The ABC has ordered a second season of Ludo Studio’s animated children’s series Bluey, with the first instalment the most watched show of all time on ABC iview, having racked up a staggering 75 million total program plays.
The second season, co-commissioned with BBC Studios, will consist of 52 x 7-minute episodes, with production commencing later this month.
Created by Joe Brumm, Bluey follows the adventures of a six-year-old blue heeler pup and her family. The second series will see Bluey play fun and elaborate new games with her sister Bingo; Chilli’s relationship with her girls will be further explored as she juggles work and family life; Bandit returns with his wry sense of humour; and we’ll meet more of Bluey and Bingo’s family and friends.
Brumm is the series’ showrunner, working with executive producers Charlie Aspinwall and Daley Pearson, producer Sam Moor and supervising director Richard Jeffery. The series will be executive produced by Libbie Doherty, acting ABC head of children’s television, and Henrietta Hurford-Jones, director of children’s content for BBC Studios. Screen Australia and Screen Queensland have provided investment.
“The first series was a massive effort from our talented and dedicated young team. We’ve all been amazed and overwhelmed by how Australians have taken Bluey into their hearts and we’re totally stoked to be making another 52 brand new episodes,” said Aspinwall.
Doherty said: “The phenomenal success of Bluey is a testament to the incredible creative vision of the Ludo team and we can’t wait to share the new adventures in series two with Australian kids and their families.
“Australians – young and old, with kids and without kids have embraced Bluey, Bingo, Chilli and Bandit, and ABC KIDS is thrilled to be able to offer them more of this warm and funny series next year.”
Hurtford-Jones added: “Bluey is a series with huge heart, warmth and humour that offers a modern and authentic look at family life – and it has taken Australia by storm. The response from global clients has also been phenomenal and we think it will be embraced by audiences worldwide. We can’t wait to introduce the world to this Blue Heeler family who will clearly resonate everywhere.”
The second season is expected to air on the ABC in 2020.