Here is Little Ted, minus his head, with fellow cast member
Grubber the Kiwi and Humpty's cousin Harry with Otago
Settlers Museum curator Peter Reid. Photo by Gerard
The mystery of the whereabouts of a New Zealand
television star has been solved.
Little Ted, of Play School fame, is in the Otago
Settlers Museum in Dunedin - minus his head.
His fate was questioned recently after the Play School clock
was discovered in the Invercargill Public Library.
Other cast members Manu, Big Ted, Jemima and Humpty are at Te
Papa, in Wellington.
The popular children's show was first filmed in Dunedin in
Museum curator Peter Read said Little Ted was acquired
following a reunion in 2005.
Joining him on display was Grubber the Kiwi, a late addition
to the show, and Humpty's cousin Harry, from the country.
They were classed as "secret treasures" of the museum's vast
Speaking of the somewhat charred body of the bear, Mr Read
said "they got a bit carried away" during filming of the
final show in 1989.
"We had hoped that somebody still has his head . . ."
Speaking of the incident in which Little Ted lost his head,
former presenter Barry Dorking, now a Dunedin lawyer, said it
was a "joke" on the final day of filming which was never
intended to go to air.
However, he was not the "cheeky" Ted used most often on the
He was an "old Little Ted" which had been around since the
"What's often forgotten is that the soft toys got a lot of
use and had to be replaced," he said.
He did not know where the "real Little Ted", as he called