Composer team scores return of CBBC’s Raven


Award-winning cult fantasy adventure show Raven returns to CBBC with a new format, new star and new music by composer team Jode Steele and David Wainwright.


With an intriguing back story for new lead Aisha Toussaint (pictured) and lots of exciting and action-packed challenges, the new series of Raven begins on the CBBC channel on December 4th.

The series was filmed this summer in the unspoilt wilderness of the Cairngorms National Park.

The original, which won several BAFTAs and inspired three spin-off programmes, gathered a massive cult following when it was aired between 2002-2010.

The new series has been scored by composer team Jode Steele and David Wainwright who specialise in scoring action-adventure Hollywood trailers, most recently the Warner Brothers forthcoming feature Live By Night starring Ben Affleck. Their recent television credits include BAFTA-winning Bear Grylls Survival School (CITV) and Release The Hounds (ITV).

Some facts about the new series:

  • Raven is filmed in the unspoilt wilderness of the Cairngorms, the UK’s largest National Park at 4528 square km, an area bigger than the whole of Luxembourg.
  • ‘Ravenisms’ are huge with fans, with gems such as “No matter how big your dreams may be, or how high your hopes, it is courage that makes them a reality”. The new Raven will have plenty more nuggets of wisdom to inspire the next generation.
  • More than 2,500 children from all over the UK applied to be on the show with 500 then chosen for audition in London, Manchester, Bristol, Birmingham and Glasgow. From there, the numbers were whittled down again to select the final 32 contestants.
  • Raven’s warriors come from all over the UK, living as far north as Orkney and as far south as the Isle of Wight.
  • Technology not available during filming of the original Raven makes the new series cutting-edge viewing. Cameramen captured daring aerial shots with a drone and had an additional 13 GoPro action cams positioned around the games ground.

Raven is an in-house BBC production and is produced by BBC Scotland. Series Producer is Nick Gunaydin and executive producer is Sara Harkins.