"WHAT'S THE MAGIC WORD SPOTTY?" SUPERTED SET TO FLY BACK ONTO OUR SCREENS 0 176

Children’s cartoon hero SuperTed is set to return to British TV screens after its creator revealed plans for a new series.

Animator Mike Young said the flying crimefighting bear should be back after 30 years before the end of the year.

The hit show was initially written in Welsh and shown on S4C, but was soon translated into English and ran for several years on the BBC in the 1980s.

Mr Young, 70, has been in talks with the original team about SuperTed’s return for two years, but said the comeback is closer than ever.

He said: “We hope it will be back in production this year.”

But he has previously admitted that SuperTed and his rivals Texas Pete, Bulk and Skeleton may have to change their ways to fit in with the expectations of a modern audience.

Mr Young said: “In SuperTed, we had a gun-slinging cowboy, a flamboyantly gay skeleton and a fat guy who had jokes made about his weight.

“And all these things you just wouldn’t do today. But you can still write the show in a funny, entertaining way.”

The original ran from 1983-85 with Derek Griffiths voicing SuperTed. Texas Pete (Victor Spinetti) was the evil cowboy villain, abetted by a camp and cowardly skeleton (Melvyn Hayes) and a chubby dimwit called Bulk (Roy Kinnear).

But that was a different era, and the villains in the new cartoon will be different.

Young previously told Radio Times that children’s television has changed a great deal since the 1980s.

“Popeye used to smash people in the face. And it was very funny. But of course there is no television network anywhere in the world that would let you do that now,” he said.

Young is confident, however, that “you can still write the show in a funny, entertaining way”. And he said the company would “definitely be talking to Melvyn and Derek” about reprising their voice roles.

Kinnear died in 1988 and Spinetti in 2012. Jon Pertwee, who voiced SuperTed’s sidekick, Spotty, died in 1996.

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P!NK CONFIRMED TO PERFORM AT 2019 BRITS; RECIPIENT OF OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO MUSIC AWARD 0 16

We are thrilled to announce that multi-million selling global pop icon P!NK will be honoured with the prestigious Outstanding Contribution to Music Award at this year’s ceremony. P!NK will be the first international artist to receive this award.

Seven studio albums and one greatest hits album on since her debut in 2000, totalling over 60 million global sales, over 8 million in the UK alone along with over 12 million UK single sales, P!NK is a musical force to be reckoned with. With seven Top Five albums – with two going No. 1 (Funhouse and the most recent platinum-certified Beautiful Trauma), three UK No. 1 singles (‘Just Like A Pill’, ‘So What’, ‘Lady Marmalade’) and 32 Top 40 singles, 19 of which going Top 10, including ‘Try’, ‘Just Give Me A Reason’ and ‘What About Us’, P!NK has become one of the UK’s best-selling female artists and one of the world’s greatest singers, with her inimitable powerhouse vocals and show-stopping stage performances.
 
Over 2 million tickets sold in the UK alone to date, nine BRIT nominations, and one win for International Female Solo Artist in 2003, and a string of other prestigious awards and accolades including three GRAMMY awards (20 nominations) and two Billboard Music Awards, P!NK’s career sees no sign of letting up with her first UK stadium tour in five years booked for this summer, including two nights at London’s Wembley Stadium.
 
P!NK said: “I am so honored to be recognized with the Outstanding Contribution To Music Award at the 2019 BRITs! Since the beginning of my career the British fans have been some of the most fierce and loyal in the world. I am humbled to receive this honor and be in the company of an illustrious group of British icons!”

BRITs Chairman and Chairman & CEO of Sony Music UK and Ireland Jason Iley said: “P!NK is a trailblazer, a phenomenally talented singer and songwriter, and truly one of the greatest artists of our time.  It is a real pleasure to honour her at this year’s BRIT Awards with the Outstanding Contribution To Music Award. With her remarkable career spanning nearly 20 years, P!NK is one of the most successful artists in the world, consistently releasing multi-million-selling albums and selling out tours all over the globe. I am really excited to welcome her back to The BRITs and to recognise her prodigious success.”
 
P!NK joins an illustrious list of previous BRIT Awards Outstanding Contribution to Music recipients including Sir Elton John, David Bowie, Queen, Spice Girls, U2, Sir Paul McCartney, Oasis, Robbie Williams and Blur. The award was rested in 2013 to make way for a Special Recognition for War Child to mark the charity’s 20th anniversary. P!NK will be the first international artist to receive the honour, a decision taken by The BRITs committee to open the award up to overseas acts who have achieved long term success in the UK, and P!NK will be awarded in recognition of her significant impact on British music and her incredible musical repertoire over the past two decades.

Like all winners on the night, P!NK will be presented with an exclusive trophy designed for this year only by Sir David Adjaye OBE, and she will close the show with an exclusive performance on the night, showcasing her extraordinary talent which continues to wow audiences all over the world.

CLEAN BANDIT TO PERFORM AT BRIGHTON PRIDE ON SATURDAY AUGUST 3 0 18

We are thrilled to announce Clean Bandit are joining a stellar line up for the main stage at Pride In The Park, part of the Brighton & Hove Pride Festival, on Saturday 3rd August 2019.

From their origins as part of a string quartet, Clean Bandit have consistently pushed the boundaries of modern pop with a diverse blend of electronic, dancehall, classical, R&B and pop. Breakthrough success came in 2014 with the single ‘Rather Be’, feat. Jess Glynne, a Grammy award-winning worldwide hit that has now surpassed 10 million global sales.

Further success came with their 10 million-selling single ‘Rockabye’ feat. Sean Paul and Anne Marie shooting to #1 in over 40 countries. Their last single “Solo” feat. Demi Lovato has recently been nominated for two Brit Awards. The band have now notched up 9 UK top five singles, more than Bruno Mars or Adele.

We are excited that Clean Bandit are bringing their brillant catchy tracks to Pride and look forward to an amazing afternoon dancing in the park with them.