Clangers remake set for BBC in 2015

Cult TV show about loveable pink aliens to return, with Major, Mother, Small, Tiny, Granny and The Soup Dragon all coming back after 40 years away

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Call off the search, children’s TV favourite Clangers is coming back to the BBC.

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The much loved cult children’s TV show about the pink, long-nosed creatures will return to our screen in a £5m internationally produced series.

First aired between 1969 and 1972, the original centred on the Clangers, lovable puppets who lived in space on a planet peppered with holes topped with metal dustbin lids. These flip open with a clang to reveal their homes of caves and tunnels.

The new series will use original creator Oliver Postagte’s technique of stop frame animation and will look very similar to the original – with the producers expected to use some up to date animation techniques for the remake.

It will also see the return of favourite characters including Major, Mother, Small (a boy), Tiny (a girl), Granny and The Soup Dragon, who provides green soup from the soup wells and The Iron Chicken, whose favourite food is nuts and bolts. 

The new production will be overseen by the BBC, the original producers Smallfilms and other co-production partners including US pre-school network, Sprout.

Original creator Peter Firmin is involved in the new project, as is Daniel Postgate, son of Firmin’s collaborator the late Oliver Postgate who ran Smallfilms.

The two will serve as executive producers with Firmin part of the design process and Postgate writing storylines and scripts.

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.”

Daniel Postgate added: “I’ve always loved Clangers. It is my favourite Smallfilms show. In fact, it is my favourite children’s show of all time. I was about five years old when it was made – just the right age. The new Clangers is not something we’ve rushed into. It has been carefully considered. For me, this is a labour of love. We are very fortunate to get the very best people collectively to work on it, and we are all very enthusiastic.”

CBeebies controller Kay Benbow said:  “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”.

 


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