If, like us, you watched helplessly from your window as the cloudy skies masked any sign of a solar eclipse, you might be in need of some cheering up.
We give you… The Clangers. The revitalised pink puppets made their long-awaited debut on the CBeebies channel last night in a special eclipse-themed scene.
Narrated by Michael Palin, the short scene sees Major Clanger, Granny Clanger and co explaining just what an eclipse is before demonstrating how to watch it safely (although none of the goggles featured on the telly this morning were as cool as those worn by The Clangers).
The remake of the classic children’s show – which was first announced last October – will arrive as a full series on CBeebies in the spring. A co-production between the BBC and the original producers Smallfilms, it will include involvement from Clangers creator Peter Firmin, as well as Daniel Postgate, son of Firmin’s collaborator the late Oliver Postgate who ran Smallfilms.
The two will serve as executive producers, with Firmin involved in the design process and Postgate penning story lines and scripts. Palin takes over presenting duties from Postgate Sr who narrated the original series which ran from 1969 to 1972.