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Teletubbies (1997 - 2001)

Country of Origin: UK
Date(s) of Broadcast: 31 March 1997 - 5 January 2001
Number of Seasons: 13
Total Number of Episodes: 335
Average Episode Running Times: 25 mins
Format: colour
Sound:

CREDITS

PRODUCTION
Production Companies: BBC / Ragdoll Productions

SCRIPT
Created By: Anne Wood

CAST
John Simmit (Dipsy)
Nikky Smedley (Laa-Laa)
Pui Fan Lee (Po)
Dave Thompson (Tinky-Winky (1997))
Mark Heenehan (Tinky-Winky (1997-1998))
Simon Shelton (Tinky-Winky (1998- ))
Jessica Smith (sun baby)

VOICES
Rolf Saxon (narrator)
Tim Whitnall (narrator / periscope)
Sandra Dickinson (female trumpet / additional voices)
Rudolph Walker (additional voices / male trumpet)
Alex Pascall (additional voices / singer)
Toni Barry (additional voices / announcer / counter - US version only)
Toyah Willcox (additional voices)
Eric Sykes (additional voices)

SUMMARY

Each Teletubbies episode is largely the same - the sun, in the form of a giggling baby's face, rises over Teletubbyland and the four Tubbies emerge from their dome shaped hillock at the behest of a giant windmill and they watch a short film (twice) on one of the TV sets on their stomachs. The Tubbies the do a dance or play a game before a voice trumpet announces that it's "time for tubby bye-bye."

CAPSULE REVIEW

Cheaper than drugs, though probably not much safer, Teletubbies was the childrens TV phenomenon of the 90s. It's difficult to comprehend the fuss a childrens TV show can generate when irate parents fail to grasp what it is that appeals to their offspring, a truism that was never more ably demonstrated than in the strange case of the Teletubbies. The relentless repetition was all part of the charm and the lack of any real explanation for what we were watching made it the most surreal kid vid since the hey day of The Magic Roundabout. Why did the sparkly windmill inspire a Tubby frenzy? Why has the sun got the face of a manic, giggling baby? What on earth is that Hoover, Noo Noo, doing there? And just what are the Teletubbies anyway? Answers were rarely forthcoming but it hardly mattered. Teletubbies is fabulously weird entertainment for anyone of any age - a true psychedelic classic!

