The Clangers are returning to the BBC

Feature Louisa Mellor 15 Oct 2013 - 08:11

The Clangers are coming back to children's television with a brand new stop-motion series in 2015...

In the wake of those nine unseen-for-forty-five-years Doctor Who episodes reappearing, another sixties BBC classic is making its return to modern television. Clangers, which debuted on the Beeb in 1969, is being revived for a new series in 2015.

CBeebies and a group of international partners are co-producing the new series, announced to have a budget of £5 million. That'll buy you a lot of pink knitting wool.

CGI-phobics can rest assured, because the newly revived space mice-oids are to be rendered in old-fashioned stop-motion animation, with original co-creator Peter Firmin and Daniel Postgate (son of Firmin's late collaborator, Oliver Postgate) executive producing, working on design and writing storylines and scripts.

The puppet makers are to be Mackinnon and Saunders, the same company that worked on Tim Burton's Corpse BrideWes Anderson's Fantastic Mr Fox, and Aardman's Chicken Run. Animation will come courtesy of Factory Transmedia, which was behind Strange Hill High, and Raa Raa the Noisy Lion.

Postgate and Firmin you'll know not only as the creators of Clangers' Major, Mother, Small, Tiny, Granny, The Soup Dragon and The Iron Chicken (no planet should be without one) but also the makers of Bagpuss, Ivor the Engine, and Noggin the Nog. Essentially, if your childhood fell between the years of 1959 and 1985, those two were a part of it.

You'd better start practising your whistling now...

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