Sky’s bringing back Morph for its new Sky Kids app

Tony Hart's plasticine pal getting a reboot for Sky's first original kids programming

Morph is about to bounce back onto TV screens, thanks to Sky.

Anyone that watched kids TV in the 70s, 80s or early 90s should recognise Tony Hart’s plasticine sidekick, and he’s finally making a return to our screens this year.

Sky has teamed up with Aardman Animations to make a new series of animated episodes, starring Morph and his badly behaved best friend Chas. There’s also going to be a live action show, which should teach kids how to make their own plasticine characters and create animations using a phone or tablet camera.

It’s to coincide with the launch of Sky Kids, a new app that’ll put all of Sky’s kids channels onto your tablet.

Sky reckons about 25% of its customers have kids, and as many as three in four can also get their little mitts on a tablet - either mum and dads or their own.

The new app lets parents set up profiles for each of their kids, which can limit which channels are available based on their ages.

Right now, kids can watch episodes from a huge number of big-name shows - think Spongebob Squarepants, Adventure Time, Peppa Pig and Scooby Doo.

Cutesy Sky Buddy characters keep things kid-friendly and let little Timmy know which profile to tap so he can watch Finn and Jake explore the land of Ooo.

Sky’s planning to add episode downloads later, so you’ll be able to fill a tablet with shows for offline watching when you don’t have an internet connection.

A Bedtime mode is on the way too; the onscreen Sky Buddy will start yawning when it’s time to call it a night, and Mum and Dad can set an off switch to kick in when it’s REALLY time for bed.

It’ll be available for free to existing Sky customers who have the Variety bundle or higher.

Sky Kids is going live in the iOS App Store and Google Play Store tomorrow. Morph should appear later this year.