The Wombles have made their return to BBC Radio 4 and BBC Sounds, with director Johnny Vegas and performer Richard E. Grant shedding light on how they joined forces to revive Wimbledon Common’s most renowned fictional inhabitants. Discover more by watching the video above.

Residing beneath Wimbledon Common, The Wombles bear the unique responsibility of ‘tidying up’ after untidy human beings. Radio 4 and BBC Sounds are honouring these beloved classic characters, commemorating 50 years since The Wombles first graced the BBC.

This delightful festive experience is drawn from Elisabeth Beresford’s original books, featuring a performance by Richard E. Grant, direction by Johnny Vegas, and set within a new soundscape for Christmas 2023.

Brimming with joy and warmth, the production carries an underlying environmental message. It seamlessly blends novelty and nostalgia, presenting a Christmas comfort-listening gift for everyone to relish.

Tune in to The Wombles on BBC Radio 4 on Monday, 25 December, from 6.15 pm, and enjoy the entire boxset on BBC Sounds now.