Iconic children's TV series Bananas in Pyjamas may be axed
THE future of one of the most popular children's television shows is up in the air.
Early yesterday, it seemed the ABC had axed the iconic preschool series Bananas in Pyjamas.
Fairfax reported the broadcaster had ceased production of its animated reboot because it did not generate enough revenue, despite being the ABC's "biggest selling children's product on the international market".
Fairfax also quoted the show's executive producer Barbara Uecker as calling the cancellation a "sad moment".
But later that day the ABC issued a statement declaring the Bananas "safe on ABC TV".
"ABC TV confirms that it will continue to broadcast Bananas in Pyjamas," the statement said.
"The latest series has 156 new episodes, with the current block of episodes premiering in May
The current series of the show was split into three, 52-episode blocks, the third and final which is currently screening daily at 5.45pm on ABC4Kids.
The final, 156t episode of series two will air on Tuesday, July 2.
If the ABC does not commission another series, then next month will mark the second time the much-loved show has been axed.
The original live-action series, which debuted in 1992, was dumped in 2001.
Yesterday the ABC would not guarantee future production of the show and instead said it would go through the "usual commissioning process".
"This process does not relate to current Government funding," the statement said.
The Greens were quick to comment, with communications spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam urging the ABC to reconsider.
"While the ABC is expected to do more with less, management have made a series of very unfortunate decisions of late," Mr Ludlam said.
"Frying B1 and B2 lets down young viewers."