The BBC’s revamped CBBC launches its new programming season on 3 September 2007 with a slew of fantasy and drama shows including Adventure Rock, a new online game and play environment for children which allows children to inhabit a virtual online world; The Revenge Files Of Alistair Fury, a new show of ‘revenge fantasies’ adapted from the best selling Jamie Rix books; Summerhill – a school where you don’t have to go to lessons, you make all the rules yourself and climbing trees and building boats are definitely part of the curriculum – and Escape From Scorpion Island, a real life adventure game, set on an exotic island off the coast of Brazil. Also in the mix is The Secret Show, about secret people doing secret things.
Of interest to downtheubes readers will of course be the ten-part series of The Sarah Jane Adventures, centring on investigative journalist and former companion of the time travelling Doctor of Doctor Who, Sarah Jane Smith. Having travelled the universe with The Doctor, Sarah Jane is used to dealing with alien encounters. But when her young companions Maria, Luke and Clyde become embroiled in a mysterious world of chases, danger, and monsters from outer space, they soon discover that life on earth can be an adventure too.
Another show of interest may be Young Dracula, a new take on one of the most popular literary figures, with a single dad Count Dracula moving to modern-day Britain from Transylvania with his two children, Vlad and Ingrid. To his father’s horror, Vlad – the show’s eponymous hero – wants not to bite, but rather to fit in with his new-found British friends, but it’s not easy when you are one of the undead.
Returning shows include M.I. High II with the jumior spy team again juggling the protection of Britain with handing their homework in on time Prank Patrol, the brilliant Shaun The Sheep, entertainment show TMi and Evacuation (a reality show in which six boys and six girls from cities around the UK are taken on an adventure back to wartime Britain – to live life as members of the household of a manor house), plus Blue Peter and Newsround.
The founder of downthetubes, which he established in 1998. John works as a comics and magazine editor, writer, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. He is currently editor of Star Trek Explorer, published by Titan – his third tour of duty on the title originally titled Star Trek Magazine.
Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Babylon 5 Magazine, and more. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War” and “Dan Dare”.
He’s the writer of “Pilgrim: Secrets and Lies” for B7 Comics; “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood.