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Bo And The Spirit World

19/09/2008. Contributed by Jessica Martin

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The BBC are to make a new fantasy drama series, Bo And The Spirit World, which will be set in a mythical fantasy realm and will draw inspiration from ancient Chinese myths and legends. Nothing at all like the Damon Albarn-created Monkey animations the BBC ran for the Olympics, then. No, nothing like that at all.

Anne Gilchrist, a BBC Controller, told, "Inspired by Yimou Zhang's House Of Flying Daggers and Ang Lee's Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon we wanted to bring our CBBC audience the visual spectacle and exciting adventure of an ambitious drama set in Ancient China. Viewers will be drawn into a fantastical world."

The series, which has been created by writer Jo Ho, will introduce viewers to the character of Bo, a young British Chinese girl, who accompanied by her brother Timothy, gets transported to a magical spirit world.

Armed with super heroic powers the pair must go on a quest with their friends to save not only their own Grandma but the entire universe from their arch enemy Li and his shadow ninjas. Bo And The Spirit World will use digital technology to create the series.

Bo And The Spirit World is to be executive produced and directed by Jon East, who said, "Bo And the Spirit World is another first ... a totally new kind of drama that poses some exciting technological and editorial challenges by virtue of its fantasy setting. We're hoping to deliver a series that, besides thrills and laughs, also possesses real heart and a fresh and contemporary feel, drawing from the rich heritage of Chinese culture."

Filming for the series will begin in April 2009.

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