The origin story of the popular children’s TV series Bananas in Pyjamas

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Long before the first episode of Bananas in Pyjamas aired in 1992, the seeds of the iconic series were sown in the ’60s.

The television series, which follows B1 and B2,Ā  was inspired by the 1967 song from British composer Carey Blyton about bananas in pyjamas which was initially aired on Play School.

In 1972, Carey released a children’s book titledĀ Bananas in Pyjamas: A Book of Nonsense.

And in 1978, ABC aired a short animated video of the Bananas’ first descent down the stairs.Ā 

Creator Helena Harris later saw potential in the characters after hearing the tune while attending a Play School concert with her kids.

The origin story of the popular children’s TV series Bananas in Pyjamas

Long before the first episode of Bananas in Pyjamas aired in 1992, the seeds of the iconic series were sown in the ’60s

The television series, which follows B1 and B2, was inspired by the 1967 song from British composer Carey Blyton about bananas in pyjamas which was initially aired on Play School

The television series, which follows B1 and B2, was inspired by the 1967 song from British composer Carey Blyton about bananas in pyjamas which was initially aired on Play SchoolĀ 

Harris,Ā who’s also the brains behind Hi-5, believed the bananas could have their own show.

‘In Play School they were one of the few characters that had personality. They chased teddy bears and I was sure we could make them younger, less ugly and the children would love them,’ Harris told The Manly Daily in 2016.

The series, set in Cuddles Avenue, Cuddlestown, followedĀ B1 and B2 and their teddy bear friends along with Rat-in-a-Hat.

Harris revealed she wanted the original series to be animated, however, the idea was too expensive.

In 1978, ABC aired a short animated video (pictured) of the Bananas' first descent down the stairs

In 1978, ABC aired a short animated video (pictured) of the Bananas’ first descent down the stairs

‘There’s no way that we could afford animation, but I wanted to make it look like a comic book come to life…. the reality is that it actually worked so well as suited characters,’ she said.

The live action series ended in 2001.

In 2011, the show became a completely animated version until it ceased production in 2013.

Since its debut, Bananas in Pyjamas has received countless nominations and awards, even appearing in different languages for children all across the word.Ā 

Creator Helena Harris later saw potential in the characters after hearing the tune while attending a Play School concert with her kids

Creator Helena Harris later saw potential in the characters after hearing the tune while attending a Play School concert with her kids

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