Can you believe the Teletubbies have been delighting our little ones for 20 years? Tinky-Winky, Dipsy, Laa-Laa and Po came to life on UK screens in March 1997 and have since become one of the most successful global children’s brands of all time.
Teletubbies episodes have aired in over 120 countries and in 45 different languages, reaching over 1 billion children worldwide.
The loveable and rather quirky foursome have reached cult status and have received honours such as a BAFTA Award and the Japan Prize Grand Prix, the most prestigious accolade in children’s educational television.
The Teletubbies have also been reinvented along the way, with a brand new series launched in 2015. And did you know the Teletubbies now have touch screen tummies?
They are cute, cuddly and full of love and giggles so its no wonder kids love them. Executive producer Maddy Darrall says “From the moment that you hear the first music performed by the BBC Philharmonic and we go over the green hills of Teletubbyland and you hear Antonia Thomas beautifully say, ‘Over the hills and far away’, you’re taken into a world which is just so special and so unique and so only Teletubbies. I think that that’s something our audience absolutely love.”
Little Ms R and I were lucky enough to go along to the Teletubbies 20th anniversary celebrations in Centennial Park, Sydney yesterday. We had the chance to meet the Teletubbies, with Po very much the favourite amongst all the kids.
There were Teletubbies cupcakes, new episodes to watch, Teletubbies toys to play with and loads of chances for the kids to hug their favourite Teletubbie, or even have a game of football with them like Ms R…
Fun Teletubbies facts
- Co-creator of Teletubbies Andrew Davenport was inspired to create the movement and appearance of the Teletubbies by the astronauts from the 1969 moon landings. “I found it funny that it represented the peak of human endeavour and here were elite astronauts looking and behaving like toddlers!”
- The Teletubbies were originally going to be called the ‘Teleteddies’.
In New Zealand, the first consignment of Teletubby toys sold out within two minutes when they launched there in 1998.
- Nick Kellington who plays Dipsy, also plays Bistan from the rebel alliance in movie blockbuster Star Wars: Rogue One.
- In 1999 Britney Spears appeared on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine clutching a Teletubby toy
- The Teletubbies song ‘Teletubbies Say Eh-Oh’ reached the dizzy heights of No.1 in the UK charts in December 1997. ‘Say Eh’-oh sold over 1million copies and stayed in the top 75 for 29 weeks.
- In 2001 Goran Ivanisevic won Wimbledon and said watching Teletubbies helped him to relax.
- After beating hundreds of hopefuls, 18-month old baby Berry from London plays the part of the new Sun Baby and takes over the role made famous by now 21-year-old dance student, Jess Smith. 17.
- There are 20,000 laser-cut, hand-painted flowers and 40,000 real dried flowers on the Teletubbyland replica model which is used to film the new series. The varieties are buttercups, poppies, daisies and cornflowers.
Catch the latest episodes of the Teletubbies on DVD at leading retailers, via digital download (on iTunes & Google Play) or on ABC KIDS, airing 11.40am on weekends!
This is not a sponsored post, but Ms R and I did have a tubbytastic time at the 20th anniversary party!