Bridget’s on cloud nine

Photo Ian Robinson'Bridget Appleby with her Cloud Babies children's TV charactors

Photo Ian Robinson'Bridget Appleby with her Cloud Babies children's TV charactors

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She may have been in the business for 25 years, but for one Chorley art director this is by far her greatest accolade.

Bridget Appleby, from St Paul’s Close, Wheelton, is the brains behind a new CBeebies series, Cloudbabies, which has been produced for HoHo Entertainment.

The first episode is due to air on May 14, and continue for 52 episodes.

The animated pre-school series follows four enchanting characters, Baba Pink, Baba Blue, Baba Yellow and Baba Green whose job is to look after the sky and their Sky Friends, Sun, Moon, Rainbow, Fuffa Cloud and Little Star.

They live together with Bobo White, a mischievous little Sky Imp, in a house on a big fluffy cloud.

Every morning, they jump on their Skyhorsies and begin their day’s work of looking after the sky.

For many years Bridget was an in-house director for Cosgrave Hall films, where she worked on a number of shows, including Wind in the Willows, Cockleshell Bay, Brambly Hedge, Oakie Doke, Bill and Ben, and Andy Pandy.

Her latest Cloudbabies venture has taken a total of seven years to complete.

Bridget, who works as a volunteer at an Age Concern UK charity shop, in Chorley, said: “I’ve been in this business for a long time, and it is the best thing I have done.

“I am pleased with it, and I am very excited. It’s been a brilliant experience. It looks exactly how I saw it in my head.”

The series promotes caring for others and the world around us, and introduces children to notions such as day and night, sun and moon, rainbow and the stars.

Children doing the voices on the show come from across the North West, including Stockport, Blackpool, Wigan and Huddersfield.

Bridget came up with the idea after flicking through books, and questioning how children would react if there were changes in the sky

“I have been working on Cloudbabies for seven years,” she said.

“I had this idea – it is really simple, and I am surprised that nobody has thought of it before.

I was looking at illustrations, and I thought that things in the sky, like the moon, the sun, and the stars, are portrayed in the same way.

“And I thought ‘What would happen if they weren’t like that?’

“If something should go wrong, and the sun went purple one day, then children would think ‘That’s not right’.”