Good news from the BBC: Shaun, the sheep from Wallace and Gromit’s “A Close Shave,” is finally getting the respect he deserves:

Shaun the Sheep gets his own show

Shaun the Sheep, the woolly star of the Wallace and Gromit short “A Close Shave,” is to get his own show on CBBC, the BBC’s digital channel for children.

The 40-part series, commissioned from Aardman Animations, begins production at the end of the year and will be transmitted on CBBC in 2006.

The show will follow the adventures of Shaun and the rest of his flock as they join in with his madcap schemes.

Aardman are currently working on a Wallace and Gromit feature film.

I hope it’s suitable for young children. My daughter now finds “A Close Shave” to be too scary to watch.