EPISODES

NOTE: some episodes have the same titles but have very different contents

SEASON ONE   SEASON TWO   SEASON THREE
Ned's Bicycle (31 March 1997)
Our Pig Winnie (1 April 1997)
Grand Old Duke of York (2 April 1997)
Funny Lady - Naughty Sock (3 April 1997)
Painting With Our Hands and Feet (4 April 1997)
Lambs (7 April 1997)
Playing in the Rain (8 April 1997)
Dad's Lorry (9 April 1997)
Numbers - One (10 April 1997)
Making Flowers (11 April 1997)
See Saw (14 April 1997)
Photo Faces (15 April 1997)
Owl Babies (16 April 1997)
Larette Tap Dancing (17 April 1997)
Emily and Jester (18 April 1997)
Delilah Packing (21 April 1997)
Humpty Dumpty (22 April 1997)
Feeding the Chickens (23 April 1997)
Helicopter (24 April 1997)
Balancing (25 April 1997)
Building a Barbecue (28 April 1997)
Jumping (29 April 1997)
Rockpool (30 April 1997)
Drawing Cacti (1 May 1997)
Washing the Bus (2 May 1997)
Café Chocolate (5 May 1997)
Emily and the Trap (6 May 1997)
The Beach (7 May 1997)
Rolling (8 May 1997)
Numbers - Two (9 May 1997)
Swimming With Stephanie (12 May 1997)
Yellow Cow (13 May 1997)
Mum's Keyboard (14 May 1997)
Walking in the Woods (15 May 1997)
Strawberry Picking (16 May 1997)
Shadows (19 May 1997)
Painting Swings (20 May 1997)
My Mum's a Doctor (21 May 1997)
Tweet Tweet (22 May 1997)
Bubbles (23 May 1997)
  Gospel Singing (23 June 1997)
Mark and Zoe Cooking (24 June 1997)
Arthur Robot Story (25 June 1997)
Hey Diddle Diddle (26 June 1997)
Dirty Dog (27 June 1997)
Going For a Walk (30 June 1997)
Music With Debbie (1 July 1997)
Numbers - 3 (2 July 1997)
Haymaking (3 July 1997)
Naughty Cloud (4 July 1997)
I Want To Be a Vet (7 July 1997)
Ned's Potatoes (8 July 1997)
Digging in the Sand - Worms (9 July 1997)
Sarah, Fraser and the Ducks (10 July 1997)
Throwing (11 July 1997)
Lighthouse (14 July 1997)
Naughty Bee (15 July 1997)
Paddling Pool (16 July 1997)
Numbers - 5 (17 July 1997)
Swans (18 July 1997)
  Butterfly (1 September 1997)
Carnival (2 September 1997)
Naughty Snake (3 September 1997)
Guessing Game (4 September 1997)
Numbers - 4 (5 September 1997)
Dandelion Clocks (8 September 1997)
Ice Skating aka Colours - Yellow (9 September 1997)
Josie's Pots (10 September 1997)
Animals 4 - Fish (11 September 1997)
Hickory Dickory Dock (12 September 1997)
Numbers - 6 (15 September 1997)
Wake-Up (16 September 1997)
Sophie Art - Circus (17 September 1997)
Emily Washing The Pony (18 September 1997)
Gymnastics (19 September 1997)
Sandcastles (22 September 1997)
Walking the Dog (23 September 1997)
Sand Pendulum (24 September 1997)
Going on a Train (25 September 1997)
Herding Sheep (26 September 1997)
Eid New Clothes (29 September 1997)
Picking and Sorting (30 September 1997)
Numbers - 9 (1 October 1997)
Going to School By Boat (2 October 1997)
Squirrels (3 October 1997)
Dry Stone Wall (6 October 1997)
Urban Birds (7 October 1997)
Bubble Pictures (8 October 1997)
Good Morning (9 October 1997)
Numbers - 8 (10 October 1997)
Monkey Safari (13 October 1997)
Leaves (14 October 1997)
Flamenco Guitar (15 October 1997)
Numbers - 1 (16 October 1997)
Stop and Go (17 October 1997)
Chinese New Year (20 October 1997)
Pancakes (21 October 1997)
Funghi the Dolphin (22 October 1997)
Music With Debbie I (23 October 1997)
Mandir Temple (24 October 1997)
         
SEASON FOUR   SEASON FIVE   SEASON SIX
Little Baby (8 December 1997)
How Things Swim (9 December 1997)
Naughty Horse Returns (10 December 1997)
Bell Ringing (11 December 1997)
Colours - Blue (12 December 1997)
Christening (15 December 1997)
Feeding Sheep in Winter (16 December 1997)
Hanukkah (17 December 1997)
Washing Up (18 December 1997)
Numbers - 5 (19 December 1997)
Christmas Tree (22 December 1997)
Making Christmas Cards (23 December 1997)
Crackers (24 December 1997)
Christmas Carols (25 December 1997)
Snowy Story (26 December 1997)
Level Crossing (29 December 1997)
Becky and Jed Find Eggs (30 December 1997)
Rocking Chair (31 December 1997)
Colours - Pink (1 January 1998)
Living in Flats (2 January 1998)
Urban Walk (5 January 1998)
Our Calf Treacle (6 January 1998)
Naughty Pig (7 January 1998)
Washing the Car (8 January 1998)
Handy Hands (9 January 1998)
Playing Ball (12 January 1998)
Irish Dancing (13 January 1998)
Numbers - Two (14 January 1998)
Giraffes (15 January 1998)
Amy's House (16 January 1998)
  Naughty Sock Returns (23 March 1998)
Penguins (24 March 1998)
Ned's Geraniums (25 March 1998)
Digging in the Sand for Crabs (26 March 1998)
Samira's Gymnastics (27 March 1998)
Milking Cows (30 March 1998)
Flamenco Dancing (31 March 1998)
Café Eggs (1 April 1998)
Drumming With Norris (2 April 1998)
Making Fantastic Animals (3 April 1998)
Feeding the Monkeys (6 April 1998)
Naughty Hat (7 April 1998)
Gingerbread Boy (8 April 1998)
Rabbits (9 April 1998)
Painting Easter Eggs (10 April 1998)
Finding Chocolate Eggs (13 April 1998)
Turban (14 April 1998)
My Dad's a Tram Driver (15 April 1998)
Football (16 April 1998)
Naughty Sausage (17 April 1998)
Animals - Snails (27 April 1998)
Numbers - Three (28 April 1998)
Dentist (29 April 1998)
Making Salad (30 April 1998)
Making Lanterns (1 May 1998)
Colours - Green (4 May 1998)
Our Dog Alice (5 May 1998)
Tulips (6 May 1998)
Sea Lions (7 May 1998)
Statues (8 May 1998)
Cygnets (11 May 1998)
Rollerblading (12 May 1998)
Naughty Duck (13 May 1998)
Ice Cream Sundae (14 May 1998)
Playing With Dough (15 May 1998)
Kite Flying (18 May 1998)
Ballet Rhymes 3 (19 May 1998)
Numbers - Four (20 May 1998)
Haircut (21 May 1998)
Carnival II (22 May 1998)
  Tennis (22 June 1998)
Cows and Calves (23 June 1998)
The Pier (24 June 1998)
Becky's Flake Cake (25 June 1998)
Hand Painting (26 June 1998)
Mark and Topus (29 June 1998)
Numbers - 10 (30 June 1998)
Washing the Elephant (1 July 1998)
Windmill (2 July 1998)
Putting Angus To Bed (3 July 1998)
Hair Braiding (6 July 1998)
Kittens (7 July 1998)
Funny Walks (8 July 1998)
Jigsaw - Rabbits (9 July 1998)
My Violin (10 July 1998)
Boys and Eggs (13 July 1998)
Hovercraft (14 July 1998)
Robin (15 July 1998)
Feeding My Baby Sister (16 July 1998)
Long Horns (17 July 1998)
         
