A television adaptation, in thirteen 15-minute episodes, of The Ice Cream Machine by Julie Bertagna, will begin broadcasting on FIVE on Sunday 11th January at 11.00am.
The story is set on the mythical island of Innishnamona, off the West coast of Scotland and tells the story of the MacDonald family. Dad, Donald and children, Wayne and Wendy, buy a beat-up old ice cream van from car dealer Charlie Smythe. Wayne and Wendy soon discover that this van is no ordinary vehicle. The Ice Cream Machine has magical powers.
Five's Controller of Children's Programming, Nick Wilson, said: "The Ice Cream Machine is Five's first co-production with SMG and the Gaelic Broadcasting Committee. It's also Five's first original drama for younger children between 4 and 7 years old. Made in both Gaelic and English, young viewers will be enchanted."
The serial is produced by Beverley Morrison and directed by Paul Holmes.