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Digital makeover for Noddy and co

Noddy in Toyland. Picture courtesy Five
Noddy is joined by some new characters including efficient robot Whiz

Much-loved children's character Noddy is to return to British TV screens looking brighter than ever - thanks to computer technology.

Milkshake!, the pre-school section of TV channel Five, will show new programme Noddy in Toyland at 0720 every morning from 20 April.

The 52 new 10-minute episodes feature new computer animations which aim to make characters look like real toys.

The digital makeover marks the 60th birthday of Enid Blyton's character.

We're sure that children will delight in Noddy's new fun-filled adventures and Toyland's magical places like so many generations before them
Five

Original characters including Big Ears and Tessie Bear will be returning together with some new faces including fairy Linden Berry.

Noddy will also have some new vehicles at his disposal - including a helicopter and a monster truck - to help him get around Toy Town.

Nick Wilson, director of children's programmes for Five, said: "We're sure that children will delight in Noddy's new fun-filled adventures and Toyland's magical places like so many generations before them."

Several television series of Noddy's adventures have been made, with the first airing in 1955.

A new Noddy book is also being written by Enid Blyton's granddaughter Sophie Smallwood to mark the character's 60th birthday.

The book, which will be the first to appear since 1963, will be illustrated by Robert Tyndall, who has drawn the characters since 1953.



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