‘Doctor Who’ Writer Russell T. Davies to Pen 'Aliens Vs Wizard's for BBC Children’s Channel
Series backed by Beeb and FreeMantle Enterprises to air in the fall 2012 on CBBC.
LONDON – Russell T. Davies, the writer credited with re-invigorating Doctor Who for a fresh generation of children, is returning to kids’ TV programming with action adventure drama Aliens Vs Wizards.
The project has heavyweight backing from the BBC and FreemantleMedia Enterprises and is created by Davies and Phil Ford (Doctor Who).
The series detials the story of a fight between aliens and wizards to control planet Earth's magic.
The project, which set the Internet abuzz, will be produced by BBC Cymru Wales in association with FME’s Kids & Family Entertainment division.
FME will also manage worldwide sales of the series (excluding the U.K.), as well as the brand licensing, home entertainment and other ancillary rights including publishing.
Russell said: “Writing for children is the biggest challenge of all and I think CBBC [BBC’s children’s channel] stands right at the heart of broadcasting. We're joining genres too – the show's a wild, funny, thrilling and sometimes scary collision of magic and science fiction.”
CBBC controller Damian Kavanagh, who commissioned the series, said: “This is going to be an incredible rollercoaster ride of an adventure. We believe children deserve the best and we’re delighted to be working again with Russell and the talented teams at BBC Wales and FME to bring the story to life.”
FME president, kids and family entertainment Sander Schwartz said the series “has all the ingredients to become a global hit – the extraordinary battle between aliens and wizards is guaranteed to entertain kids around the world, not to mention the incredibly talented team behind the series, led by the wonderful Russell T. Davies.”
Russell started his career in children’s television, writing and producing dramas such as Dark Season (BBC One) and Children’s Ward (ITV) before going on to pen a host of hit adult award-winning dramas including Queer as Folk (Channel 4) and Casanova (BBC Three).
In 2005, he brought Doctor Who back to the BBC after a sixteen-year hiatus and, as executive producer, oversaw the production of two spin-off series Torchwood (BBC Three) and The Sarah Jane Adventures (CBBC) that ran for five series on the channel.
Aliens Vs Wizards will be produced by BBC Cymru Wales for CBBC for broadcast in Autumn 2012.