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Oscar-winning actor Jim Broadbent will voice a talking trumpet on the relaunched Teletubbies, reports the Daily Telegraph.
The last Teletubbies episode was made 14 years ago. The new series will launch on the BBC’s kids channel CBeebies later this year.
Broadbent joins Absolutely Fabulous star Jane Horrocks and BBC Radio DJ Fearne Cotton in the cast for the revamped show, which will still center around the four alien toddlers Laa-Laa, Tinky Winky, Po and Dipsy.
Broadbent said: “Teletubbies is truly a British institution, and it’s very exciting to be involved in bringing this global hit back to our TV screens. I’m really looking forward to working with the Teletubbies and giving them big hugs.”
The original 365-episode run of the Teletubbies saw it become a worldwide phenomenon, shown in more than 120 countries and translated into 45 different languages.
The show also briefly became a pawn in the American culture wars when televangelist Jerry Falwell accused Teletubby Tinky Winky, the purple one who carries “a magic bag,” of “modeling the gay lifestyle.”
The Telegraph reports that Teletubbies was the first Western preschool show to air in China, and in total it has reached more than 1 billion children. Despite there being no new episodes for over a decade, the Teletubbies YouTube channel still attracts 50 million views a month.
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