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Sraid Sesame is an international co-production of Sesame Street set to air in Northern Ireland beginning in 2007. Sesame Workshop is working with production company Telegael with financing from the American Ireland Fund, to be broadcast on BBC-NI.
The series will feature two original Muppets with local accents, as well as the classic American characters. Apparently the voice casting process was made open to anyone, with a news article encouraging MP3 voice samples to the producers.
"Given the positive and wide-ranging developments that have taken place over the recent years, it's a tremendously exciting time to be working in Northern Ireland," the president of Sesame Workshop, Gary Knell, was quoted as saying.
Newspapers initially nicknamed the series "Stormont Street", after the building in which the local peace deal between Catholics and Protestants was signed. However, the title Sraid Sesame was announced in July 2007.
- ↑ Irish Voice "Here Comes Elmo!" by Debbie McGoldrick, 5/31/07
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 Donegal News "Donegal actor tipped to become 'Elmo' in Sesame Street" 7/20/07
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 France 24 (article expired)