Larette Tap Dancing



Air Date

17 April 1997


Vic Finch


Owl Babies


Emily and Jester

Larette Tap Dancing is the 14th episode of the original series. It first aired on 17th April, 1997.


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Larette tap dancing in her garden

The episode begins with the Teletubbies lying on the floor in front of the control panel. They look up at the camera and say: "Eh Oh!" quietly. They are being quiet. Every now and again, they giggle and then look up at the camera and say: "Shh!" The Noo-Noo watches them, however, he decides to be noisy by making his usual sucking and slurping noises.

Suddenly, the Teletubbies look to see the Magic Windmill spinning in the distance. This time, they say: "Uh Oh!" loudly and laughing happily, they run out of the house to watch the Magical Event.

The Teletubbies watch the gazebo with the Tap Dancing Teddy Bear. Afterwards, the gazebo hovers away into the sky. The Magic Windmill is still spinning so Tinky Winky and the other Teletubbies watch Larette tap dancing in her garden. Then the Teletubbies do their Tip Toe Dance.

It is Noisy Footsteps Day and everyone walks around Teletubbyland in a noisy way. Then the Teletubbies decide to walk quietly. Then it is time for Tubby Toast and the Teletubbies start being noisy once again! The episode ends with them enjoying their Tubby Toast, but the voice trumpet says: "Time for Tubby Bye Bye!" and moaning, the Teletubbies go to do the Tubby Bye-Bye sequence.

Featuring: Larette Tritton


  • This is the first episode to include the Tip Toe Dance.
  • This is one of three episodes where a magical event happens before a TV Event. The other episodes are Going in and Coming out and African Dance.
  • This is the second episode where the Baby Sun is not shown giggling when the Teletubbies go to watch the Tap Dancing Teddy Bear. The other two are Painting with Hands and Feet and Humpty Dumpty.
  • The Windmill sequence that is used during the Magical Event sequence is the Original Window animation that is also used in Ned's Bicycle, See Saw and The Gingerbread Boy. It is a rare sequence that is not used in a lot of episodes.
  • The Larette Tap Dancing video was featured in the VHS Dance with the Teletubbies. However, there are some small clips that were cut from that version including: Larette's mother putting on her tap shoes, Larette blowing a kiss before saying goodbye and Larette running behind a bush at the very end of the video.
  • The Noisy Footsteps Day segment was featured in the VHS Hands, Feet and Dirty Knees. However, the ending where it's time for Tubby Toast is cut out for some reason.
  • This episode was featured on the DVD Teletubbies: Happy Birthday!
  • This is the first episode that has the Teletubbies running out of the house straight after the voice trumpet announces 'Time for Tubby Bye-Bye'. This also happens in Herding Sheep, Numbers - 9, Numbers - 2 (version 2) and How Things Swim. However, in this episode, the clip of the Teletubbies running is a different clip than the one used in these episode.The clip used in this episode can be seen in See-Saw. Also in this episode, after we see the Teletubbies running, the Sun Baby giggles and it cuts to the Teletubbies standing behind the hills moaning, whereas in these episodes, after we see the Teletubbies running, the Sun Baby giggles and the Narrator begins to say 'Bye-Bye' to the Teletubbies.
  • This episode marks the only appearance of Larette.
  • Dipsy was the boo shouter.
  • Laa Laa was the missing teletubby.

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