It was announced on 6 January 2010 that Sesame Tree, Northern Ireland's very own version of Sesame Street, is to return to TV screens across the United Kingdom this year with a second series.
Sesame Tree was broadcast on BBC Northern Ireland in March 2009 and was then picked up by CBeebies, becoming a firm favourite of youg children and their families across the UK.
It is co-produced by SixteenSouth Television and Sesame Workshop, the producers behind Sesame Street. SixteenSouth is an innovative television production company based in Belfast and it was formed by Colin Williams in 2007. Its first production was the first series of Sesame Street and the company has just completed a new series for CBeebies called Big City Park, which was filmed in Ormeau Park, Belfast.
I visited the set yesterday for the final session of filming and also there were Shari Rosenfeld, vice-president of International Sesame Tree Workshop, Rick Hill of NI Screen, which has supported the project, and Mark Adair from the BBC. The programmes were filmed in the BBC Blackstaff Studio.