Tinky Winky, Dipsy, Laa-Laa and Po are poised to return in the UK in a revived Teletubbies series for CBeebies.
The voice cast includes Jim Broadbent (Harry Potter, Bridget Jones’s Diary), Jane Horrocks (Absolutely Fabulous, Little Voice), Daniel Rigby (Eric and Ernie), Fearne Cotton (Radio 1, Celebrity Juice), and Antonia Thomas (Misfits, Sunshine on Leith).
An Australian broadcast is yet to be confirmed.
Staying true to the original series Tinky Winky, Dipsy, Laa-Laa and Po retain their loveable, huggable distinctive features but have been subtly updated to cater for today’s pre-schoolers. The Teletubbies now have 21st century Touch Screen Tummies, which will broadcast beautiful live action films, shot from a child’s perspective. Some familiar characters will be back, including the Teletubbies’ hoover-like companion Noo-noo, and the series will feature many exciting new elements too: The Teletubbies’ new gadget, the Tubby Phone (voiced by Jane Horrocks), will bring the Teletubbies bang up to date with technology, and a twirling, whirling Tubby Custard Ride will provide the characters with endless custardy chaos and fun.
Using pioneering technology, Teletubbyland and Home Hill have been visually enriched to create a magical environment for pre-schoolers to let their imaginations run wild. Intricate details such as stunning flowers, that viewers will see grow from buds into fully fledged blooms, will add bursts of glorious colour, and a new windmill, crafted from natural materials, is also part of the lush environment.
Global phenomenon Teletubbies first launched in March 1997 and became one of the most successful global children’s programmes of all time. It has reached over 1 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 reaching an audience of 300 million children. Its enduring resonance with children is further underscored by the brand’s postings on YouTube which garner almost 76 million views per month.
Multi-award-winning UK production company Darrall Macqueen (Topsy and Tim, Baby Jake) has been engaged to produce Teletubbies on behalf of DHX Media who own the rights to the show. Together they are pioneering a 21st century version of the show for a new generation of viewers.