Birr boy gets cooking on TG4’s Bia Linn

Damian Moran

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Damian Moran

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Bia Linn is a brand new colourful kids’ cookery show with a mixed bag of ingredients. It’s got puppets, songs and fun food to make.

Bia Linn is a brand new colourful kids’ cookery show with a mixed bag of ingredients. It’s got puppets, songs and fun food to make.

Produced by Belfast’s Indee Productions with funding from the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland and Northern Ireland Screen’s Irish Language Broadcast Fund, Bia Linn airs Mondays/Wednesdays at 8.25am on TG4, repeated Tuesdays and Thursdays at 3.40pm. This week’s episode features local boy, Tadhg Sheahan, from Birr, who is accompanied in the kitchen by Labhaoise Ní Bhearra, from Spiddal.

The fun happens in a magical kitchen children cook, clean, sing and eat under the guiding hand of CoCo, Ireland’s newest celebrity chef. Joining Coco in the kitchen are Muireann, our young Birr cook and his Connemara cohort, and two preschool puppet helpers Fite and Fuaite (who often aren’t very helpful at all!). Together they inspire viewers to make, do, create, eat healthily and try out new things.

Coco tells us about different foods and shows us where they come from. From flour to fruit, from chocolate to cheese, Coco informs and teaches in an amusing way, leaving children with an understanding of the origin of our food.

The range of dialects in this uniquely Irish children’s programme means that every child can relate to it, and the educational elements seamlessly woven into the recipes and techniques enable children to learn while being entertained.

There are healthy recipes and treats to make – all from wholesome, natural ingredients and great to share with friends.

The programme’s accompanying app takes the playing and learning further, and continues to engage children. It’s a shopping game where users are invited to help Coco find the ingredients for his recipes.

The website, bialinn.ie, provides all the details of the recipes so that viewers can cook them at home. All recipes are healthy and fitting as part of a balanced diet for young children.

Bia Linn was made by Indee Productions for TG4, with funding from Northern Ireland Screen’s Irish Language Broadcast Fund and the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland.