Classic BBC children's TV show is being brought back after 36 years

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After 36 years, a beloved BBC children's show is making a comeback. Button Moon and Willo the Wisp are set to return to our screens, decades after their last episodes aired.

However, there's a twist - they won't just be airing on the BBC. These childhood favourites will be landing on BritBox UK this June, bringing a wave of nostalgia to the platform.

In June, the first two series of Willo the Wisp and every episode of Button Moon will join the digital subscription service. Willo the Wisp first graced our screens in 1981 on the BBC, with Kenneth Williams narrating and voicing all the characters.

Willo was a sprite formed from gas, and other characters included Evil Edna, a witch shaped like a TV, Arthur the opinionated caterpillar, and Mavis the fairy. Despite Disney's attempt to revive the concept with two further series in 2005, the new version with James Dreyfus as narrator failed to gain traction.

The original Willo The Wisp was later repeated on Channel 4. Button Moon followed the adventures of Mr and Mrs Spoon as they journeyed across the blanket sky in his baked bean can spaceship, reports Birmingham Live.

Originally created as a short story for ITV's Rainbow, producers saw enough potential to turn the idea into a standalone series. The first run of 13 episodes began in 1980, with an additional 91 episodes following until the show was put on hold in 1988.

BritBox, a digital video subscription service created by the BBC and ITV, provides a range of both classic and modern British shows for a monthly charge of £5.99.