Sky orders aliens and underpants for new kids’ show
James R | On 26, May 2017
Aliens, underpants and more are on the way to Sky this summer, as the broadcaster expands its kids’ TV line-up with a new original show.
Aliens Love Underpants AND… is based on the award-winning children’s books by Claire Freedman and Ben Cort. The Sky Original production, made by Tiger Aspect, will arrive on screens as the books’ pants-loving aliens celebrate 10 years of zany fun and out-of-this-world adventures.
The series of 12 animations, each two minutes long, will see the pants-tastic aliens sing and dance along to hilarious songs about cupcakes, spaceships, gobbledegook and more. With madcap lyrics and dance moves to join in with, it’s a colourful, crazy show aimed at the three-to-six crowd. David Schweitzer (Charlie and Lola, Mike the Knight and Q Pootle 5) will compose the songs.
Tom Beattie, head of animation and kids, Tiger Aspect, says: “As a parent, I know how much kids love the fun silly songs that they repeat again and again (and again!). We’re looking forward to making our own, using the cast of brilliant and beloved aliens from the world that Claire and Ben have created. The catchy songs and get-up-and-dance routines will make these aliens pop stars for pre-schoolers and parents everywhere will be humming their songs! ”
Aliens Love Underpants AND… leads a wave of new shows this year, which includes:
Miniteve – educational short-form videos now available exclusively on Sky in the UK and Ireland. The immersive documentary-style videos about Animals, Vehicles and Playtime are an absorbing introduction to the world for young children from A Little Kitty Exploring to Building Sandcastles.
Big Block Singsong – a fun, animated and musical short-form series from Goddard/Brown, also available now.
Bear Behaving Badly – British comedy from BAFTA-winning producer Darrall Macqueen about a man called Barney who lives with a badly behaved blue bear, available later this month.
They join a growing collection that spans over 4,500 episodes of TV, from Sky originals. such as Morph and Big Cats: Wild Files, to popular YouTube phenomenon Little Baby Bum, eOne’s Peppa Pig and Nick Jr’s Paw Patrol. Sky’s investment in its kids’ programming builds on the launch of its dedicated Sky Kids app, with a separate Kids Membership also available to NOW subscribers. The investment appears to be paying off, with over 15 million weekly views of kids’ content across all Sky’s’ platforms.