21st Nov, 2017

Rugby-based TV show nominated for Royal Television Society award

Andy Morris 11th Sep, 2017

A KIDS’ TV show filmed among the picturesque waterways and countryside around Rugby is up for a major award.

Chico Chugg has been nominated in the Best Fictional Programme category of the Royal Television Society’s Midlands Awards.

The live-action programme for pre-school children follows the adventures of the titular narrowboat-dwelling Jack Russell dog.

Chico Chugg is filmed on location among the waterways and countryside around Rugby. (s)

His owners, Crick canal-dwellers Mike and Janet Roberts, are the brains behind the series.

Janet wrote a series of books based on Chico’s exploits, while Mike – who was a pop star in the 80s with the Coventry band King, and was also a member of Dexys Midnight Runners – penned and performed all the music for the series, and voices the titular canine.

Their Rugby-based TV company Chugg Productions Ltd picked up the nomination for the show’s second series – with producer Anita Ramdharry having won the Royal Television Society award as Best New Talent for her work on series one.

Chugging along – left to right: Mike Roberts, Janet Roberts and Anita Ramdharry. (s)

Chugg Productions also won the Small Business of the Year in the Pride of Rugby Awards 2017.

Reflecting on a whirlwind couple of years, former BBC television reporter Anita said: “For our small company to be nominated by the Royal Television Society for the second year in a row is a real honour.

“There’s only three people in our company and we will be up against some major broadcasting and production organisations.

“Along with Mike and Janet, we do everything ourselves to make Chico Chugg. We film, produce, edit and write all the scripts and music.

“We’re delighted to be nominated and we’re looking forward to the awards night in November.”

The show is on Sky Kids and Now TV, and a Welsh version – called Nico Nogg – is broadcast on the Welsh national TV channel S4C.

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