Anne Wood, the creator of 90s children’s favourites the Teletubbies, has revealed that she will not be watching the remake of the show on CBeebies.
Wood explains in the new issue of Radio Times that she was “sad” to sell the rights to CBeebies, but had to in order to raise cash to make new programmes. As a result, the second generation Teletubbies, due to air later this year, have “nothing to do with me”.
Explaining why she won’t be tuning in, Wood says, “I couldn’t bring myself to. I mean I have nothing against them, it might be brilliant. They tell me they’ve got the best producer possible on it, so that’s a good sign. But how could I watch it? All my programmes are like my children. It’s like seeing a child remade in somebody else’s image. So good luck to them. They bought it and I can’t do anything about that.”
Wood, whose new programme Twirlywoos uses stop-frame animation and is aimed at three to four year-olds, regrets the current trend for remaking children’s TV classics.
“I’m a bit sad,” she says. “It comes down to the times we’re in: people feel safer remaking hits of the past rather than investing in something new… I’m just saying that there are such a lot of programmes being remade and I just feel the children’s television industry is worth more than that. It would be nice if more encouragement was given to new work.”
Read the full interview in this week’s issue of Radio Times, on sale from Tuesday 17th February
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