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Listen to Ricky Wilson's new theme tune for Zig & Zag

With The Voice not returning to screens until January, Ricky Wilson has put his free time to good use by recording the Zig & Zag theme tune.

Ricky teamed up with his Kaiser Chiefs bandmate Simon Rix to record the song for the puppet duo's upcoming Cbbc return.

Written by original creators Ciarán Morrison and Mick O'Hara - who also voice the titular characters - the new Zig & Zag show will follow the pair as they wreak havoc in the suburbs after crash landing on Earth.

Coronation Street star Debra Stephenson is also involved in the series, which will run for 26 episodes next spring.

Zig and Zag have been around for absolutely ages, having made their debut on Irish TV way back in 1987.

UK viewers will remember them from The Big Breakfast back in the 90s, and more recently on Big Brother's Little Brother in 2010.

They had number one singles in Ireland,
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Zig & Zag to make Cbbc return in new animated series

Zig & Zag are making a comeback.

The alien puppet duo - who once appeared on The Big Breakfast - will star in their own animated series in spring 2016.

According to Broadcast, Cbbc and Irish broadcaster RTÉ have commissioned 26 11-minute episodes of what they are calling a "bright, vivid and funky" sitcom.

Written by creators Ciarán Morrison and Mick O'Hara, Zig & Zag will follow the pair's life in the suburbs after a crash landing on earth.

Morrison and O'Hara will also voice the characters, with former Coronation Street star Debra Stephenson also part of the voice cast.

Zig & Zag made their TV debut on RTÉ's The Den back in 1987, before arriving in the UK on Channel 4's The Big Breakfast five years later.

Northern Ireland Screen, the Irish Film Board and the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland have provided funding for the project.
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11 killer facts from the stars of BBC Three's Killer Magic

If, like us, you like a bit of magic on television, you're in luck - BBC Three is about to bring a brand new magic show your way! Killer Magic, which begins tonight, sees five very different magicians - Dee Christopher, Chris Cox, Ben Hart, Damien O'Brien and Jasz Vegas - try to come up with the best trick on a theme.

They all mark each other, though, and the loser faces a very dangerous, seriously scary 'killer trick' at the end of it all... you know, the kind that's ended magicians' careers or even left them slightly dead. Oh dear. To find out more, we caught up with the fivesome - read on for 11 killer things they told us...

1. They don't actually spend all their time showing each other tricks.

"I imagine it's like plumbers getting together and being like, 'How do you plumb a U-bend? I've got this variation.
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Sooty, Kermit, Edd the Duck: 31 TV puppets we still love

This weekend sees the debut of a brand new Saturday night entertainment show with a twist - it has puppets!

To mark the launch of BBC One's That Puppet Game Show on Saturday night (August 10), Digital Spy compiles a list of just some of TV's greatest ever puppets.

Andy Pandy

One of the leading children's characters of the early 1950s, Andy Pandy's 26 episodes were shown continuously until 1970, when a new series was made. The sweet marionette and his friends Teddy and Looby Loo lived in a picnic basket, and chilled out to the dulcet tones of Maria Bird. A new stop-motion series returned in 2002.

Animal

One of the best-loved Muppets, Animal is a drummer for the band Dr Teeth and the Electric Mayhem. He's surely up there with Dave Grohl, John Bonham and Ringo Starr as also one of the best-loved drummers of all time. Despite having a limited vocabulary,
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Bob Holness: Best on-screen moments - video

Bob Holness: Best on-screen moments - video
Bob Holness will forever be remembered by more than one generation of Brits as the face and the voice of Blockbusters, one of the finest gameshows of its era. Following the news of his sad death today at the age of 83, we've been going through YouTube to remind ourselves of some of Mr Holness's finest moments, both on Blockbusters and elsewhere, to celebrate his life. The first ever Blockbusters episode

People didn't know it back in 1983, but that first airing of the classic proto-electropop theme and imposing backdrop was to become a part of our lives for a decade to come. Bob tells us what it's all about. Bob meets Zig and Zag

'90s irritants and one of Simon Cowell's major pop duos of the decade (think Jedward, made of fabric) once met Bob on The Big Breakfast, but he had all the best lines. "It (more)
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Channel 4 at 30: from Countdown to Big Brother, the shows that got us talking

Since 1982, the Guardian has reported on Channel 4's efforts to inform, entertain, and sometimes shock the nation

The screening of the Channel 4 'Mash Up' has started a long countdown to the TV station's 30th anniversary - which falls in November of this year - and true to form, the show demonstrated Channel 4's leanings towards experimental programming.

In 1982, Channel 4's first ever broadcast was a low key affair. Richard Whiteley was introduced to the nation as he hosted the tea-time quiz show Countdown. The words and numbers quiz is still Channel 4's longest-running programme.

Brookside, or "Brookie", as it became know to soap fans, pulled in audiences of seven million at its peak. The feisty Liverpool-set show, explored alcohol abuse, domestic violence and religious cults, but somehow retained a dry wit. In 1994, the soap broke new ground in mainstream viewing by featuring a lesbian kiss.
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