Sky announced that it has commissioned a second series of the hugely popular kids show, The Brilliant World of Tom Gates (20 x 11’) from TG Entertainment Limited. The series is currently in production and will be available on Sky’s on–demand service Sky Kids and streaming service NOW in the UK & ROI in early 2022. In response to the popularity of the music segments in the first series, Sky has also commissioned additional songs from the original Tom Gates songwriting team of Mark Flannery, Martin Cooper and Liz Pichon to create a new short-form music series as stand-alone programming which will run later this year. A 22’ seasonal special is also in production.
In addition to the commission, global children’s media and distribution company WildBrain has secured a number of international sales for the first series, which will see Tom’s entertaining exploits airing this summer and autumn on ABC (Australia), Knowledge Network and TVOKids (Canada), JUJKO and Tuki Channel (Slovakia), E-Vision and ejunior (MENA and Pakistan), MBC Group’s streaming platform Shahid (MENA), and PCCW – Now TV (Hong Kong).
A Sky Original kids series featuring a modular mixed-media magazine format, The Brilliant World of Tom Gates is based on the award-winning, multi-million-copy-bestselling Tom Gates books written and illustrated by Liz Pichon and published by Scholastic. Liz is also co-writer and presents the Draw It sections of the series.
A combination of 2D and stop-motion animation with live-action, the series blends Tom’s humour and school life with crafting ideas and makes which kids love to recreate, along with interactive games, gags and catchy songs. Tom and his friends pop up and interact throughout each episode, while Liz Pichon shares her own special advice on how to draw the characters and provides a wealth of other tips!
Series two will see Tom embark on more hilarious adventures at home and at school, with his friends and family. Favourite characters such as best friend Derek with his dog Rooster and Tom’s grumpy sister Delia, the ‘fossils’ (aka Tom’s grandparents) and school mate Marcus Meldrew reappear in new and original stories, making this series an even more compelling proposition for fans. Tom’s doodling gets him into tricky situations with headteacher Mr Keen and beady-eyed Mr Fullerman. Mum’s cinema RULES prove a challenge for Tom and Leroy when it comes to not eating snacks loudly. And what could possibly go wrong for Tom while looking after Mark Clump’s hamster, Marble? (Spoiler alert – everything.) We also meet some new characters including Mrs Nap, the fabulously eccentric music teacher; Linda the singing Llama from FarmerLlama Land; and even The Wrinklies, Tom’s Mum’s parents, who make a special Christmas appearance.
Liz Pichon’s award-winning Tom Gates book series has sold more than 11 million copies worldwide and has been translated into 44 languages. The heavily illustrated novels, in handwritten font with Tom’s doodles and pictures embellishing the text, document in hilarious detail his everyday trials and tribulations at home and school which all kids can relate to.
Lucy Murphy, Director of Kids Content at Sky UK & Ireland, said: “Tom Gates has been a real crowd-pleaser and has proven appeal to a broad age group of our viewers. We’re really pleased to be teaming up again with Liz Pichon and TG Entertainment to bring more of Tom’s adventures to life and inspire our young audiences to get creative.”
Ken Anderson & Arabella Page Croft of TG Entertainment Ltd, Executive Producers on Tom Gates, said: “In Tom’s words, it’s EPIC that Sky Kids has commissioned another series of The Brilliant World of Tom Gates. We’ve all had such a fantastic time working on the show and are excited to be back in production again. This time we are able to spend real time together to create a series which will be better than ever!”
Liz Pichon, Tom Gates’ creator, said: “It’s been really exciting to be part of the whole process of bringing The Brilliant World Of Tom Gates to life. The show is exactly the sort of programme that I’d have loved and got totally obsessed with when I was a kid. And the feedback I’ve had from my readers is – they feel exactly the same way. The whole show is stuffed full of creativity and fun ways to engage children and make them laugh. Everything I put in the books has been brought to life by the incredibly talented team of people that have all worked so hard to make the series BRILLIANT. I can’t wait for everyone else to see what we’ve done for series 2.”
The Brilliant World of Tom Gates is produced by TG Entertainment Ltd – a company jointly owned by Black Camel Pictures and Wild Child Animation – with additional investment from The National Lottery and Scottish Government through Screen Scotland, and WildBrain. The Executive Producers are Ken Anderson from Wild Child Animation, Arabella Page Croft from Black Camel, author illustrator Liz Pichon, and Ian France, Commissioning Editor at Sky. Series Director is George Sawyer, Series Producer is Sueann Rochester and Head Writer on the show is Ben Ward and animation production services are provided by Wild Child Animation.