Shaun the Sheep is returning to TV screens after a two-year hiatus with a new series on CBBC.

The stop-motion animated sheep is gearing up for his third stint on the kids TV channel from the end of February.

The latest series returns to Mossybottom Farm where Shaun and his friends cause all kinds of mayhem, including high jinks with hang-gliders, dinosaurs, ducks, window cleaning, bulls and skateboards. Not forgetting Mossybottom’s long-suffering farmer…

Britain’s best-loved sheep was made famous in Wallace and Gromit’s Academy Award-winning short film A Close Shave in 1995. Eighteen years later Shaun has proved he is one of the film’s most enduring characters, with his own spin-off series and a legion of fans, young and old.

Did you know?

  • Shaun’s name is a pun on the word “shorn” after he was accidentally subjected to Wallace’s automated sheep shearing machine.
  • In A Close Shave Shaun was saved from an evil mechanical dog that wanted to turn him and his flock all into pet food.
  • Creative director of Shaun the Sheep Richard “Golly” Starzak, said: “Shaun the Sheep is set on the idyllically rural Mossybottom Farm, so the farmer and the flock come up against all the typical trials and tribulations of living in the countryside – in classic comedic fashion.”

    Indeed, in the opening episode the farmer hits the countryside rush hour in his tractor and gets stuck down a country lane in a face-off with a removal van – which just happens to be filled with stowaway sheep.

    The series also includes a peaceful country picnic rudely interrupted by an unexpected guest – a huge bull.

    Shaun The Sheep is unique in its universal appeal and everyone loves the great slapstick comedy, showing that country life is definitely never dull,” added Richard.

    “It’s nearly 20 years since audiences first met Shaun and here’s hoping that his maverick nature will continue to capture their imagination for another 20.”

    Shaun the Sheep series three starts on Monday 25 February at 3.15pm on the CBBC channel.