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BBC teams up with Sesame Street

Sesame Street favourites Elmo and the Cookie Monster are to star in a new BBC pre-school series.

The Muppet characters will feature in a new Cbeebies series, The Furchester, in which a team of monsters run an "almost" world-class hotel.

The programme is intended to help youngsters develop problem-solving skills as they watch the puppets sort out muddles with the guests

The 52-episode series - which features hotel-owner Funella Furchester, her husband Furgus Fuzz, and daughter Phoebe - will be screened in autumn next year.

Elmo is Phoebe's cousin who is on an extended visit and the Cookie Monster works as a waiter.

Controller of CBeebies Kay Benbow said: "The development of The Furchester has been a wonderful meeting of creative minds from both CBeebies in-house production and Sesame Workshop."

This year the BBC worked with the creators of the Muppets for its Saturday night entertainment series That Puppet Game Show on BBC One.

The puppeteer behind Elmo, Kevin Clash, resigned last year after 28 years in the role after claims that he had sexually abused under-age boys, which he denied. Three lawsuits against him were thrown out this summer and he has said he looks forward to giving his side of the story.

Clash's life and work had been the subject of an acclaimed documentary movie , Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey.

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