Qurios has dream ticket with ITV

A North-east animation studio is continuing to forge strong industry links after teaming up with one of the country's leading television production companies.

A North-east animation studio is continuing to forge strong industry links after teaming up with one of the country's leading television production companies.

Hartlepool-based Qurios Entertainment has developed a series of surreal dream sequences and animations for forthcoming ITV comedy series Bonkers, produced by Lime Pictures, formerly known as Mersey Television.

The work is the third time Qurios, who were recipients of the Professional Excellence in Animation Award at the weekend's Royal Television Society Awards, has partnered Lime Pictures, following the successful completion of more than 100 special effects and sequences for last year's ITV drama The Outsiders.

Qurios digital artist Chris Chatterton, 24, who worked on the Bonkers project, said: "We have completed a lot of television work over the last couple of years and it is encouraging that Lime Pictures chose to work with us again."

Bonkers, which starts on Thursday at 9pm on ITV, stars Liza Tarbuck alongside Full Monty actor Mark Addy, playing a husband and wife team whose marriage is falling apart. Lisa Tarbuck's character Helen begins to fantasise about an international film star who appears to be trapped in a parallel universe.

It is these fantasy sequences that have been produced by Qurios alongside an animated montage called The Telly Bears. The sequence is effectively a show within a show and required Qurios to devise and create an original animated children's program that would be watched by the characters in Bonkers.

Qurios first teamed up with Lime Pictures on Hollyoaks before working together on last year's Mission Impossible style thriller The Outsiders. The company, which employs eight staff at its studio in Hartlepool's Church Street, is also producing effects sequences for the new series of the BBC sci-fi comedy Hyperdrive.

Jamie Hall, group head of production at Lime Pictures said: "Qurios always become a key member of the production team and their enthusiasm, creative vision and professional attitude are vital to producing the ambitious programmes we strive to make."

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