Jim Henson to create BBC puppet show

Pilot to be called 'No Strings Attached'

The BBC is working with the Jim Henson Co. to create a weekend U.K. TV show fronted by a new puppet who will interview celebs in a chat show-style format.

A pilot episode of the show, whose working title is “No Strings Attached,” is being prepared with the Henson Co., best known for the Muppets.

If greenlit, it will be produced inhouse by the BBC in the U.K. with puppets supplied by Henson.

The BBC’s executive editor for entertainment, Karl Warner, said, “The Muppets were a massive phenomenon and nobody seems to have been developing anything in this area for a long time. The Henson Co, has shown us some puppets, and their versatility is very exciting, but we are still only in talks at the moment.”

A series could bow next year on the pubcaster’s U.K. flagship web, BBC1.

Disney, which bought the rights to the Muppets’ characters in 2004, is working on a sequel to “The Muppets” after the return of Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy and friends went on to earn more than $154.8 million at the worldwide box office after its Nov. 23 U.S. release.

James Bobin, who helmed “The Muppets,” and co-writer Nicholas Stoller, will pen the script for the sequel.

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