The gang is back! Tinky Winky, Dipsy, Laa-Laa, and Po—a.k.a. the Teletubbies— are coming back to the small screen in 2015, the BBC has announced.
Created by Anne Wood and Andrew Davenport in 1997, the popular children’s series ran for 365 episodes, gaining a world-wide audience before its cancellation in 2001. The new series has been ordered for 60 episodes and will feature many of the series’ original characters and elements.
From the BBC:
The new series will feature the same well-loved characters and styling as the original but will be visually enhanced, bringing a refreshed, colourful and contemporary look and feel to one of the world’s best-loved pre-school properties. A wonderful cast of British acting talent will be joining in the Tubby fun with Jim Broadbent (Harry Potter, Bridget Jones’s Diary), Jane Horrocks (Absolutely Fabulous, Little Voice), Daniel Rigby (Eric and Ernie), Fearne Cotton (Radio 1, Celebrity Juice), and Antonia Thomas (Misfits, Sunshine on Leith) providing distinctive voices and narration to the series.
Staying true to the original series Tinky Winky, Dipsy, Laa-Laa and Po retain their loveable, huggable distinctive features but have been subtly updated to cater for today’s pre-schoolers. The Teletubbies now have 21st century Touch Screen Tummies, which will broadcast beautiful live action films, shot from a child’s perspective. Some familiar characters will be back, including the Teletubbies’ hoover-like companion Noo-noo, and the series will feature many exciting new elements too: The Teletubbies’ new gadget, the Tubby Phone (voiced by Jane Horrocks), will bring the Teletubbies bang up to date with technology, and a twirling, whirling Tubby Custard Ride will provide the characters with endless custardy chaos and fun.”
What do you think? Did you watch Teletubbies when it was on? Are you excited for a new series?