Trivia: Teletubbies

  • Artistic License Film Production: Teletubbies was first broadcast in 1996, but it looks more like it was first broadcast in 1982.
  • Banned in China: The Chinese Dragons. The Marching Soldiers, on the other hand, were banned in America, because they weren't in an American uniform.
  • 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.
  • Hey, It's That Voice!
  • 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.