Safari, so good! Eden to star in top kids’ TV show
The Eden Project will provide the backdrop for the top children’s television series Andy’s Safari Adventures, which starts today (Monday February 12).
Eden – known as Safari World in the programme – will appear in each of the 40 episodes of the CBeebies series as the base for TV star Andy Day as he introduces his viewers to some amazing animals.
Andy works at Safari World, the biggest and best safari park on the planet, with his boss, Mr Hammond, and his tech wizard assistant Jen, who monitors all the animals from the control tower.
The first episodes see Andy learning about chipmunks, meerkats and shoebills. Andy uses his safari-mobile to travel to places including Canada, the Kalahari Desert and Zambia.
The sequences featuring Eden were shot over three days last May, with the Biomes, outdoor gardens and other Eden buildings being transformed into Safari World using computer-generated imagery (CGI).
Andy’s Safari Adventures is the fourth CBeebies wildlife series hosted by the presenter, following Andy’s Wild Adventures, Andy’s Dinosaur Adventures and Andy’s Prehistoric Adventures.
The series is produced by the BBC’s prestigious Natural History Unit, based in Bristol. The NHU is also responsible for the landmark wildlife series Blue Planet II, Planet Earth II and Springwatch.
Adam Oldroyd, Series Director of Andy’s Safari Adventures at the BBC Natural History Unit, said: “We were absolutely thrilled to be able to use the Eden Project as one of our filming locations for ‘Andy’s Safari Adventures’.
“As both the BBC Natural History Unit and the Eden Project share the goal of educating future generations about the beauty, wonder and importance of our natural world, it was the perfect place to film this ambitious children’s wildlife series.
“I'm hoping there will be many more opportunities to work with the Eden Project in the future.”
Andy’s Safari Adventures is the latest production to use the Eden Project as a filming location.
Past filming at Eden includes the Jack Whitehall film The Bad Education Movie, David Attenborough’s Flying Monsters 3D and the video for George Ezra’s Barcelona. For more information about filming at the Eden Project, see http://www.edenproject.com/media/filming.
Andy’s Safari Adventures begins today (Monday February 12) at 5.20pm on CBeebies. Episodes will be available to watch on the BBC iPlayer after broadcast at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09s2rf1.
A trailer for the new series can be viewed at https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/watch/andys-safari-adventures-preview.