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5 of the strangest Teletubbies conspiracy theories

20 years after the children's show first aired, we look back on the weird, dark world it inspired.

20 years after the children's show first aired, we look back on the weird, dark world it inspired.

The Teletubbies first aired on BBC 2 in 1997. (BBC 2)

Teletubbies debuted 20 years ago. The show has since been broadcast in 120 countries and has been translated into 45 languages, entertaining children and horrifying some parents in process. The exploits of Tinky Winky, Dipsy, Laa-Laa and Po have also spawned several conspiracy theories, some more nefarious than others. We've rounded up some below.


1. The baby sun is actually a demon

At the beginning of each episode, a sun rises and the centre of that sun is a baby's face. Some claim to see a demonic visage take over the baby's face as it expands, just for a second, right before it explodes, thus sending subliminal horrific images to children everywhere. Once you see it, you can't unsee it.

2. The Teletubbies are biogenetically engineered slaves

Definitely one of the more out-there theories. What's the proof? There is no official backstory on the creation of Teletubbies, but it's clear to some that the Teletubbies are not in control of their own destiny. A mysterious "voice" tells them when to do everything, from eating to sleeping. There is also a vacuum-like character, the Noo Noo, who is constantly keeping the Teletubbies in check, making sure they follow orders. Then there's the Pinwheel, a godlike structure at the top of a hill that causes the Teletubbies to drop whatever they are doing and fall to their knees and worship whenever it spins. The Pinwheel then picks its favourite character and turns on it's tummy TV. Carrot and stick. It's all very Big Brother.

3. The Teletubbies are hypnotizing your children

Never mind what follows next: microphones pop out of the ground and chant, "time for Teletubbies" about a dozen times, which led many parents to boycott the shows because they believed it was attempting to brainwash their children.

The hit children's show was spawned more than its fair share of conspiracy theories. (Heather Collett )

4. The strange Teletubbies and Harry Potter connection

Teletubbies and Harry Potter, both released in 1997, are linked. The proof? Look no further than the strange antenna on the heads of Tinky Winky, Dipsy, and Po. Their three symbols, when combined, form the symbol for the Deathly Hallows, a key element in JK Rowling's Harry Potter universe. Still not convinced? Laa-Laa, the yellow Teletubby, has a lightning bolt as their antenna, strangely similar to the lightning bolt scar on Harry Potter's forehead.

5. They're giants in real life!

They look cute and tiny onscreen but in real life they are actually 10-foot-tall giants! Actually, this part is true.

— Jesse Kinos-Goodin, q digital staff

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