Title:UK: POPULAR BRITISH CHILDREN'S SHOW CHARACTERS THE TELETUBBIES RELEASE THEIR FIRST SINGLE "SAY EH-OH"
Date:1st December 1997
Summary:(SOUNDBITE ENGLISH) MUSIC FAN SAY ING, "NO I'M NOT. I'VE ONLY SEEN THE PROGRAMME A COUPLE OF TIMES AND I MUST ADMIT IT'S NOT QUITE MY THING."
(SOUNDBITE ENGLISH) FAN SAYING, "NO I DON'T REALLY THINK I'D BUY TELETUBBIES."
Location:LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM
Story Text: - Not satisfied with being a hit with Britain's pre-schoolers through their television show, the Teletubbies are aiming for pop chart domination with the release of their first single, "Teletubbies say Eh-oh!." The phenomenal success of the children's television characters may seem unusual in markets where they are yet to appear - but the Teletubbies have attained cult status in the UK.
The colourful foursome are also striking a chord with children overseas, with the BBC series soon to appear in more than 40 countries.
The Tubbies, who speak in a strange, child-like language, show short video clips on screens in their tummies.
The characters have proved just as popular with British adults.
Fans are snapping up thousands of Teletubbie toys and books in time for Christmas.
But sales of Teletubbie music may prove slower - in London stores shelves brimmed with the CD single on Monday with few takers.
Shoppers seemed unimpressed, with many saying they didn't plan to include the Teletubbies on their Christmas lists.
The Tubbies - Laa-Laa, Tinky Winky, Dipsy and Po - plan to follow up the single with an album next spring.
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