17/02/2015 04:03 GMT | Updated 17/02/2015 04:59 GMT

‘Teletubbies' Creator Anne Wood Shares Sadness At Show Being Remade As New Episodes Hit CBeebies

‘Teletubbies’ is set to remade ahead of a return to TV screens later this year, however one person who isn’t happy about the plans is the show’s creator Anne Wood.

Anne, who also thought up the show ‘In The Night Garden’, reckons it would be better if companies funded new works, instead of attempting to revive old ones.

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Anne Wood

Speaking to the BBC about children’s TV remakes, she explains: "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."

"There are such a lot of programmes being remade and I just feel the children's television industry is worth more than that.

"It would be nice if more encouragement was given to new work."

Unsurprisingly, given her stance on the matter, Anne won’t be tuning in to see the new ‘Teletubbies’ episodes.

"I couldn't bring myself to [watch them],” she continues. "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. It's like seeing a child remade in somebody else's image. So good luck to them."


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Anne’s original series, co-created with Andrew Davenport, was first aired in 1997, and continued for four years.

This isn’t the first time Anne has hit out at current children’s TV executives.

In a previous interview, she accused the BBC of “ghettoising children's programmes", when the decision was made to move all children’s programming to CBBC and Cbeebies.

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