1. Remember SuperTed? It’s coming back.
SuperTed creator Mike Young tells the Radio Times that 26 half-hour episodes are planned, with broadcasters expected to get the chance to bid for the show this autumn.
The original cartoon – which featured the voice of John Pertwee – ran from 1983 to 1985, but was repeated endlessly on UK kids’ TV throughout the 1980s.
When it returns in 2016 it will have some significant differences, says Young: “In SuperTed, we had a gun-slinging cowboy, a flamboyantly gay skeleton, and a fat guy who had jokes made about his weight.
“And all these things you just wouldn’t do today. But you can still write the show in a funny, entertaining way.”
It won’t, however, be too “slick”, he says. “I won’t mention any names but many of the stop-frame series have been remade in the UK with less than fantastic results. They sometimes lose the charm of the original production.”
2. You may recall that SuperTed was turned into a magical bear by Spotty Man, and given his powers by Mother Nature. It all made a lot more sense at the time.
3. It’s slightly more low-key than another rebooted 1980s kids’ TV franchise, Bananaman, which is being turned into a full-length, live-action feature film next year.
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