Hit YouTube web-series Don’t Hug Me I’m Scared is set for a TV adaptation as part of the UK Government’s Young Audiences Content Fund (YACF). Following an announcement by the BFI, the puppet musical extravaganza originally created by Becky Sloan, Joseph Pelling & Baker Terry, was included as one of 12 new productions set to receiving financial backing from the grant.
“Ideas that come with such a strong identity and established following are incredibly rare but they are really important factors when it comes to making content for younger audiences”, explains Fiona McDermott (Head of Comedy for Channel 4). “We were desperate to endorse this glorious genre-blending-puppet-tour-de-force and with the YACF we found the perfect partners to make that a reality”.
Described by Blink Industries as a ‘mixed-media trip that moves from kids-show pastiche to fever-dream horror in the blink of an eye’, DHMIS always felt more suited to an adult audience, so it’ll be interesting to see how (or if) it’s adapted for younger viewers. Finer details about the series aren’t available yet and all we know so far is that once again it will ‘follow Red Guy, Yellow Guy and Duck as they continue their disastrous learning journey’.
You can watch all six episodes of the original Don’t Hug Me I’m Scared web-series on their YouTube channel