Wind in the Willows animated TV revival planned

A 52-part animation based on the Kenneth Grahame classic is in the works and joins a list of children’s revivals with Danger Mouse, The Wombles and The Clangers already in the pipeline

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The Wind In The Willows is set to be the next classic children’s favourite to return to British TV screens.

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Kenneth Grahame’s much-loved books about the adventures of Mole, Rat and Toad are being reimagined in a 52-part series called Wind In The Willows: Mole Of Mole End.

At the moment there is no broadcaster attached, although the producers overseeing the project are understood to be hopeful about getting the series on air.

“We have lived with this beautiful book for so long, it has become part of the fabric of our lives,” producer Martin Gates said in a statement. “Twenty years on, we feel the time is right to breathe new life into the stories for a whole new generation of children.”

First published in 1908, the Wind in the Willows has been remade for television and film on a number of occasions, most notably in 1984 with David Jason as the voice of Toad and in the 2006 film with Matt Lucas and Bob Hoskins.

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Other classic children’s favourites in line for a revival in the coming years include Danger Mouse, The Wombles, Thunderbirds and The Clangers.