- 3rd May via C21 Media: BBC's Bitz & Bob bought around world
- 44 (1 series)
- Daniel Bays
- Rob Delaney, Maria Darling, Duke Davis, Dolly Heavey and Marc Silk
- Sindy Boveda Spackman and Alison Ray
- Kitty Taylor
- Barry Quinn, Vanessa Amberleigh and Bob Higgins
Bitz & Bob is a comedy adventure with a twist: combining funny and inventive stories with key principles of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths) it aims to encourage preschoolers to get involved in crafting, engineering, experiments and exploration.
The series follows the colourful and fun antics of passionate inventor and creator, eight year-old Bitz, her energetic and enthusiastic younger brother Bob and their toy friends: Bitz's bestie, ardent seamstress Purl, practical jokers Zip & Pop, and high-octane action figure Bevel.
In their amazing Treehouse maker-space playroom, Bitz and Bob use anything they can lay their hands on to create magical little worlds where their toys and creations come to life. A sheet over a chair becomes a Faraway Island; boxes, bottles and recycled objects make an awesome, sophisticated Craft City; a giant sandbox transforms into a Big Sandy Desert.
These and many more vivid and colourful locations provide the perfect backdrop for adventures - which never quite go according to plan! But just when disaster seems unavoidable, the inventive and resilient Bitz uses her remarkable 'Engineer-o-vision' goggles to analyse what has gone wrong and visualise a solution. Inspired to re-invent, fix and create something new, Bitz blitzes the problem and saves the day!
With her unique 'Steam Pink' style (a mix of girl power and steam punk chic) Bitz is designed to be a strong role model, especially as a character girls can relate to, inspiring them to want to be smart and creative just like her. Bitz loves to solve problems using crafty engineering and innovation, coming up with inventive solutions that empower her and her friends to help "invent a way to save the day!"
A complementary short form live-action companion show, Bitz & Bob You Can Do It Too, provides children ways of experimenting with the interesting, fun, amazing, creations shown in the main series. As well as providing further bite-sized pieces of information on the specific engineering principles at work in each episode, it allows children to interact and extend the experiences, on and off the screen and across platforms.
Bitz & Bob is also a game on the CBeebies website. Children can test their engineering skills in a series of engaging interactive challenges.
Alice Webb, Director BBC Children's, has a Masters degree in civil and environmental engineering and is also a chartered civil engineer. She says: "Our world is made up of a brilliant combination of art and science and I hope Bitz & Bob will show that. We want to convey that your imagination has no limits and you can make something happen, whoever you are. It's really important that girls are fired up about STEAM subjects because otherwise they are closing themselves off to lots of opportunities that they might have in the world and the world would be missing on out on a wonderful array of female talent."