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Monday, 8 April, 2002, 10:02 GMT 11:02 UK
Tiny Planets go worldwide
Bing and Bong
Bing and Bong travel around on a sofa
A children's cartoon about space-travelling aliens is aiming to take over the world as it is launched in the UK.

Tiny Planets debuts on ITV1 on Monday, featuring white furry friends Bing and Bong jetting around the universe on their fluffy sofa.

The animation has already caused as stir with young fans as its website picked up a Bafta interactive award in 2001 before it was even seen on television.

Tiny Planets has been sold to countries on five continents by its British makers Pepper's Ghost Productions, giving it a potential audience of 200m viewers.

Tinky Winky
Teletubbies has been translated in to more than 36 languages
The Berkshire-based company is hoping the show will have the same global appeal as the Teletubbies, which has been translated into more than 36 languages.

Teletubbies has proved a commercial success for the BBC, generating more than 116m for BBC Worldwide since its launch from sales to other countries and merchandising.

Interplanetary action

Pepper's Ghost created the cartoon with Sesame Workshop, the team behind Sesame Street, with 65 episodes already completed.

Tiny Planet's Bing and Bong are computer generated characters aimed at pre-school children aged three and upwards.

The educational show will explore sound, colour and numbers.

The interplanetary action centres around the duo and their gadget-laden sofa to prepare them for all adventures.

Janie Grace, controller of Children's ITV, said: "Tiny Planets is a beautifully crafted and imaginative piece of preschool television.

"I'm sure little kids will grow to love the characters Bing and Bong and learn through their experiences."

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