Books series has sold over 15 million copies worldwide.

CBeebies welcomes popular kids’ title Q Pootle 5

CBeebies is welcoming a new addition to its roster with Q Pootle 5.

Produced by Snapper Productions and Blue Zoo, the series is scheduled to broadcast on the channel this summer.

It has also been taken up by ABC Australia for broadcast later this year.

Created by author Nick Butterworth, Q Pootle 5 follows the adventures of extra-terrestrials Pootle and Oopsy along with their friends Eddi, Stella and Groobie.

Butterworth’s books have sold over 15 million copies around the world in more than 30 languages.

They have also won several awards, including The Nestle Gold Award for title The Whisperer.

Headed by Rocket Licensing, the licensing and marketing campaign for the title will focus on a range of categories including toys, games, DVDs, apps and ebooks, apparel and science kits.

The first licence announcements will be made towards the end of 2013 and first retail launches are expected in spring and autumn 2014.

Charlie Donaldson, joint managing director at Rocket Licensing, said: "The wit and charm of the series combined with the popularity of the books is set to make Nick Butterworth’s fantastic creation an enduring success.

"We believe that Q Pootle 5 has all the qualities necessary to build a major pre-school franchise and we’re delighted to be working with this wonderful property.”

Ben Butterworth, series producer for Snapper Productions, added: "Nick, Annette and I have loved the process of bringing Q Pootle 5 to screen.

"From the very beginning we wanted to create something that reflected the ethos of the books. A show that is full of fun, of the highest quality and most importantly, something that children and grown-ups will love.

"We’re delighted that the strong response to the books is more than being matched by TV sales and, under Rocket’s able management, we’re sure that Q Pootle 5 will inspire a very successful licensing campaign.”

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