Sunday, 23 December 2012

Alex Norton and Colin McCredie sign up for 'Woolly and Tig'

Taggart star Alex Norton signs up for BBC kids' show Woolly & Tig
The Scots actor will be seen on the CBeebies show in spring next year with Norton starring in three episodes of the series that's been nominated for a Broadcast Award.

Alex Norton with Tig and her mum
Alex Norton with Tig and her mum
They're best known for solving ‘murdur’ in the streets of Glasgow, but Taggart stars Colin McCredie and Alex Norton are joining forces once again- this time they are swapping criminals for furry creatures.
Hollywood actor Norton has joined the cast of popular kids’ series Woolly & Tig, playing the grandfather of the show’s four year old star - Betsy McCredie, daughter of his former Taggart co-star, who also stars as ‘dad’.
Pirates of the Caribbean star Norton is the latest Scottish star to sign up for a cameo after Still Game actors Mark Cox and Sanjeev Kohli appeared in the first run, made by Tattiemoon Productions creators of Balamory. It also stars River City's Jenny Ryan.
Colin said: “The producers wanted Alex to be in it and he was delighted to. He appears in three episodes from spring next year.
“It’s a bit of an homage to Taggart in some ways with us both being in the series now. It’s a nice wee in-joke for us.”
Woolly & Tig, shown on CBeebies, follows the everyday adventures of four year old Tig, played by Betsy McCredie, and her spider friend Woolly.
It has become a monster-hit with pre-schoolers, with a staggering 11 million hits on the BBC iplayer catch up wesbite as parents turn to it to keep their children entertained.
“It’s hilarious. Betsy’s being asked for an autographs and she can’t even write yet. She said the other day that she quite enjoyed being in the supermarket and nobody bothered her for a change,” said Colin.
Woolly & Tig has become such a hit that Chinese toy manufacturers have flooded online websites with cheap versions of the show’s characters.
Colin said: “The producers have struck their own toy deal and there will be a magazine out too. It’s a bit worrying, because who knows how safe these Chinese toys are.”
The show has been nominated for a Broadcast Award along with Rastamouse and Peppa Pig at a major industry awards bash to be held in London’s Grosvenor House next month.
Colin added: “It’s great that a Scottish company are making a show that has been so well received all across the UK.”
Source (including photo): Daily Record

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