Peppa reaches a milestone age
Peppa Pig is celebrating her 10th birthday today.
The animated kids’ show – which is broadcast on Channel 5 and Nick Jr – has become super-popular since it was first aired in 2004 and has generated over £200m in UK retail sales.
But ‘cheeky and slightly bossy’ Peppa was originally thought up by creators Neville Astley and Mark Baker and producer Phil Davies over a few drinks in the pub.
Neville and Mark decided to create a character who had a distinctive sound – but it took a while before they came up with the dress-clad pink pig.
‘The snort came first and surprisingly it took another few days before she became a pig,’ Neville tells Metro.
‘Initially, we were thinking of a more unique hog-like character that maybe slept in the bushes. But once we realised she had to be a pig then the muddy puddles quickly followed.’
Peppa – who they reckon children relate to because she’s a ‘typical four-year-old’ – is now known for her love of mucky water and one of her phrases is: ‘If you jump in muddy puddles, you must wear your boots!’
The 28-year-old WAG isn’t the only one whose offspring have tuned in.