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Igglepiggle and Co not facing chop

Well-loved characters Igglepiggle, Upsy Daisy and Makka Pakka will live on, BBC chiefs insisted today.

It follows fears that In The Night Garden was coming to an end after its creator Andrew Davenport suggested its present format had run its course.

Neil Ross Russell, managing director of Children's Global Brands at BBC Worldwide, said: "The rumoured demise of In The Night Garden has been premature to say the least. We are actually in the process of developing exclusive new content." The show, narrated by Derek Jacobi, has become a children's classic.