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Holywood firm Flickerpix Animations bring Zig and Zag back to TV screens at CBBC

The new series will introduce a whole new generation of youngsters to the comedy of the loveable aliens 
Jennifer Maloney

A HOLYWOOD animation firm is introducing a whole new generation of young television viewers to Zig and Zag

The alien brothers, who attracted a cult-like following when they first appeared on RTE in Dempsey's Den in the late 1980s, are landing at the BBC for a new animation series.

Zig and Zag also spent time on Channel 4's The Big Breakfast in the 1990s alongside host Chris Evans.

The new series will introduce a whole new generation of youngsters to the comedy of the loveable aliens.

The theme tune of the series has added street cred as it's performed by Ricky Wilson and Simon Rix from Kaiser Chiefs.

The show runs Monday to Friday on CBBC and begins on Monday, April 25, at 6pm.

It will also be available on the BBC Kids iPlayer and the BBC iPlayer.

A spokesman for Flickerpix said: "The 26 episodes of the animated series follows the alien twin brothers who crash-land in humdrum suburbia and set up home.

"On their fun-filled adventures they make the most of what planet earth has to offer; with death defying stunts, crazy inventions and plenty of silly sibling antics."

Zig and Zag was created by Ciaran Morrison and Mick O’Hara who co-wrote many of the episodes and voiced the alien brothers.

The series has already attracted celebrity fans with singer Ricky Wilson and bassist Simon Rix from The Kaiser Chiefs recording the theme tune. 

Zig and Zag is a co-production between Flickerpix Animations, Double Z Enterprises and Jam Media, along with broadcasters RTÉjr and CBBC.

The project has received funding from the Irish Film Board, Northern Ireland Screen and the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland.

As well as CBBC, the work of Flickerpix Animation have previously appeared on Channel 4, Sesame Street USA, Discovery, RTE, ABC, Berlin Film Festival and on BBC One’s big events Comic Relief and Children In Need.

The firm has also collaborated with a number of comedians and writers including Harry Hill, Billy Connolly, Richard Curtis and Seamus Heaney.

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