Michael Palin to narrate kids' TV show

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Michael Palin

Michael Palin has taken on the part of narrator in the revival of the 1970s children's series the 'Clangers'.

Michael Palin will narrate the new series of kids TV show the 'Clangers'.

The 'Monty Python' star has signed on to become the voice of the animated classic about a pink mouse from a blue plant in outer space and said it was a "real privilege" to be offered the role.

The 71-year-old actor -who has also produced a series of travel documentaries - was chosen for the part by Daniel Postgate, the son of Oliver Postgate, a co-creator of the original show which aired from 1969 to 1972.

Daniel - who will executive produce the series alongside Peter Firmin - said: "Michael Palin was my first and favourite choice, so of course I'm absolutely delighted.

"Among other things, he's been a warm and charming guide for us all in his extensive travels around this world, so it seems wonderfully appropriate that he should pack his bags once more, go off across the starry expanse of space and do the same for the world of the Clangers."

Peter Firmin added: "As an old stick-in-the-mud I don't often change my mind and from the very beginning I wished and hoped that Michael Palin would agree to be our narrator.

"Once in a blue moon wishes come true. This is once in a blue moon. I hope Michael enjoys his voyage to our little Blue Planet."

According to BBC.co.uk, the new series will be co-produced by CBeebies, Coolabi Group, Smallfilms and Sprout, and marks the actor's first venture in children's animation, although Michael has already written a series of children's books.

The show is set to air in the UK in Spring 2015.

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