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ROY – a third series commissioned

Louisa McGrath

The children’s show is broadcast on RTE and CBBC, as well as on channels in Australia and Scandinavia

Roy and his sister

The Irish children’s television show, Roy, has been re-commissioned by the BBC for a third series, it was announced earlier this week.

The show is created by animation company, Jam Media located on Kevin Street in the Liberties.

As a result of Roy being commissioned for another series, Jam Media announced on their Twitter page that they “will be creating 60 new jobs” on the back of the €8.5 million investment from the BBC.

The children’s show is broadcast on both RTE and CBBC, as well as on channels in Australia and Scandinavia.

The programme follows an 11-year-old cartoon boy called Roy O’Brien, who lives in Ballyfermot with his real, non-cartoon family. It shows Roy trying to fit in at school, despite his obvious differences and addresses issues including bullying. Simon Delaney stars as Roy’s father.

In 2010 Roy was nominated for two BAFTA awards.

John Rice, Chief Executive, of Jam Media said he was delighted the BBC had re-commissioned another series of the show. “The series and character of Roy really seems to resonate with viewers in the UK, Ireland and beyond. One of the reasons for this is that we’re able to have so much fun with his physicality, and really exaggerate his reactions and expressions. Roy is a true fish out of water, but he doesn’t see himself that way.”

Jam Media also creates other children’s television programmes, including Funky Fables and PICME.

Image Top: BBC I Player

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