It’s not often that Generation Y gets excited about kids’ TV (though I will freely admit I still watch Pingu from time to time) but a new BBC show is sure to have a few nostalgic 20-somethings tuning into the CBeebies channel on Sunday. Katie Morag, the much-loved Hebridean heroine created by Scottish author and illustrator Mairi Hedderwick, is about to come to life in a brand new live action series, which was shot on the Isle of Lewis earlier this year. Take a look at this CBeebies video for a sneak peek behind the scenes:
First published in the early 80s, Katie Morag has now been entertaining kids for over three decades – not bad for a seven-year-old! Mairi Hedderwick’s charming picture books tell the story of the feisty little redhead and her adventures on the fictional Isle of Struay, inspired by Coll in the Inner Hebrides where the author lived for several years. The stories were published in North America and some have been translated into Gaelic, Danish, Swedish, Finnish, Norwegian and Japanese, making Katie Morag an internationally-loved character and great ambassador for the Hebrides.
The new series sees eight-year-old Cherry Campbell from Glasgow perfectly cast as the cheeky heroine and will recreate beloved stories such as Katie Morag Delivers the Post, with 26 episodes in total. As well as introducing a new generation to Grannie Island, Granma Mainland and the rest of the family, the series is a fantastic advertisement for the Outer Hebrides, showcasing the area’s picturesque fishing villages, untouched landscapes and remote beaches – so beautiful, in fact, that a luxury Thai resort once mistakenly used photos of Berneray in the Sound of Harris in their promotional campaign!
Check out the first two episodes of Katie Morag on the CBeebies channel at 5.25pm on Sunday 3rd November, find out more about her world with ideas for Struay Adventures – and if the series inspires you visit the Outer Hebrides, you’ll find everything you need to know about accommodation, things to see and do and events right here.