Lincolnshire Echo Online (18 June 2014)
Two children’s classics are set to delight young audiences once again as they return to television screens with new episodes.
Earlier this month it was announced that the BBC has ordered 60 new episodes of The Teletubbies to be filmed for children’s television channel CBeebies.
It has also been announced that CBBC will run new episodes of animated superhero series Danger Mouse.
The new episodes of Teletubbies will be made by UK production company Darrall Macqueen, and will make use of CGI enhancement to create a more “contemporary look.”
Kay Benbow, controller of CBeebies, said: “I think that now is the right time to create new episodes of this much-loved, iconic show for the current CBeebies audience.
“Early development and test shoots have persuaded me that CBeebies viewers are in for a wonderful treat.”
The show, broadcast in more than 120 countries, originally ran from 1997 to 2001. Repeats of the original Teletubbies episodes continue to be shown on CBeebies.
Meanwhile, CBBC is set to air new episodes of animated superhero series Danger Mouse.
The series, which finished running in 1992, will return to television screens in 2015, with CBBC controller Cheryl Taylor predicting the new episodes will “win over a whole new generation of fans.”
Alongside some original characters, the episodes will feature new gadgets, locations, vehicles – and villains.
The new series will be produced and animated by FremantleMedia and Boulder Media.
Fremantle’s Rick Glanker said: “In this new 21st-Century version the laughs are set to be even louder as the world’s smallest secret agent faces mightier missions, voracious villains and knee-trembling threats.”