Dani's Castle

Dani's Castle

Series 3 Title Card
Genre Comedy-drama[1]
Created by Raymond Lau
Paul Rose
Dez McCarthy
Written by various; lead writer Paul Rose
Starring Dani Harmer
Niall Wright
Shannon Flynn
Lorenzo Rodriguez
Jordan Brown
Richard Wisker
Toby Murray
Jessica Forrest
Lucy Hutchinson
Opening theme "Ferrari" (Wonder Villains)
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 3
No. of episodes 39 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s) Elaine Sperber
Dani Harmer
Melissa Hardinge
Producer(s) Raymond Lau
Paul McKenzie
Location(s) Killyleagh Castle, Northern Ireland
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s) CBBC Channel
The Foundation Zodiak Media Company
Distributor BBC
Original network CBBC
Picture format 300px
1080i (HDTV)
Original release 17 January 2013 (2013-01-17) – 15 December 2015 (2015-12-15)
Preceded by Dani's House (2008–2012)
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Dani's Castle, (informally titled Rich Jimmy & Kait's Castle in Series 3),[lower-alpha 1] is a British children's comedy-drama broadcast on the CBBC Channel. Dani inherits a castle in Northern Ireland from her deceased aunt and gets more than she expected. She meets three residents, an unknown cousin, and two people who died 250 years ago. It is the spin-off series to Dani's House. Series 1 began airing on 17 January 2013 on the CBBC Channel, and 1 April 2013 on ABC3. Series 2 of Dani's Castle aired from 14 November 2013 to 3 January 2014. Series 3 aired from 7 July 2015 to 22 September 2015, and then returned for a finale Christmas episode on 15 December 2015. It was filmed in County Down in Northern Ireland.


Series 1

Following the events of Dani's House, Dani's Castle sees Dani re-evaluating her whole life after McHurtie's Hospital, a fictional soap opera, is cancelled. But her fortunes soon change when her Great-Aunt Marjorie dies and leaves Dani with her very own castle.[2] With dreams of becoming the lady of the manor, Dani arrives at her new home full of ideas and optimism. But she's soon brought up short when she reaches Bogmoor Castle to find it's been voted the "No.1 Worst Tourist Attraction" in the country for 10 years running, with crumbling towers, howling corridors, and an overgrown jungle for a garden,[2] even a resident pair of young 250-year-old ghosts – Gabe and Esme. And Dani isn't the only heir; she soon encounters a troublesome cousin she didn't even know she had, who seems to break anything and everything. Worst of all: Great-Aunt Marjorie has left her a large stack of debts and unpaid bills.

Series 2

The new series picks up from series 1 and Dani has moved on. She's a Hollywood star now, but Bogmoor Castle is still her home and she cares about the people who live there. But since she can't be there in person, she can at least be a font of wisdom on the webcam. But Kait, Jimmy, Rich, Dylan, Esme, and Gabe still need her! Having left the castle in the hands of her cousins Rich and Jimmy, spectral ancestors Gabe and Esme, her best friend Kait, and Rich's little brother Dylan, there's still plenty for Dani to worry about. Also, there is a growing relationship between Kait and Rich.[3] In this series, Rich is still coming up with money-making schemes for the castle – and sets up a brand new radio station, Bogmoor FM.

Series 3

The show was renewed for a new series and renamed to Rich, Jimmy & Kait's Castle following Dani Harmer's exit. In the series Kait sets up her own business, while Rich and Jimmy work on adding a recording studio to Bogmoor FM, Gabe sets up a Ghostel, Leonie invites The Dead Headz to play on Bogmoor FM, and Dylan meets a ghost from the Titanic. Rich and Kait split up, a prank war breaks out, Gabe and Rich counsel a nervous ghost, Gabe and Leonie switch places with Rich and Kait, Gabe gets a visit from a Ghostel inspector, Kait wins best newcomer at the pet snack business of year award, and it's Dylan's birthday. Rich and Kait feel awkward when they are made to play two people in love when acting out Midsummer Night's Dream, Jimmy returns home from his Street Dance Academy tour, and Jimmy and Clare go on a picnic date. Jimmy and Clare get together and Rich and Kait get back together. Gabe wants to write a gossip novel. The series introduced two new characters, Clare (Jessica Forrest) and Leonie (Lucy Hutchinson). The series aired from 7 July 2015 to 15 December 2015. This was the final series.[4]


The show was filmed entirely on location at Killyleagh Castle in County Down, Northern Ireland. The first, second and third series were filmed in the summers of 2012, 2013 and 2014, respectively. It was produced by Raymond Lau with the lead writer being Paul Rose and the lead director being Dez McCarthy.


