News | International
19 May 2024 16:12
NZCity News
NZCity CalculatorReturn to NZCity

  • Start Page
  • Personalise
  • Sport
  • Weather
  • Finance
  • Shopping
  • Jobs
  • Horoscopes
  • Lotto Results
  • Photo Gallery
  • Site Gallery
  • TVNow
  • Dating
  • SearchNZ
  • NZSearch
  • Crime.co.nz
  • RugbyLeague
  • Make Home
  • About NZCity
  • Contact NZCity
  • Your Privacy
  • Advertising
  • Login
  • Join for Free

  •   Home > News > International

    It's 'Bluey House' now, as London awards show for its cultural success

    After sparking the imagination of children across the globe, Bluey has now received a special one-off award at Australia House in London.


    Bluey has received a special recognition award from the Australian High Commissioner in London acknowledging its significant cultural impact in the UK and around the world. 

    Australia House was transformed into "Bluey House" for the ceremony on Sunday morning, which featured a marching band procession, much to the delight of young onlookers.

    As Bluey appeared out of Australia's oldest diplomatic mission, the beloved character was greeted to loud cheers and applause. 

    "It's great that Bluey has expanded all over the world and it's not just an Australian thing," 14-year-old Henry said. 

    Eight-year-old Annaliese found the performance "amazing" and "the music was really catchy". 

    High Commissioner Stephen Smith said this was a special one-off award.

    "I will award today the highest honour I'm authorised to give," he said.

    Show creator Joe Brumm paid tribute to "everyone who helped bring Bluey to life". 

    "Our beautiful country is a character in the show just as much as any of the dogs, so to have brought it into the living rooms of the whole world, encouraging people to come and visit is something I'll always be proud of," he said in a statement. 

    Worldwide cultural success

    There are more than 150 episodes of the show which is one of the most watched children's programs internationally. 

    In the United States, the show had a viewership of 43.9 billion minutes last year, second only to the legal drama Suits, according to a Nielsen report. 

    But Bluey doesn't just captivate people on screens.

    This award recognises Bluey's overall cultural impact, and there are numbers to back it up. 

    New figures released show in 2023:

    • British children aged between three and six spent 110 million hours playing with Bluey toys
    • Over one million hours were spent playing Bluey video games
    • Globally, families spent over 700,000 hours at Bluey related live events 

    Back home, the most recent season has attracted more than 11 million total views. 

    High Commissioner Stephen Smith said the show was a "fantastic cultural ambassador for Australia". 

    "It allows modern day Australian stories to be taken to the world," he said. 

    More than 60 countries broadcast Bluey, with the success of the show playing a role in soft diplomacy. 

    "It enables us through our creative and cultural diplomacy to create links with the United Kingdom in a way in which otherwise is not possible," Mr Smith said. 

    The award ceremony coincided with an unexpected extra episode of the show titled Surprise!. 

    Cancellation rumours have recently been circulating online but a producer of the program confirmed to BBC Radio 4 last week the show would be returning. 

    Stream the new Bluey episode, Surprise!, on ABC iview now, and catch Bluey's 28-minute special The Sign on ABC iview.


    ABC




    © 2024 ABC Australian Broadcasting Corporation. All rights reserved

     Other International News
     19 May: In the 'Nordic paradox', high rates of gender equality does not equal safety for women
     19 May: BTK serial killer Dennis Rader sent a word puzzle to media — two decades later, it may close a missing persons case
     18 May: Parents call for US chastity speaker Jason Evert's talk at Central Coast all-girls high school to be cancelled
     18 May: Tyson Fury vs Oleksandr Usyk, undisputed heavyweight boxing world title
     18 May: Violent riots ease in New Caledonia as French marines arrive to help stretched forces
     18 May: Scottie Scheffler arrested and charged at PGA Championship just before second round
     18 May: Domestic violence spending is dwarfed by funds for counterterrorism. Is it time to change our approach?
     Top Stories

    RUGBY RUGBY
    Black Ferns assistant coach Tony Christie is demanding a more consistent defensive display - despite conceding just the one try in their first test of the PAC-4 Championship More...


    BUSINESS BUSINESS
    Softening performance in the property market - reflecting external factors at play More...



     Today's News

    Accident and Emergency:
    The wreckage of what is understood to be a home built helicopter, has been removed following a crash at Uretiti Beach in Northland 15:27

    Politics:
    The Government have come in for fierce criticism at the Green Party State of the Planet speech 15:27

    Politics:
    The Green Party is laying out a different vision of the future, as the coalition's budget looms 14:57

    Netball:
    The Mainland Tactix are looking to replicate their suffocating defensive pressure against the Pulse when they host the Southern Steel this afternoon in the ANZ Premiership in Rangiora 14:17

    Rugby:
    Black Ferns assistant coach Tony Christie is demanding a more consistent defensive display - despite conceding just the one try in their first test of the PAC-4 Championship 14:07

    Golf:
    Americans Collin Morikawa and Xander Schauffele share a one-shot lead at 15-under overall after three rounds of the PGA golf Championship in Kentucky 13:27

    Rugby League:
    Warriors fullback Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad is prepared for an unfamiliar role in this afternoon's NRL magic round game against the Panthers in Brisbane 13:27

    Law and Order:
    Police are urgently seeking sightings of missing South Auckland woman Milika 12:27

    Accident and Emergency:
    A renewed warning about e-scooter safety .. after an Australian man was hit and killed in Melbourne 11:06

    Motorsports:
    Kiwi driver Scott McLaughlin's qualified second fastest for tomorrow's fast 12 phase of qualifying at the Indianapolis Grand Prix 10:46


     News Search






    Power Search


    © 2024 New Zealand City Ltd