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Made in Manchester has been commissioned to make a 26 part series for CBeebies Radio which brings the phonic alphabet to life for young children.

Sounds Like This is the brainchild of writer and author Robert Rigby whose other children’s writing credits include Thomas The Tank Engine and Byker Grove.

Each episode is around 5 minutes long and sees Robert and co-presenter Amy Enticknap examine the phonic sounds of each letter of the alphabet in story and song.

MIM Creative Director Ashley Byrne says: ‘We’re delighted to get this commission and to be able to work with the very talented Robert Rigby. He’s a great storyteller and has not only written the episodes and composed the music and songs but performs them as well. It’s a series which will really help young children get to grips with the sounds of the alphabet.’

The series was ordered by Johnny Leagas, Executive Producer, CBeebies Radio based at Media City.

Robert Rigby says: ‘I hugely enjoyed creating and performing Sounds Like This. I hope the listeners to CBeebies Radio have as much fun listening to the songs and stories as Amy and I did when recording them.’

Sounds Like This will begin its run on CBeebies Radio this Monday, June 8th.

Sounds Like This is the latest in a series of commissions for Made in Manchester this year for the BBC. Only two weeks ago, MIM produced England’s Soccer Sisters – a special hour long documentary for Radio 1 about England’s World Cup team.

The first episode of Sounds Like This will be live on this page from Monday http://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/radio/sounds-like-this-abracadabra

And the CBeebies Radio website is at http://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/radio

You can learn about the work of Robert Rigby at his website. www.robertrigby.co.uk



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