The psychedelic children's show is being rebooted for the BBC's CBeebies children's programming block
In case you felt your TV viewing was conspicuously lacking in colorful creatures sporting antennas, know that Teletubbies is returning.
The original run of the BBC kids’ show saw 365 episodes between 1997 and 2001. The reboot does not yet have a premiere date, but it’s expected that the 60 new episodes will begin airing in 2015.
And while it’s yet unclear whether original Teletubbies voice actors will return, Tinky Winky, Dipsy Laa-laa and Po will be joined by new friends. Veteran British actor Jim Broadbent, perhaps best known for playing Horace Slughorn in the Harry Potter movies, will voice a talking trumpet, while Absolutely Fabulous actress Jane Horrocks will play a “Tubby Phone.”
“The series has a whole new feel to it,” Horrocks told The Telegraph. I think it’s hilarious, and it will appeal to adults as much as it does children.”
BBC Radio DJ Fearne Cotton will also voice a talking trumpet. “As a mum, I am sure the new series will enthrall a whole new generation of children across Britain, and I will certainly be watching with my kids,” Cotton told the BBC.
Anne Wood, one of the creators of the original series, will not return for the reboot. In February, she told Britain’s RadioTimes that she sold Teletubbies in order to raise money to develop new children’s shows. “So good luck to them. They bought it and I can’t do anything about that,” she said. “I mean I have nothing against them. It might be brilliant. But how could I watch it? All my programs are like my children. It’s like seeing a child remade in somebody else’s image.”
In December, the baby who played the show’s iconic laughing sun was revealed to be Jess Smith, a resident of Kent, England, who is now 19 years old.
According to the BBC, the original Teletubbies series was watched by approximately 1 billion children in more than 120 countries.