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BBC picks up Universal Music’s Uki

The BBC’s digital kids channel CBeebies has acquired Uki, the short-form animated series from Universal Music.

The show was created by Patrick Busschots and Peter Decraene from Universal Music’s Belgium office and, having won the won the ‘Pitch It’ award at Kidscreen 2008, was launched at MIPJunior last year. In Belgium it airs on Ketnet and Club RTL.

In the UK it will air as a segment in CBeebies popular Show Me Show Me series from September.

BBC Worldwide is handling international sales and it has already been sold to (unnamed) broadcasters in Australia, Portugal, Finland, Norway, Poland, Israel, South Africa, Taiwan, the Middle East and South East Asia.

Salim Mukaddam, head of audio & music programming at BBC Worldwide said: “The initial reception has been phenomenal and we’re expecting big things from the little man. The quality of the animation and the absence of dialogue make the shows immediately accessible for viewers of channels in any territory.”