Iconic children’s book characters Biff, Chip & Kipper are getting their own TV series

The Magic Key books have helped primary school children learn how to read for more than 30 years.

Emily Sergeant Emily Sergeant - 16th June 2021

A trio of well-known literary characters are getting their own TV series on CBeebies this autumn.

Biff, Chip and Kipper are hitting the silver screen.

Based on the beloved characters from The Magic Key book series that so many of us grew up reading in primary school, CBeebies’ new show ‘Biff & Chip’ will tell the fun adventures of twins Biff (Tilly Kaye) and Chip (George Robinson), alongside their inquisitive little brother Kipper (Freddie James), and pet dog Floppy.

CBeebies revealed a first-look image of its live action series on social media this week, and it successfully grabbed the attention of thousands of Brits who’ve seemingly been transported back to the classroom.

The Magic Key books have been a mainstay of the National Curriculum, helping children learn how to read for more than 30 years.


The books are said to be used in around 80% of Britain’s primary schools.

According to the BBC, ‘Biff & Chip’ will take inspiration from the famous books, but is set to include storylines written exclusively for the show and will see characters making up games, solving problems, creating make-believe worlds in their homes, playing in the park and having fun with their best friends Wilf (Inathi Rozani) and Wilma Page (Dorothy Peters-Lowe).


The series will also star actors Jack Wilkinson and Kellie Shirley as Biff, Chip and Kipper’s parents – Mr & Mrs Robinson.

Melanie Walters – who is best known for playing Gwen in BBC sitcom, Gavin and Stacey – has also joined the cast as Gran, described as “fun-loving, energetic and at times mischievous”.

The Magic Key books are said to be used in around 80% of Britain’s primary schools / Credit: Oxford Reading Tree

And if all that wasn’t exciting enough as it is, a lot of the show has apparently also been shot right on our doorsteps in Greater Manchester and the North West.


Filming took place at various locations across Warrington and Urmston in Trafford.

Although no exact air date has been confirmed, Biff & Chip is set to hit screens on CBeebies and BBC iPlayer this autumn.

Featured Image – BBC / Gideon Marshall