In a world were truth is stranger than fiction, New York’s mayor will this week be handing over the keys to New York to Tinky Winky, Dipsy, Laa Laa and Po. Let’s hope Tinky Winky has his handbag with him to put the keys in!
The amazingly successful Teletubbies show is 10 years old, shown in 120 countries in 45 languages. The Guardian reports that
“after a decade in strict media purdah, the four actors who play the Teletubbies ... will reveal themselves ... the portly quartet will make personal appearances at the Empire State Building, Grand Central Station and the Statue of Liberty, before the performers inside the colourful suits are publicly revealed and interviewed for the first time on NBC’s Today show.”
“The unveiling will take place on Wednesday, a day that has been officially designated Teletubbies Day in Manhattan.”
And in a bizarre twist, designer Isaac Mizrahi has designed five limited-edition “it” bags inspired by the Teletubbies, to be auctioned in aid of Cure Autism Now (CAN) and Autism Speaks charities (see http://www.taketheteletubbiestest.com/ for details later this week).
Anne Wood and Andrew Davenport are credited as the creators of Teletubbies, working for the Ragdoll production company and have recently turned their hands to a new CBeebies show In the Night Garden that introduces 1–4 year olds to the new characters Igglepiggle, Upsy Daisy, Makka Pakka, the Tombliboos, the Pontipines, the Haahoos and the Ninky Nonk.