He's the little boy from Cork who stole the hearts of the nation with his virtual hug on The Late Late Toy Show last year and now Adam King is to star in his own animated TV show.

Adam Adventure! is a preschool adventure-comedy series set in space, but with an environmental theme, and is produced by Dublin animation studio Kavaleer.

Inspired by and starring Adam himself, the show aims to promote a message of empathy and friendship.

Six-year-old Adam has spoken about his dreams of becoming a NASA flight controller of CAPCOM. Kavaleer has enlisted Citizen Scientist Astronaut trainee and Global Faculty Member of the International Space University, Dr. Norah Patten as the show’s chief space advisor

AdamAdventure! breaks new ground for young audiences in a number of significant ways. It will be the first Irish children’s program to feature a wheelchair-user as protagonist.

With 150 million children living with additional needs worldwide, the show will introduce much needed on screen representation. In Ireland, one in seven people identify as having additional needs, but there is only around 2% on-screen representation.

Andrew Kavanagh, CEO Kavaleer and the show's creator, said "Adam stole the hearts of the nation when he appeared on the Late Late Toy Show last year. His message of following your dreams, no matter what challenges you face, inspired me to create this show. With Adam as our CAPCOM, we’re excited and thrilled to be embarking on our latest mission!"

Adam on the Late Late Show

Adam’s father, David King, said "Our family are delighted to share this exciting news with the world! We believe in the importance and power of representation of difference in the stories we tell our children.

"That is why we are thrilled that Adam, our beloved son, and a child with additional needs, is going to be the star of this wonderful cartoon. Not only this, but his trusty friends Speedy (his wheelchair) and Bubby (his toy rabbit) will travel on all his adventures with him.

"Through this cartoon, we hope other children and families will benefit from the power of seeing difference represented in the wonderful stories and characters of AdamAdventure! Our deepest thanks to Andrew and all the team at Kavaleer.

"From the moment we first connected, we knew Kavaleer were the right fit for our family as we share the same values. We can't wait to go on this adventure together!"

The show went into development in April and has been selected for inclusion at the 2021 edition of the Cartoon Forum in Toulouse, France this coming September.

Eimear O’Mahony, Executive Producer, Children’s and Young People’s Programming, RTÉjr added, "RTÉjr are delighted to support AdamAdventure! for Cartoon Forum this year. Adam is such an inspirational boy and puts a smile on the faces of children and adults alike. I'm sure Adam ❤ Adventure! will be one of the star shows this year at Cartoon Forum."