Thursday 22 March 2018

Remakes sadden Teletubbies creator

Teletubbies co-creator Anne Wood won't be watching the remake
Teletubbies co-creator Anne Wood won't be watching the remake

The co-creator of the Teletubbies has criticised TV bosses for reviving a glut of former children's shows, from Thunderbirds to The Wombles.

Several classics, including Danger Mouse, Clangers and Teletubbies, are being remade for today's young audiences.

But Anne Wood, 77, who also co-produced In The Night Garden, told Radio Times magazine that she would not be watching the return of Teletubbies characters Tinky Winky, Laa-Laa and Po to the small screen.

She said she was disappointed that so many old shows were now being remade.

Wood, whose new show Twirlywoos is currently on CBeebies, said: "I'm a bit sad. It comes down to the times we're in.

"People feel safer remaking hits of the past rather than investing in something new."

The TV producer said that the new Teletubbies series, due to air on CBeebies later this year, "has nothing whatsoever to do with me".

Anne sold the rights to the show, which she co-created with Andrew Davenport in 2013, to raise money to make new programmes.

Asked whether she would watch the new series, she replied: "No. I couldn't bring myself to. I mean I have nothing against them, it might be brilliant.

"They tell me they've got the best producer possible on it, so that's a good sign. But how could I watch it? All my programmes are like my children."

Anne, who brought TV viewers Roland Rat in the 1980s, added: "It's like seeing a child remade in somebody else's image. So good luck to them. They bought it and I can't do anything about that."

Asked if she was sorry to see Teletubbies being remade, she added: "Well, I think... I don't know. I can't really say. In general, I'm just saying that there are such a lot of programmes being remade and I just feel the children's television industry is worth more than that."

Press Association

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