Brought to life by Ben Faulks, Mr Bloom is one of CBeebies best loved characters and has steadily been building a fan base with pre-schoolers and their grown-ups since 2011. The BAFTA-nominated and RTS award-winning BBC show has spawned numerous spin-off series with Mr Bloom appearing on a variety of CBeebies shows.
An educational children's television program, the core theme of the show isnurture, in both gardening and child development; Mr Bloom's Nursery features gardener Mr Bloom, who helps children to get involved and inspired by nature. In each episode, Mr Bloom and his Veggies are visited by a group of children — known as “tiddlers” — who help out around his allotment, feeding his "Compostarium" compost bin and interacting with puppet vegetables.
Ben developed the characters and concept for Mr Bloom's Nursery from an interactive street theatre piece he created called The Vegetable Nannies, which he’d toured around the UK and Europe for a number of years. Approaching the BBC with his ideas in 2009, the show was commissioned and developed into its current format, going into production during 2010. Ben was nominated for a BAFTA award for best Children's Television Presenter in 2011, when the first series transmitted, and the show won an RTS North And West award for best children's programme the same year. It was then nominated again in 2012.
Subsequent re-commissions went on to provide over one hundred episodes with a variety of Mr Bloom appearances in other CBeebies & CBBC shows.
In addition to his on-screen presence, Mr Bloom can be found performing live in a number of contexts either with his one-man stage show or with his four piece band of musical gardeners.
Mr Bloom appears at a variety of festivals, Christmas light switch-ons, parades, shopping centres and plenty more. So, if you have an event in mind, get in touch and let’s discuss.