Walker Books UK has announced that Polly Dunbar's Tilly and Friends, a 52 episode series based on her characters, will premier on CBeebies on 19th September 2012.
Originally published in 2009, the series of books starring Tilly and her animal friends has been highly popular. To support the TV launch this September Walker Books will release all six titles as midi editions (Hello Tilly, Happy Hector, Pretty Pru, Where's Tumpty?, Doodle Bites, Goodnight Tiptoe; priced £3.99)
Walker Books will further the Tilly publishing programme in August 2013 with the release of 4 brand new TV tie-in titles.
Tilly is a little girl who lives with her best friends - Hector the playful pig, Tumpty the gentle elephant, Doodle the apple loving crocodile, Tiptoe, the little rabbit who loves to twinkle and Pru the fabulously glamorous chicken.
Tilly's world is one which children will be able to relate to and where friendship is at the heart of everything. Tilly loves having her friends around her and always makes time for them with all sorts of imaginative play, discovering the joys and challenges of friendship.
The series comprises 52 episodes of 11 minutes and encourages creativity in a world of everyday adventures. Made by JAM Media and Walker Books Productions with creative production from Polly Dunbar herself, the series examines the true values of friends and the essence of real love and friendships.
Walker and Jam have already signed territory deals with 14 international broadcasters including France 5, TV Ontario in Canada and ABC Australia, ensuring Tilly and Friends reaches the worldwide audience it deserves, rights are being sold by Aardman Rights.
Polly Dunbar studied illustration at Brighton Art School and now lives and works in the city. She is the author and illustrator of Penguin, Dog Blue, Flyaway Katie and Tilly and Friends, as well as collaborating with her mother, the distinguished author Joyce Dunbar, on the picture book Shoe Baby. She is also the illustrator of My Dad's a Birdman, written by David Almond, and Here's a Little Poem, an anthology of poems for very young children.
The TV show Tilly and Friends was made in complete collaboration with Polly, she has acted as Associate Producer on all 52 episodes from conception through design and animation.