Mike Batt says it is only a 'teaser'. Presumably this means the details have to be worked out. But, according to Batt:
'In a deal signed this week, Dramatico, my company has acquired the major shareholding in a company called Wombles Copyright Holdings Ltd – formerly owned 50/50 by ourselves and the estate of Elisabeth Beresford. This announcement can only be a teaser I’m afraid, regarding planned activity and probable project partners. Suffice to say we have plans for two new 26-part TV series’, a feature length movie and an interactive online “Wombles World” experience.'
He also refers to 'new musical productions we shall be mounting'. This could be The Wombles: The Musical or something along those lines - the advantage being that, if it were done using a compilation of songs as per Mamma Mia, We Will Rock You etc, then the music's already done.
Apparently the rights to Elisabeth Beresford's Wombles books remain with her children, Kate and Marcus.
Perhaps we shouldn't get too excited at this stage - even if all these plans come to fruition, it's going to take time. Even so - exciting, eh? Even Orinoco might wake up and pay attention to this...
Full statement by Mike Batt