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The Grand Old Duke of York

Number

3

Air Date

2 April 1997

Director

David G Hillier

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Our Pig Winnie

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Naughty Sock

The Grand Old Duke of York is the third overall episode of Teletubbies.

Synopsis

The Teletubbies join in a game when a voice trumpet sings the Grand Old Duke of York. The Magic Windmill spins and the Teletubbies watch as Po gets a musical transmission featuring King Pleasure and The Biscuit Boys. Then the Teletubbies do the Stamping and Stepping Dance.

A magic drum appears in Teletubbyland, and Po enjoys playing with it. When she bangs the drum, it makes Tinky Winky appear. They both bang the drum and it starts swapping clouds and flowers around. It even makes Laa-Laa appear in different places and Dipsy's hat appear on her head. Tinky Winky even tries to catch his bag but when the drum bangs it moves away from him until he catches it. Then the magic drum disappears.

The Magic Windmill spins and the Teletubbies go to watch a Magical Event. The Teletubbies arrive on a hill and gasp in excitement as a pink house with four windows appears on a further hill. A shadow appears at the windows of the house and a voice is heard speaking gibberish. Then on the top left window, the shadow pulls back the curtains and it is revealed to be a little man wearing a blue hat and jumper. The man starts singing in a high pitched voice. When he's finished singing, he leaves the window and the house disappears. The Magic Windmill stops spinning and it's time for Tubby Bye-Bye.

Featuring: King Pleasure & The Biscuit Boys, The Pupils of Chuckery Infants School, Walsall

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Trivia

  • This is the first appearance of King Pleasure and The Biscuit Boys and the Pupils of Chuckery Infant School.
  • This is also the first episode to feature the Singing Man in the Pink House, as well as the first episode where the Puppet Man sings in the top right window.
  • After the scene of the windmill spinning in the Magical Event sequence, the scenes of the Teletubbies and the Baby Sun have been cut out.
  • This is also the first episode to feature the Stamping and Stepping Dance.
  • The boo shouter was Po.
  • This is the first episode where Po is picked for the TV Event.
  • The missing teletubby was Dipsy.
  • The first two segments of this episode were featured in the VHS Nursery Rhymes and the audio tape Fun with the Teletubbies.
  • The German version of this episode is called Wildpark with a different windmill video.
  • This is the first episode to feature a voice trumpet segment and the first to feature a nursery rhyme. This is also the first time that the voice trumpet sings.
  • This is the first episode to have the video segment filmed at Birmingham Botanical Gardens.

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