It's time for series two of Teletubbies!
Since it launched, the new series of Teletubbies has been a huge hit with our very youngest viewers. It is so exciting that 20 years on the CBeebies audience can still enjoy and discover a world of fun and laughter.Kay Benbow, Controller of CBeebies
Launched in November 2015, the refreshed version of the much-loved preschool show was an immediate hit with viewers, becoming a key pillar of CBeebies’ morning schedule and also proving hugely popular on iPlayer.
Now, award-winning UK production company Darrall Macqueen has produced 60 more episodes of the iconic show for DHX Media and CBeebies, which will see the Teletubbies getting up to lots of playful fun in Teletubbyland and having new adventures such as playing golf and going on a picnic.
Combining all the charm of the original with a little 21st-century technical magic, the new series also features several new elements to delight the latest generation of Teletubby devotees.
Tinky Winky, Dipsy, Laa-Laa and Po continue to laugh, learn and play as they discover a new area of Teletubbyland called the Hidey Hup - a colourful, larger-than-life playground situated in a hidden glade containing apparatus for physical Teletubby fun including the Tubby Bouncy, Tubby Slidey, Tubby Uppy Downy and the Tubby Spinny. The Teletubbies journey there in a brand new ‘honk honk’ Tubby Car!
Viewers can also look out for the Teletubbies Circus, pink Tubby Custard turning green and a very special Tubby Custard Ride carriage for The Noo-noo. The Tiddlytubbies become more active and their individual characteristics are built upon too as viewers discover more about Mi-Mi, Daa Daa, Baa, Ping, RuRu, Nin, Duggle Dee and Umby Pumby and learn their brand new signature song.
Meanwhile multi-talented actor, writer and comedian David Walliams and pop star turned TV presenter Rochelle Humes step up to the mic to star as the Voice Trumpets, joining the existing cast of Jim Broadbent, Jane Horrocks, Daniel Rigby, Fearne Cotton and Antonia Thomas.
David Walliams says: “It’s really thrilling to be asked to take part in Teletubbies because it’s such an iconic show and it’s watched all around the world by millions and millions of children and it was just too good a thing to turn down. I just want to come to the set, I want to go onto the Teletubby Car, I want to go onto the train, all those things. I just want to be in Teletubbyland all day long!”
Rochelle Humes adds: “I’ve always been such a big fan of the Teletubbies. My sister and I used to watch it together when we were younger and as I now have a little girl, it was a real no-brainer to be part of it. I jumped at the chance to be involved.”
The new series will launch in the same month as the 20th anniversary of Teletubbies’ first airing on the BBC and a number of special events have been planned to celebrate this landmark year of the iconic show that changed the face of pre-school television.
Kay Benbow, Controller of CBeebies, says: “Since it launched, the new series of Teletubbies has been a huge hit with our very youngest viewers. It is so exciting that 20 years on the CBeebies audience can still enjoy and discover a world of fun and laughter.”
Executive Producer Maddy Darrall says: “It’s only every so often that such a classic global show like Teletubbies comes onto the children’s television landscape and I think for all of us it’s incredible that it’s still delighting children 20 years later,”
Global phenomenon Teletubbies first launched in March 1997 and became one of the most successful global children’s brands of all time. It has reached over one billion children to date and the original episodes have aired in over 120 territories in 45 different languages. It was the very first western pre-school property to air on China’s CCTV.
Notes to Editors
- Originally created in 1997 Teletubbies is a children’s television series targeted at preschool viewers. In September 2013, DHX Media acquired all rights to Teletubbies through its purchase of Ragdoll Worldwide, a joint venture between Ragdoll Productions and BBC Worldwide that owned, managed and exploited Ragdoll programming.
- Multi award-winning, Teletubbies is designed to encourage young children to watch television creatively. Full of fun and exploration it inspires confidence and curiosity and nurtures childhood development. DHX Media has engaged award-winning UK production company Darrall Macqueen to produce Teletubbies. Together they are pioneering a 21st century version of the show for a new generation of viewers.
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