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The Rubbish World of Dave Spud Returns For A Third Serises

A third series of adventures for Dave Spud, his family, best friends, and band of monsters has been confirmed. The Illuminated Film Company is producing 26 new episodes of the RTS Awards’ Best Children’s Programme winner, which is due to air on CITV in Autumn 2023.

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The Rubbish World of Dave Spud, which first aired in 2019, has received support from Welsh Government via Creative Wales and will be animated at leading Welsh animation company Cloth Cat.

CITV first launched the new British animated series in September 2019 and following a successful run and record ratings, commissioned an additional 52 episodes for delivery over 2020 and 2021. Wales’s flagship broadcaster S4C also picked up the first series and aired episodes in Welsh, attracting new younger bilingual audiences. Due to its popularity and continued success, CITV has commissioned a third series

Created by the Series Director Edward Foster and developed by The Illuminated Film Company, series three will see a top cast returning. Starring Johnny Vegas voicing the eponymous hero Dave Spud; Gina Yashere as his friend Gareth the Starfish; Phillip Glenister as Mum; Arthur Smith as Dad; Lisa Hammond playing sister Anna and Jane Horrocks as the outrageous Gran. Plus Akiya Henry, Adam Gillen, Inel Tomlinson and David Holt voicing Dave’s friends and various monsters.

The series follows Dave Spud and his family and friends as they enjoy the ordinary things in life, but it’s never long before the world starts to misbehave. The new series will see new adventures explored with a host of new writers on board.

‘THE RUBBISH WORLD OF DAVE SPUD’ is not your average series and has pushed the boundaries targeting children aged six to 11. The series focuses on the no-nonsense, close knit Spud family and their amazing escapades. ‘Original, surprising, modern and unpatronizing. It has a fresh approach that really appeals to its audience’ (RTS Awards 2022).

Producer Iain Harvey said: ‘We are delighted by the continued success and support of this British series and are thankful for the support from ITV and the funding support from Creative Wales. We hope to deliver another bin full of fun adventures for all the fans of the series – they are who we really do all this for!’

Gerwyn Evans, Deputy Director of Creative Wales, added: “It’s fantastic to see Dave Spud announce its third series. The Animation sector in Wales is growing and Creative Wales is delighted to support a project that provides opportunities for Welsh companies to demonstrate their creative talent. We look forward to seeing the new series hit our screens later this year and, no doubt, more industry awards to follow.” The Rubbish World of Dave Spud is an Illuminated Film Company production, commissioned for CITV by Paul Mortimer, Director of Digital Channels. Internationally, the series is being represented by Beta Film, and has been picked up by MG ALBA and RTE. The series is also moving forward in the licensing and merchandising space with Licensing Management International (LMI) representing the series.

Press contacts:

ITV +44 207 157 3017

The Illuminated Film Company +44 208 748 3030

LMI Jenny Johnstone +44 1425 403 430

Beta Film +49 8967 346 915

About CITV
CITV is the number one commercial children’s channel for 6-11s in the UK during key broadcast hours (06:00-17:59). ITV’s home for younger viewers, the channel commissions and acquires a range of animation and live action programmes.   ITV is an integrated producer broadcaster and the largest commercial television network in the UK. It operates a family of channels including ITV, ITVBe, ITV2, ITV3 and ITV4 and CITV, which are broadcast free-to-air, as well as the pay channel ITV Encore. ITV is also focused on delivering its programming via the ITV X, mobile devices, video on demand and third party platforms.

About The Illuminated Film Company The Illuminated Film Company is a London based studio with several successful series under its belt, including the 4-time BAFTA nominated Little Princess series and Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Other Stories, plus TV specials including Michael Morpurgo’s On Angel Wings.

About Licensing Management International Established in 1982, Licensing Management International (LMI) is a multifaceted licensing agency. The Company has had a long and successful trading history and have represented some of the world’s most recognisable and highly successful Brand and Entertainment properties from BSA to Game of Thrones. Our approach is to promote, protect and to produce revenue for the Rights owners.

About Beta Film Founded in 1959, Beta Film GmbH is one of the world’s leading international distributors of TV license rights with customers in over 165 countries. Beta Film later expanded its radius of activity by founding Beta Cinema, which distributes theatrical films.   Beta’s one-of-a-kind program catalogue comprises over 15,000 hours or 4,000 titles in every available format and genre. The catalogue is unique not only on account of its vast assortment of formats and genres, but also because the programs come from many different countries: Beta distributes top U.S. productions, international TV and theatrical hits, and top-of-the-line European and German programs.

About Creative Wales Creative Wales is an economic development agency within Welsh Government that supports the development of the fast-growing creative industries in Wales. We focus on promoting growth across TV, Film and Animation; Games, VFX and Post-production; Music and Comedy and Publishing, positioning Wales as one of the best places in the world for creative businesses to thrive. We invest in creating opportunities for people in the industry by supporting Skills and Talent initiatives for young people and our talented workforce; we fund projects that boost infrastructure and creative businesses, provide specialist advice and actively promote sustainability, diversity and equality for all across the creative sectors.   We are passionate about supporting home-grown talent and attracting international creative projects to Wales. In doing so, we are strengthening the industry in the long term and creating exciting opportunities for future generations.   For more information visit and follow us on LinkedIn, Twitter and Instagram.

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