A new friend is set to bounce into ABC KIDS’ Play School just in time to celebrate the program’s 50th birthday. Joey the joey, designed by award winning children’s book illustrator Bruce Whatley (Diary of a Wombat, Josephine Wants to Dance, The Ugliest Dog in the World), will make her debut on the much anticipated birthday episode, Come To The Party, airing on ABC KIDS and ABC iview at 9.30am on 18 July.
Play School Executive Producer, Jan Stradling says, “We’re very excited to welcome Joey to the Play School family and look forward to sharing her with viewers on the momentous occasion of the series’ 50th birthday. It’s been a joy working with celebrated artist Bruce Whatley and watching him bring Joey to life. We know she will be warmly embraced by viewers all around Australia.”
Bruce Whatley says, “Play School was such a staple part of our household when our children were growing up and as adults they still have fond memories of the presenters and toys. It was quite an honour to be asked to create the character of Joey for such an iconic production as Play School and it’s pretty cool to even be a small part of the nostalgia of the generations that are to follow.”
As well as meeting Joey on Play School’s 50th birthday, viewers can continue to enjoy two more instalments of the Play School Celebrity Covers episodes on ABC KIDS and ABC iview: The Umbilical Brothers with Fairytale Mash-up at 8am and John Hamblin singing Old MacDonald at 5pm, followed by the half hour Play School Celebrity Covers Special at 6.30pm, featuring Hamish and Andy, John Hamblin, Dan Sultan; Molly Meldrum and Charlie Pickering, Delta Goodrem, Benita Collings and Don Spencer, Josh Thomas, Annabel Crabb and Leigh Sales, Guy Sebastian, Magda Szubanski, and You Am I.