3 inspiring half-term shows for inquisitive kids

The best new entertainment to unleash imaginations – whatever their age.

Last updated: 07 February 2017 - 09.53pm

From monster-fighting teens to space rebels, there’s plenty of fuel for growing minds on Disney channels this spring.


Ryan Walker is no regular 14-year old. He has an unusual talent; the ability to control technology with his mind – sort of like a human remote control. When he unexpectedly awakens the 150-foot MECH-X4 robot, which was built by an elusive genius (is there any other kind?), Ryan and friends have to work out the controls before monsters descend upon the city and cause mass destruction. A tale of teamwork and thinking on your feet, this sci-fi comedy adventure combines kick-ass action and a dose of touching teenage insecurity.

Catch Mech X-4  at 5pm on Fridays, Disney Channel, BT channel 480

The Lion Guard

This will make you feel old: it’s been 23 years since much-loved Disney animated film The Lion King was released. The Lion Guard continues the story for a new generation of little explorers and centres around Kion, the second-born cub of Simba, who was just a cub himself in the 1994 movie. Tasked with preserving the Pride Lands, Kion calls upon his friends from the animal kingdom, each with their own unique set of skills – Bunga, a fearless honey badger; Fuli, a confident cheetah; Beshte, a happy-go-lucky hippo; and Ono, an intellectual egret. Expect adventures and animal capers aplenty, with a few cameos from some familiar faces from the past.

Catch brand new episodes of The Lion Guard weekdays at 5.30pm, Disney Junior, BT channel 481

Star Wars Rebels Season 3
This CGI animated spin off is a must for mini Jedis. Set three years before the events of the Star Wars original trilogy, the story follows a motley group of rebels who live aboard the starship Ghost. Having established a secret base on Atollon, the gang – led by a plucky orphan named Ezra Bridger – go about bolstering their fleet and prepare to take on the evil Grand Admiral and the imperial Empire.

Catch brand new episodes at 9.30am on Saturdays, Disney XD, BT channel 482

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