Galaxy Dance | BBC Three commissions first original animation in 20 years

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BBC Three have commissioned Galaxy Dance, its first original animation in over 20 years. Here are the details:

In 2003, BBC Three, then a new channel, commissioned Monkey Dust, one of the darkest animated series ever seen on British television.

Written by Shaun Pye and Harry Thompson, it was a sketch show that handled many taboo topics and featured a cast which included Simon Greenall, Sharon Horgan, Morwenna Banks, Rebecca Front, Frances Barber and Kate Robbins. The show ran for three series between 2003 and 2005 and has become a cult classic.

Now, BBC Three have commissioned its first original animation in over 20 years.

The synopsis for the new show, Galaxy Dance, reads as follows:

Galaxy Dance is set amid Eurovision 2989, with the interstellar dance competition seeing a myriad of alien groups and Earth’s human band competing for a prize fund so gigantic it could save the planet from extinction. The only issue is that Earth is on a notorious losing streak and ‘Galaxy Dance’ is the fiercest contest in the Milky Way. Enter Doyle, Jane and their team of misfits with nothing more to lose.

The show stars Liam Bixby, Lisa Dwyer Hogg and Mukamajulé Michelo.

Ultan Courtney created and wrote the show, which is is being produced by HaZimation and was made in Northern Ireland with support from Northern Ireland Screen. It uses technology developed by Unreal Engine.

Although it is a one off episode, according to Deadline BBC Three are open to making more.

BBC Controller of Youth Audiences Fiona Campbell said: “All credit to director and originator Ultan Courtney who has taken his creation through an IBC and Epic Games accelerator programme to prove his concept and appeal as a commission for BBC Three and BBC iPlayer”.

There is no broadcast date for Galaxy Dance, but we’ll keep you updated as we hear more.

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