The Simpsons are to be honoured with their very own series of Lego sets.

The Danish toy company has confirmed it will launch a special series themed on The Simpsons family globally in 2014.

Lego spokesman Roar Rude Trangbaek wouldn't give any details about what characters would be included, but said the company hopes the series will "appeal to fans of The Simpsons family".

Lego has seen its sales soar in recent years after it started making series based on popular movies such as Star Wars, Pirates Of The Caribbean and The Hobbit.

The Simpsons has been on the air for 22 years, becoming the longest-running American sitcom, the longest-running American animated programme and a cultural phenomenon with colleges devoting courses to studying it.