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CBeebies and Sesame Workshop announce New Production of The Furchester Hotel Series

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Guest Stars include Big Bird, Count Von Count and The Martians from Sesame Street

(New York, NY, February 9, 2016) CBeebies and Sesame Workshop are delighted to announce that The Furchester Hotel will once again open for business as the series is re-commissioned for a 50 x 11 minute run, plus a double length Christmas special. Joining the family and checking into the hotel will be special guests from Sesame Street—Big Bird, Count Von Count and the Martians.

The Furchester Hotel is a series for 3-6 year olds set in the ‘almost’ world class hotel run by a close-knit family of cheerfully chaotic monsters. As guests arrive at the hotel they are greeted by monster owner Funella Furchester, her loving husband, Furgus Fuzz, and their daughter, the unflappable Phoebe Furchester-Fuzz.  The Furchesters are joined by Elmo, Phoebe’s cousin who is on an extended visit and Cookie Monster, who has landed his dream job as room service and dining room waiter. Completing the ensemble is Isabel, a furry bell monster – guests won’t get any attention until she dings to announce their arrival!

The new episodes of The Furchester Hotel, which goes into production at MediaCityUk in May, will feature more music, more creative problem solving – and more physical comedy than ever. Expect slapstick, farce, doors opening and closing, revolving doors revolving, and lifts going up and down and back up again.  With storylines including an Aquarium Suite for fish guests, a visit from Vidal Raccoon – famous fur cutter, and The Great Furchester Bake-off!

The Furchester Hotel has been commissioned by Kay Benbow Controller of CBeebies and is a co-production between CBeebies and Sesame Workshop. Speaking about the series Kay Benbow says: “The partnership between CBeebies and Sesame Workshop is really special as we both share core values of producing fun, high quality, innovative programming for a younger audience that children love and parents trust.  And I can’t wait to welcome Big Bird to Salford!”

“We’re so excited that The Furchester Hotel will be welcoming new guests on CBeebies for seasons three and four,” says Maura Regan, SVP and GM International Media Business, Sesame Workshop.  “It’s a thrill to co-produce new entertaining and educational episodes of this furry and funny series that we know children around the world love.””

The Furchester Hotel is a co-production between CBeebies and Sesame Workshop. The Executive Producers are Tony Reed (CBeebies) and Carol-Lynn Parente (Sesame Workshop). The series will be produced by Rob Jenkinson (CBeebies) and Dionne Nosek (Sesame Workshop). Lead writer is Belinda Ward.

The Furchester Hotel will go into production in May for 14 weeks in the studio and will be transmitted on CBeebies later in the year.

Contact:

Beatrice Chow

Sesame Workshop

(212) 875-6586

beatrice.chow@sesame.org

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