©opyk@tz Beware!

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started9th Feb 2010
last rpt7th Feb 2012
3 school years
duration15 mins
subject ⚖️Citizenship
age rangeKS2Age 7-9 & Age 9-11
languageenIn English
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©opyk@tz Beware! is a BBC schools TV series from the 2010s, covering citizenship for primary school pupils.

An animated programme about young people who form their own band and need to deal with real-life issues such as bootlegging of their music and logo and illegal downloading. A wise dog and 'Internet Detective' or 'I.D.' called Muttford watches on and comments on their activities.

Jez, Amy and Max form a band called Alleyk@tz. Their various adventures split up neatly into four clips, which are all available to watch on the BBC website.

Watch Online BBC Part 1: Validity of online sources

First they are approached by a character called Rick Mason and think they have found the perfect manager, until they think more about the online sources they are using as evidence.

Watch Online BBC Part 2: Plagiarism

Next they write a song and enter a Battle of the Bands competition, but don't realise that copying lyrics from punk legend Lorna Lovett is plagiarism.

Watch Online BBC Part 3: Logo design and copyright

Dodgy Rick Mason re-emerges with a market stall full of unlicensed Alleyk@tz merchandise, which the band investigate.

Watch Online BBC Part 4: Illegal downloading

Finally, the Alleyk@tz need to dissuade super-fan Zoe from illegally sharing their music online.

A sequel called Cashk@tz follows the band as they see some success and need to manage their money.


Year Term Day Time Channel Dates Details
2009-10 Spring 2010 Tue 11:00 BBC2 9 Feb

2010-11 Spring 2011 Tue 05:30 BBC2 22 Mar

2011-12 Autumn 2011 Tue 04:30 BBC2 20 Sep
Spring 2012 Tue 05:20 BBC2 7 Feb


Voices by Ben Deery as I.D. Muttford & Rick Mason

Lisa Armytage as Zoe
Pharys Jai Cato as Amy
Chezzney Clarke as Max
Ashley Clarke as Jez

Music Oceanic
Sound Andy Paddon Smith
Dubbing mixer Matt Cheney
Design and lead animator Melissa Gates
Animators Chi Chow, Milo Waterfield
Compositing Dominik Binegger
Education consultant Juliet Desailly
Assistant producer Gemma Gibbs
Art director Rob Andrews
Written by Andrew Bernhardt
Produced and edited by Matt Jones
Executive producer for BBC Kristin Mason
Executive producer for Illumina Digital Ltd Catherine Collis


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