Teletubbies return for new generation

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The first new episodes of Teletubbies in over a decade are to be made, spruced up with special effects for a new generation of young viewers.

Pre-school favourites Tinky Winky, Dipsy, Laa-Laa and Po will continue to be live action characters who will inhabit a eplica model set, but the 60 new programmes for CBeebies will be CGI-enhanced.

Kay Benbow, controller of the digital channel for under sixes, said it was the 'right time to create new episodes of this much-loved, iconic show for the current CBeebies audience'.

'I'm sure they will engage with and delight in the activities of Tinky Winky, Dipsy, Laa Laa and Po, in the same way that children and parents did when they first appeared on our screens.'

The programmes will be made by indie Darrall Macqueen, after the acquisition last September of original Teletubbies producer Ragdoll Worldwide by the Canadian company DHX Media, who now own the rights.

'Darrall Macqueen are incredibly experienced and talented producers of top quality children's programmes and early development and test shoots have persuaded me that CBeebies viewers are in for a wonderful treat,' said Benbow.

Her channel still repeats the original episodes, which were launched in 1997, with time called on production in 2001.

An instant hit with UK children, Teletubbies was seen in more than 120 different territories around the world and in 45 languages.

Earlier this month, it topped the 'most risk-taking kids' entertainment' programme category at the prestigious Prix Jeunesse International.

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