Pablo is a ground-breaking TV series made in Ireland which features a central character and cast who are all on the autism spectrum. 

The programme launched on RTÉJr and CBeebies last year but will now debut on the world stage, hitting American and Canadian TV screens this week.
 
The live action and 2D animation series was written and produced by pioneering Belfast company Paper Owl Films, with animation services provided by Kavaleer productions in Dublin.

The show is based on the real-life experiences of people with autism who contributed to the development and writing teams.

Taragh Loughrey-Grant spoke to Grainne McGuinness, creator of Pablo, and 11-year-old Jake who is the voice of Pablo, on Rearing to Go - watch it here.

Pablo
Grainne, Jake and Taragh

Audiences in Ireland and the UK have given Pablo a decisive thumbs-up, with the first half of the 52-part inaugural series televised over the peak autumn-winter season, the show has drawn record audiences and ratings.

Further global TV listings are in the pipeline for 2018 with distributor CAKE securing sales with Nat Geo Kids Latin America, SVT (Sweden), YLE (Finland), ABC (Australia), Hunan (China), C&J (Korea), RTHK (Hong Kong), Majid Kids TV (Middle East and Africa), Showmax (Africa), and on Netflix in multiple territories.
 
Pauline MacNamara, Executive Producer RTÉJr, said: "The series has allowed all of us to understand Pablo's world of autism a little more.

"As his ripples spread to children around the globe the arrival of 26 new adventures with Pablo and his book animals on RTÉjr and the RTÉjr App has created great excitement here." 

Season 2 of Pablo is currently in production. You can catch up on the series on RTÉ Player now.