CBBC commissions two new comedies

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by Stephen Chapman

BBC Children’s at MediaCityUK has announced two more commissions, this time for the CBBC channel.

Family By Sea will be set in Scarborough, while DNN is a weekly topical comedy news series.

“We're delighted with these new comedy commissions, with both the unscripted and scripted teams within CBBC Productions flexing their funny bones. As a team we're also passionate about creating opportunities for new talent - on and off screen - and both these series will underline our commitment to that,” said Helen Bullough, head of CBBC Productions.

Slated for transmission in the Spring/Summer of this year, DNN is a 13 x 30minute show looking back over the last 7 days in news and popular culture.

It will be recorded in a spoof news studio with a cast of “larger-than-life news anchors and correspondents” who’ll put their own spin on the stories. There will also be sketches and archive clips.

The show's start-up executive producer is Jamie Rea.

Meanwhile, Family By Sea (working title) is a comedy drama based around a “highly imaginative boy with heroic leadership skills” who’s downsized from his family home in London to a new house/B&B in Scarborough.

It’s been written by Brian Lynch and produced by Juliet Charlesworth. It will go into production this Spring.