Dated: 11 September 2002

The Singapore Broadcasting Authority (SBA) has commissioned a Secondary School Tamil debate Sorkkalam 2002 (War Of Words) on Vasantham Central, and two English children's dramas, Block 523 and Robbie and The Book of Tales - The Journey Home on Kids Central, at a total cost of $546,000.

Sorkkalam 2002 (War Of Words)
In line with efforts to promote the use of second language and showcase the oratorical skills of our local students, the Tamil debate series will be aired on Vasantham Central from Friday, 13 September at 7.30pm.

Thought provoking and relevant issues will be debated as some of the best school teams aim for the top prize. In the first semi-finals, Victoria School will pit their skills against the Umar Pulavar Tamil Language Centre by debating the motion "Examinations Are The Best Way to Assess A Student's Knowledge and Potential". In the second semi-finals, Bendemeer Secondary School will face Yuhua Secondary School to debate the motion "Latest Scientific Inventions Are Leading The World Towards Destruction". The winner from each semi-final will meet and vie for the champion status in the grand final which will be shown on Friday 27 September.

Organised by the People's Association Central Community Development Division Indian Activity Executive Committee, and produced by Megastar Advertising Pte Ltd, the debate series will be chaired by popular Oli 96.8FM Producer-Presenter, Meenatchi Sabapathy.

Block 523
This is a four-part children's drama in English that revolves around the lives of a group of children who stay in Block 523. The series starts with the entrance of nine-year-old Afandi, who with his family, moves into the block of flats. He befriends 10-year-old Ah Xiang and his eight-year-old sister Ah Mei, nine-year-old Glenda Monterio as well as 11-year-old Rajan and his nine-year-old sister Sita.

The series, produced by MediaCorp Studios, looks at racial harmony through the eyes of the different children. It will debut on Kids Central on Sunday, 15 September at 10am.

Robbie and The Book of Tales - The Journey Home
This second season of the popular children's drama picks up from where the first season left off - where Robbie, the Guardian of the Book of Tales, loses his friend Liane who is banished into the Book by the evil Aunty Chiw. Robbie bravely ventures into the unpredictable Storybook Land to save Liane. But a spell cast by Aunty Chiw traps Robbie in Storybook Land and he needs to re-write the stories in order to get home. Together with Liane, Robbie journeys through Storybook Land and their friendship is tested as the two children learn about life, friendship and trust. Stories within the Book include familiar local folk tales on Radin Mas, the sorcerer of Bukit Timah Hill and Redhill.​

Produced by independent production house Ochre Pictures, the 13-episode series will be shown on Kids Central every Sunday, from 29 September to 22 December at 9.30am.

Last updated on: 13 Mar 2023