Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Friends and Heroes - the Bible on kids TV

I recieved the following this morning, which I've edited down a bit:

'Friends and Heroes', an animated series of Old and New Testament stories, went out on digital TV earlier this year and is now to be broadcast on BBC2.

The new broadcast schedule begins on September 11th and runs through till December 11th. The broadcast output is largely targeted at schools - the free lesson plans and pupil worksheets created in association with the Stapleford Centre will help teachers to use these programmes as part of the national syllabi for all the countries in the British Isles. A “Teachers’ Guide” to Friends and Heroes, and all the lesson plans are already available on http://uk.friendsandheroes.com/lessons.

The Friends and Heroes web site at www.friendsandheroes.com has lots more information – including the full BBC broadcast schedule. The web site also provides details of all the DVDs of the Series. These are fully accessible – with subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing and for community languages used in Britain, and with audio descriptions for those with visual impairment. Unlike the broadcasts, these can also be used by churches – and of course outreach workers who visit many centres.

There is a kids section of the website with lots of free video clips, activities, puzzles and games at www.friendsandheroes.tv

If this new broadcast is successful, the BBC might consider showing Series Two and Series Three when they are completed in 2008 and 2009.

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