09/09/2014 16:25 BST | Updated 20/05/2015 10:12 BST

The Clangers: Michael Palin To Voice New Series


Michael Palin is to narrate a new series of children's classic TV show The Clangers.

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Michael, 71, said it was a 'real privilege' to be associated with the return of the animated kids' favourite.

He was selected by Daniel Postgate, whose late father Oliver was one of the co-creators of the original show.

Daniel said: "Michael was my first choice and I am delighted."

The Clangers ran in the 60s and 70s. It has been recreated for the BBC's children's channel, Cbeebies at a cost of £5million. Created by Oliver Postgate and Peter Firmin, the programme debuted in 1969.

It charted the adventures of a gang of knitted mouse-like aliens living a threadbare existence on a cold blue planet.

The aliens lived in craters covered by dustbins lids – whose 'clanging' sound gave the programme its name.

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Co-creator Peter Firmin told the BBC the new series would involve 'great storytelling with lots of heart'.

He said: "When you watch the original Clangers you have to make allowances for the limitations of the animation techniques when it was made.

"It was magical for its time, but this is a new Clangers for a new age!"

Daniel Postgate said: "I've always loved Clangers. I was about five years old when it was made - just the right age. The new Clangers is not something we've rushed into. It has been carefully considered."

Kay Benbow, head of CBeebies, said that nostalgia was a 'funny thing' and that the channel always thought very carefully before undertaking remakes of classic children's programmes, but she said The Clangers had 'enduring magic'.

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