The Teletubbies have been making headlines this week after it was revealed that they’ve had children – aptly named the Tiddlytubbies.
’90s kids who grew up with the characters were left gobsmacked – but it turns out this isn’t the only thing we didn’t know about the colourful creatures.
Here are 15 things you probably never knew about the Teletubbies.
The Teletubbies Are Almost 10ft Tall
While they looked human size, Teletubbies were in fact really tall. Po, the red one, is about 6 feet tall and Tinky Winky, the purple one, being well over 11 ft.
The Rabbits On The Show Were Gigantic
As a result of the Teletubbies being so big, the rabbits they played with in the garden, also needed to be big. They were Flemish Giant rabbits, a breed that are much larger than an average rabbit. They actually had to reshoot a lot of the garden scenes as the rabbits would get it on quite frequently in front of the camera.
The Teletubbies Were Racially Diverse
The Teletubbies outfits were supposed to reflect the race of the actors inside the suits. Dipsy (the green one) is actually played by a black actor named John Simmit, and Po (red) is played by an actress of Chinese descent named Pui Fan Lee. Po occasionally uses Cantonese words when she speaks, too. Tinky Winky and Laa-laa are both British.
The Teletubbies Now Have Babies
In a new version of the show there are characters known as the Tiddlytubbies who are thought to be the Teletubbies children. They are named: Mi-Mi, Daa Daa, Baa, Ping, RuRu, Nin, Duggle Dee, and Umby Pumby and they all live with the Teletubbies.
Taylor Swift Loves The Teletubbies
In 2015 the Shake it Off Singer posted this photo of herself dressed as Laa-Laa on her Instagram.
The Simpson’s Reference The Teletubbies
The Simpsons have referenced the Teletubbies an impressive 10 times.
The Actor For Tinky Winky Says It Was Like Being In The Beatles
On the 10th anniversary of the show all of the actor and actresses from inside the suits were revealed. In an interview, Simon Shelton who played Tinky Winky spoke about his experience and said: “It was incredible, just like being one of the Beatles. Marvelous.”
The “See-Saw” Episode Is Banned In Many Countries
This episode has actually been banned in a few countries because the lion and the bear characters scared children too much.
A Black-And-White Short Featuring A Joy Division Song Went Viral
The short clip went viral and left people feeling pretty weird. The video was uploaded in 2015 and has since been viewed an impressive 3.5 million times.
The Teletubbies Are 20 This Year
Tinky Winky, Dipsy, Laa Laa and Po first hit our screens in March 1997 – making the show 20 this year.
The Sun Baby Is Now 21
Jessica Smith revealed she was the Sun Baby when she was 19- she is now 21.
March 28 is Teletubbies Day
In New York City that is. In 2007, Mayor Mike Bloomberg awarded the Teletubbies the keys to the city and declared March 28 as “Teletubbies Day.”
Tinky Winky’s Purse Has Nothing To Do With His Sexuality
When the show first aired people associated Tinky Winky with the LGBTQ community due to him being purple and carrying her red handbag. But according to an official statement, “Tinky Winky is simply a sweet, technological baby with a magic bag.”
They’re Inspired By Astronauts, Not Aliens
According to series cocreator Andrew Davenport the Tubbies movements were inspired by NASA crews. He wanted them to look like children exploring a new planet.
Tubby Custard Is Mashed Potatoes Mixed With Other Things
It may have been everything you wanted to eat as a child but it turns out Tubby custard was in fact just mashed potato with red and yellow acrylic paint.