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.”