Mike Young's cuddly superhero and his spotty alien friend (voiced by late Doctor Who star Jon Pertwee) were a mainstay of British kids TV in the 80s. Originally broadcast in Welsh, the series was later dubbed into English and shown on the BBC, and even made it to the Disney Channel in the States. The reboot is being targeted for a 2016 début, and according to Young will ditch some of the less politically correct elements such as "a gun-slinging cowboy"and "a flamboyantly gay skeleton".
Peter Firmin and the much missed Oliver Postgate's original 1969 stop-motion series was made in a wonderfully lo-fi British way- all 26 original episodes were made by two blokes in a shed in Kent. Featuring the titular knitted, pink mouse-like creatures living on the moon, it's charm has endured long after the original run ended. Thanks to DVD and constant showings on Nick Junior (alongside fellow Smallfilms production Bagpuss) it's enthralling new generations to this day. The 2015 revival will be a larger scale affair (costing £5 million), but with Firmin producing alongside Oliver Postgate's son Daniel Postgate, hopes are high the original's spirit will be preserved. Best of all, Monty Python star and national treasure Michael Palin will be narrating the new series, due to air on Cbeebies next year.
The world's greatest secret agent rodent amused kids and grown-ups alike from 1981-1992, thanks to the razor-sharp scripts. Hopefully history will repeat itself when 52 new episodes hit CBBC starting next year, in a co-production with Freemantle and Ireland's Boulder media. Comedian Alexander Armstrong and Kevin Eldon will be taking over the lead roles originally filled by David Jason and Terry Scott respectively in the Cosgrove Hall original. They're big shoes to fill undoubtedly, but we're excited to see how it turns out.
Gerry Anderson's Supermarionation classic may have been made in the 60s, but it's adventure-filled storyline have proved popular enough that it's enjoyed a revival for a new generation every decade or so. The original wasn't animated (it was made with the puppetry style that inspired Team America: World Police) but the latest revival is dropping the puppets for shiny CG animation, which will be mixed with live-action model work with Lord Of the Rings effects-house Weta Workshop. The new series entitled Thunderbirds Are Go! is due to début on ITV in 2015, exactly 50 years after the original aired.
Bananaman was a British parody of super-hero comics, that originally appeared in the comic Nutty in 1980 (and later the much better known Dandy). It featured a schoolboy named Eric who transformed into the adult superhero whenever he ate a banana and fought super-villains, many of whom were parodies of classic Marvel and DC baddies. The BBC TV adaptation ran from 1983-1986, and featured the voices of comedy team The Goodies. Whereas all the rest of the series on this list are being produced in animated form, Bananaman is being adapted into a live-action movie due in 2015. Many people thought it was a joke at first, but it seems to be for real. In a time where Superheroes are more popular than ever, maybe this is an idea who's time has come.