The smelly truth about the iconic Teletubbies set revealed as Laa-Laa actress speaks out | The Sun

IT’S hard to believe 25 years have passed since Teletubbies Tinky Winky, Laa-Laa, Dipsy and Po first wobbled on to our TV screens.

But for the actress who played yellow Laa-Laa, the memories live on – and not in a good way.

Nikky Smedley says she will never forget the smell of the top-secret set, and It was the show’s famous Tubby Custard that was the main offender.

She said of the mash potato-based goo: “The stench would make you heave.

“It was the most disgusting concoction, made from a cheap catering pack of instant mash potato, watered down to the correct consistency and turned pink with colouring.

“Failure to forensically clean out the custard machine after use led to an inhumanly gross stench the next time the back of it was opened . . .  gag-inducing.”

Uh oh.


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lTHERE’S no chance Olivia Colman will be retiring soon – because she needs to keep paying off her house.

The Oscar- winner said: “I’d love to do slightly less in a year, but that would involve being paid different amounts. If I stopped work, we would not last long. It’s about having to pay the mortgage.”

Sweeter is batter for Paul

ASKING Bake Off’s Paul Hollywood to use less sugar is surely like asking Strictly to lay off the sequins.

But that was the bold request made by the telly baker’s publishers.

Paul claims the team behind his new book, Bake, asked for certain changes.

He said: “We need to reduce sugar in some cakes and we reduced salt in some bread.

“The publisher did not want me to do a chapter about doughnuts. But I said ‘Why not?’ Doughnuts are a thing of beauty.”

Since filming his Channel 4 foodie show in Mexico, Paul says his tastes have changed.

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He went on: “They eat insects and it could be the future of food.”

As long as we are still allowed to baste them in butter.

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