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CBeebies offers a mix of mostly UK-produced entertainment and educational output designed to encourage learning through play. These goals are realised through a range of programmes about simple science, natural history, music and movement, storytelling, make up and make do, puzzle programmes and animation.[10] The channel's schedule is deliberately the same every weekday, with a different schedule at weekends, so that children can know what is on instinctively. The schedule also includes "signed programmes, shown in the UK between 14:00 and 17:00 on weekends.

The international channels also show many programmes broadcast on the UK channel, however some include programmes unique to that service or are available through other networks in the UK (for example, "Humf, which airs on "Nick Jr. in the UK). Inversely however, shows that air on CBeebies in the UK may air on networks other than CBeebies worldwide (for example, "Chuggington airs on "Disney Junior Asia instead of CBeebies in the Asian region and on "Treehouse TV instead of "BBC Kids in Canada). Also, the international CBeebies airs 24 hours a day, unlike the UK variant. And, "Mama Mirabelle's Home Movies aired on Minimini+ in Poland instead of the Polish Variant of Cbeebies.

Most viewed programmes[edit]

The following is a list of the ten most watched shows on CBeebies, based on Live +7 data supplied by the "Broadcasters' Audience Research Board.[11]

Rank Show Episode Date Viewers
1 CBeebies Christmas Panto Strictly Cinderella 16 December 2011 1,158,000
2 "Clangers The Lost Notes 15 June 2015 967,000
3 CBeebies Christmas Panto Peter Pan 20 December 2014 954,000
4 CBeebies Christmas Panto Peter Pan 19 December 2014 944,000
5 CBeebies Christmas Panto Alice in Wonderland 18 December 2015 929,000
6 "The Octonauts A Very Vegimals Christmas 17 December 2013 906,000
7 "Justin's House All Wrapped Up 15 December 2011 800,000
8 CBeebies Christmas Panto Aladdin 17 December 2010 785,000
9 CBeebies Christmas Panto Jack and the Beanstalk 21 December 2012 782,000
10 Justin's House Robert's Inventions 16 October 2011 744,000


The links between programmes on CBeebies are primarily achieved through the use of "in-vision continuity, using presenters to interact with the children. In the UK, links are pre-recorded rather than broadcast live, as is the case on sister channel "CBBC. They were originally pre recorded from studio TC0 at "BBC Television Centre in London, however moved out in 2008 to "Teddington Studios, and returned briefly in 2010. From September 2011, the links have been based at the BBC's Northern base at "MediaCityUK in "Salford, Greater Manchester, following the move of the BBC Children's department there. International variants feature broadcast links produced either in the corresponding country, or from a central base.

Logos and idents[edit]

CBBC idents History of BBC television idents


As well as hosting some of the shows, a number of presenters fill the gaps between the CBeebies shows, performing little sketches, showing viewers' birthday cards, and introducing the shows. Many of the presenters used to have histories as characters on other services or on children's programmes.

In the UK, presenters seen on the channel and the stranded service are:

Former presenters:

The longest serving member is Sloane who introduced the programmes, along with most of the other presenters, for just over a decade (11 years).

The international variants feature different personalities per broadcast region. In "Australia, Tara Colegrave is the main presenter since 2008,[12][13] while in "Thailand, "Hong Kong and "Singapore Nisha Anil is the main presenter.[13][14][15] The Latin American variant uses Roser Cabañas, present on-screen since 2009,[16] with the Polish channel showcasing Aneta Bożena Piotrowska as main presenter since 2008. From November 2014 to June 2015, Aneta also appeared as a continuity presenter in the UK. On 24 April 2016, Aneta resumed presenting duties in the UK.[14][17] The "South African channel utilises Sidney Sloane .[13]

Stranded Segments[edit]

In the UK, the CBeebies channel uses stranded segments throughout the day.

From 3 April 2004[18] to January 2005, each weekend afternoon was divided into five segments, which were presented by one of the then-current presenters, namely Chris Jarvis, Nicole Davis, Pui Fan Lee, Sid Sloane and Sue Monroe. Each was given a core theme (for instance Sid's segment included "building and making" programmes such as "Bob the Builder, Sue's included arts and crafts theme programmes and so on). The five segments aired from 1:00pm until 6:00pm; the segmentation was later dispensed in January 2005 when CGI presenters Bear and Butterfly did the weekend afternoon slot. Although the presenters still used their theming in continuities between shows.

The five coloured room sections ran from 1:00pm to 6:00pm and included the following:

In March 2007, the segments were revived and modified to denote the time of day and the levels of activity. These segments are:

When these segments were initially introduced, each segment featured its own presenting team and set, with "Chris Jarvis and "Pui Fan Lee ("Alex Winters and "Cerrie Burnell after they left in January 2009) presenting Discover and Do in the CBeebies "living room"; Lunch Time in the "kitchen"; Bedtime Hour in the "bedroom"; "Sidney Sloane (plus "Andy Day when he joined the channel later in 2007) presenting Get, Set, Go! in the "living room" and Big Fun Time in the "garage". However, since moving production to Manchester this is no longer the case, with the exception of Bedtime Hour which is presented from the area nearest the house's bed.

The Bedtime Hour on-screen ident from April 2004 to March 2016.


