By LEON WATSON
18th October 2011
Watch out parents! The people behind Bob the Builder and Thomas the Tank Engine have a new hit children's TV show in the pipeline. And there are 26 merchandising deals in place already for the show's release this month. Mike the Knight won't be shown on CBeebies until October 31, yet toys, clothes, books and magazines are all ready to hit shops next year. Hit Entertainment – which along with Bob the Builder and Thomas the Tank Engine also made Fireman Sam – has sold the show all around the world. Mike is an animated knight who teaches kids the value of responsibility and whose motto is 'Be a knight, do it right'. He is voiced by a 10-year-old while Being Human star Russell Tovey is the voice of his dragon pal Squirt. Mr Tovey, 29, said he was thrilled at the chance of impressing his brother's children, Nathan and Mackenzie, aged six and four. He said: 'Mike The Knight could trump Dr Who in terms of credibility with my nephews. I could see it becoming a hit in the playground.' Hit Entertainment thinks Mike could be its biggest brand yet. In the show, Squirt and another dragon called Sparkie help Mike tackle Vikings and trolls in the kingdom of Glendragon. Creator Alexander Bar was inspired by BBC1's Merlin. He said: 'There wasn't a show that catered for pre-schoolers' fascination with all things castles, dragons, magic and adventure.'
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