Friskney man creating new BBC children’s show


A new children’s television series being made for the BBC has been created by a Friskney area man – who is also producing a feature film.

Luke Howard, who studied media at Boston College, is working on his show called Melody – a series of seven-minute long episodes featuring live action and animation.

“I’ve always wanted to produce and work on my own show so this is a dream come true,” he said. “I have worked with the BBC before as a director on other children’s TV shows and worked in development with them but this is the first show I’ve created myself and got made.”

Co-produced by LAAH Entertainment, Luke’s own production company, and Wish Films who made The Tweenies, Melody is a mixed-media show designed to introduce pre-school children to classical music through stories and animation.

The show is named after the central character – a partially-sighted girl with an incredible imagination. In each episode she discovers a piece of classical music and visualizes stories and characters conjured up by the mood of the music. As she hears the story and the music together, the audience joins her on a fantastic journey from real life into the amazing, animated images dancing in her mind.

Luke, who lived at Friskney, got into kids TV working at Elstree Studios as a production assistant.

“I was a runner for Wish Films 10 years ago near enough to the day. We now joke that it takes 10 years to get one of your own shows.”

“The show was alot of work with no guarantee of success and I owe a lot to my family who never stopped believing in me and helped support me over that period, in particular my mum, sister and my wife. One of my biggest inspirations for melody was my grandfather Leslie Dobie and his love of classical music - always whistling tunes throughout my youth which sparked my interest.”

Through LAAH Entertainment, Luke is working on several productions which he aims to pitch to broadcasters. These include a children’s action adventure ‘to rival Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ and a feature film which has already attracted a distribution and investment deal from Canada. He is now keen to attract investors to take the projects forward. He also makes corporote videos.

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