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A remake of the TV series of Enid Blyton's "Famous Five" will have the main protagonists using the Internet and WAP phones in their adventures.

"The New Famous Five" will be made by the same group that was responsible for "Byker Grove." Peter Murphy, director of programming at Zenith commented: "Our aim is to bring Famous Five into the 21st century while at the same time keeping the core values of the Blyton books."

The owners' of Blyton's books could not say whether the new version would be more up to date with its representation of the boys and girls. Readers of the stories probably remember the boys chasing round doing interesting stuff while Anne cooked dinner. And even George was never really allowed to join in.

In the updated version this could be represented as the boys working to crack the bad guys' encryption, while the girls order Pizza on their WAP phones and bring round Jolt cola, instead of Ginger Beer.

The series will be thirteen episodes long, and there will be a series of new books to accompany it. ®

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