CBBC has announced Dixi, its groundbreaking interactive drama about staying safe online is to return for a third series. Dixi:3 – Game of Dixi launches on 9 February 2016 to coincide with Safer Internet Day.
New vlogs and episodes will be uploaded to the CBBC website every day until 5 March 2016 and series 1 is scheduled to hit TV screens in the new year.
In keeping with Dixi’s central message of staying safe online, series three explores the havoc wreaked by internet trolls, not only looking at practical issues of online safety, but delving into the emotional fall-out that comes from cyber-hate.
The series welcomes new cast members Chloe May Cuthill (Channel 4’s Dates) and Shaquille Ali-Yebuah (BBC Radio 4’s What Does The K Stand For?) as well as new writers Nida Manzoor and Mika Watkins.
Returning cast members include Claudia Jessie (Call The Midwife, star of WPC 56 and fresh from filming Their Finest Hour And A Half alongside Gemma Arterton), April Hughes, Kerry Boyne and Jordan Loughran (hot from the set of Disney’s live action series Evermoor).
Cat Jones and Matt Booth return to provide an original soundtrack, this time also featuring two new songs by Mick Cooke from the Brit award-winning band Belle & Sebastian.
There will be more episodes, pop promos and interactive content than ever before. It has been announced that the first two series will be hitting TV screens in 2016, each reversioned as 10×11 episodes for the CBBC channel.
The show’s inventiveness and fun is set to be pushed even further this series, as the story plays out from multiple points of view, and even features animated episodes – populated by characters’ gaming avatars in a fictional fantasy landscape.
This series’ plot sees the arrival of a new online menace as the gang are thrown together with a rival set of students to put on a showcase. The anonymous troll is determined to stop the show but Shari tries to expose them and save the play before the curtain goes up.
Mario Dubois, Executive Producer for CBBC, says: “We are really excited about Dixi:3 following on from the success of the first two series, which both received excellent social engagement online. This series is different because it isn’t just a mystery story full of twists and turns, it’s also an interactive experience where kids can chat to characters and join in on solving the case.”
Melanie Stokes, Executive for Kindle Entertainment, says: “Dixi aims to really engage with the experiences today’s children have in their ‘online lives’… what is unique about the show is that it sets its stories in the cyber spaces where kids hang out, like social networks and online games.”
Director/head writer Dan Berlinka and producer/writer Nina Metivier both return for series three. “In Dixi:3 we’re pushing the story and characters further than ever, as our gang come up against not just the troll but also an angry online hate mob,” says Dan. “We explore how even good intentions can lead to a form of bullying when people gang up on one another.”
Dixi:3 – Game Of Dixi is made by Kindle Entertainment, three times winner of the Children’s BAFTA for Best Independent Production Company, for CBBC Online. Executive Producers are Melanie Stokes for Kindle Entertainment and Sue Nott and Mario DuBois for CBBC, with the Dixi website designed and built by Syndicut.