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Night Garden show 'will live on'

In The Night Garden's well-loved characters Igglepiggle, Upsy Daisy and Makka Pakka will live on, BBC chiefs insist.

The news follows fears that the popular children's show was coming to an end after its creator Andrew Davenport suggested its present format had run its course.

But the BBC said it was developing new shows for both digital and terrestrial television.

Neil Ross Russell, managing director of Children's Global Brands at BBC Worldwide, said: "The rumoured demise of In The Night Garden has been premature to say the least. BBC Worldwide and Ragdoll, with the full support of Kay Benbow, controller of CBeebies, are actually in the process of developing exclusive new content which will see the characters continue in a variety of different formats."

The show, narrated by Derek Jacobi, has become a children's classic and is shown in 35 countries including Spain, Canada and China.

It is described by its creators as "a happy world of loveable characters and nursery rhyme nonsense".

It is understand shorter programmes involving the characters will be made and will feature new footage and not just repeats from previous episodes of the CBeebies series - a lifeline for parents of pre-schoolers.

Mr Davenport told the Guardian that "as far as it goes in that format, that's it for Night Garden", but added there may be "some other types of broadcast" including "TV one-offs" of the show which won fans around the world and sold millions of spin-off DVDs, books and toys.

Mr Ross Russell added that the 100 episodes already made would "still play out" for years to come.

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