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BBC revives festive animation

The BBC is reviving children's animation Mouse and Mole for a Christmas special, complete with a voice-over by Richard Briers, Imelda Staunton and Alan Bennett.

The recording of Mouse and Mole At Christmas Time was m ade before Briers' death earlier this year and has never been heard before.

The Good Life actor and Bennett play the title characters, with Staunton playing the meddling shrew who wreaks havoc in their peaceful home.

The trio also provide the voices for another 14 characters in the show which were previously brought to the screen in 1996 by Play School creator Joy Whitby.

CBeebies controller Kay Benbow said: "Mouse And Mole At Christmas Time is a beautiful animated version of one of the popular books by Joyce Dunbar, which is perfect family viewing.

"Children will love the gorgeous, playful characters of Mouse and Mole, while parents will be delighted to hear the voices of popular actors Richard Briers, Alan Bennett and Imelda Staunton."

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