RTÉjr in association with Down Syndrome Ireland and Monster Animation screened the brand new television series Punky this week. Punky is the first-ever animated television series in the world in which the lead character has Down syndrome.
Punky is RTÉjr’s original new animated television series which tells stories from the everyday life of Punky, a little girl who has Down syndrome. Created, written and produced in Ireland, the series which features 20 episodes began broadcasting yesterday on RTÉjr.
The series was created by Lindsay J. Sedgwick, developed with and produced by Monster Animation & Design Limited and commissioned by RTÉ Young People’s programmes, with financial assistance from RTÉ, the Irish Film Board, the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland Sound & Vision Fund and S481 Film Incentive.
The character of Punky is voiced by Aimee Richardson (29), who herself has Down syndrome and Down Syndrome Ireland provided support and reviewed material during development and production of the series.
Punky airs on weekdays at 10.25am and 1.45pm on RTÉjr