We were lucky enough to be invited to the launch of the new series of the Teletubbies (complete with Tubby Custard). Here are five ways it’s been updated…
The Teletubbies’ televisions are still in their tummies but, instead of a dial, they’re now operated via touchscreen. And they’ve been resized to 16:9 – to reflect modern TVs. The Teletubbies can still watch a live-action film – made from the point of view of a child. But, when they squeal ‘again, again’, only highlights will be shown, rather than the whole film.
Listen out for Jane Horrocks (from Absolutely Fabulous and Little Voice) as the voice of the Tubby phone and DJ Fearne Cotton. Antonia Thomas (who appeared in Misfits) gets to utter the famous phrase ‘The sun is setting in the sky, Teletubbies say, ‘Bye Bye’.’ Also, 18 month old baby Berry from London, replaces the original Sun Baby who is now 19!
The show isn’t filmed outdoors anymore. This time around, it’s been created in a studio in Twickenham. That means flowers that grow and bloom throughout an episode, thanks to advances in CGI – although you can still spot 40,000 real dried flowers.
There’s a twirling, whirling Tubby Custard Ride so Tinky Winky, Dipsy, Laa Laa and Po can enjoy endless custardy chaos and fun. It is 10 meters in length and splats out pink custard for the Teletubbies. Although, Tubby Custard is, in fact made from a food thickener with added pink dye
The Dup Dup is a brand new lift connecting the Teletubbies’ dome and the hills. It replaces the slide which was used in the original series.
Find out more at CBeebies and watch the new series weekdays at 7.25am.