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Fraggle Rock series remastered, returning to HBO

The Jim Henson Co. said it has arranged to remaster the 1980s children's series for a new generation and it will be made available on HBO and its streaming and on demand platforms later this year.

1980s children's show co-produced by CBC

The first episode of Fraggle Rock aired in January 1983 and was a co-production with CBC. (The Jim Henson Company)

The furry stars of Fraggle Rock are coming back home.

The Jim Henson Co. said it has arranged to remaster the 1980s children's series for a new generation and it will be made available on HBO and its streaming and on demand platforms later this year.

Fraggle Rock premiered on HBO and CBC in 1983 and ran until 1987. Over 96 episodes, the series introduced 100 original songs and the puppet stars promoted the virtues of friendship, diversity and taking care of the planet.

An animated Fraggle Rock series ran from 1987 to 1988. A CG-animated series called The Doozers launched on Hulu in 2014.

The show was a joint production between The Jim Henson Company, HBO, CBC and British station TVS. It was filmed primarily in Toronto, with separate "wraparound" segments produced in other countries for wider international appeal. It was broadcast in 10 languages and seen in more than 90 countries.

Fraggle Rock will become available in high definition, giving fans a colourful look at the Fraggles, Gorgs and Doozers.

with files from CBC News

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