Sky Kids orders a second series of The Brilliant World of Tom Gates

Sky has announced that it has commissioned a second series of the hugely popular kids show The Brilliant World of Tom Gates (20 x 11’) from TG Entertainment Limited. The series is currently in production and will be available on Sky’s on-demand service Sky Kids and streaming service NOW in the UK & ROI in early 2022. In response to the popularity of the music segments in the first series, Sky has also commissioned additional songs from the original Tom Gates songwriting team of Mark Flannery, Martin Cooper and Liz Pichon to create a new short-form music series as stand-alone programming which will run later this year. A 22’ seasonal special is also in production.

In addition to the commission, global children’s media and distribution company WildBrain has secured a number of international sales for the first series, which will see Tom’s entertaining exploits airing this summer and autumn on ABC (Australia), Knowledge Network and TVOKids (Canada), JUJKO and Tuki Channel (Slovakia), E-Vision and ejunior (MENA and Pakistan), MBC Group’s streaming platform Shahid (MENA), and PCCW – Now TV (Hong Kong). 

A Sky Original kids series featuring a modular mixed-media magazine format, The Brilliant World of Tom Gates is based on the award-winning, multi-million-copy-bestselling Tom Gates books written and illustrated by Liz Pichon and published by Scholastic.  Liz is also co-writer and presents the Draw It sections of the series.

A combination of 2D and stop-motion animation with live action, the series blends Tom’s humour and school life with crafting ideas and makes which kids love to recreate, along with interactive games, gags and catchy songs.  Tom and his friends pop up and interact throughout each episode, while Liz Pichon shares her own special advice on how to draw the characters and provides a wealth of other tips!


Image of Tom Gates and his mum Rita Gates voiced by Catherine Tate. courtesy of TG Entertainment.

Series 2 will see Tom embark on more hilarious adventures at home and at school, with his friends and family. Favourite characters such as best friend Derek with his dog Rooster and Tom’s grumpy sister Delia, the ‘fossils’ (aka Tom’s grandparents) and school mate Marcus Meldrew reappear in new and original stories, making this series an even more compelling proposition for fans. Tom’s doodling gets him into tricky situations with headteacher Mr Keen and beady-eyed Mr Fullerman. Mum’s cinema RULES prove a challenge for Tom and Leroy when it comes to not eating snacks loudly.  And what could possibly go wrong for Tom while looking after Mark Clump's hamster, Marble? (Spoiler alert - everything.) We also meet some new characters including Mrs Nap, the fabulously eccentric music teacher; Linda the singing Llama from FarmerLlama Land; and even The Wrinklies, Tom’s Mum’s parents, make a special Christmas appearance.

2021 is the 10th anniversary of Tom Gates, Liz Pichon’s award-winning book series that has sold more than 11 million copies worldwide and has been translated into 45 languages. The heavily illustrated novels, in handwritten font with Tom’s doodles and pictures embellishing the text, document in hilarious detail his everyday trials and tribulations at home and school which all kids can relate to. The new book, Tom Gates: Random Acts of Fun is out in October 2021.

Lucy Murphy, Director of Kids Content at Sky UK & Ireland, said: Tom Gates has been a real crowd-pleaser and has proven appeal to a broad age group of our viewers.  We’re really pleased to be teaming up again with Liz Pichon and TG Entertainment to bring more of Tom’s adventures to life and inspire our young audiences to get creative.” 

Screen Scotland’s Jennifer Armitage said: “This is fantastic news for Scotland-based production company TG Entertainment and this recommission will support further significant growth opportunities for Scotland’s animation sector. The Brilliant World of Tom Gates has brought to life on screen a widely beloved character in Tom Gates and inspired children through art and craft projects from creator Liz Pichon, which has proven vital over the last year. It is exciting to see that the first series will also be reaching international audiences too through this new deal.”

The Brilliant World of Tom Gates is produced by TG Entertainment Ltd – a company jointly owned by Black Camel Pictures and Wild Child Animation – with additional investment from The National Lottery and Scottish Government through Screen Scotland, and WildBrain. The Executive Producers are Ken Anderson from Wild Child Animation, Arabella Page Croft from Black Camel, author illustrator Liz Pichon, and Ian France, Commissioning Editor at Sky. Series Director is George Sawyer, Series Producer is Sueann Rochester and Head Writer on the show is Ben Ward and animation production services are provided by Wild Child Animation.      

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About TG Entertainment Limited 

TG Entertainment Ltd was set up to produce and manage the audio-visual rights, licensing and merchandising rights based on the best-selling book series The Brilliant World of Tom Gates by Liz Pichon. The company possesses a wealth of knowledge, talent and experience in kids and family entertainment across: TV, film and animation from its award-winning founders and owners, Arabella Page Croft from Black Camel Pictures (Sunshine on Leith and Falling For Figaro) and Ken Anderson from Wild Child Animation (64 Zoo Lane and Dennis and Gnasher).

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At WildBrain we inspire imaginations to run wild, engaging kids and families everywhere with great content across all media. With approximately 13,000 half-hours of filmed entertainment in our library – one of the world’s most extensive – we are home to such brands as Peanuts, Teletubbies, Strawberry Shortcake, Caillou, Inspector Gadget, Johnny Test and Degrassi. At our 75,000-square-foot state-of-the-art animation studio in Vancouver, BC, we produce such fan-favourite series as The Snoopy Show, Snoopy in Space, Chip & Potato, Carmen Sandiego, Go, Dog. Go! and more. Our shows are enjoyed worldwide in more than 150 countries on over 500 streaming platforms and telecasters, and our AVOD business – WildBrain Spark – offers one of the largest networks of kids’ channels on YouTube, garnering billions of views per month from over 150 million subscribers. We also license consumer products and location-based entertainment in every major territory for our own properties as well as for our clients and content partners. Our television group owns and operates four family entertainment channels that are among the most viewed in Canada. WildBrain is headquartered in Canada with offices worldwide and trades on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX: WILD).

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