A big hello to Great BigHoo and Toodloo!
ROZ LAWS MEET the Twirlywoos - the next big thing in the world of children's TV.
The colourful creatures are the creation of Ragdoll Production's Anne Wood, the woman behind such hits as Teletubbies and In The Night Garden.
Twirlywoos are designed to make pre-school children smile, in a series described as "silly, fun and full of surprises".
Children that have fallen in love with the likes of Tinky Winky and Igglepiggle will now clamour to watch Toodloo and Peekaboo.
Ragdoll is based in Stratfordupon-Avon. s
The CBeebies series of 50 11-minute episodes about four fruit tea-loving bird-like characters will start on Monday. They combine stop-frame animation and live action sequences set in the real world.
The characters include Great BigHoo, who is big blue and a bit of a softy. He's inquisitive and investigates objects to find out how they work.
Toodloo is bright red with a yellow and orange crest. He's impulsive and very flamboyant, often singing and dancing exuberantly.
The adorable tiny yellow pair Chickedy and Chick are inseparable friends. They move at great speed and have boundless enthusiasm.
Peekaboo is a small secret character who can be seen by the audience but never by the Twirlywoos.
Then there are other regular items that appear, like the Big Red Boat, the Quacky Birds, the Fruit Tea Machine and The Very Important Lady.
CBeebies controller Kay Benbow says: "The team at Ragdoll has produced a show that is brilliantly funny and entertaining, but underpinnned with a strong educational element.
"Younger viewers will be charmed by the loveable antics of the Twirlywoos while the delightful humour will appeal to all age groups."
Anne Wood, who founded Ragdoll in Warwickshire in 1984, says: "Television that makes children smile is so valuable and I'm proud to be part of CBeebies' wonderful tradition of making children and parents smile.
"Twirlywoos is the latest in a long line of distinctive programming form Ragdoll and we hope it is imbued with the same sense of fun as its predecessors.
"It is 18 years since we launched Teletubbies and the market has changed in that there is a great deal more competition out there now, but the audience does not change. Young children approach the world from their own unique standpoint as they have always done.
"Twirlywoos is different from other series in that it is stopframe animation and contains very little computer generated material. Plus its animated characters have adventures in the real world."
The series explores a different concept in each episode, such as "over", "underneath" and "through".
Professor Cathy Nutbrown, an early years education specialist, says: "The programme works very much through humour and Anne places great stress on the programmes being good entertainment for young children.
"Careful thought has gone into what might make sense to young children and how the storylines can provide a good fit with how many three and four-year-olds see the world. | Twirlywoos starts on CBeebies on February 23 at 9.25am, repeated at 1.25pm.
The Twirlywoos, |the latest colourful creations from Ragdoll Productions, based in Stratfordupon-Avon
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|Publication:||Birmingham Mail (England)|
|Date:||Feb 21, 2015|
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