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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

UK: "Puffin Rock" Flocks To Channel 5’s Milkshake!

Award-winning animated preschool series Puffin Rock will be feathering a new nest when it migrates this month to Channel 5′s Milkshake! in the UK later this month, as part of the refresh of the popular preschool programming block! Narrated by Chris O’Dowd (Moone Boy, The IT Crowd, Bridesmaids), the 2D series is co-produced by Oscar-nominated studio Cartoon Saloon, Penguin Random House, and kids’ media company Dog Ears.

Puffin Rock features an adorable family of puffins, and their laughter-filled adventures on a beautiful Irish island. Oona, and her cute little brother, Baba, explore, play and learn with their friends, and always make it home in time for a fish supper with Mama and Papa. O’Dowd adds an extra twinkle of comedy – sharing funny observations and interesting facts about the natural world.

Puffin Rock is co-produced by Oscar-nominated studio Cartoon Saloon, Penguin Random House, and children’s media company, Dog Ears, and receives funding support from Northern Ireland Screen.

Maurice Joyce (The Selfish Giant) directs with writing from Lily Bernard, Tomm Moore and Paul Young, and the vocal talents of Kate McCafferty (Oona), Sally McDaid (Baba), Geraldine Cole (Mama) and Brian McMonagle (Papa). McCafferty also sings the theme song for the series.

“We were completely charmed by the sweet characters that occupy Puffin Rock and the artistry of the series,” said Sarah Muller, Head of Children’s Channel 5. “The show will be a fantastic addition to the new-look Milkshake! lineup. Also, I just really love puffins.”

Richard Haines, Head of Acquisitions & T.V. Development, Penguin Random House Children’s, said:

‘I am delighted that our little puffins are flying on to Milkshake!’

Just this year the series was nominated for three Annie awards, for Best Animated Television/Broadcast Production for Preschool Children, Best Production Design (Lily Bernard) and Outstanding Achievement in Writing (Davey Moore).

Hoho Rights manages the UK and international licensing rights for Puffin Rock, excluding China.

Puffin Rock also airs regularly on Nick Jr. UK & Ireland.

About Milkshake!
Channel 5’s Milkshake is home to some of the world’s favourite preschool characters. There is a range of stimulating and engaging programmes that include strong story led animation, genuine documentaries for pre-schoolers and presenter led high quality musical entertainment. 2016 saw Milkshake! achieve its strongest year to date amongst Children, 4-9s, HWKs and HWKs 0-3. Milkshake! was the number one breakfast destination (6-9am) for Children and 4-9s in 2016. Channel 5 broadcasts 24 hours of children's programmes every week. Milkshake is on air from 0600 - 0915 every weekday and 0600 - 10.00 on Saturday and Sunday. For further information visit

About Channel 5
Channel 5 launched as Britain's fifth public service channel in March 1997 and has been owned by Viacom International Media Networks since September 2014. Channel 5, 5STAR, 5USA and Spike reach 4 in 5 of the UK viewing public each month with a broad mix of popular content for all the family across entertainment, documentaries, sport, drama from the UK and US, films, reality, comedy, children’s and news. My5 is a new service allowing viewers to watch content online for free from Channel 5, 5STAR, 5USA, and Spike.

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Sources: Northern Ireland Screen, Animation Magazine, ToonBarn, The Irish Film & Television Network, TVKIDS.
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