Whistle For Joy! 'Clangers' To Be Resurrected For New Generation Of CBeebies Children
Everyone's favourite stop motion pink aliens will make their return to TV in 2015.
It's been a year of TV revivals: first we had Bodger and Badger back to fight against the UK badger cull then there was the announcement that The Wombles would be returning for a new digital generation. Now, the BBC have announced that cult 70s children's' television show, The Clangers, will also be making a comeback in the near-ish future.
The animated show, filmed with stop motion techniques, is a cherished memory for many British adults today who are still charmed by the innocence of The Clangers, first broadcast in 1969; four months after the Moon landing.
The programme followed a race of small, pink, mouse-like aliens who would communicate with whistling sounds whilst Oliver Postgate provided the narration. Slightly surreal and undeniably cute, the series cemented its status as a children's television cult classic with merchandise still available today.
Postgate's son, Daniel, who is involved in the script writing for the show's resurrections, assuaged fears that a remake would be badly handled. "The new Clangers is not something we've rushed into. It has been carefully considered," he promised. It is not known whether Daniel will sneak swearing into the whistle script, as his father did in the original according to Clive Banks' Sci-Fi Website. Though no one would have ever known, the sweet-sounding whistles could apparently be translated into swear words, showing Postgate's wicked sense of humour.
Everyone's favourite aliens, The Clangers are returning for a new BBC series so send your CLANGERS oldies suggestions pic.twitter.com/K7IRJzdRmv— BBC Radio 2 (@BBCRadio2) October 15, 2013
The series co-creator Peter Firmin spoke of his enthusiasm for bringing the knitted creatures to a new generation in 2015. "When you watch the original Clangers you have to make allowances for the limitations of the animation techniques when it was made," he said in a statement, via BBC News. "It was magical for its time, but this is a new Clangers for a new age!"
CBeebies controller Kay Benbow added: "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."
The show, reportedly costing £5 million to revive, will also be broadcast in North America on account of its US co-producers, the pre-school channel Sprout.