BLE 2013: The Clangers to return to TV after 45 years

Coolabi teams with CBeebies, Smallfilms and Sprout to bring back classic show in 2015
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Classic British animated television show, The Clangers is set to make its return to TV after a 45 year absence.

Co-produced by CBeebies, Coolabi, Smallfilms and US pre-school network Sprout, the new pre-school series is set to return to the small screen in 2015.

With BBC Worldwide on board for the property's international channels, the show's £5 million production is already underway.

A family of pink, long nosed mouse shaped creatures inhabiting a small blue planet not far from Earth, the Clangers first launched on the BBC in 1969.

The classic Smallfilms series - originally created by figureheads in UK animation Peter Firmin and Oliver Postgate - will be produced in stop motion animation by Factory Transmedia alongside puppet makers Mackinnon and Saunders.

Peter Firmin said: “We hope to engage and entertain children of all ages and their families, just as Oliver and I did all those years ago.

"The new series will include great story telling with lots of heart. It will also be technically improved. When you watch the original Clangers you have to make allowances for the limitations of the animation techniques when it was made.

"It was magical for its time, but this is a new Clangers for a new age!”

Kay Benbow, Controller of CBeebies, added: “Nostalgia is a funny thing, and we always think very carefully about remakes or re-imaginings of classic children’s programmes.

"The Clangers is a programme that has an enduring magic. The new proposition has been built firmly upon the joyful foundations of the original, and will be produced by a team of exceptional talent which includes the extraordinary Peter Firmin.

"We are terrifically excited to bring this out-of-this-world series to our CBeebies audience”.

Jeremy Banks, CEO, Coolabi, concluded: “Clangers is a highly respected and much loved brand that remains close to the hearts of the British public.

"It was watched by millions of children and their families in the early days of colour television and is remembered with affection by many. Our aim is to pay tribute to the classic series whilst appealing to a new generation of pre-school fans and families.”

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