Walliams revives Charley Says films

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image captionDavid Walliams provides the voice for the short films, following in the footsteps of Kenny Everett

Charley Says, the cartoon cat who fronted public information films in the 1970s and 80s, is back on screen.

Comedian David Walliams provides the voices for the latest series of films, which mix original footage with new scenes focusing on electrical safety.

"We've all had a go at mimicking Charley the cat's meow," said Walliams. "I hope my version is up to scratch."

The short films have been created by the charity Electrical Safety First to highlight safety in the home.

Kenny Everett provided the voice for the original safety messages, which were created by the government's Central Office for Information and warned children about everyday safety issues such as not going off with strangers or playing with matches.

"We are thrilled to be working with David to bring Charley Says back to life and hope that anyone who remembers the films from their childhood will want to watch and share our new videos," said Emma Apter, from Electrical Safety First.

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image captionThe short films have been created by a charity to highlight electrical safety

The first of the new films - released on Friday - sees Charley stepping in to warn his companion about the dangers of an overloaded plug.

Ms Apter said the Electrical Safety First team "worked closely with animators to re-master footage and add in new scenes".

Every year 350,000 people are injured by the everyday use of electricity.

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