Belfast Telegraph

Stars in Sesame Tree TV show

Sporting stars from Belfast Harlequins mini rugby, Bredagh GAC and Glentoran Soccer Academy are set to make their television debut in the second series of Sesame Tree, Northern Ireland’s version of Sesame Street, when the new series airs on CBeebies later this year.

Sesame Tree aims to encourage children to explore and appreciate the world around them, promoting respect and understanding through educational messages. The second series will air across the UK from late 2010.

Each episode of Sesame Tree will feature Muppets, Potto, Hilda and Archie on an adventure filled with laughter and learning.

The trio will answer questions on many topics posed by children and introduce local mini documentaries that will showcase the diversity of Northern Ireland.

The young sports fans make their appearance in a mini documentary about ball games as part of an episode called Run Potto Run. The documentary will also form part of the educational outreach materials being developed to support the television series.

Belfast-based project manager for Sesame Tree, Fiona MacMillan said: “While the second series of Sesame Tree will be broadcast across the UK, it remains very rooted in every day life in Northern Ireland. Not only will the mini-documentaries provide a unique perspective on an aspect of life in Northern Ireland, they also explore themes which are common to all children such as respecting differences, sharing, trying new things and learning about new people.

“As well as showcasing contemporary life in Northern Ireland and helping the show to explore common themes with our young viewers, these mini-documentaries will also form a key element in our educational outreach material.”

Co-produced by Sixteen South Television and Sesame Workshop, the not-for-profit organisation behind Sesame Street, Sesame Tree’s return to TV screens follows the success of its initial series which was broadcast on BBC Northern Ireland and subsequently on CBeebies.

The Sesame Tree project is funded by the International Fund for Ireland and Northern Ireland Screen.

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