A TELEVISION production company from Gwynedd has clocked up its first international sales for a hit children’s show about a pair of mischievous twins with magical powers.

Caernarfon-based Cwmni Da has sold the first series of the award-winning Deian a Loli to four channels in Brittany after the original version proved popular on S4C.

The live action series has been bought by TV Rennes, Tébéo, TébeSud and Brezhoweb and will be broadcast next year after being dubbed in Breton and Gallo, a regional form of French in the border lands of Brittany and Normandy, centred on Le Mans.

The deals were brokered by British distributor Videoplugger who are hopeful of clinching more sales in other countries.

The pre-school children’s programme won the Highly Commended award at the Broadcast Awards 2019, having previously won the 2017 BAFTA Cymru Awards for Best Children’s Programme.

The show’s runaway success was rewarded when S4C recently commissioned a third 26-part series for their children’s platform, Cyw.

By saying the magic word, “Ribidirew!”, Deian and Loli are able to freeze their parents while they go off on fantastic adventures.

The title roles are played by Gwern Jones,12, from Llanrug, near Caernarfon and Lowri Jarman,11, from Llanuwchllyn, near Bala.

Meanwhile, real-life husband and wife Rhian Blythe and Simon Watts play the roles of mum and dad.

Producer Angharad Elen was inspired to create the Deian a Loli series by her own children, Cain, eight, and Syfi, five, who are frequently consulted about potential storylines.

She said: “It’s fantastic news that the series has been sold to the four channels in Brittany and that our Celtic cousins will now be able to enjoy the twins' adventures.

“I’m really looking forward to watching the series in Breton language and hope that Breton children enjoy it as much as our young viewers in Wales."