DHX Media’s new Teletubbies series has been renewed for a second season, with UK production company Darrall Macqueen commissioned to create 60 more episodes of the revamped show for BBC preschool channel CBeebies.
Season two will continue to feature new digital elements introduced in Teletubbies‘ first season, which launched on CBeebies in November 2015 and premiered on Family Jr. in Canada earlier this year. Season two will see the Teletubbies extend their friendship to intrepid little Tiddlytubbies–Mi-Mi, Daa Daa, Baa, Ping, RuRu, Nin, Duggle Dee and Umby Pumby–who will have their own signature song.
Season two will also feature a new area of Teletubbyland called the Hidey Hup, and the show’s titular characters will travel to this spot via an all-new Tubby Car.
The renewal comes as the series is set to air in a number of major markets in 2016 on Nick Jr. (US), ABC Kids (Australia), Gulli (France) and Rai YoYo (Italy). Additional recent pick-ups include TVE (Spain), CBeebies (Africa, Asia and Poland), Hop! Media Group (Israel), Nickelodeon (Greece), NPO Zappelin (Netherlands), MTVA (Hungary), JimJam (Benelux), SIC (Portugal), e-Junior (Middle East) and Ultra (Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and Macedonia).
The original Teletubbies first launched in March 1997, and original episodes have aired in more than 120 territories and in 45 different languages.
DHX Media acquired all rights to the franchise when it bought Ragdoll Worldwide─the JV between BBC Worldwide and Ragdoll Productions─in 2013 for US$27.7 million. The rebooted series features the same five beloved Teletubbies characters, but with a contemporary look and feel.