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Viral horror series Don't Hug Me I'm Scared is coming to Channel 4

Don't Hug Me I'm Scared characters
Don't Hug Me I'm Scared is making its Channel 4 debut. (Image credit: Channel 5)

Viral horror YouTube series Don't Hug Me I'm Scared is coming to Channel 4 later this year, and a creepy new teaser has been released.

Originally released in 2011, the deceptive video series became an online hit after it follows three characters that look like they're straight out of a children's TV series before eerie things start happening!

The three characters are a yellow childlike humanoid with blue hair and overalls, an anthropomorphic green mallard duck with a plaid coat, and a red humanoid with a mop-like head, who don't actually have names but are commonly referred to as Yellow Guy, Duck and Red Guy.

Throughout the original web series, the trio meets several characters and they sing a musical number related to everyday life in the style of a nursery rhyme, however, the songs soon take a darker turn and the episodes usually end on a twist with some violent notes or other creepy themes, so it's definitely not one to watch with kids!

Now, the series is getting a revamp and is heading to Channel 4 for more disturbing stories, and a first look has been shared on social media. In the clip, the camera pans over various destroyed items, before landing on a TV depicting the much-loved characters.

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The clip ends with a bee buzzing around the three characters, before Duck kills it by hitting it with some papers and declares: "pesky bee!". So not a lot to go off just yet but enough to keep us interested.

Six new episodes are heading our way soon and one of the creators Becky Sloan confirmed the news, writing: "Time flies fast when you’re having fun… 6 new episodes coming to Channel 4 in September! PESKY BEE!"

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Exact plot details haven't been announced yet so we'll have to wait patiently for more info about Channel 4's Don't Hug Me I'm Scared, but if it's anything like the original series we've got some seriously creepy stuff ahead!

All the original videos are still available on YouTube, including the very first episode (below) which was posted ten years ago and has now passed 69 million views and is still being talked about today.

Don't Hug Me I'm Scared arrives on Channel 4 in September. 

Lucy joined the WhatToWatch.com team in 2021, where she writes series guides for must-watch programmes and the latest TV news. Originally from Northumberland, she graduated from Oxford Brookes University in 2016 with a degree in Film Studies and moved to London to begin a career writing about entertainment.


She is a Rotten Tomatoes approved film critic and has a huge passion for cinema. She especially loves horror, thriller and anything crime-related. Her favourite TV programmes include Inside No 9, American Horror Story and Black Mirror, but recently she's loving everything about Apple TV's Severance