While the lunchtime story is usually read by one of the regular presenters, the final show of each day, the "Bedtime Story" is read by a guest storyteller, including well known actors, comedians, and past presenters of BBC children's television. Some notable storytellers in this slot have included "James McAvoy, "Simon Pegg, "David Hasselhoff, "Lulu, "Damian Lewis, "Rosamund Pike, "Toby Stephens, "David Tennant, "Ben Faulks, "Michael Rosen, "Floella Benjamin, "Shayne Ward and "Tom Hardy. Lesser-known storytellers James Blishen and Elliot King have appeared and taken inspiration from CBeebies' storytime slot, with a programme for James in pre-planning called 'Storytime with James'. In an unusual move, "James Bolam appeared on "Bedtime Story" in costume and in character as Grandpa from "Grandpa in My Pocket, not as himself.

CBeebies HD[edit]

CBeebies HD Logo.

On 16 July 2013, the BBC announced that a "high-definition (HD) "simulcast of CBeebies would be launched by early 2014.[24] The channel launched on 10 December 2013, though was rolled-out nationwide up to June 2014 (as did "BBC News HD and BBC Four HD).[25] The channel broadcasts on the BBC's new HD multiplex on Freeview and shares its stream with "BBC Four HD as they air at different times. Prior to launch, the majority of CBeebies' HD output was broadcast on "BBC HD before its closure on 26 March 2013.

Other ventures[edit]

CBeebies website[edit]

BBC Online

The CBeebies website coincided with the launch of the UK channel in February 2002 and showcases a child friendly site with activities themed to all CBeebies programmes, past and present, with games, songs and print-outs featuring for nearly all shows. The UK version also features links to "CBeebies iPlayer, a child friendly version of the "BBC iPlayer featuring CBeebies programmes only, to CBeebies radio player and a dedicated micro site containing advice for raising children and toddlers called CBeebies Grown-ups, which was relaunched in 2011.[26][27][28]

The international channels are run by "BBC Worldwide, and their websites are operated by the company also. As a result, not all of them are the same and some channels have less extensive websites than other services. CBeebies channels in Asia, Australia, Poland, South Africa and the USA all have their own international variant.

Album releases[edit]

Five CBeebies-branded CDs have been released, 'CBeebies: The Official Album' in 2002, 'My CBeebies Album' in 2006, 'My CBeebies Album (Christmas Edition)' in 2007, 'CBeebies: Song Time' in 2010, and 'CBeebies: The Album' in 2012.

CBeebies Land[edit]

CBeebies Land opened in May 2014. Designed as a retheme of the previous Storybook Land and Old McDonald's Farmyard areas of the "Alton Towers Resort theme park. It contains a range of themed rides, attractions as well as live entertainment based around various popular programmes. Containing various indoor and outdoor activities aimed at making an immersive and interactive world for children and young families.

The site based within "Alton Towers Resort in "Staffordshire includes some of the more popular characters from the original channel for guests to meet. Described as a 'fun environment for pre-schoolers to play and learn' by critics.[29]

At the start of the year, the theme park sporadically released information on the characters involved in the development via their Facebook and Twitter accounts.

  • On 4 January, Mr Tumble was the first character confirmed - featuring in the Something Special Sensory Garden[30] and 5 January saw Mr. Bloom confirmed as featuring in the development in the form of Mr Bloom's "Allotments.[31]
  • On 6 January, the park revealed an "In the Night Garden redesign of their existing Riverbank Eyespy. On the re-themed attraction, In The Night Garden Magical Boat Ride, guests will be able to drift around the 'enchanted dreamworld'; an area that will use colours, sights and sounds to bring picture books to life. Iggle Piggle, Makka Pakka and Upsy Daisy will all be on the Night Garden Island to help children appreciate the values of diversity, and enjoy the wonder in the world around them.

Stephen Gould, commercial director at DHX Media who licence "In The Night Garden commented, "We are extremely excited to be working in partnership with "BBC Worldwide, "Merlin Entertainments and "Alton Towers Resort on this new venture. In The Night Garden is the ideal draw brand to provide a fun, nurturing, inspiring and immersive environment for CBeebies Land and its visitors."[32]

The fourth reveal on 7 January was that of "Nina and the Neurons[33] Based around the popular show which sees Nina, with the help of her animated sense Neurons, explain how and why the world around us works as it does. Nina's Science Lab will bring together the Neurons to show how they control your five senses. In a hands-on scientific attraction, children will learn how their bodies work and what they do.[34]


The UK channel and the programmes it has broadcast have received a number of awards throughout the years. In 2002, the Cbeebies Interactive TV Services was nominated in the Best Interactive Service category and CBeebies Online was nominated in the same category in 2005 at the "BAFTA Children's Awards. The channel was awarded Best Children's Channel and Highly Commended at the "Broadcast Digital Channel Awards 2006,[35] however only achieved a nomination in 2007[36] and 2008.[37] The channel was also named Children's Channel of the Year at the BAFTA Children's awards in 1995, 1998, 1999, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007,[38] 2009, 2010,[39] 2011,[40] 2013, 2014 and 2016[41] and was nominated for Channel of the Year in 2008[42]

The CBeebies UK website was nominated Best Interactive Site at the 2007 BAFTA Children's awards,[38] and the brand as a whole also won the Best Design and Innovation award by the "Royal Television Society, whose awarding panel said "Its website is an integral part of the brand, with its TV production and online teams working together to create innovative game play and immersive web experiences."[43]

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