Trivia / Teletubbies

  • Artistic License Film Production: Teletubbies was first broadcast in 1996, but it looks more like it was first broadcast in 1982.
  • Edited for Syndication: Episodes are pretty much tailor-made for international exports - you can have an episode on a certain educational subject (jumping, for example), but the episode's content as far as inserts go will differ from country to country.
  • Money, Dear Boy: British comedian John Simmit says the only reason he played Dipsy was because he needed money.
  • The Other Darrin: Two different performers played Tinky Winky during the series' run; the first performer, British comedian/actor Dave Thompson, was fired as a result of the whole Ambiguously Gay controversy surrounding the character. Thompson was incredibly upset over his termination, as he very much enjoyed playing Tinky Winky.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Word of God has it that Ragdoll (the production company behind the show) originally wanted to do a children's sitcom, aimed at the 7-9 age bracket, about bumbling space explorers, but a series of changes to the proposal eventually resulted in a kiddie show aimed at 1-3 year olds about huge baby-like creatures dressed up in spacey outfits who explore their own fanciful world.
    • According to some sources on how the show was created, Anne Wood has stated that she created the show from inspiration by WatchWithMother cartoons (most notably Andy Pandy), which make Teletubbies Older Than the NES.