Young viewers glued to last week’s Stargazing events on CBeebies will have seen the return of a much loved British show – yet may not even have known they were making a comeback.
The Clangers, absent for over 45 years, returned to our screens with their own unique explanation of a solar eclipse:
The Clangers, made over for the 21st century with improved animation, will be narrated by Michael Palin.
Recurring themes include the importance of community, caring for the planet and encouraging and nurturing a sense of wonder and natural curiosity.
The Clangers is made using stop motion animation by Factory Transmedia, who also make Strange Hill High and Raa Raa The Noisy Lion.
Peter Firmin, one half of the original creators, commented, “We hope to engage and entertain children of all ages and their families, just as Oliver and I did all those years ago. The new series will include great story telling with lots of heart. It will also be technically improved. When you watch the original Clangers you have to make allowances for the limitations of the animation techniques when it was made. It was magical for its time, but this is a new Clangers for a new age!”
Peter is aided by Oliver Postgate’s son, Daniel: “I’ve always loved Clangers. It is my favourite Smallfilms show. In fact, it is my favourite children’s show of all time. I was about five years old when it was made – just the right age. The new Clangers is not something we’ve rushed into. It has been carefully considered. For me, this is a labour of love. We are very fortunate to get the very best people collectively to work on it, and we are all very enthusiastic!”
Exact programme dates are still to be confirmed.