Local Presenter & Producer for hit Magic Hands series on CBeebies

Aimee Campbell Nottage, who spent 5 years at The Mary Hare School in Newbury, is one of the presenters of Magic Hands, the hit animated CBeebies poetry show which is produced by local resident, Judith Bunting.

The new series brings to life poetry classics like the Owl and the Pussy Cat and The Lady of Shalott, acted out by a new, cute cast of cartoon characters, who dress up and play alongside presenters Ashley, Aimee, Donna and Simon.

“The mix of sign language, music and fantastic animation creates a world young viewers really seem to love,” explains Judith, “whether they are hearing or deaf. The new animal characters are cute and funny as well, dressing up as figures from the poems.”

The first series of Magic Hands was a surprise hit, enjoying average viewing figures of 250,000 per programme with a 35.6% share of the 0-6 year old market – both for television and iplayer. This surpasses other Cbeebies favourites, including, Something Special, Rhyme Rocket and Baby Jake.

The Magic Hands presenting team are all profoundly deaf, so on-screen presentation is in their first language, British Sign Language. Voice-over of the poetry accompanies and is always in the original language of the verse, whether it’s The Spider and the Fly, The Pied Piper of Hamelin, or Romeo and Juliet. This series is inspired by the idea that young children can enjoy the rhythm and meaning of older English, even if they don’t quite understand all the words.

Magic Hands is great for all children, hearing and deaf. The presenters are good role models for children who are deaf and many hearing children will never have met any deaf people and are will not aware of BSL, so they will learn something new.

Click here to catch up with the episodes on iPlayer.

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