SEASON SEVEN   SEASON EIGHT   SEASON NINE
Colours - Purple (31 August 1998)
Ballet - Jack in the Box (1 September 1998)
Spiders (2 September 1998)
Blackberry Picking (3 September 1998)
Fancy Dress (4 September 1998)
Numbers - Five (7 September 1998)
Rebecca's Dog (8 September 1998)
Clogs (9 September 1998)
Cuddles Gets Lost (10 September 1998)
Squeezy Painting (11 September 1998)
Woodlice (14 September 1998)
Land Yachting (15 September 1998
Tropical Fish (16 September 1998)
My Piano (17 September 1998)
Twirlers (18 September 1998)
The Very Proud Clown (21 September 1998)
Boom Boom Dance (22 September 1998)
Peacocks (23 September 1998)
Numbers - Six (24 September 1998)
Basketball (25 September 1998)
Rangoli (28 September 1998)
Frogs (29 September 1998)
Old King Cole (30 September 1998)
Jigsaw - Elephant (1 October 1998)
Funny Lady - Naughty Soap (2 October 1998)
Dad's Portrait (5 October 1998)
Colours - Orange (6 October 1998)
Piglets (7 October 1998)
Water (8 October 1998)
Wrapping (9 October 1998)
Making Bread (12 October 1998)
Ice Lollipops (13 October 1998)
Orange Picking (14 October 1998)
Double Bass (15 October 1998)
Numbers - 7 (16 October 1998)
Sparkly Spider (19 October 1998)
Cat's Night Out (20 October 1998)
Chicks (21 October 1998)
Body to Body (22 October 1998)
Camping (23 October 1998)
  Colours - Black (14 December 1998)
Pebbles (15 December 1998)
Otters (16 December 1998)
Decorating Boxes (17 December 1998)
Kathak Dancing (18 December 1998)
Christmas in South Africa (21 December 1998)
Christmas in Finland (22 December 1998)
Christmas Gospel Singing (23 December 1998)
Christmas in Spain (24 December 1998
Nativity Play (25 December 1998)
Towers (28 December 1998)
Oranges and Lemons (29 December 1998)
Feeding Baby Penguins (30 December 1998)
Trickle Painting (31 December 1998)
Catherine's Toy Farm (1 January 1999)
Ten Little Men Finger Play (4 January 1999)
Harp (5 January 1999)
Hermit Crabs (6 January 1999)
Making Mosaics (7 January 1999)
Ball Games With Debbie (8 January 1999)
  Fruit Tasting (15 March 1999)
Ice Skating (16 March 1999)
Sing a Song of Sixpence (17 March 1999)
Caterpillars (18 March 1999)
Mark Making Pictures (19 March 1999)
Clockwork (22 March 1999)
Mary Had a Little Lamb (23 March 1999)
Guess Who I Am (24 March 1999)
Hedgehogs (25 March 1999)
Boots (26 March 1999)
         
