CBBC to Adapt Jaqueline Wilson’s Hetty Feather

CBBC to Adapt Jaqueline Wilson’s Hetty Feather

CBBC has commissioned a series from Tracy Beaker author, Dame Jacqueline Wilson. The children’s broadcaster has renewed its collaboration with Wilson on the 10 x 30 minute series Hetty Feather.

Hetty Feather is an adaptation of the popular novel of the same name by Dame Jacqueline Wilson, telling the story of flame-haired Victorian foundling Hetty and her adventures through the eyes of the children who live at the Foundling Hospital. Cobham Hall girls school in Cobham, Kent is being used as a location and 12-year-old newcomer Isabel Clifton will star as Hetty.

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“This stage adaptation is really special,” says Wilson, “because it’s so colourful and exciting for children.”

A timeless and compelling tale, which brings the realities of the Victorian age – good, bad, funny and tragic – to life through the eyes of the boys and girls who inhabit the Foundling Hospital, Hetty Feather will air on CBBC in 2014/15.

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“CBBC is proud to be the home of so many inspiring and home-grown dramas. Our viewers cherish their relationship with Jacqueline Wilson characters and outspoken Hetty Feather promises to be the latest heroine for a generation of feisty girls” says Cheryl Taylor, Controller of CBBC.

Helen Bullough, Head of CBBC Productions, says: “We’re thrilled about these commissions – we’re all on a mission at CBBC to build on our reputation for delivering distinctive, original British dramas and comedies for our young audience and these new series are a credit to everyone involved with our in-house drama development and productions.”

The series is written by Helen Blakeman and executive produced by Foz Allan is currently being shot using Arri Alexa hired from ICE Film. “We are very pleased to be involved in supporting such an iconic piece of children’s writing” says Peter Bryant from Ice Film.

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