Media release: Belle Media secures backing for children’s books project


GLASGOW-based Belle Media has been awarded funds to produce a ten-part radio series of their Captain Bobo children’s books.

The series will be broadcast this autumn on national children’s radio station, Fun Kids, and a number of independent radio stations around the country. In what is believed to be a first for such programming, the series will be recorded in both English and Gaelic.

The production is being supported by the Audio Content Fund.

The Gaelic version will be narrated by Uist-born Gillebride Macmillan, Gaelic & Celtic Studies Lecturer at The University of Glasgow and a well-known musician.

He appeared in Outlander as the Gwyllyn the Bard. Gillebride will also translate the Captain Bobo books.

The English language-version will be narrated by Largs-born actor, John Sessions, and both will be recorded later this month.

The Adventures of Captain Bobo series have been written by R. D. Dikstra and Kay Hutchison, with Illustrations by Matt Rowe. They are inspired by the iconic PS Waverley, recognised as the world’s last seagoing passenger-carrying paddle steamer, and tales told by Kay’s father, Captain Robin ‘Hurricane Hutch’ Hutchison, who was one of the youngest captains to serve on Scotland’s Firth of Clyde, where he worked for over 40 years.

The Audio Content Fund is financed by the UK Government to support the creation of original, public-service content across UK commercial and community radio. Other productions supported by the Fund include programmes for Virgin Radio, talkSPORT, Magic, and JazzFM.

Kay Hutchison, founder of Belle Media, says: “This is an exciting time for us. We are really looking forward to being able to share Captain Bobo’s stories with a wider audience. We are particularly pleased to be producing a Gaelic version as many of the crew my father sailed with were from the Western Isles. I know he would be delighted we are able to honour them in this way.”

Gillebride Macmillan, adds: “The moment I heard about the series I wanted to be involved. The stories are funny and they also celebrate our proud sea-going heritage. It’s great that the programmes will be broadcast during Scotland’s Year of Coasts and Waters.”

The series will run for ten weeks from September 24th.

Notes for editors:

Greenock-born Kay Hutchison founded Belle Media in 2009 to develop and publish creative content and IP.  The publisher has a portfolio of successful titles including Tigeropolis, The Adventures of Captain Bobo and Hurricane Hutch’s Top 10 Ships of the Clyde.

Kay has a background in TV and radio, including BBC, Channel 4, Disney and Channel 5 and has also worked with Creative Skillset and Innovate UK.

Radio stations broadcasting the series include Fun Kids, Cuillin FM, Two Lochs Radio, Lochbroom FM, Purbeck Coast FM (Swanage, Dorset) and Isles FM 103.

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