You won't have to miss Tinky-Winky, Dipsy, Laa-Laa and Po for much longer -- the Teletubbies are coming back. The BBC kids channel CBeebies announced Tuesday that "Teletubbies," which originally ran from 1997 to 2001, will relaunch this year with new voice actors and characters. Mashable reported the series will have a "refreshed and contemporary look."
"The series has a whole new feel to it. I think it's hilarious and it will appeal to adults as much as it does children," Jane Horrocks, the voice of the "tubby phone," said in a statement to the Telegraph. Horrocks is known for playing Bubble in the sitcom "Absolutely Fabulous."
Comedian Daniel Rigby will be the new "Teletubbies" narrator, and "Misfits" actress Antonia Thomas will voice the show's opening and closings. Oscar winner Jim Broadbent and former Radio 1 DJ Fearne Cotton will be voice trumpets, which pop out of the ground during each episode to sing rhymes and tell the Teletubbies when it's time to say goodbye. "Teletubbies is truly a British institution, and it’s very exciting to be involved in bringing this global hit back to our TV screens," said Broadbent, who played Horace Slughorn in the "Harry Potter" movies and was nominated for a Grammy for his "Winnie the Pooh" audiobook.
More than 1 billion children in 120 countries watched "Teletubbies" during its four-year run. But its original creator told the Radio Times in February she wasn't happy about the reboot. “I’m a bit sad," said Anne Wood, who sold the rights to the show in 2013. "It comes down to the times we’re in: People feel safer remaking hits of the past rather than investing in something new.”
Need to brush up on your "Teletubbies" knowledge before the new show premieres? Here are a few of the most-watched "Teletubbies" clips on YouTube: