Waste and recycling pioneers The Wombles, who first appeared on TV screens in 1968 on Jackanory, will return with a brand new series to educate the next generation of environmentally-conscious youngsters.
The litter-picking animals, which starred in their own TV series from 1973-75, had adventures whilst they removed litter from Wimbledon Common and re-used what they found.
The new series, which is currently in production and is set to be aired in 2015 on Channel 5, will feature original cast members such as Uncle Bulgaria and Orinoco, but will use computer generated graphics as opposed to utilising people in costumes and puppets.
Musician Mike Batt, writer of two seminal Wombles’ songs (Remember You’re A Womble and The Wombling Song), said that the new series will resemble the original, only with the addition of “great fur.”
He added: “We believe that there are audiences of new children who missed The Wombles the first time around and will be thrilled to see the brilliant high quality animation and new musical productions.”
Head of children’s television at Channel 5, Jessica Symons, said: “This show was so loved by generations of children and the time is right for it to gain a whole new following. The stories and characters are as compelling as ever.”
The Wombles returned to the public eye in 2011 when they played at Glastonbury Festival, although their environmental credentials were reported to have slipped as festival organiser Michael Eavis said: “They had been planning to tidy up the site afterwards but now aren’t going to do that.”