The BBC’s latest animated comedy The Simpsons is set to become a regular part of the British public television network’s schedules for the first time.
It is due to air on BBC1 on July 26, 2019, two days before its Christmas Day premiere.
The show, which stars Matt Groening and his two sons Bart and Lisa, was created by Groening, the creator of The Simpsons, and the creator and co-creator of Family Guy, Seth MacFarlane.
“We’re really excited that we’ve been able to get this new programme onto BBC1 in the same week that the festive season begins,” said Lisa Simpson, who will be making her BBC1 debut as the series’ main character, Marge Simpson.
“It’ll be a great show to watch, and it’ll be just right for Christmas.”
Groening said the decision to show the show was “hugely, hugely exciting”.
The BBC, which is known for its popular programmes such as Doctor Who and The Simpsons (along with a handful of others), is also known for hosting shows like The Great British Bake Off and The Office.
The BBC1 version will have a similar look to the earlier, non-musical version.
“The Simpsons is an iconic British comedy, a cultural phenomenon and a hugely popular show across the UK,” said Phil Schiller, the chief executive of the BBC.
“I’m sure it will be a welcome addition to our repertoire of shows.”
It is a year since the programme debuted in the US on the BBC, and Groening says that it is the best he has ever seen it.
“This is the funniest thing I’ve ever done, and I’ve never seen anything quite like it,” he said.
“And the fact that it’s coming to the UK just three weeks before Christmas is amazing.
It’s a wonderful surprise.”