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Jane Horrocks to voice Teletubbies phone


Jane Horrocks

Jane Horrocks




Jane Horrocks

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.

The remake will air on CBeebies later this year, almost 20 years after Tinky Winky, Dipsy, Laa-Laa and Po first arrived.

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 Teletubbies will still have antennas on their heads and TV screens on their stomachs.

Stand-up comedian and Eric And Ernie actor Daniel Rigby will narrate the new series, while Sunshine On Leith actress Antonia Thomas will lend her voice to the opening and closing lines.

The original show, which spawned a chart-topping single, Teletubbies Say Eh-oh!, was seen by around one billion children in 100 countries following its launch in 1997.


But its co-creator, Anne Wood, said earlier this year that she would not watch its return and criticised TV bosses for reviving a glut of former children's shows, from Thunderbirds to The Wombles.

Several classic programmes, including Danger Mouse and The Clangers, are being remade for today's young audiences.

"I'm a bit sad. It comes down to the times we're in," said Wood, who sold the rights to the show to raise money to make new programmes.

"People feel safer remaking hits of the past."

Horrocks said the new Teletubbies would be a hit with adults as well as younger viewers.

"I think it's hilarious and it will appeal to adults as much as it does children," she said.

Cotton, who recently announced that she is pregnant with her second child, said: "As a mum, I am sure the new series will enthral a whole new generation of children."