Clangers marks 50 years since first transmission

New episodes, limited edition prints, events and a new Amazon Alexa Skill ‘Clangers Talk’ part of celebrations.

Coolabi kicked off the 50th anniversary celebrations for Clangers on Saturday November 16 with the launch of new episodes on CBeebies, limited edition illustrated Peter Firmin prints, special events across the country and the new Amazon Alexa Skill ‘Clangers Talk’.

The new episodes are once again narrated by Sir Michael Palin and began on November 16, exactly 50 years since Clangers first aired on BBC television in 1969.

In an anniversary landmark, Clangers fans across the globe will also be able to speak directly to the youngest members of the Clangers family, Tiny and Small for the first time via the new ‘Clangers Talk’ skill on all Amazon Alexa enabled devices.

Users will hear a range of whistle responses including songs for special occasions such as ‘Happy Birthday’ and ‘We Wish You a Merry Christmas’. Just ask ‘Alexa, open Clangers Talk’ to immerse in the wonderful world of Clangers.

No birthday is complete without a party, of course, and on Saturday November 23, Clangers will be throwing some shapes at the ‘Reduce, Reuse, Recycle’ family rave at the Museum of London Docklands with Big Fish Little Fish.

The eco-friendly rave marks 50 years of Clangers with a special Clangers room where mini-ravers can get creative by decorating plant pots before taking a special pack of Clangers seeds to grow at home, plus lots of eco-friendly fun for all the family including DJ Barry Ashworth (Dub Pistols) on the decks.

The celebrations will continue with the exclusive release of two limited edition prints by the late Clangers co-creator, Peter Firmin.

The two illustrations, which include a detailed sketch of ‘Major Clanger’s Workshop’, a cave full of curious tools and quirky inventions, some harking back to previous adventures and even stories from the original series, and a rarely seen area of the Little Blue Planet, Major Clanger’s ‘Store for Inventions & Parts’. There will only be 50 copies of each print released and are available exclusively on the Clangers official online shop.

“Here at Coolabi, we are so proud that Clangers is still breaking new ground as the show hits its 50th year,” said Jeremy Banks, ceo of Coolabi Group. “With fantastic developments such as Clangers Talk, the brand new third series, and Clangers also recently breaking into the Chinese market with Fantawild, we are confident that this iconic preschool property will continue to stand the test of time and we are looking forward to seeing it grow for many more years to come.”

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