Chil­dren’s icon is 45 not out

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - Television - DEB­BIE SCHIPP Play School, ABC2, week­days, 9.30am

IT’S Play School ’ s 45th birth­day this month and aren’t Big Ted, Jemima, Humpty and the crew hold­ing their age well?

All the toys get a start in the slick new open­ing ti­tles as Play School ush­ers in 20 new episodes to mark its birth­day.

Even the Play School theme song gets a sub­tle re­work.

From there it’s down to the busi­ness of an in­ter­ac­tive and ed­u­ca­tional show which has been Play School ’ s strength through more than four decades and 86 pre­sen­ters.

No navel-gaz­ing birth­day cel­e­bra­tions in the first of the new episodes – al­though the ob­ser­va­tion from pre­sen­ter Andrew McFar­lane ‘‘ Jemima finds it hard to see’’ as the raggedy doll is given a front-row seat at a show put on by the hu­man Play School­ers elicited a gig­gle from this re­viewer.

She mightn’t look 45, but Jemima’s eye­sight might not be what it used to be.

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