The Teletubbies are still going strong more than 20 years after first appearing on our screens. For an entire generation, the Teletubbies stand front and centre of many of our earliest memories.
The Tellytubbyland inhabitants may be timeless, but one lovable face has certainly done some growing up since first appearing on our screens all those years ago.
Jess Smith, the famous smiley face behind the show’s ‘sun baby’, has revealed she secured the role after being spotted in hospital with her now well-known cheeky grin.
Speaking on BBC South East, Jess said: “I was being weighed at the hospital. My mum took me and it just happened to be the same time that the producer of the old series had come in and wanted the hospital to get in contact with them if they’d seen any smiley babies.
“It was just a case of sitting in front of a mirror and a camera and my dad playing with toys and race cars and that sort of thing to try and get me to laugh at the camera.”
The Cbeebies show became an instant and wildly successful hit in the 1990s, as Tinky Winky, Dipsy, Laa-Laa and Po said “Eh-Oh” to 120 different countries.
There were original plans to feature the central characters as CGI creations; however show producers felt that human performances needed to be at the core of the programme. Not to mention, I can imagine that technological constraints wouldn’t have helped either.
Rebecca Hyland, who plays Laa-Laa, revealed that the actors behind the costumes work to scripts when transforming into their characters.
Rebecca said: “It isn’t just about wearing the suit and doing the actions, it is an actual acting role as well. Beautifully crafted scripts we’ve got to work from.”
Nick Kellington, the man under Dispy’s green costume, added: “We control the blinks and the eyes from the inside so it’s kind of like puppeteering but on a giant scale. You’re puppeteering the whole thing that you’re wearing.
“When people say, ‘come on it’s just dancing around in costumes’, it’s good that they think that because they shouldn’t realise how difficult it is.”
New episodes of Teletubbies will be shown all this week on Cbeebies.