Bottersnikes and Gumbles is coming to CBBC! We were recently invited to a launch to learn more about the show and to help spread the word.
Bottersnikes and Gumbles is coming to CBBC at the end of this month. It will live in the 6pm slot.
So what exactly are Bottersnikes and Gumbles? Based on the much-loved Children’s Books by S.A. Wakefield, and the illustrations of Desmond Digby, the creators of the show, the creatures are lovable Gumbles and evil Bottersnikes who have adventures in their land based around the Australian bush.
The Gumbles are Tink (voiced by Jason Callender who is on CBBC’s 4 O’Clock Club – H was very excited to meet him!), Happi (voiced by Jeff Rawle of Drop the Dead Donkey, Harry Potter and Hollyoaks fame – again, H was excited to meet Cedric Diggory’s dad!), Toot (voiced by Richard Grieve of Neighbours, Home & Away and Emmerdale fame – we got to have a chat with Richard too), Willi and Jolli (voiced by Akiya Henry), and Merri and Bounce (voiced by Kathryn Drysdale of Two Pints of Lager, Tripping Over and St Trinians fame). They’re the good guys. They do fun stuff like hang around in their tree house watching the world go by and eat grubs.
The Bottersnikes are The King (the laziest and greediest, voiced by Richard Grieve), Chank (who wants to be King, voiced by Alex Babic), Gubbo (voiced again by Alex Babic), The Weathersnike (voiced by Miriam Margolyes), Glob and Smiggles (again, voiced by Richard Grieve) and Snorg (voiced by Simone Craddick).
Tink, Bounce and Willi are our main three Gumbles, and indeed when Bottersnikes and Gumbles comes to CBBC you’ll get to meet them properly. For now, there’s a trailer over at the CBBC website.
We had a chat with Richard Grieve which I’ll post about soon!
Bottersnikes and Gumbles is coming to CBBC on the 25th July at 6pm every day, repeated the following day at 4.30. There are 52 episodes, all eleven minutes long. The targeted age for these are 6-11 year olds. We’ve seen a few of the episodes and they’re all great fun.
As well as this, there will be a Bottersnikes and Gumbles game on the CBBC Website. H had several goes and she loves it! She loves playing the CBBC games, so keep an eye over there – the game will launch in September.