Filming of the second series of children's programme Sesame Tree is underway in Northern Ireland, and a new cast member has just been announced by Sesame Workshop and the local production company Sixteen South.
Joining the main two stars from the first series - Potto and Hilda (pictured below) - with their unbashfully broad accents is a young squirrel muppet called Archie (short for Archimedes). He'll be the one with the bushy tail, glasses and the catchphrase of "Sweetily deet".
"He is truly delighted to be friends with Potto and Hilda and loves the fact that every day in the Sesame Tree is filled with laughter, singing, learning and lots of silliness."
Quite likely that local puppeteer Mike Smith shares this view with his character Archie!
In the second series of Sesame Tree, we'll see Archie out and about with Hilda, as his friends "encourage him to be less afraid if he’s frightened of something – or help him to prepare for a new challenge".
It'll be "beezer" to see Sesame Tree back on Cbeebies at the end of 2010.
Sesame Tree promotes messages of respect and understanding through engaging educational content that encourages children to explore and appreciate the world around them.
(Image copyright Sesame Workshop and used with permission.)