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The Teletubbies Are Coming Back

DHX Media and CBeebies announce new episodes

16/06/2014

DHX Media, creator, producer, distributor and licensor of children’s entertainment content announced plans to produce 60 brand new Teletubbies episodes for CBeebies.

According to a statement released by the company, the new series will feature the same characters and styling "but will be visually enhanced, bringing a refreshed and contemporary look and feel to the one of the world’s most well-known properties, which is still entertaining and engaging preschool audiences worldwide."

DHX Media has also engaged award-winning UK production company Darrall Macqueen. The two companies are pioneering an upgraded and updated version of the current show which will feature the iconic live action characters Tinky Winky, Dipsy, Laa-Laa and Po on replica model sets. The episodes will be enhanced by CGI.

Kay Benbow, Controller, CBeebies said: " Teletubbies is an enduringly popular series with our youngest viewers, although no new episodes have been made for over ten years. I think that now is the right time to create new episodes of this much-loved, iconic show for the current CBeebies audience."

Steven DeNure, President and COO of DHX Media said: “Having acquired the rights to Teletubbies, one of the most significant and globally successful television properties, we are committed to developing the brand for today’s children. Kids’ entertainment of this calibre entertains generation after generation so we believe there is considerable demand for an enhanced, contemporary version."

The Teletubbies launched in March 1997 and became one of the most successful global children’s brands of all time. According to DHX, it has reached over 1 billion children to date and the original episodes have aired in over 120 territories in 45 different languages. It was the very first western pre-school property to air on China’s CCTV reaching an audience of 300 million children. Its enduring resonance with children is further underscored by the brands postings on YouTube which garner almost 50 million views per month.

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