New BBC shows for children with Oti's Boogie Beebies and Celebrity Supply Teacher to both begin in June

by Lauren Abbott

A raft of celebrities have been drafted in for two new children's programmes starting in June.

Children's channels Cbeebies and CBBC have both confirmed new shows to help entertain youngsters who still remain mostly at home as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.

Oti Mabuse will be sashaying onto the CBeebies Channel next week as she presents Oti’s Boogie Beebies
Oti Mabuse will be sashaying onto the CBeebies Channel next week as she presents Oti’s Boogie Beebies

From Monday (June 1) Strictly Come Dancing professional Oti Mabuse will begin pre-school dance classes on Cbeebies when she presents Oti's Boogie Beebies.

Filmed from her living room during lockdown, grown-ups and pre-schoolers will be able to get their day off to an energetic start with the dancer teaching a short daily dance routine which will be combined with an exciting adventure.

The five minute episodes will start at 8.30am on the Cbeebies channel and will also be available on the BBC iPlayer.

Oti said: “Boogie Beebies is the perfect start to any pre-schoolers day with fun, energetic and simple routines suitable for all abilities. I can’t wait for children and grown-ups to take part in the dances and join me on CBeebies for a morning boogie”.

The following week will see the start of Celebrity Supply Teacher on CBBC - in which a host of famous faces will deliver lessons to children in lockdown from the comfort of their own homes.

European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut Tim Peake
European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut Tim Peake

The show will feature stars including footballer Marcus Rashford, astronaut Tim Peake, actor Matthew Morrison, chef Heston Blumenthal and singer Kelis, who will deliver lessons in lockdown with their own unique take on school subjects.

Beginning on Monday, June 8 the episodes are likely to entertain both children and their parents who have been battling through weeks of home schooling since schools closed to all but the children of keyworkers on Friday, March 20.

Loosely based around the primary curriculum, the series covers topics ranging from science to English, maths to history and cookery and dance.

Kaiser Chiefs frontman Ricky Wilson
Kaiser Chiefs frontman Ricky Wilson

In one episode astronaut Tim Peake conducts a lesson about space including a demonstration from his garden on the science behind space rockets using household materials to build his own rocket and launcher.

In another Manchester United and England star, Marcus Rashford talks viewers through preparing the human body for sport with stretches and warm up drills whilst lead singer of the Kaiser Chiefs and former art teacher Ricky Wilson will show viewers how to improve their painting and drawing with colours.

There will be 20 episodes in total screened on weekdays until the beginning of July, with episodes also available on the BBC iPlayer.

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