Canadian company rebooting Teletubbies for new TV series
TORONTO — Tinky Winky, Dipsy, Laa-Laa and Po are coming back to TV.
Canada’s DHX Media announced Friday it plans to produce a new Teletubbies series for UK television.
The Halifax-based company will create 60 episodes featuring the colourful characters for the BBC’s children’s brand CBeebies.
Teletubbies originally ran from 1997 to 2001 and became a worldwide phenomenon, airing in 45 different languages in over 120 territories.
DHX Media said the new show will have a “visually enhanced” style to bring it “a refreshed and contemporary look and feel.”
The live action characters will be filmed on replica model sets in the UK and enhanced by computer-generated images.
“Teletubbies is an enduringly popular series with our youngest viewers, although no new episodes have been made for over 10 years,” said Kay Benbow of CBeebies, in a release.
“I think that now is the right time to create new episodes of this much-loved, iconic show for the current CBeebies audience.”
Halifax-based DHX has offices in Toronto, Vancouver and in seven cities around the world.
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