For those of a certain age two fluffy aliens from the planet Zog represent everything great about childhood television. Now an entirely new generation gets to enjoy their exploits as The Den and The Big Breakfast regulars Zig and Zag are coming back to television screens…in animated form.

Originally from the Planet Zog, the alien brothers have set themselves up in a half spaceship/half house in the ‘burbs. Zig & Zag will take young viewers along with them on their hilarious adventures as the crazy pair attempt to experience everything planet Earth has to offer.

Zig & Zag is a joint project between RTÉjr and CBBC, in partnership with Double Z Enterprises, Flickerpix and Jam Media. RTÉjr will air 26 x 11 minute episodes featuring the friendly aliens starting next year.

The series is produced with support from Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board, The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland and Northern Ireland Screen and is distributed by JAM Media.

RTÉjr announced a number of other televison and radio projects that will air next year, including six episodes of Havanimal, a series about animals featuring songs by Shay Healy that will be performed by Duke Special; 26 episodes of Wiggleywoo’s The Day Henry Met, the award nominated show about a young boy who meets different people each day; ten new episodes of Nora agus Dora 2, an educational radio series aimed at 3-7 year-olds in the Irish language; and 12 episodes of Fins, Scales and Fishy Tales.

[quote title=”Sheila de Courcy – RTÉ Cross-Divisional Head of Children’s Content”]Supporting Irish animation is hugely important to RTÉ as we continue in our mission to offer fun, educational and uniquely Irish content to the under sevens. We’re delighted to see that viewing figures are on the increase and that children are engaging with our content on multiple platforms. Irish children are so digitally aware that we need to engage with them through apps, television, radio and online platforms, and constantly update and refresh our schedules on all platforms.[/quote]

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