Remember when you last watched The Wombles? It was way back in 1999 when the pointy-nosed furry creatures last made an appearance on our screens. But today Channel 5 announced plans to create a brand new series of the children’s classic to air on their pre-school strand Milkshake in 2015.
However, the 52 eleven-minute episodes will be created in CGI, not the classic stop-motion technique older viewers will remember. “It will look more like stop-motion but with great fur,” confirmed Mike Batt who wrote the show’s original theme tune and now owns the rights to The Wombles. “We believe that there are audiences of new children who missed The Wombles the first time around and will be thrilled to see the brilliant high quality animation and new musical productions.”
Jessica Symons, Channel 5’s Head of Children’s, added, “This show was so loved by generations of children and the time is right for it to gain a whole new following. The stories and characters are as compelling as ever and we’re excited to welcome The Wombles to Milkshake.”
The Wombles were first created by Elizabeth Beresford in six novels published between 1968 and 1976, before being turned into two stop-motion series for the BBC from 1973-1975. During the seventies The Wombles also made a successful transition into the British pop charts, scoring eight top 40 singles and becoming the top-selling singles group of 1975.