Famous Five to make TV comeback amid rising demand for adventure stories

Last Updated: Mon, Nov 05, 2012 10:13 hrs

The likes of Famous Five and Topsy and Tim, who seem sadly distant from the sedentary lives of today's children with their tales of secret dens and scraped knees, are to be revived on television for a new generation rather than being forgotten, it has been revealed.

According to producers, as children spend more and more time inside, rather than going out to play, there is an increasing 'demand for adventure stories'.

Enid Blyton's 'Famous Five' books are being developed into a drama series by renowned independent producer Kindle Entertainment, with sources at both Sky and the BBC saying they are interested.

CBeebies will be broadcasting an adaptation of the much-loved 1960s series 'Topsy and Tim' as well as a CGI version of Beatrix Potter's 'The Tale of Peter Rabbit'.

CBBC will be showing another series of 'Dennis and Gnasher', its popular animation based on the antics of 'Dennis the Menace in The Beano'.

"The Famous Five stories are part of British heritage - parents, grandparents perhaps even great grandparents know these stories and there is a nostalgia when they sit down to watch with their children," the Daily Mail quoted Melanie Stokes, director at Kindle Entertainment, as saying.

"For kids these are great new stories. At a time when their worlds are actually shrinking and less children get out and play, the appeal for the Famous Five to be revived is that it shows how much fun it was to roam free. It shows children having an awesome adventure," Stokes said.

The producers are developing 26 episodes based on the 21 Blyton books, but will update the scenarios to appeal to modern viewers. They were most recently turned into a television series in the 1990s.

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