A new CGI series of pre-school smash Fireman Sam - plus a feature length special - have been given the green light, Hit Entertainment has confirmed.
24 ten-minute episodes are planned, along with one extended episode of 22 minutes and a 60-minute feature length special, due for deliver in December.
Turner Broadcasting has already acquired the new series for its pre-school channel, Cartoonito.
The ninth series of Fireman Sam will be produced by China-based digital animation company Xing Xing.
"Fireman Sam continues to increase in popularity and, to meet the overwhelming demand for new content, Hit has committed to significant investment in the series to ensure the future remains bright," said Marion Edwards, executive producer at Hit Entertainment. "We're also thrilled that Cartoonito has renewed their commitment and, with the addition of some fantastic new locations and equipment for the crew, this new series will deliver even more exciting Pontypandy adventures."
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