Cookie Monster Elmo hugAs if they’re not busy enough starring on the American television program Sesame Street, Cookie Monster and Elmo will soon be appearing on a new children’s show called The Furchester on CBeebies, the BBC’s children’s network.

To quote from the BBC’s press release:

Set to debut on CBeebies in autumn 2014, The Furchester is about a close-knit family of cheerfully incompetent monsters who own and operate an ‘almost’ world-class hotel. Starring Elmo and Cookie Monster, the show will be filmed at CBeebies’ new home in MediaCityUK in Salford.

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The proprietors of The Furchester are Funella Furchester, the welcoming monster owner, her dear and beleaguered husband, Furgus Fuzz, and their daughter, the unflappable Phoebe Furchester-Fuzz. The family will bend over backwards and forwards and sideways (only occasionally tipping over) to be sure the needs of every guest are met.

Some helpful staffers include: Elmo, Phoebe’s cousin who is on an extended visit and fascinated by all the hotel has to offer—lift buttons to push, phones to be answered, and new friends to make; Cookie Monster, who has landed his dream job as room service and dining-room waiter; and Isabel, a furry creature with a bell on top—guests won’t get any attention until they ring her, but they have to catch her first! Animals, vegetables and minerals flock to this hub of hospitality.

The 52×11-minute series will go into production early in the New Year. Tony Reed and Alison Stewart are the executive producers for CBeebies and Carol-Lynn Parente is the executive producer for Sesame Workshop. Belinda Ward is headwriter for the series.

So that sounds like fun, and I hope we get to see it in this country before too long.  Of course, this won’t be the first time Sesame Street monsters have worked at a hotel… The highlight of the show’s “Around the Corner” years was the Furry Arms hotel. On another note, Isabel sounds suspiciously like a Dinger, but maybe they can’t call her that because it means something obscene in British slang.

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by Ryan Roe –

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