‘It has amazing casting and lovely live-action pieces, which didn’t jar with the equally lovely animation’
Based on the semiautobiographical picture book Jo-Jo and Gran-Gran, All in a Week by Laura Henry-Allain, JoJo And Gran Gran is the first animated series to centre on a black British family. Featuring the voice of Taiya Samuel as JoJo and Cathy Tyson as Gran Gran, the series focuses on a four-year-old girl’s relationship with her fun and wise grandmother.
Produced in-house for CBeebies and already the recipient of a major recommission, one judge praised the show’s production values and said the slice of modern British life “brilliantly connects to children through relatable storylines and relationships”, adding: “Plus it’s a lot of fun!” Another judge praised the way each episode features a short live-action segment with real children that mirrors the animated story.
In the submitted episode, It’s Time To Visit The Hairdressers, JoJo accompanies Gran Gran to the salon for the first time. After helping hairdresser Sharlene to style Gran Gran’s hair, JoJo is delighted when Sharlene offers to style her hair too. Opting for some twists she sees on a poster, JoJo is overjoyed by her new hairstyle.
Commenting on the episode, another judge said: “It has amazing casting and lovely live-action pieces, which didn’t jar with the equally lovely animation. Everything about this episode felt right.”
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