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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles makes its return to TV in a new series on Nickelodeon

Published: 20 November 2012

Heroes…warriors…brothers…turtles? Yes, Leonardo, Raphael, Michelangelo and Donatello - those pizza loving amphibian superheroes a.k.a the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - are making their triumphant return to television in their new CG-animated series premiering on Nickelodeon, channel 305 on DStv at 11:25 on Sunday, 25 November.

To download a brief preview of the all-new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, click here.

Taking place in present day New York City, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles takes as its backdrop the glittering towers of Manhattan and the grimy depths of its deepest sewers, while following the adventures of four humanoid turtles and a six-foot-tall rat, Master Splinter. One day, while living a life in seclusion with his four pet turtles, the once-human, Splinter, encountered mysterious green ooze that covered him and his pets. Overcome by the mutagen, he was transformed into a rat and his four pets became humanoid turtles. Fearing persecution from humans, he brought the turtles underground and raised them, training them to become ninjas. Years have passed since that point and the four turtles are now headstrong teenagers, filled with the confidence of youth and a burning desire to see the world.

Emerging from their sewer lair, the reptile brothers confront the wondrous world of New York City, facing villains more dangerous and pizza more delicious than anything they could have imagined. Through battles with Shredder, the Kraang and loads of super-powerful mutants, the Turtles learn to rely on themselves and each other as they grow to become the heroes they are destined to be.

One of the most popular kids' television programmes of the 1980s, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is a classic, global property created in 1984 by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird. It first debuted as a successful comic book series and then became a hit animated TV show, a live-action television series and later spawned four blockbuster theatrical releases. The property also has translated into a significant consumer products business - with DVDs, video games, toys and more - that has generated billions of dollars at retail.

The series stars Jason Biggs (Leonardo), Sean Astin (Raphael), Rob Paulsen (Donatello), Greg Cipes (Michelangelo), Mae Whitman (April O'Neil), Hoon Lee (Master Splinter) and Kevin Michael Richardson (Shredder). The executive producers for the series are Ciro Nieli, Joshua Sternin and J.R. Ventimilia and Peter Hastings.

Recently launched in the USA, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles took audiences by storm, ranking as the week's top telecast with kids 2-11 (6.2/2.1 million) and boys 6-11 (8.2/837,000) across broadcast and cable TV, and the number-one kids programme on basic cable with total viewers (drawing 3.9 million) for the week. Additionally, series hit a ratings high for Nickelodeon with boys 2-11 (7.5/1.3 million), and was the network's top-rated premiere for an animated series since 2009. During its premiere weekend the series reached nearly 12 million total viewers.

To win one of five limited edition hampers of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles merchandise signed by Turtles creator Kevin Eastman, kids need to send their answer to nickevents@vimn.com, together with their name, age, parent’s name, contact details and telephone number:

Where can you watch the brand new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series?
A: MTV
B: Nickelodeon
C: VH1

The competition is open to children aged 7 to 10 in South Africa and Nigeria.

For more information on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, visit www.nickelodeonafrica.com, the Nickelodeon Facebook page www.facebook.com/NickelodeonAfrica or join the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag, #TMNT.
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