Australian Kids Book Series 'Alice-Miranda' to Be Adapted as TV Show

Alice-Miranda Animated Series
ZDF Enterprises

SLR Productions and Germany's ZDF Enterprises will produce a half-hour animated series based on the best-selling books from author Jacqueline Harvey.

The hit Australian kids book series Alice-Miranda is heading to the small screen.

Aussie shingle SLR Productions, together with Germany's ZDF Enterprises, will adapt the series from author Jacqueline Harvey as an animated project for the 6- to 9-year-old demographic.

Nine Network has pre-bought the half-hour series and will carry the first 26-episode season in Australia.

The stories follow the adventures of the 10-year-old Alice-Miranda Highton-Smith-Kennington-Jones, who, together with her pony Bonaparte, is the youngest girl ever to attend the prestigious boarding school Winchesterfield-Downsfordvale Academy for Proper Young Ladies.

Part comedy, part teen drama and part mystery series, the Alice-Miranda books have sold more than 650,000 copies in Australia alone. The series, which now numbers 14 titles, has been published in more than 80 countries worldwide.

SLR Productions is one of Australia's most successful kids TV producers, with credits that include preschool series Guess How Much I Love You and the Emmy Award-winning I Got a Rocket. ZDF Enterprises, a commercial subsidiary of German public broadcaster ZDF, is one of Europe's leading TV producers and distributors.

The German group has co-produced numerous international series, including Australian kids shows H20: Just Add Water and Mako Mermaids.