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Irish-made Octonauts set to conquer the US with Disney

A DUBLIN production company has landed a plum deal with the Disney Channel to air its latest animated TV show.

The Octonauts, which is produced by Brown Bag Films, will be reaching 55 million homes in the US when it airs on the Disney Junior channel next year.

The show centres around a team of undersea explorers based in 'the octopod' who are in search of adventure and fun.

The second series of the hit children's show, which currently airs on RTE Two and the BBC, will begin production in May and is expected to hit US screens early next year.

Director of the first series of Octonauts, Darragh O'Connell said that it was "amazing" to have the platform of the Disney Channel when they cross the Atlantic.

"The Disney Junior channel has a penetration of about 55 million homes in the US," he said.

"It's just so funny because we went into production on Octonauts without a US broadcaster signed on, which is strange. And it was only when people saw what it was going to look like that the offers started coming in."