Coolabi Group has announced it is in production on a third new series of the pre-school animation, Clangers to go out on CBeebies in 2019 as part of the Clangers’ 50th anniversary celebrations. Ex CBeebies controller Kay Benbow is on board as script editor.
The Clangers, which returned to the BBC in 2015 is narrated by Michael Palin, and follows a family of loveable, pink, mouse-like creatures who live on a little blue planet in outer space. The show is a co-production from Coolabi Group, Smallfilms, CBeebies and BBC Studios.
The new 26 x 11’ stop-motion series, takes the total number of new episodes to 104 and will feature a special episode to celebrate the landmark year of 1969, paying homage to the original series’ moon landing episode.
Jeremy Banks, CEO Coolabi Group, comments: “The Clangers is a wonderful family show that has an enduring magic and charm which can be enjoyed by both children and their parents. We are looking forward to marking this fiftieth anniversary with the announcement of the new series and special episodes that the talented team have worked so hard to create for this celebratory year.”
Jackie Edwards, Head of BBC Children’s Acquisitions & Independent Animation comments: “We are very much looking forward to welcoming new episodes of the Clangers to CBeebies in 2019. They show us the value of community and of being kind to one another, their positivity and optimism are always an inspiration for children and adults alike. Their message across fifty years remains relevant and pertinent.”
In July 2018 Peter Firmin, one of the creators of the original series, died after a short illness. Daniel Postgate (son of series co-creator Oliver Postgate) continues his role as executive producer and scriptwriter for the new series.
Series three will once again be made at Factory’s studio in Altrincham (Scream Street, Newzoids) and Grammy-award winner John du Prez (Spamalot) will compose the score.
Clangers is co-produced by CBeebies, Coolabi Group and Smallfilms with BBC Worldwide for its international channels. BBC Worldwide is also the international distributor for the show.
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