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Time for Tubby-bye-bye ...

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Teletubbyland in disarray


AFTER ... The Teletubbies' home is just an abandoned green mound

EH-OH! It looks as though the Teletubbies have said their final “bye-byes” and disappeared down those rabbit holes for good. For the once lush Teletubbyland inhabited by Tinky Winky, Dipsy, Laa-Laa and Po is now ramshackled, overgrown and waiting for the demolition men. The six-acre site is loved by more than a BILLION children around the world who have watched the cult foursome’s TV antics.

But programme maker Ragdoll Productions has no plans for any more episodes of the top kiddies’ show. And that means Teletubbyland will soon revert to being rolling farmland. The windows and entrances to the Teletubbies’ home are covered and the famous 21ft high windmill lies on its side to be dismantled.

The outsize flowers are piled in bins and crates over the plot. Only the rabbits are still there — but they live wild off the overgrown grass and weeds.


BEFORE ... How a billion kids know Teletubbyland

Ramshackled ... wood litters site

Ragdoll leased the land from farmer Rex Harding near Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, and made 365 episodes of the Teletubbies for the BBC. The show was translated into 147 languages and is to be seen on America’s PBS channel every day from now until 2008. Tinky Winky and the others are even enchanting pre-school children all over China.

But Ragdoll spokesman Chris Bates said last night Teletubbyland would soon be a thing of the past. He said: “It’s still fenced off from the public at the moment but it’s lying fallow for the time being. “It will only be used again if anyone needs to shoot scenes for videos or anything like that.”


Blooming pity ... flowers set to go

Overgrown ... the famous Teletubbyland windmill is now lying on its side

Filming in Teletubbyland began in 1995 and finished last summer. Mr Harding, from Wimpstone will continue leasing the site to Ragdoll for another year.

He said: “We’ll probably be putting the land back to farming soon.” Meanwhile, strict security will remain to keep out souvenir hunters.

Pictures: STEVE COPLEY

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