Famous faces say eh-oh to Teletubbies
New series launches on CBeebies in March
A host of stars and their families came out to wish DHX Media's Teletubbies a happy 20th anniversary on Sunday.
Stars including Arsenal and England soccer hero Theo Walcott (pictured); TV personalities Kimberly Wyatt, Imogen Thomas, Charlotte Hawkins, Jasmine Harman, Nick Knowles, George Gilbey, Megan Salmon-Ferrari, Naomi Konickova; actors Linda Robson, Claire Sweeney, Tom Chambers, Anna Acton, Ben Hull, Hannah Waddingham, Katherine Parkinson with husband Harry Peacock, Kevin Eldon, Suzanne Shaw and Leon Ockendon all descended upon London’s South Bank in their party best yesterday to say “eh-oh’ to the Teletubbies and wish them a happy 20th anniversary.
Attending the event in their party hats, Tinky Winky, Dipsy, Laa-Laa and Po were on hand to dispense big hugs and celebrate 20 years of children’s TV fun, as well as the start of a brand new series of adventures on CBeebies from Monday 13 March.
Kimberly Wyatt said: “It’s been a great party. My daughter is just the biggest Teletubby fan and she’s had a fantastic time!”
Claire Sweeney said: “It’s been absolutely brilliant. To see my son genuinely delighted to see the Teletubbies in the flesh was a real pleasure. I couldn’t think of a better way to spend a Sunday morning!”
Guests were invited to walk the green carpet and join the festivities with entertainers, craft activities, songs and dances and a sneak preview of an episode from the new series, introduced by CBeebies’ favourite Chris Jarvis. And children were delighted to go home with party bags brimming with Teletubby goodies!
Controller of CBeebies Kay Benbow said: “It is great to able to join today’s celebrations of this cherished programme that continues to delight fans old and new. The reaction to the episode shown today from the brand new series was simply amazing.”
Global phenomenon Teletubbies first launched on BBC Two on 31st March 1997 and went on to win countless awards including the Japan Prize Grand Prix, the most prestigious accolade in children’s educational television. It is now one of the most successful global children’s brands of all time. It has reached over one billion children around the world with the original episodes airing in over 120 territories in 45 different languages. Teletubbies was the very first western preschool property to air on China’s CCTV - reaching an audience of 300 million children - and a brand new series is now delighting a whole new generation of children in the UK, US and beyond. On the anniversary itself – 31 March 2017 brand new episode Sliding Down which introduces the new element the Tubby Slidey for the first time will air on CBeebies in the UK.