CBBC has commissioned Zodiak Kids’ production company The Foundation to produce a new comedy series starring TV sensation Dani Harmer, which sees the resourceful young actress take over her very own crumbling estate in Dani’s Castle.
Made by the same creative team behind the hugely successful Dani’s House, the 13 x 30 min series goes into production shortly and will be filmed over the summer in Northern Ireland. Written by a team of writers led by Paul Rose, Dani’s Castle will showcase Dani Harmer in the title role. Waterloo Road and Scott and Bailey star Shannon Flynn and singer/songwriter and Friday Download presenter Kieron Alleyne also star.
“Dani Harmer is one of the most exciting and successful young actresses on television and this new project will really showcase her unique comedy talents and her growth as a performer,” says executive producer Elaine Sperber. “Dani has a huge following on CBBC and this new series will be a major treat for her existing and new fans”.
Dani’s House series 4 was a big ratings success for CBBC, averaging a 16.5% share per episode of the 6-12 target demographic, making it the channel’s second highest rating regular series of 2011 in the Friday 1730 slot. And Series 5 has recently started a 13-week broadcast on the channel.
Picking up from where Dani’s House ended, Dani’s Castle sees Dani reassessing her life following the cancellation of fictional soap opera McHurtie’s Hospital. But her life is soon turned upside down when her mysterious Great Aunt Marjorie dies and bequeaths Dani her very own castle.
With dreams of becoming the lady of the manor, Dani arrives at her new home full of ideas and optimism. But she’s soon brought up short when she reaches Bogmoor Castle to find it’s been voted the No 1 worst tourist attraction in the country for ten years running. With crumbling towers, howling corridors and an overgrown jungle for a garden, Bogmoor Castle even has a resident pair of extremely difficult young ghosts. And what’s more, Dani isn’t the only heir. She soon encounters a troublesome cousin she didn’t even know she had!
With the castle threatening to become a burden around her neck, Dani has no choice but to restore it to a thriving family business. Can Dani get the better of the sceptical locals, the isolated conditions and the meddlesome ghosts to restore the castle’s fortunes and find herself some sort of life into the bargain? And could she have found her romantic soulmate in the gorgeous but ghostly form of Gabriel? Dani’s convinced he would make perfect boyfriend material – if only he hadn’t died 250 years ago!
Dani’s Castle is produced by Paul McKenzie, the lead writer is Paul Rose and the lead director is Dez McCarthy. The Executive Producers are Elaine Sperber for The Foundation and Melissa Hardinge for CBBC.
Dani’s Castle will transmit on CBBC later in the year. The series is produced by The Foundation, a Zodiak Media company, for CBBC.