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Last Updated: Monday, 3 April 2006, 13:51 GMT 14:51 UK
Al-Jazeera buys Welsh sheep show
The Baaas
The show features "an extended family of multi-racial sheep"
A Welsh-language children's show featuring musical sheep is to be shown on Arabic TV channel al-Jazeera.

The Middle East broadcaster has brought the rights to screen 52 episodes of S4C's The Baaas, as well as the Welsh children's show Sali Mali.

The series will be shown in Arabic in countries like Saudi Arabia and Iraq and in the Palestinian territories.

Anna-Lisa Jenaer, head of children's programmes at S4C International, said they were "delighted" with the deal.

"The Baaas are colourful, entertaining and ultimately fun and we're delighted they'll be reaching new audiences in the Middle East thanks to this deal with al-Jazeera," said Ms Jenaer.

Delightful

The pre-school series, which will be shown on the al-Jazeera's children's channel, is described by S4C as "a live action series following the exploits of an extended family of musical, multi-racial sheep".

It follows Greek father Costas, his Welsh wife Baalween, their daughter and grandchildren - and the highs and lows of the family recycling business.

"The series gives viewers a taste of a wide range of musical styles, from opera to rap, while also placing a strong emphasis on the importance of recycling and family interaction," said an S4C spokesman.

The animated series Sali Mali is based on the 1970s children's books by Mary Vaughan Jones.

"The adventures of Sali Mali have delighted generations of Welsh youngsters, whether in book, cartoon or live action format," said Ms Jenaer.

"This sale to al-Jazeera is further proof of this delightful and engaging character's enduring appeal."


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