A splash of Sky Originals soon to air on new Sky Kids channel with narration from Daisy Haggard, Marcus Bentley and Jodie Whittaker

Wednesday 18 January 2023
  • Raft of seven new Sky Originals revealed including Mittens and Pants, narrated by Marcus Bentley, My Friend Misty, with Daisy Haggard as voice of Misty, and Ready, Eddie, Go!, narrated by Jodie Whittaker
  • Other Sky Originals announced; Ama’s Story, a one-off comedy special based on a British Ghanian and Nigerian family, and BooSnoo! developed with support from the National Autistic Society
  • View the expansive line-up of shows airing on the new Sky Kids channel in February here

Children and families alike are in for a treat as Sky Kids has today unveiled a slate of seven brand new premium Sky Originals set to hit screens this year.

Available to watch on the Sky Kids TV channel which launches on 13 February (EPG 609 Sky), and on demand, this stellar line-up of shows bursting with colour and creativity will keep little ones (age 1-7) inspired and entertained.

Among the raft of Sky Original programming airing is Mittens and Pants (3+), narrated by the iconic Marcus Bentley (Big Brother), following the sweet and funny adventures of live-action shy kitten Mittens and her energetic puppy pal Pants. Every day is full of fun as the mischievous duo explore the world of Kibble Corner and learn to help their furry friends and family understand that difference is good.

Marcus Bentley said: “Viewers won’t be barking up the wrong tree watching this new show, packed with fluffy animals and adventure. This is the purr-fect combination to keep kids entertained and inspire learning!”

Also announced today is Daisy Haggard (Breeders, Back to Life) as the voice of Misty, in recently revealed animated and live-action hybrid Sky Original show My Friend Misty (5+), executive produced by Fearne Cotton, which sees Misty (Haggard) set out to build kids emotional resilience as she pops up with magical visits throughout the show to help children with their feelings. And Jodie Whittaker, as narrator in previously announced show Ready, Eddie, Go! (3+), based on books Eddie’s Stories, written by award winning-author, Nikki Saunders. The series sees loveable character Eddie who is autistic taken step-by-step through new experiences and situations such as a trip to the barbers, so when he encounters this in real life, he’s ready to go.

Adding to the line-up of new shows is a one-off special released in the run up to World Book Day, Ama’s Story (4+). Created by a black British couple of Ghanian and Nigerian heritage, Ama's Story is based on their daughter’s experience of being unable to find a book or character that represented her own background or culture. This inspired them to write and publish a number of picture books and an animated short based on Ama’s own experiences.

Told through the eyes of six-year-old Ama, the live action show sees Ama trying to decide on her favourite book to take to her school’s book day. Ama’s family help her to realise that she can use her imagination to write her own story, creating her own book full of all her favourite things including a Kente cloth jacket that reminds her of Ghana, which she wears proudly to school, and her talking cat Smokey narrated by international comedian Eddie Kadi.

Creator and author of the series, Cynthia Deluola, said: “It’s so special to see positive representation and our family story being bought to screens, to put smiles on the faces of children everywhere and show them that they can do anything they put their minds to.”

What’s more, when it comes to winding down, new Sky Kids Original BooSnoo! (2+) is a unique blend of calm and exploration providing the chance to reset. The show is inspired by elements that engage children, including those with learning difficulties and children who may be on the autistic spectrum, developed with support of the National Autistic Society. Those watching will follow the journey of a red ball as it moves through fantastic landscapes and machines filled with music, art, space, water and more, captivating interest from start to finish.

The National Autistic Society said: "We are supportive of BooSnoo’s ambition to provide a calming yet engaging programme for children, including those on the autism spectrum. We are excited to see the programme and the reaction to the show this year.”

