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Eh-oh! It’s the return of the Teletubbies after 20 years

Sherna Noah

Published 07/04/2015 | 02:30

Jane Horrocks during the voice recording for Teletubbies as TV show Teletubbies is returning to the small-screen with the addition of a must-have 21st century gadget (Jon Cartwright/PA Wire)
Jane Horrocks during the voice recording for Teletubbies as TV show Teletubbies is returning to the small-screen with the addition of a must-have 21st century gadget (Jon Cartwright/PA Wire)

Eh-oh! – classic TV show ‘Teletubbies’ is returning to the small-screen with the addition of a must-have 21st century gadget – a mobile-style phone voiced by Jane Horrocks.

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The remake is due to air on CBeebies later this year, almost 20 years after Tinky Winky, Dipsy, Laa-Laa and Po first arrived on TV screens.

‘Absolutely Fabulous’ actress Horrocks will voice new character the “tubby phone”, a gadget which is said to be “catapulting” the Teletubbies into the modern day. ‘Harry Potter’ star Jim Broadbent and DJ and presenter Fearne Cotton have also signed up for the show and will be heard coming through the voice trumpets that pop out of the ground. Producers said the new series would feature the same characters and style as the original but with a “refreshed and contemporary look”.

The tubby phone, which will be fixed in the Teletubbies’ dome, is one of a number of “new elements” being introduced but it has not usurped the TV – the creatures will still have antennas on their heads.

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