SuperTed creator Mike Young is planning to revive the much-loved animated TV series.
Originally created by Young to help his son overcome a fear of the dark, SuperTed became a popular series of books and an animated show that appeared in the 1980s on S4C, BBC 1 and RTÉ Two.
Now Young is developing 26 half-hour episodes which he will present to broadcasters at TV trade fairs later this year. If commissioned, the new SuperTed will surface in 2016.
“In SuperTed, we had a gun-slinging cowboy, a flamboyantly gay skeleton and a fat guy who had jokes made about his weight,” Young told Radio Times. “And all these things you just wouldn't do today. But you can still write the show in a funny, entertaining way.”
Young added: “We have got to be careful. So often things they re-make come out very slick. I won't mention any names but many of the stop-frame series have been re-made in the UK with less than fantastic results.
“They sometimes lose the charm of the original production. That's what we have got to watch out for, to maintain what the original shows had and that's easier said than done.”