Also in store are two new Sky Originals, Mia’s Magic Playground S2 (3+) which follows Mia and her best friends Tilly and Oskar as they return to their imaginary world in a new season of adventure, friendship and discovery, developing emotional intelligence and self-confidence inspired through play. And Pooch Mooch (3+), which celebrates the special relationship between a child and their dog, seeing life from the Pooch’s perspective and giving viewers the chance to look at what they get up to with their young owners whilst out and about all around the UK.

Lucy Murphy, Director of Kids Content at Sky said: “We know our younger viewers and their families will love discovering our slate of brand-new shows, as well as enjoying more of their favourite characters. This is a brilliant line-up to start the year on our new channel and there are more exciting announcements still to come”.

From February 2023 a shiny new Sky Kids linear channel (EPG 609 Sky) will launch, housing a raft of Sky Originals and franchise favourites, available at no extra cost for Sky Kids customers. This adds to the existing offering of over 10,000 episodes of kids’ content on demand and a variety of partner channels such as Nick Jr., Cartoon Network and Nickelodeon. Existing Sky customers can upgrade to the Sky Kids package for just £6 a month.

For more information contact:

Eve Williams (PR Manager, Sky UK): eve.williams@sky.uk

Cara Louise McAllister (Communications Manager, Sky IE): cara.mcallister@sky.ie

Notes To Editors

Ama’s Story (1x22”) produced by Wildseed Studios. Lily Brooks is the Producer and Makalla McPherson is Director. Executive producers Miles Bullough, Jesse Cleverly, Cynthia Deluola and Sarah Mattingley. The Commissioning Editor at Sky Kids is Estelle Hughes. Launching in February 2023

Pooch Mooch (20x10”) produced Twenty Twenty Productions. Executive Producer, Helen Soden, Series Directed by Jack Jameson. The Commissioning Editor at Sky Kids is Ian France. Launching in February 2023

Mia’s Magic Playground (24x7”) produced by Moonbug Entertainment. The Executive Producers at Sky Kids are Lucy Murphy and Lisa Mackintosh. Launching February 2023

Mittens and Pants (39x7”) Windy Isle Entertainment. Creator and Director Phil McCordic, Executive Producers Phil McCordic and Shereen Ali. Lisa Mackintosh is the Executive Producer for Sky. Launching in February 2023

BooSnoo! (20x6”) A Visionality and Mackinnon and Saunders production in association with APX Content Ventures. Executive producer Julian Bashford. The Commissioning Editor at Sky Kids is Ian France. Launching in February 2023

My Friend Misty (10 x 10”) Hillside productions, part of CTVC. Executive Producer Ian Holt and Fearne Cotton. Directed by Will Brenton. The Commissioning Editor at Sky Kids is Ian France. Launching in April 2023

Ready Eddie Go!: (26x7”) Hocus Pocus Studio. Executive Producer, James Murphy and Nikki Saunders. The Commissioning Editor at Sky Kids is Ian France. Launching in October 2023

About Sky Kids

The Sky Kids package is currently home to over 10,000 episodes of award-winning kids’ content on demand and a variety of linear partner channels such as Nick Jr., Cartoon Network and Nickelodeon

A new Sky Kids linear channel (EPG 609 Sky) will be added to the package from 13 February 2023, available at no extra cost for existing Sky Kids customers, offering a raft of new Sky original content and franchise favourites to inspire and entertain kids (age 1-7). Baby TV, currently in slot EPG 609, will move to EPG 626

The scheduled programming has been built around blocks of the busy day to help parents juggle their children’s routines

All Sky Kids content is available to watch in safe, child-friendly environments. Through the Sky Kids app which offers content on demand, available to all Sky customers with the Sky Kids package, parents can create personalised age profiles for their children, alongside a ‘sleep mode’ to moderate screen time, while they watch content on the go.

The Sky Kids package is available for just £6 (€8 IE) a month, for Sky customers with Sky’s signature pack. Members of streaming service NOW can also enjoy Sky Kids with its £9.99 (€11.99 IE) Entertainment Membership.