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Byline: Marion McMullen

WARWICKSHIRE gave the world the Teletubbies and is now launching two new stars on children's TV.

Abney and Teal are the latest characters from Stratford-based Ragdoll Productions Ragdoll Productions (or Ragdoll Ltd.) (and Ragdoll Productions Animations.) is a United Kingdom company that produces children's television shows. It was founded by Anne Wood in 1984, who later devised many of their phenomenally successful television series, seen (in  and are making their debut in the UK on CBeebies.

The award-winning company has a record of international success with young viewers and TV hits include In The Night Garden, Rosie and Jim Rosie and Jim (sometimes written as "Rosie & Jim") is a British children's television programme which has appeared, on and off, on CITV (the ITV Children's Programming Section) since the early 1990s. The programme was the creation of Anne Wood and Doug Wilcox. , Brum, Tots TV Tots TV was a television show, produced by Ragdoll Productions and Central (later owned by Carlton Television) (Both Ragdoll and Central also produced Rosie and Jim and Ragdoll independently produced Teletubbies for the BBC). , Boohbah and Teletubbies characters Tinky Winky, Dipsy, Laa-Laa and Po.

The Adventures Of Abney & Teal comes from series creator Joel Stewart.

Abney and Teal live on an island in the middle of a lake, in the middle of a park, in the middle of the bustle of the big city. They share their island with Neep, Bop, the Poc-Pocs and Toby-Dog.

Ragdoll founder and creative director Anne Wood Anne Wood CBE is a British children's television producer. Her independent production company, "Ragdoll Productions", was founded in 1984 and specialises in making original programming for children 10 and under.  said: "I have long been an admirer of Joel's picture books, with their distinct brand of gentle, fantastical humour and exquisite drawing style.

"Joel is well known for his illustrations for Hans Christian Andersen fairytales and for his Dexter Bexley And The Big Blue Beastie picture books, but it was the publication of Addis Berner Bear Forgets that first prompted me to contact Joel."

Olivier award-winning actor Adrian Scarborough, who played Hamlet at the Belgrade Theatre in Coventry, provides the voice of Abney and Shingai Shoniwa, the lead singer of The Noisettes, is the voice of Teal.

Adrian said: "The programme oozes quality and charm. Abney was an enjoyable challenge, with the absurdity of his antics and the wacky things he does - he's a class act.

"Really imaginative children's TV is profoundly important for kids and, dare one say it, their parents to."

Ragdoll have made 52 episodes for CBeebies and the Warwickshire company's programmes are currently watched by youngsters in more than 120 countries around the world.

The Teletubbies has been BBC BBC
 in full British Broadcasting Corp.

Publicly financed broadcasting system in Britain. A private company at its founding in 1922, it was replaced by a public corporation under royal charter in 1927.
 Worldwide's most successful export and Tinky Winky, Dipsy, Laa-Laa and Po have been translated into 45 languages. The show ended in 1999 after 365 episodes.


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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Oct 1, 2011
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