Cast list of Dani’s Castle
Actor Character Series
1 2 3
Dani Harmer Dani Main
Kieran Alleyne Jimmy Main
Niall Wright Gabe Main
Shannon Flynn Kait Main
Lorenzo Rodriguez Leo Main
Jordan Brown Esme Main Recurring
Richard Wisker Rich Guest Main
Toby Murray Dylan Main
Jessica Forrest Clare Main
Lucy Hutchinson Leonie Main

Series 1 Opening Titles Order: Dani Harmer, Kieran Alleyne, Niall Wright, Shannon Flynn, Lorenzo Rodriguez, Jordan Brown
Series 2 Opening Titles Order: Richard Wisker, Shannon Flynn, Niall Wright, Kieran Alleyne, Jordan Brown, Toby Murray, Dani Harmer
Series 3 Opening Titles Order: Richard Wisker, Shannon Flynn, Niall Wright, Kieran Alleyne, Toby Murray, Jessica Forrest, Lucy Hutchinson[lower-alpha 2]


SeriesEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
11317 January 2013 (2013-01-17)18 April 2013 (2013-04-18)
21314 November 2013 (2013-11-14)3 January 2014 (2014-01-03)
3137 July 2015 (2015-07-07)15 December 2015 (2015-12-15)


Country Network(s) Notes
 United Kingdom CBBC Channel Series 1–3 have aired
 Australia ABC3 Series 1 and 2 have aired, Series 3 to air


Series 1 performed well, with most episodes in the CBBC Weekly Top 10. "Dani Harmer is one of the most exciting and successful young actresses on television and this new project will really showcase her unique comedy talents and her growth as a performer," says executive producer Elaine Sperber. "Dani has a huge following on CBBC and this new series will be a major treat for her existing and new fans".[2] Harry Venning of The Stage disliked the laugh track, saying "Laughter tracks are an abomination. Dani’s Castle is genuinely funny and the producers should trust their young audience to find it so, unaided and alone."[5]

CBBC Ratings

Series 1

Episode no. Airdate Viewers (millions) CBBC Weekly Ranking
1 17 January 2013 0.454 2
2 24 January 2013 0.450 3
3 31 January 2013 0.340 7
4 7 February 2013 0.390 5
5 14 February 2013 0.430 3
6 21 February 2013 0.210 N/A
7 28 February 2013 0.260 N/A
8 7 March 2013 0.440 1
9 21 March 2013 0.340 7
10 28 March 2013 0.290 3
11 4 April 2013 0.250 N/A
12 11 April 2013 0.290 N/A
13 18 April 2013 0.320 2

Series 2

Episode no. Airdate Viewers (millions) CBBC Weekly Ranking
1 14 November 2013 0.440 2
2 15 November 2013 0.360 N/A
3 21 November 2013 0.380 4
4 22 November 2013 0.310 N/A
5 28 November 2013 0.430 3
6 29 November 2013 0.360 N/A
7 5 December 2013 0.290 9
8 6 December 2013 0.280 N/A
9 12 December 2013 0.320 5
10 13 December 2013 0.270 10
11 18 December 2013 0.316 5
12 18 December 2013 0.364 2
13 3 January 2014 0.190 N/A

Series 3

Episode no. Airdate Viewers (millions) CBBC Weekly Ranking
1 7 July 2015 0.188 3
2 14 July 2015 0.159 8
3 21 July 2015 Under 0.153 N/A
4 28 July 2015 Under 0.154 N/A
5 4 August 2015 Under 0.180 N/A
6 11 August 2015 Under 0.187 N/A
7 18 August 2015 Under 0.168 N/A
8 25 August 2015 Under 0.192 N/A
9 1 September 2015 0.220 7
10 8 September 2015 0.205 8
11 15 September 2015 0.294 3
12 22 September 2015 Under 0.181 N/A
13 15 December 2015 Under 0.252 N/A


  1. The Series 3 title card originally shows Dani's Castle then "Dani's" disappears and changes to "Rich Jimmy & Kait's", but despite this the show is still known formally as Dani's Castle
  2. Jordan Brown was only credited in episode 2, Lucy Hutchinson was credited as from episode 3 onwards.


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