Our friends over at Cbeebies have shown us a little sneak preview of their newest show, Peter Rabbit.
This timeless classic has been brought bang up to date utilizing the latest computer wizardry whilst still managing to hold onto the unmistakable feel of a Beatrix Potter story. Set in Potter’s beloved English Lake District, Peter’s world is the real natural world — majestic and beautiful – where behind every tree and rock there is a surprise to discover and where dangers (be it a sneaky fox or a bad-tempered badger) lurk around every corner.
The first series has 10 episodes all of which follow Peter and his friends on incredible adventures. Peter is a charismatic and clever rabbit who desperately wishes to grow up to be just like his late father. He has big paws to fill. Armed with his dad’s journal (a guide to everything you need to be a good rabbit) and with the support of his two best friends, Benjamin and Lily, Peter is off to make his own mark in the world.
I showed the 4 year old some of the stills and a sneak preview from the show and her response? Well it was, ‘Well cool’. A high accolade indeed and beats the normal, ‘meh’ that I normally get when I ask her advice on something.
Peter Rabbit airs on Monday 3rd June. We’re sure that you’ll love it.
Twenty fun facts about Beatrix Potter and Peter Rabbit.
1. Beatrix Potter privately printed the first edition of The Tale Of Peter Rabbit
2. Beatrix Potter oversaw the creation of the first Peter Rabbit doll and bought the patent in 1903
3. Later in life Beatrix Potter became an award-winning sheep farmer
4. Four Beatrix Potter books are sold every single minute
5. You can visit Beatrix Potter’s house in the Lake District which is managed by the National Trust
6. Peter Rabbit’s favourite food is radishes, not carrots like other bunnies
7. Beatrix Potter kept a journal written in a secret code which was only cracked in 1958
8. Peter Rabbit was based on a real rabbit kept by Beatrix Potter. She wrote that he was very good at tricks and that his temper was unfailingly sweet
9. When Beatrix first wrote The Tale Of Peter Rabbit, she sent the manuscript to six publishers, and received six rejections
10. In 1941, a whole print-run of The Tale Of Peter Rabbit was lost in the bombing of London
11. Beatrix was a keen letter-writer and would send picture letters to her young fans using miniature mail bags and a tiny tin post box
12. In 1921, The Tale Of Peter Rabbit was first printed in Braille
13. In 2002 a new edition of The Tale Of Peter Rabbit was published with six extra illustrations which had been left out of previous editions
14. Peter Rabbit, registered by Beatrix at the Patent Office in December 1903, is the oldest licensed character in the world
15. Over 45 million copies of The Tale Of Peter Rabbit have been sold worldwide in more than 35 languages
16. The Tale Of Peter Rabbit has never been out of print since it was first published
17. Peter Rabbit has appeared in books and on products in more than 110 countries throughout the world
18. Renee Zellweger and Ewan McGregor starred in a film about the life of Beatrix Potter, Miss Potter in 2007
19. Beatrix Potter originally wrote the story of Peter Rabbit in a letter to her ex-governess’s son, Noel, to cheer him up when he was ill
20. Some of Beatrix Potter’s most enthusiastic fans were American and so she included American chipmunks and a bear in The Tale Of Timmy Tiptoes