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How we made: Teletubbies

4 June 2013 3:08 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The co-creator and writer of the children's TV smash hit remember how they started off with the moon landings and ended up with photographers in helicopters

Anne Wood, co-creator

The BBC wanted a new show for pre-schoolers and asked our company, Ragdoll, to pitch. We were interested in how children were reacting to the increasingly technological environment of the late 1990s. We'd just visited the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, and Andrew [Davenport] had been amused at how astronauts looked like toddlers in nappies. We drew up a picturebook of technological babies, took it to the BBC – and were unnerved to find that the 11 other companies bidding had brought lots of fancy equipment and technical displays.

I wasn't sure I wanted the commission. The 100 episodes required would have launched our comfortably small-scale company into new territory. When we won, the first challenge was to find a place to shoot it. We always shot our programmes outside, »

- Anna Tims

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