History of Bananas in Pyjamas
Bananas in Pyjamas is a delightful Australian pre-school TV series produced by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation for 0-5 year olds with a theme song of the same name written by Carey Blyton in 1967 and published in the form of a
book entitled 'A Book of Nonsense'.
The Australian Broadcasting Corporation adopted the song for
the children's pre-school program 'Play School'. The song and
subsequent animation were so popular it was decided to create
'Bananas In Pyjamas' the television program.
Bananas in Pyjamas, , are mischievous twins who cannot
resist playing tricks on their Teddy Bear friends , and
. Just down the street is , whose shop is visited
regularly by the Bananas and Teddies. The series has a mixture
of narration and dialogue, complimented by specially composed
music and songs. Each delightful story features fun, adventures
and good humour aimed at the pre-schooler.
In July 1992, the first episode of Bananas in Pyjamas was broadcast
in Australia on ABC TV. Bananas in Pyjamas has since
become one of the most popular and enduring children's TV programs
with pre-schoolers in Australia.
Bananas in Pyjamas is now captivating 70 countries around the
world with approximately 100 million viewers, with the Bananas
speaking anything from Japanese to Portuguese. They have 299 episodes
plus four specials under their belt.
They have travelled the world, visited the White House where
they met the President of the United States and appeared on Oprah.
They are regarded as one of Australia's greatest exports - up
there with the likes of Greg Norman and Kylie, and have been the
subject of an Archibald Prize entry. To top it off, the Bananas
in Pyjamas were included in the closing ceremony parade at the
Sydney 2000 Olympics. You don't get any bigger than that!
Carey Blyton, the composer of the nonsense song Bananas in
Pyjamas, wrote a great number of works - from piano solos, works for saxophone
quartets, choral works, folk song arrangements, Christmas carols and orchestral
pieces through to his works for children - songs, orchestral works including
chamber music, and Victorian melodramas.
His career as a composer and musician took him from the prestigious Trinity
College of Music in London to life as a respected composer and music editor. Amongst the great many awards and scholarships his work earnt him, Carey Blyton was also presented with a Gold
Manuscript Award by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation in 2002 to mark the
success of Bananas In Pyjamas.
For more information on Carey Blyton you can
Bananas in Pyjamas live concerts, tours and events
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Bananas in Pyjamas Merchandise
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You can write to the Bananas in Pyjamas by leaving a message for them in their online or email at: .
You can send in your pictures to be displayed in the to:
The Bananas Gallery
GPO Box 9994