Stars Say EH-OH! to the Teletubbies at World Premiere
Famous faces descended on London’s South Bank at the weekend to attend the premiere of the highly anticipated new series of Teletubbies, which starts on CBeebies on Monday, 9th November.
Fearne Cotton, who provides one of the voices to the ‘Voice Trumpets’, joined the much-loved stars of the show, Tinky Winky, Dipsy, Laa-Laa and Po, on the green carpet.
Inside the BFI, other guests including Jennifer Saunders, Laura Carmichael, Esther Rantzen,
Vanessa Feltz and Imogen Thomas were transported into the bright and colourful world of the Teletubbies, with original props from the show on display, and were entertained by face painters and balloon modellers. Lovable vacuum cleaner Noo-noo and the brand new ‘Tubby Custard Ride’ were also at the event.
The new series features the same well-loved characters and styling but is visually enhanced; bringing a refreshed and contemporary look and feel to one of the world’s most popular children’s properties.
Fearne Cotton said,“Teletubbies holds a special place in my heart so I'm honoured to be part of this well-loved TV show. As a mum, I am sure the new series will enthral a whole new generation of children across Britain and I will certainly be watching with my kids."
Jennifer Saunders commented,”It’s amazing to be here today with my grandchildren and to meet the Teletubbies. My favourite Teletubby has to be Tinky Winky!”
Esther Rantzen said, “I remember the Teletubbies from the first time they were on TV. They’re wonderful! I don’t have a favourite Teletubby – I love them all!”
Vanessa Feltz added, “I am delighted the Teletubbies are back – they are such fun. I hope the new series is full of nostalgia and the same as it used to be. My favourite Teletubby is Tinky Winky because I love his handbag.”
The new series of Teletubbies also features additional voices from a roll call of top British talent including Jane Horrocks, Daniel Rigby, Jim Broadbent and Antonia Thomas.
Global phenomenon Teletubbies first launched in March 1997 and became one of the most successful international children’s brands of all time. It has reached more than 1 billion children to date and the original episodes have aired in more than 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 more than 75 million views per month.
Award-winning UK production company Darrall Macqueen has been engaged to produce Teletubbies on behalf of DHX Media. Together they are pioneering a 21st century version of the show for a new generation of viewers.