Auntie looking at Kinect, Wii U, tablets and more

The BBC is keen to ramp up the production of video games based on its famous brands - and team up with partners to get boxed titles into retail.

Speaking to CVG this week, the Beeb revealed that it was particularly interested in capitalising on new technologies like Kinect, Wii U and tablets.

Top BBC brands popular with today's gaming audience include Luther, Sherlock and Doctor Who - with the latter already appearing as a series of popular downloadable titles. Auntie is also working on a Doctor Who MMO with US studio Three Rings Design.

Executive producer of BBC Worldwide's Digital Entertainment and Games division Simon Harris said that "Kinect makes a huge amount of sense," for certain BBC brands and described the Wii U as "a really interesting product" - especially if it has a strong digital download presence.

"I think the challenge is for us to get [our brands as] games into something like retail," Harris continued. "We want to get together with partners."

"[We're] very excited to hear what their plans are in that area and yes we'll be looking at whether there are really good strategic partnerships on our brands that we can bring to those platforms as well.

"Nintendo are currently a market leader on consoles so when they do something new you'd better sit up and take notice and try and see if we can become involved in it."

The BBC will have a presence in at least one major retail game this year: the voice of Top Gear's Jeremy Clarkson combines with Kinect in Forza 4's Autovista Mode to bring petrol-heads a photorealistic garage of cars, commentary and subsequent knowledge.

The game also boasts a host of Top Gear-branded modes.