The Rastamouse Company has today announced that British actor, and radio and TV presenter, Reggie Yates, will be the voice behind skateboarding, guitar playing, Rastamouse, in the new CBeebies series of the same name.
Press Release from The Rastamouse Company
The Rastamouse Company has today announced that British actor, and radio and TV presenter, Reggie Yates, will be the voice behind skateboarding, guitar playing, Rastamouse, in the new CBeebies series of the same name. Yates will be joined by Sharon Duncan-Brewster as the voice of Scratchy, William Vanderpuye as Zoomer, and Cornell John will voice President Wensley Dale. The series is scheduled to TX in early 2011.
Reggie first appeared on our screens in CITV’S Disney Club, under the pseudonym of Robbie. He went on to appear as a guest presenter on CITV’s weekend programme Diggit. From 2002 to 2004 he presented CBBC’s Sunday morning programme, Smile before securing a coveted presenter role on Top of the Pops with former Smile co-host Fearne Cotton.
Reggie currently presents BBC Radio 1’s Chart Show and The Request Show. He also co-hosted the MOBO Awards 2009 with Keri Hilson and appeared in one of Dizzee Rascal's music videos, Flex. Yates has been nominated for a Children's BAFTA for Best Presenter and is also an accomplished actor, starring in Grange Hill, Doctor Who and, most recently, the ITV2 series Trinity.
In addition to Reggie, the main cast includes Sharon Duncan-Brewster, Cornell John and William Vanderpuye. They bring strong acting experience and between them boast some impressive children-focused credits including the feature films Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were Rabbit and The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian in which John’s had a leading role, as well as appearances in television programmes such as Budgie the Little Helicopter, Doctor Who and Grange Hill.
Greg Boardman, Producer, Three Stones Media, added: “Securing the right voice talent was extremely important to Rastamouse and will bring new and exciting elements to the characters. We’re understandably thrilled to have such a wealth of talent on board who have not only got some great experience in kids’ TV but, especially with Reggie’s work on BBC Radio and Top of the Pops, a love of music - a perfect combination for Rastamouse.”
Reggie Yates said: “When I was a kid there were never any cartoons that felt relevant, so to be a part of Rastamouse is an amazing opportunity for me to be involved in a show that my nieces and nephews will watch and think is really cool!”
Based on the books by Michael De Souza and Genevieve Webster, Rastamouse is a show with positivity and fun at its core. The main character, Rastamouse, together with Scratchy and Zoomer, make up the Easy Crew; a crime-fighting, mystery-solving, special agent, reggae band. Redemption not retribution is their motto, as the group set about helping the baddy rebuild their life ‘making a bad ting good’.
The production of Rastamouse is supported by the Wales Creative IP fund.
About The Rastamouse Company:The Rastamouse Company is the rights holder for Rastamouse designed to maximise the potential of the IP. The company is owned by the talents who have brought the project from a self published book into a happening TV production.
The Rastamouse Company will look after all aspects of the TV production and the potential of Rastamouse beyond the small screen.
About Three Stones Media:The Three Stones Media philosophy is simple; to combine the best emerging talents with established creatives to produce great storytelling and the highest quality products. Formed in 2007, independent production company Three Stones Media is a collaboration between producers Eugenio Perez and Greg Boardman, entrepreneur Nick Dhandsa and accountant Kirit Doshi.
As freelance producers, Perez and Boardman had proven their talents making quality broadcast productions for companies including Carnival Films, World’s End Television, Ecosse Films and Feelgood Fiction. Under the Three Stones banner and with the business support of Nick Dhandsa and Kirit Doshi, they bring their production experiences to a number of unique media properties, with a focus on big ideas that have the ability to transcend their origination platform.