City of Friends

City of Friends is a beautifully animated show aimed at pre-schoolers that has  turned into something of a global phenomenon. Originally from Norway, City of Friends is now airing in more than 150 countries around the world!

This show is currently on Channel Five’s Milkshake! the series centres around the three emergency teams – Police, Ambulance and Fire – and the three friends, Max the police officer, Elphie the fire officer and Ted the paramedic who work together to solve problems and help people around their city.

Emmy’s favourite character is Max who is everyone’s friend and the city’s mischief-maker. The children in the city think he is the coolest and the funniest in the whole city. Elphie is a bubbly and adventure-loving elephant – her impressive trunk and its water-shooting abilities make her a natural fire-fighter. Ted the caring young teddy bear, is starting his life in the ambulance service. He’s very popular and offers great comfort to people in need, providing reassurance with his cuddly warmth.

Cooperation, friendship, tolerance, knowledge, activity and fun are the key words which apply to the residents in the City. The series sparks the imagination with exciting, playful story lines which are entertaining and teach very gentle, but valuable life-lessons along the way. You’ll also find yourself singing along to the theme tune before you know it – I do!

The inspiration for the stories came from creator Carl Christian Hamre’s own day job working as a member of Norway’s state police. “One evening I told my son a bedtime story about the three emergency services; how they work together to solve the challenges and problems they are called out to. However, this time, I replaced myself and my colleagues, with people and animals in the emergency services, and City of Friends was born.”

City of Friends airs weekdays on Channel Five’s Milkshake! at 6.20am every day. To see the rest of the characters and some clips head over to the City of Friends website. You can find out future information about the show on Facebook or the City of Friends website.

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