Coolabi Group is celebrating 50 years since the first transmission of Clangers with a brand-new third series and a string of special events.
The new series launches on CBeebies on 20 July with special commemorative episode The Visitor, timed to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Moon landing that inspired the Clangers.
Series three follows the Clangers on a host of new adventures, with friends old and new, and sees the return of the Eggbots, the Wols setting up their own radio station, a supernova above the Clangers’ planet and a happy event in the life of the Skymoos.
A special episode entitled The Visitor features an astronaut inspired by renowned space scientist and life-long friend of the Clangers, Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock MBE, in a storyline that pays homage to the original Moon landings episode, The Tablecloth.
Returning to the narrator’s chair for series three is Sir Michael Palin, who also introduces a curated YouTube Kids Space playlist launching on 18 July on the YouTube Kids app, which includes a 10- minute Clangers space compilation clip alongside a mix of space themed songs, learning and animation.
The special episode will also feature in a series of screening events on 20 July.
Bluedot festival in Cheshire will feature a panel discussion on the history and future of the show, hosted by Dr Maggie, who will be joined by Clangers executive producer Dan Postgate – the son of original Clangers co-creator Oliver Postgate – and executives from Coolabi and animation studio Factory. The panel will be live streamed on YouTube.
The Science Museum in London will be celebrating the landmark anniversary with a screening of both Moon landings episodes, introduced by series narrator Sir Michael Palin. Sue Horne from the UK Space Agency will join the event to showcase some exciting scientific experiments for families.
In partnership with the BBC, Clangers will also be part of a very special CBeebies Prom with live orchestral music at the Royal Albert Hall. In addition, Clangers will be hosting the chill out zone at the BBC Summer Social 2019 in early August.
Jeremy Banks, CEO at Coolabi Group, says: “Clangers is an iconic and growing pre-school property that is just as relevant today as it was fifty years ago. The show has an enduring magic and charm and we are absolutely over the moon to be marking this fiftieth anniversary with so many exciting events, a new third series and the limited-edition release of Peter Firmin’s beautiful illustration.”
“We have an exciting year ahead and we shall look forward to more celebrations to come later in the year when the brand officially turns 50 on 16 November.”
More celebrations for the Clangers’ 50th year will take place closer to the official anniversary on 16 November.