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Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book gets CBBC treatment

19th April 2010

The BBC is set to broadcast a new animated series based on Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book.

CBBC has plans to screen a 52-episode series after buying the content from DQ Entertainment for £1 million.

It will feature all the characters found in Kipling's most famous book, including Mowgli, Baloo, Bagheera and Shere Khan.

Commenting on the new deal, Steven Andrew, head of drama and acquisitions for CBBC, said: 'The world of the jungle is looking glorious in the series and will reintroduce this brand to a generation who might not know this fabulous story.'

However, according to Tapaas Chakravarti, chief executive of DQ Entertainment, the animated series is not faithful to the book.

'I don't think anyone is strongly against these adaptations, but there is general light-hearted disapproval. The text isn't really represented properly,' he added.

A rare, signed copy of The Jungle Book was recently found and put on display at Wimpole Hall, which was home to Kipling's daughter Elsie.

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