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Souad Faress - Apple Tree House

Fri, 4 Aug 2017


Apple Tree House has been developed for television by award-winning Rastamouse producers Eugenio Perez and Gregory Boardman and has been created by William Vanderpuye (one of the key vocal talents behind the Rastamouse series), Maria Timotheou and Akindele Akinsiku.

The series follows Mali, an ordinary boy who has just moved on to an extraordinary inner city estate, where he meets his new best friend Sam, the daughter of the estate’s caretaker. Together they solve daily problems and overcome childhood dilemmas - all within the safety net of their loving families and the inspirational Apple Tree community that surrounds them.

As well as the two main children the audience will be introduced to a wealth of diverse and supportive characters, including Mali’s grandma Zainab and Sam’s father Kobi, plus a host of other family members, friends and neighbours, all with very different backgrounds who help Mali and Sam on their adventures around the estate.

Apple Tree House has been commissioned by Kay Benbow, Controller of CBeebies, who says: “Apple Tree House embodies all that CBeebies stands for - a sense of fun, curiosity and adventure, as well as sharing valuable life lessons in responsibility, kindness and being a good friend.”

Greg Boardman, producer, says: “Whether it is in Mali’s family flat, in Kobi’s caretaker shed or out and about in the Apple Tree neighbourhood, each new day brings an opportunity to have fun and discover something new as the children engage with friends and fellow residents. There is always something to be learned - Mali and Sam’s wonderful everyday world provides the perfect backdrop.”

The cast for Apple Tree House will include William Vanderpuye as Kobi and Shaheen Khan as Grandma Zainab. CBeebies are delighted to introduce Aamir Tai as Mali, Miranda Sarfo Peprah as Sam and Summer Jenkins as their friend Bella.

Apple Tree House goes in production in early July and will be filmed at Three Mills Studio and on location in East London. It will be broadcast on CBeebies next year.

Apple Tree House has been commissioned by Kay Benbow, Controller of CBeebies and is produced by Gregory Boardman and Eugenio Perez for the rights holder Five Apples Ltd.