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Cult television show the Clangers set to return with new series in 2015

The Clangers are set to return, the BBC has announced. Photo: Toby Melville/PA Archive

The 1970s cult children's TV show the Clangers is set to return with a new series in 2015, the BBC has announced.

The show first appeared on television screens in 1969 and told the story of pink, knitted, mouse-like creatures, speaking through whistles, who lived in craters on a cold blue planet close to Earth.

Peter Firmin, who created the original programme with the late Oliver Postgate, said the remake would include "great storytelling with lots of heart."

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.

– Peter Firmin

The pair also created other television favourites including Noggin the Nog, Bagpuss and Ivor the Engine.

Mr Postgate died in 2008 but his son Daniel is set to help Mr Firmin, 84, update the classic children's television show.

Daniel Postgate said recreating the hit show would be a "labour of love" and it was a "carefully considered" decision to bring back the Clangers.

Mr Firmin will be working on the design in the new series, while Mr Postgate will be in charge of the storylines and scripts.

The new series is currently being filmed for CBeebies and is set to cost a reported £5 million.

The remake of the Clangers will also be distributed by BBC Worldwide and broadcast in America.