Boomerang Plus has won a raft of commissions from Welsh language broadcaster S4C.
The deal is set to generate over £3.5 million in revenue for the indie, which will produce children’s and other programmes as part of the nine-show deal.
Fflic, Boomerang’s producer of lifestyle and children’s programming, led by Gwenda Griffith has been commissioned to produce five children’s series including three returning shows. The commissions are:
a second series of the innovative pre-school, virtual-reality, puppet show Yn yr Garden (In the Garden), which introduces green issues and healthy living to a younger audience as they follow the adventures of Gwilym the Gardener and his furry friends.
new series Ant ac Al ar y ffordd (Ant and Al on the Road), a travel show aimed at an 11+ audience. The show, which follows presenters Alun Williams and chef Anthony Evans as they travel the globe seeking out unusual and traditional foods, is set to commence filming at the end of April.
the return of Heini (Fit), a pre-school show aimed at encouraging youngsters to keep fit.
The Salon, a new studio-based series hosted by Alex Jones aimed at teaching an 11+ audience about style and fashion. Filming is expected commence in late summer.
a second series of Y Garej (The Garage) aimed at an 11+ audience, featuring various cars, vehicles, gadgets and gizmos.
Episode orders for the five series have yet to be confirmed.
In addition to the five Fflic commissions, Boomerang’s children’s department has been commission to produce Ty Cyw (Cwy’s House), a 26 x 15-minute pre-school series covering colours, shapes, seasons and music though a combination of live action and animation. The same team that produced ABC, the Royal Television’s Society’s Children’s Programme Award winner for 2009, will produce the show.
For older audiences, award-winning music and magazine show Bandit will return for 4 x 60-minute one-off specials to be transmitted throughout the year. The late night series showcases the best of Wales’ rock and pop acts.
Music show Nodyn will also return for a second 16 x 30 minutes series. Hosted by Elin Fflur, the show showcases the best of the current Welsh music scene.
Gruffydd Davies will executive produce and directed both shows
The final commission for Boomerang’s entertainment department is a second series of travel quiz show 0 ond 1. The show, which sees 12 contestants battle it out for a chance to compete against an ex-pat to win an experience of a lifetime, will return for 10 x 60-minute episodes. Executive producer and director Ronw Protheroe will lead the project.
Speaking of the commissions, Boomerang Plus chief executive Huw Davies said: “We are delighted with this new slate of multi-genre commissions and re-commissions for 2009. This demonstrates our diverse genre offering as well as highlighting the strength of our award-winning children’s department.”