Rachel's Blog: Happy Birthday Play School!

Tue, 18 Jul 2006

There's a bear in there
And a chair as well.
There are people with games
And stories to tell.
Open wide, come inside,
It's Play School!

The first episode of Play School aired 40 years ago today on Australian television. Noni Hazlehurst and Rhys Muldoon share some behind the scenes stories, while Graeme Blundell tries to explain why it works and remains appealing to adults as well as kids.

For me it legitimises dancing in the lounge room and singing out loud. One Grey Elephant has always been a favourite, and of the newer tunes I quite like

Riding in a hel-i-copter
The rotor blades go
Wocka Wocka Wocka!