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Wednesday, 21 June, 2000, 13:28 GMT 14:28 UK
Tweenies hit 40m jackpot
The Tweenies
The Tweenies: A global money-spinning success
Children's TV stars The Tweenies have generated more than 40m in sales in less than a year.

The Tweenies were launched in September 1999.

Since then, the all-singing and dancing capers of the colourful foursome have been bought by broadcasters in France, Australia, Portugal, South Africa and Singapore.

They have also spawned a wide range of eagerly snapped-up associated merchandise, including videos, audio cassettes, books and soft toys.

Walking With Dinosaurs
Walking With Dinosaurs has proved another international hit

The Tweenies' global popularity means they have now repeated the huge the money-spinning success of their predecessors the Teletubbies.

The figure was disclosed in the annual report and accounts of BBC Worldwide - the corporation's commercial branch - covering the period April 1999 to 31 March 2000.

The landmark natural history series Walking With Dinosaurs was also highlighted as a money-spinner, generating 2.3m in programme sales to 40 countries.

Added to that, the series has sold 1.3 million Walking With Dinosaurs books in 13 languages around the world. A video of the programmes has also become a best-seller.

Still tops

Overall, the annual report shows that BBC Worldwide's turnover increased by 15% from 446m to 514m.

Continuing to boost the BBC's accounts are the Teletubbies, the original multi-coloured children's stars.

Teletubbies
Teletubbies are still going strong

Since they were launched in 1997, the pre-school favourites have generated more than 90m and have been exported 120 countries in 35 different languages.

Last year alone, the Teletubbies made 32.3m.

Other successes highlighted by BBC Worldwide include the Miami 7 TV series, starring pop group S Club 7, which has gone out to 97 countries.

Top Of The Pops has become another important global brand, now seen in 84 territories.

The series' producer Chris Cowey is in talks to develop TOTP in the US.

See also:

29 Jul 99 | Entertainment
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25 May 99 | Entertainment
Inside children's TV
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Tweenies take on the world
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