Tim Brooke-Taylor is to front a new spoof news bulletin about animals, in what will be his first major TV comedy since the Goodies.
He will act as the newsreader for the six half-hour episodes, due to go out on BBC One at Saturday teatime.
Provisionally titled, Everyone Loves Animals, it will feature funny clips from the animal world.
He will be assisted by a sidekick dog, or 'newshound’. Stand-up Charlie Baker voiced the canine quipster in a not-for-broadcast pilot made last year, by Talkback will cast someone else now it is going to air, trade magazine Broadcast reports.
Producer Dan Baldwin said: 'As a nation of animal lovers, this series will get the whole family laughing.'