‘Sesame Street’ returns to UK TV screens after 12-year absence

Channel 4 pulled the kids' show in 2001 but Virgin Media now has select episodes available On Demand

Sesame Street is back on British TV screens after a hiatus of over a decade.

Channel dropped the iconic US kids’ show from its schedules in 2001, but selected episodes from seasons 36 to 43 are now available On Demand for subscribers to Virgin Media’s XL TV service.

Nick Forward, Virgin Media’s director of TV, said in a press statement: “‘These series were never broadcast here so this will provide hours of fun for the little ones this summer, and probably a fair few nostalgic adults too who grew up with the show.”


The episodes Virgin Media has acquired originally aired in the US between 2005 and this year (2013) and include guest appearances from David Beckham, Ricky Gervais, Emma Stone, Nicole Kidman and Bruno Mars.

Sesame Street debuted in 1969 and is home to several iconic Muppets created by Jim Henson, including Big Bird, Bert and Ernie, Oscar the Grouch, Cookie Monster and Elmo. It’s now notched up over 4,000 episodes, collecting 118 Emmy Awards and eight Grammy gongs along the way.

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