Claymation star Morph is coming back to TV after 20 years

The bad-tempered terracotta man will star in a new series of animated stories

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 16:  Creator of 'Morph' Peter Lord attends The British Comedy Awards at Fountain Studios on December 16, 2014 in London, England.  (Photo by Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images)

Here’s news that will get SMart fans animated: stop-motion character Morph is returning to screens after two decades.

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According to Peter Lord, creator of the tiny claymation man, Morph will return in a short series of new films. “It’s so new, I can’t reveal where it’ll be but, yes, a five-minute series. I think maybe fifteen five-minute stories,” he told BBC Radio Orkney.

He added: “As we speak, back at the studio in Bristol, they’re building the sets in readiness.”

Although the Aardman Animations character has starred in three online series since 2013, Morph hasn’t enjoyed a regular TV segment since 1998 show On Your Marks.

The terracotta-coloured figure first hit screens with Tony Hart in classic BBC One show Take Hart, before featuring in The Amazing Adventures of Morph, Hartbeat and The Morph Files.

But don’t expect Morph to return to screen soon, as Lord revealed, the claymation process is exceptionally slow. “I think an animator these days shoots about six seconds a day. It’s slow,” he said.

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Until Morph’s comeback, you can catch him on Lord’s Twitter, where he posts updates of his wild life in Orkney.