “Being asked to sit on the judging panel has been a tremendous honour but it brings with it a tremendous responsibility. Any one of the final 10 is good enough for the job – but we’re looking for better than good. This is a dream job for any young aspiring presenter – unfortunately being eliminated will be their nightmare.”

Myleene Klass says: “It’s a huge privilege to be involved in selecting the next Blue Peter presenter. It’s a difficult task that weighs heavy on my shoulders! Everyone remembers the Blue Peter presenter they grew up with and I want to make sure I choose someone who will inspire the next generation – and they should be handy with the sticky-backed plastic too!”

Cel Spellman says: “It’s such an honour to be part of this new programme and to be involved in choosing the new Blue Peter presenter. Blue Peter is fun, informative and clever and to be a part of it is a real privilege. I can’t wait to get started.”

The show is developed and produced by Salford-based CBBC Productions in-house team.

RATINGS: 22nd – 28th April 2013

Take a look at the top 10 CBBC Channel programmes for the week starting 22nd April 2013.

Show Date/Time Shown Viewing Figure
1 The Scooby Doo Show Tuesday 23rd April 2013 @ 3:59pm 384,000
2 The Scooby Doo Show Friday 26th April 2013 @ 4:00pm 338,000
3 The Scooby Doo Show Monday 22nd April 2013 @ 3:59pm 333,000
4 The Scooby Doo Show Wednesday 24th April 2013 @ 3:59pm 322,000
5 FIT Wednesday 24th April 2013 @ 7:47am 319,000
6 The Story of Tracy Beaker Monday 22nd April 2013 @ 7:29am 318,000
7 FIT Thursday 25th April 2013 @ 7:48am 310,000
8 The Scooby Doo Show Thursday 25th April 2013 @ 3:59pm 300,000
9 Horrible Histories Sunday 28th April 2013 @ 8:56am 284,000
10 The Story of Tracy Beaker Friday 26th April 2013 @ 7:27am 282,000

Source: BARB