SEASON TEN   SEASON ELEVEN   SEASON TWELVE
Title Unknown (2 August 1999)
Title Unknown (3 August 1999)
Shrimps in the Sand (4 August 1999)
Cuddles Poor Paw (5 August 1999)
Handshapes - Turkey (6 August 1999)
Clay (9 August 1999)
Title Unknown (10 August 1999)
Ladybird (11 August 1999)
Title Unknown (12 August 1999)
Welly Walk (13 August 1999)
Circles (16 August 1999)
Seahorses (17 August 1999)
Title Unknown (18 August 1999)
Tram (Cable Car) (19 August 1999)
Apple Pie (20 August 1999)
Spray Paint Mural (23 August 1999)
Title Unknown (24 August 1999)
Title Unknown (25 August 1999)
Fox Cubs (26 August 1999)
Pavement Artist (27 August 1999)
  Stick Insect (22 November 1999)
Colours - Brown (23 November 1999)
Catching Leaves (24 November 1999)
Making a Den (25 November 1999)
Title Unknown (26 November 1999
Maori Singing (29 November 1999)
Title Unknown (30 November 1999)
Title Unknown (1 December 1999)
Hide and Seek (2 December 1999)
Getting Up in the Morning (3 December 1999)
Game Drive (6 December 1999)
Title Unknown (7 December 1999)
Title Unknown (8 December 1999)
Making Music (9 December 1999)
Ducks (10 December 1999)
Bagels (13 December 1999)
Animal Rhythms (14 December 1999)
Rosie's Hairdo (15 December 1999)
Sea Tractor (16 December 1999)
Chameleon (17 December 1999)
  Mum's Portrait (31 July 2000)
Gold and Silver (1 August 2000)
Honky Tonk Piano (2 August 2000)
Running (3 August 2000)
Baby Elephant 4 August 2000)
Watering the Garden (7 August 2000)
Treasure Box (8 August 2000)
This Is Our Park (9 August 2000)
Grasshoppers (10 August 2000)
My Mum's Breakfast (11 August 2000)
Ten Pin Bowling (14 August 2000)
Title Unknown (15 August 2000)
Title Unknown (16 August 2000)
Up the Hill (17 August 2000)
Dog Kennel (18 August 2000)
Scrapbook (21 August 2000)
Collecting Stones (22 August 2000)
Grandad's Motorbike (23 August 2000)
Firefighter (24 August 2000)
Goats (25 August 2000)
         
    SEASON THIRTEEN    
    Buying a Sari (11 December 2000)
Jack and the Beanstalk (12 December 2000)
On Top and Underneath (13 December 2000)
Seals (14 December 2000)
Move With The Drum (15 December 2000)
Puppies (18 December 2000)
Title Unknown (19 December 2000)
Barrel Organ (20 December 2000)
Sleep Over (21 December 2000)
Afro-Caribbean Vegetables (22 December 2000)
Trikes (1 January 2001)
Our Story (2 January 2001)
Jabadao (3 January 2001)
Silvie's Fish Pond (4 January 2001)
Bluebells (5 January 2001)
   

AVAILABILITY

UK
Television Distributor: BBC

USA
Television Distributor: Itsy Bitsy; PBS

ALTERNATIVE TITLES

Teletapit - Finnish title
Telepuziki - Russian title

AWARDS

1998
British Academy Awards, UK

BAFTA Childrens' Award Best Pre-School (Anne Wood) - winner

1999
Daytime Emmy Awards, USA

Outstanding Pre-School Children's Series (Andrew Davenport, Anne Wood) - nominated

TV Guide Awards, USA
Favorite Children's Show - nominated

2000
Daytime Emmy Awards, USA

Outstanding Pre-School Children's Series (Andrew Davenport, Sue James, Anne Wood) - nominated

LINKS

SEE ALSO
Big Hug: The Story of Teletubbies (25 December 1998)

KEYWORDS

children

 


Last Updated: 1 January, 2009

 


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