Children's favourite Mr Benn is making a return to TV with his first new adventure in 35 years.
Mr Benn will travel to ancient Rome to see the gladiators
Creator David McKee was inspired to write another tale for the bowler-hatted character after watching the blockbuster Gladiator.
Only 13 episodes of Mr Benn were ever made but they have often been repeated since they first went out in the 1970s.
The new episode will be shown on children's channel Nick Jr on New Year's Day.
Ray Brooks will once again narrate the story, based on Mr Mckee's latest book which sees Mr Benn travel to ancient Rome through the fancy dress shop "as if by magic".
Mr McKee said: "It's hard to believe that the first Mr Benn films were
broadcast in 1970. I still get a lot of letters from fans asking when I'm going
to write a new story.
"It was wonderful working on Gladiator - just like visiting an old friend.
Mr Benn travels to different worlds through the magic shop
"We've kept the style much the same but of course the technology is very
different now. In fact the original films were made in a garden shed in
The creator is plotting more stories for Mr Benn and plans are still afoot for a feature film.
"I'm looking forward to new adventures for Mr Benn in the future," said Mr McKee.