While debate rages about the future of children’s television, some good news emerges.
Nine has announced science show BrainBuzz, the first kids program in seven years to be produced by Channel Nine Queensland.
Described as “science by stealth”, the show is produced in-house by Nine Entertainment Co. at Nine’s Mt Coot-tha studios.
Host Kellyn Morris (Toasted TV, Puzzle Play) and resident scientist Clare Van Dorssen will be joined by children from around Australia to explore, dissect and solve many of the world’s frequently asked questions.
“I couldn’t be more excited to be a part of BrainBuzz. It has been so satisfying to contribute ideas and collaborate with our talented team and build this amazing new project from the ground up. Plus, I am learning a whole bunch of science along the way – I’m going to be so much more of an asset at trivia nights,” Morris said.
Clare Van Dorssen recently graduated from the Shell Questacon Science Circus, and has travelled around Australia presenting school science shows and leading teacher development workshops.
“The great thing about BrainBuzz is that not only will I be able to demonstrate some pretty cool, hands-on experiments and concepts, we’ll also be doing some very funny things in each episode that I never expected would be part of my career when I finished my biomedical science degree at the University of Queensland,” Van Dorssen said.
Queensland Production and Programming Manager, Geoff Cooper, said: “It’s great to have some life back in the studios at Nine Queensland, which have been a bit dormant for a few years.
“We’ve created BrainBuzz to be a more active experience, where kids will see their peers participating in the exploration of interesting topics. We will also ensure there is a healthy dose of fun, silliness and comedy in every episode. We can’t wait to see it on air in 2018.”
BrainBuzz will launch nationally in 2018 on 9Go!