10 YEARS WITH BIG TED
NOT much has changed on the Play School set during the last decade in which Alex Papps has enjoyed the role of co-host.
In fact, not a great deal has altered over the almost 50 years the show has aired.
That is what makes the beloved ABC children’s series, synonymous with Big Ted, Little Ted, Jemima and Humpty, so special.
Watch it today as an adult and feel a wave of nostalgia as the familiar toys come to life and stories and songs unfold.
“Like many people, I grew up with Play School and when I graduated from drama school (WAAPA) in the early ’90s, I thought I would love to do the show and tried for about eight years to get an audition but never got my foot in the door,” Papps said.
“Finally I managed to get an audition and that’s how my history on the program came about.
“The show has become this iconic thing, held so closely to people’s hearts and still valued as a really useful learning tool as far as TV goes.”
Community asked the former soapie heartthrob whether his sought-after presenting gig came with drawbacks or challenges.
“It is as fun as it looks – it’s a gift of a job and a real privilege,” he said. Papps and Michelle Lim Davidson bring live Play School performance, Once Upon a Time, to Perth at the end of the month.
“It’s a brand new show this year and one of my favourites of the shows I’ve done over the last decade,” Papps said.
“Unsurprisingly, the premise is a storybook and it’s a really beautiful set that is constantly evolving visually, so there is always something for the kids to engage with on stage.”
Play School favourites Alex Papps and Michelle Lim Davidson.