Mike Batt confirms future Wombles plans

New CGI Orinoco outside the burrow doorMike Batt has confirmed that he’s planning a brand new Wombles TV series, along with a film and a new website.

On his Madhouse Rag blog, Mike quietly announced on 30 June that his company Dramatico is now the major shareholder in Wombles Copyright Holdings Ltd. Until now, he shared the rights to The Wombles equally with author Elisabeth Beresford’s children, but Dramatico has taken an 85% controlling stake, after years of gradually gathering all the rights together.

New CGI Orinoco eating cakeThis means Mike can go ahead with his plans to revive The Wombles for a new generation, which he’s been talking about over the past few years. Dramatico is working on:

  • two new 26-part TV series
  • a feature-length movie
  • an interactive online Wombles World experience
  • ‘new musical productions’

New CGI Orinoco having 40 winks on a benchMike Batt said: “We think the Wombles characters are timeless, funny and loveable, and we can assure the Beresford estate that we shall protect and look after the quality and integrity of the characters as we always have done.

“We think there are audiences of new children and international audiences who missed the Wombles the first time around who will be thrilled to see the brilliant high quality animations and new musical productions we shall be mounting.”

Elisabeth Beresford’s children, Marcus and Kate Robertson, have kept the rights to her original Wombles novels (recently republished by Bloomsbury), and the right to any future novels that Kate may write.

Earlier this year, Mike Batt said on Twitter that the new TV series was scheduled for late 2014 – though of course plans may change. (Two years ago when he spoke to the music business magazine Music Week, the new episodes were due to be ready in early 2013, which still seemed a long way off.)

New CGI Wombles line-up

On 9 August the Press Association picked up the story, which led to coverage in most major newspapers, as well as on many websites that use the syndicated PA news feed:

  • Yahoo! TV: New Wombles series and film planned
  • ITV News: The Wombles get set for big screen debut
  • The Guardian: Womble sightings to become common as film, TV show and online theme park announced
  • The Independent: Wombles of Wimbledon make silver screen debut
  • Mail Online: The Wombles are on their way back as 1970s children’s favourites set to return in feature film and TV series
  • Metro: The Wombles to make a comeback in two new series and a feature-length movie
  • Digital Spy: The Wombles to return in new TV series, film?
  • Den of Geek: New Wombles TV series planned
  • Entertainmentwise: The Wombles are back! New film and TV series for the recycling mad creatures
  • The Sun: Womble return to telly … and a movie (requires subscription)
  • The Times: Mike Batt set to revive The Wombles on the small and big screens (requires subscription)
  • Contactmusic.com: TV – The Wombles Return
  • News.com.au: Wombles set for TV, movie return
  • TV Tonight: The Wombles hopes to be revived

The news was welcomed with hundreds of comments on Twitter and other social media – read a selection below.

A few days later, as the story continued to spread, Mike Batt tweeted: “Blinkin eck!! I only blogged about Wombles casually, a month ago, and today everyone wants a piece!”

The Wombles get set for big screen debut

Eco-friendly Wimbledon dwellers The Wombles are set to star in their own feature film for the first time. The movie is one of the projects being planned by musician Mike Batt – the man who put the lovable characters into the charts in the 1970s – after he took a controlling interest in the company that owns their rights.

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New Wombles TV series planned

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The Wombles are on their way back as 1970s children’s favourites set to return in feature film and TV series

Now children’s favourites The Wombles are to make a return – this time in their own feature-length film. Musician Mike Batt, who put the characters into the charts in the 1970s with a string of novelty songs, such as Remember You’re A Womble and The Wombling Song, is also aiming to bring the cuddly creatures back to TV in a 26-part series.

The Wombles to make a comeback in two new series and a feature-length movie

The Wombles are set to make their TV comeback – and a return to the big-screen is on the cards too. The show’s co-creator Mike Batt is plotting to revive the eco-activists for two new ‘brilliant’ 26-part TV series as well as a feature-length film.

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