Channel 5 is to air a new series of children’s classic The Wombles as part of its pre-school strand, Milkshake.
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 and we’re excited to welcome The Wombles to Milkshake. – Jessica Symons, Head of Children’s Channel 5
Dramatico Animation Ltd will be creating a series of 52 episodes, each eleven minutes long.
Mike Batt, who now owns the rights to The Wombles and wrote the programme’s original theme tune, Underground Overground’ confirms that the new TV series will be CGI
It will look more like stop motion but with great fur. 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.
The Wombles were created by Elizabeth Beresford in six novels first published in the UK by Bloomsbury Press between 1968 and 1976.
Two stop-motion series were produced between 1973 and 1975 for the BBC, the 60 episodes were later repeated on ITV and Channel 4. The original editions ran for five minutes.
The Wombles had eight top 40 single hits in the British charts, becoming the top selling singles group of 1975 and helping the characters to appeal to the whole family – becoming a household name and part of the British fabric of life. This gave rise to a merchandising phenomenon on a scale previously unheard of.
The Wombles will air on Channel 5 in 2015.