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15th Sep 2018

An episode of Tellytubbies was so dark and creepy it was banned from TV


It’s one of the oddest things you’ll see all day

As a big fan of Joy Division and as somebody who grew up around the same time as Tellytubbies was first being aired, one of my favourite things on the internet is the online video of the children’s TV show in black and white, set to ‘Atmosphere’ by the post-punk band.

To be honest, it’s one of those things that’s a lot better when you watch it than when you read about it. So here you go:

But it turns out that you don’t need to add some music and change the contrast to find yourself a creepy Tellytubbies clip.

There’s actually an episode of the show that was banned from TV because it freaked children out so much, as reported by NME.

The episode in question, featured a lion and a bear made of moving cutouts, which were unintentionally really weird looking. After being tested with children, ‘See Saw’ as it was titled, was banned from being aired.

A sketch within the ep in particular became controversial due to its scary and inappropriate appearance and nature. Watch it here:

As a result, certain segments of the episode were removed and a brand new edited sketch was made, however the new one was still banned in other countries, such as the US.

And you can’t deny it is all a bit weird.