The Wombles are set to return to our screens again (Picture: Getty)
The Wombles are set to be returning to our screens soon, with a remake in the works.
Originally running from 1973 until 1975, the children’s TV show followed the titular pointy-nosed, furry creatures who live in the burrow on Wimbledon Common in London and help the environment by collecting and recycling rubbish in creative ways.
Originally appearing in a series of children’s novels created by Elisabeth Beresford from 1968, several spin-off novelty songs also became hits in the British music charts while the show was airing.
Further episodes of the series aired in 1998 and 1999, and while there were plans for another 52 CGI animated episodes to air from 2015, only two ever made it to screens.
Earlier this year it was remastered for the show’s 50th anniversary.
But now, it’s been reported that a modern remake is on its way.
The original series ran from 1973 until 1975 (Picture: ITV/REX/Shutterstock)
The latest remake is being made by Ipcress File producer Altitude Television.
As reported by Deadline, the ‘fresh version’ of the beloved animated series is being co-produced with The Wombles production house and written by How to Train Your Dragon’s Will Davies.
The publication said Altitude ‘didn’t elaborate further on how it will be modernising the classic’.
It followed creatures living in Wimbledon Common (Picture: Moviestore/REX/Shutterstock)
Guided by the motto ‘make good use of bad rubbish’, The Wombles picked up whatever humans had discarded on the Common and tried to turn it into something useful.
The idea for the Wombles was dreamed up by Beresford while on a Boxing Day walk with her children, Kate and Marcus, the former of who struggled to pronounce Wimbledon Common correctly and would call it Wombledon.
Earlier this year Marcus Robertson said the green message was originally accidental but helped to give his mum’s characters modern-day relevance.
There was also a popular band, The Wombles, who had a string of hits (Picture: Samir Hussein/Getty Images)
‘When mum wrote this, the reason they focused on clearing up was because we were on Wimbledon Common and there was rubbish,’ he told The Mirror.
‘She didn’t do it with a massive green message in mind because that sort of thinking didn’t exist. She did it because she cared about her surroundings and hated that humans left so much mess. She was very ahead of her time.
‘Everything they wear, everything they use in the burrow has been discarded by humans. She was also from the war generation and hated wasting anything.’
Speaking about a possible TV comeback, he said the characters were ‘enduring’ because their values of cleaning up after humans and being respectful was ‘so relevant today’.
Metro.co.uk has contacted Altitude Television for comment.
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