THE BBC is bringing back The Clangers as a hard-hitting drama about a struggling, soup-deprived mouse family.
The new show is described as a cross between Our Friends In The North and the Zammo episodes of Grange Hill but with a cast of knitted mice.
Viewers will see the Clangers turn to begging, crime and even prostitution to eke out a living on a barren planet.
Producer Helen Archer said: “Major Clanger becomes a loan enforcer for the Soup Dragon and ends up beating Uncle Clanger to death with the leg of the Iron Chicken.
Granny Clanger gets released from hospital but, her mind addled, ends up sleeping rough and dying alone in a freezing crater.
And the scene where Mother Clanger has Small Clanger and Tiny Clanger taken away from her, and delivers a broken monologue of whistles to camera, is devastating television.”