Ex-pop star Stan launches TV group
Former Housemartins star Stan Cullimore is making a musical comeback - with a pre-school kids' group.
Stan, who moved into children's books after the Happy Hour hit-makers split, has teamed up with the tunesmiths behind TV themes to shows such as Little Red Tractor to form a toddlers' supergroup, The Bopps.
The band will star in a new series, pitched between The Monkees and The Banana Splits, which begins on the Nick Jr channel on April 5.
As a member of The Housemartins, Cullimore achieved a string of hits including Happy Hour and 1986 chart-topper Caravan Of Love.
While former bandmates Norman Cook went on to have success as DJ Fatboy Slim and frontman Paul Heaton formed Beautiful South, guitarist Cullimore went on to become a writer specialising in books for youngsters. He also wrote the children's series Yoho Ahoy and has become a narrator and voiceover artist.
He teamed up with old friends Keith Littler and Mike Cross who have worked on a number of themes over the years, together with Joanna Ruiz who has voiced several animated characters including working on Fifi And The Flowertots.
Stan said: "We're all parents and have been working together in children's TV for over 10 years. The band has evolved from long-standing friendships and a shared passion for the same genre of music.
"Suddenly we found ourselves with enough songs for an album and the idea for the TV series grew from there."
The show will be screened on Nick Jr from April 5 within the weekday Wake Up World slot which starts at 7.30am.