2011 marks the 30th Anniversary of Postman Pat and the series’ long-standing broadcast relationship with the BBC.
The new commitment will see the BBC re-license Postman Pat series 3-6, as well as four Postman Pat television specials - Magical Christmas; Clowns Around; Pirate Treasure and Greendale Rocket.
The partnership ensures Postman Pat’s presence across BBC1, BBC2, CBBC, CBeebies, BBC iPlayer and CBeebies radio, for a further five years through to October 2015. The show currently airs on CBeebies daily at 8:10 AM and also on the BBC2 at 10:05 AM.
Chloe van den Berg, executive vice president of International at Classic Media, commented: "We’re delighted to have secured further commitment from the BBC for Postman Pat. Having aired on the children’s platform for almost 30 years now, Pat is one of the best loved characters on the BBC and the quality children’s programming it represents. It’s fantastic to see the brand still resonating with today’s young audiences."
Kay Benbow, controller, the BBC, added: "We are delighted to continue our long relationship with Postman Pat and are very much looking forward to celebrating Pat’s very special birthday this year."