Welsh made cartoon hero SuperTed is set to return to our television screens.
The 80's children's show will return with 26 new episodes being made by original creator Mike Young, who is hoping Melvyn Hayes and Derek Griffiths will return and resume their roles.
Young came up with the character to help his son overcome his fear of the dark. He told the Radio Times, "In SuperTed, we had a gun-slinging cowboy and a fat guy who had jokes made about his weight. These things you just wouldn't do today. But you can still write the show in a funny way."
Mike was determined to keep SuperTed Welsh and he set up Siriol Animation with his wife, to procure the series locally, which first aired in1982 on S4C in Welsh. The following year, it was dubbed into English and broadcast throughout the UK.
After an absence of 30 years, the superhero is set to return to the small screen in 2016.
A report from Assembly Members has told the Welsh Government that it must get involved in safeguarding Welsh television programmes. A committee chaired by Labour AM Ken Skates also calls for action on radio and newspapers. The main recommendations include:
- An independent forum to advise on media policy and the devolution of broadcasting.
- The current ITV Wales service to be the minimum requirement for the renewal of the Channel 3 licence.
- Opportunities for a Wales-specific Channel 3 licence should be explored.
- S4C funding should be kept under review
- BBC Wales political coverage should be kept under review, in the light of budget cuts.
- Continued support for community radio.
- The media regulator Ofcom to have specific Welsh language duties.
- Engagement with newspaper companies to provide a viable response to job losses and newspaper closures.