CHF Entertainment


CHF Entertainment (originally established as Cosgrove Hall Fitzpatrick Entertainment) was an animation studio formed in 2011.[1] It was the reincarnation of the animation company Cosgrove Hall Films which closed in 2009 after 40 years. Brian Cosgrove and Mark Hall formed and ran the original Cosgrove Hall creating over 1000 episodes of animated programs such as Danger Mouse, Cockleshell Bay, Count Duckula, Lavender Castle and The Wind in the Willows, and produced Fifi and the Flowertots, Postman Pat and Roary the Racing Car. They won a number of awards, including six BAFTAs and two international Emmys.

CHF Entertainment
FormerlyCosgrove Hall Fitzpatrick Entertainment
FoundersBrian Cosgrove
Mark Hall
Francis Fitzpatrick
ProductsPip Ahoy!

In November 2012, Brian Cosgrove received the British Academy of Film and Television Arts' Special Award for outstanding creative contribution to the industry at the British Academy of Children's Awards.[2]

Brian Cosgrove and Mark Hall came out of retirement in 2011 to form CHF Entertainment with Francis Fitzpatrick. Fitzpatrick co-created Jakers! The Adventures of Piggley Winks which won a number of Emmy Awards.[3] A new children's story, Pip!, was created. They believed it would turn into a major worldwide TV series. Hall died in November 2011[4] before this could be realized, and was replaced by his son Simon Hall.

CHF Entertainment is currently working on a number of children's shows, including Pip Ahoy!, the story of a loveable sea pup aimed at pre-school children; and HeroGliffix, targeted at a slightly older audience. Pip! was showcased at MIPCom Global Sales Fair in Cannes in October 2011 and was flagged by the industry as being 'one to watch'.[5] There were 52 eleven-minute episodes planned, of whom were released in spring 2013.[6]

In 2012, David Jason provided the voice of 'Skipper', one of the show's leading characters.[citation needed] Jason had provided the voices for a number of Cosgrove Hall's animated series, including Danger Mouse, The Wind in the Willows and Count Duckula.

Magic Marlon began on Milkshake in spring/summer of 2016.[7]

On 6 June 2019 the closure of CHF Entertainment's animation department was announced, but would not affect the production of 2 more series of Daisy & Ollie, which will be undertaken by Hoopla Animation. [8]


  1. ^ "Children's animators commit to UK with new series". BBC News. 8 November 2011. Retrieved 12 March 2013.
  2. ^ Children's Special Award in 2012, BAFTA Awards. Retrieved 12 March 2013.
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  4. ^ "Danger Mouse co-creator Mark Hall dies". BBC News. 18 November 2011. Retrieved 12 March 2013.
  5. ^ "Ones to watch: Mipcom 2011". Retrieved 8 December 2017.
  6. ^ "Cosgrove Hall Fitzpatrick Entertainment looks for office space - and to create 50 jobs". Manchester Evening News. 26 April 2012. Retrieved 22 April 2013.
  7. ^ "CHF's Magic Marlon heads to Milkshake". Archived from the original on 8 December 2017. Retrieved 8 December 2017.
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  • "Cosgrove Hall Fitzpatrick Entertainment appoints Sir David Jason to the board", February 2013