9:30am – Monday, July 4 on ABC2
Loved by the young and old, Play School celebrates its 45th birthday with month-long festivities.
From July 4, 20 new episodes of Play School will go to air over four weeks at 9.30am on ABC 4 Kids on ABC2.
In addition, Play School will unveil its new opening titles, featuring the much-loved Play School toys. Using stop-frame and digital animation, the new titles will be accompanied by a new arrangement of the classic Play School theme song, sung by Jay Laga’aia and Justine Clarke.
The first Play School episode went to air on July 18, 1966 at 10.05am in NSW and Victoria, and soon after broadcast around the country. In December that same year, Play School began afternoon transmission as well as mornings, a practice that continues to this day.
Play School has had a total of 86 presenters throughout its 45 years on air.
Current presenters include: Karen Pang, Justine Clarke, Andrew McFarlane, Emma Palmer, Jay Laga’aia, Leah Vandenberg, Rhys Muldoon, Georgie Parker, Alex Papps, Teo Gebert, Sofya Gollan, Luke Carroll, Jolene Anderson, Hugh Sheridan, Essie Davis, Abi Tucker, Jonny Pasvolsky and Rachael Coopes.
In July, the new themed episodes include, ‘Putting On A Show’, ‘Once Upon A Time’, ‘Farms’ and ‘Arts and Crafts’.