Hi-5 (Australian TV series)

Hi-5 (Australian TV series)

Infobox Television
show_name = Hi-5

caption = Hi-5 Logo
genre = Children's Edu-tainment
camera =
picture_format = 576i (SDTV)
audio_format = Stereo
runtime = Variable
creator = Helena Harris
Posie Graeme-Evans
developer =
producer = Kris Noble
executive_producer = Helena Harris
starring =
Casey Burgess
(2008 - )
Kellie Crawford
(1998 - )
Kathleen de Leon Jones
(1998 - 2006)
Charli Delaney
(1998 - 2008)
Nathan Foley
(1998 - )
Tim Harding
(1998 - 2007)
Stevie Nicholson
(2007 - )
Sun Park
(2006 - )
voices = Tim Harding as Jup-Jup
Noni McCallum as Chats
narrated =
theme_music_composer = Chris Harriott
opentheme = "Five in the Air"
endtheme =
country = AUS
location = TCN-9 Sydney
language = English
network = Nine Network
first_aired = 1999
last_aired = Current
num_series = 11
num_episodes = 414
list_episodes =
preceded_by =
followed_by =
related =
website = http://www.hi-5.com.au
imdb_id = 0294104
tv_com_id = 24725

"Hi-5" an Australian children's television program, was first shown on the Nine Network in 1999. Five, a UK broadcast network, rebroadcasts the Australian version. In 2003 an American version of the program began broadcasting in the United States. "Hi-5" is now shown in 83 countries. Hi-5 is known as a children's pop music group as well as being a television show, much like peer children's entertainers The Wiggles. They also teach arts and crafts.

Origins of the program

In 1998, Producer Helena Harris, creator of Bananas in Pajamas, created "Hi-5" when her two children outgrew 'Bananas'. She and co-producer Posie Graeme-Evans decided the new show would be aimed at 2-8 year-olds, would include educational trends as fun and games, and would feature music and movement that would attract children's attention. "Hi-5" aims to cater to a wide range of young children with a wide range of cognitive abilities and learning styles.

Child-development experts work with writers on every script. Each show is built around a simple theme like colours, music, animals, or numbers. Each show is then divided into segments that teach the concept different ways. Music is seen as the method of joining the segments of the program together as well as highlighting the concepts and themes of each program.

The auditions for the Australian hosts were held in June 1998 and the first program was broadcast in January 1999. Since then, the original Australian show won five ARIA awards for "Best Children's Album" (in 2000, 2001,2002,2003 and 2004), won three consecutive Australian Logie Awards (the Australian awards for Television performance and production recognition) for "Most Outstanding Children's Preschool Program" in 2002, 2003 and 2004.

Cast members

ingers/Band Members

;Hi-5 Members
* Kellie Crawford 1998 -
* Nathan Foley 1998 -
* Sun Park 2006 -
* Stevie Nicholson 2007 -
* Casey Burgess 2008 -

;Hi-5 Veterans
* Charli Delaney 1998 - 2008 (completed 10 series/420 episodes)
* Tim Harding 1998 - 2007 (Completed 9 series/374 episodes)
* Kathleen de Leon Jones 1998 - 2006 (completed 8 series/330 episodes)


* Jup-Jup (puppet)- Voiced by Tim Harding 1998-2007 (Series 1-9)
- Voiced by Noni McCallum 2007- Current(Series 10)
* Chats - Voiced by Charli Delaney 1998-2002 (series 1-4)
- Voiced by Sophie Katinis 2003 (Series 5) (Hi-5 Live Come on and Party Concert)
- Voiced by Erin Marshall (Australian Singer) 2005-2006 (Series 7-8) (Live Space Magic Concert)
- Voiced by Noni McCallum 2006-Current (Series 9-10) (Live Action Heroes,Live Circus Stageshow)

"Hi-5" CDs

All Hi-5 CDs are released in Australia by SonyBMG. At least four of them gone platinum and gold and one of the top ten music in Australia. Hi-5 CDs are sold in UK and Australia.

CD releases

*Jump and Jive With Hi-5 (Series 1);2000
*It's a party (Series 2);2001
*Boom Boom beat (Series 3)
*Its A Hi-5 Christmas;2002
*Double the fun -Jump and jive and It's a party (Series 1 & 2)
*Let's Celebrate (Series 4);2003
*Hi-5 Hits (The selected best song from previous series)
*Hi-5 Holiday (Series 5)
*Hi-5 Christmas gift pack
*Hi-5 Hits gift pack;2004
*Hi-5 Holiday Limited edition (with series 6 videos)
*Jingle Jangle with Hi-5 (With brand new Hi-5 Xmas song and traditional song);2005
*Making Music (Series 7)"
*Hi-5 Christmas gift pack ("Hi-5 Christmas" and "Jingle Jangle with Hi-5");2006
*Wish upon a star (Series 8);2007
*WOW! (Series 9);2008
*Planet Earth (Series 10)
*All the best! (Best selection from all 10 series)

"Hi-5" Videos and DVDs

Each season of "Hi-5" is edited and compiled into video and DVD releases. Three titles are released for each season, except in 2003, which featured an all-new Christmas video as one of the releases. In 2005, Hi-5 also released "Dance Hits", featuring a "greatest hits" collection of "Songs-of-the-week", plus dance lessons related to them.

Video releases

;Series One
*1999 "Move your body"
*1999 "Summer rainbows"
*2000 "Star Dreaming";Series Two
*2000 "Animal Adventures"
*2000 "Music Machine"
*2001 "Snow Party";Series Three
*2001 "Five Alive"
*2001 "Playing cool"
*2002 "Magical Treasures";Series Four
*2002 "Let's Celebrate"
*2003 "Surfing Safari"
*2003 "Hi-Energy";Series Five & Six
*2004 "Hi-5 Holiday"
*2004 "Come on and party"
*2004 "Space Magic";Series Seven
*2005 "Action Heroes "
*2005 "Wonderful Journeys"
*2006 "Mix it up";Series Eight
*2006 "Sharing Wishes"
*2007 "Have Some Fun "
*2007 "Travelling Circus ";Series Nine
*2007 Team Hi-5
* 2008 Party Street
* 2008 Go Wild ;Series Ten
*2008 Playtime

pecial releases

*2003 "It's a Hi-5 Christmas"
*2005 "Let's Play" - Video Game [http://www.gspsoftware.co.uk/index.php?page=pages/product&prodID=597 Hi-5 Video Game] released by GSP]
*2005 "Hi-5 Dance Hits - Vol 1" - Series 1
*2005 "Hi-5 Dance Hits - Vol 2" - Series 2
*2006 "Hi-5 Dance Hits - Vol 3" - Series 3

Episodes and series

In every series there are nine feature songs (the titles of which are shown below). With the exception of series six, each series has run for nine weeks, allowing each song to be featured for a full week's schedule of five episodes. 430 episodes of Hi-5 have been aired so far. Each section indicates the year in which each season was produced. With the exception of the first season, these were each aired in the following year. As with all the skits, each song focuses on teaching the audience general common values in life and childhood, such as love, growth, imagination, fun, acceptance, adventure and more (below is a listing of each song with the core lesson in brackets).

;Series 1 (1999) ;Series 4 (2002)

;Series 7 (2005)

;Series 10 (2008)

Series 11 (2009)

Educational segments of Hi-5

Each presenter hosts an education centric segment of the show. At times, they're assisted by their co-presenters to display social skills and group problem solving skills.

* Nathan Foley presents a segment exploring shape, colour, texture and pattern using various kinds of learning aids [:category:Learning|" [See Also] "] including coloured boxes, balls and play-dough.

* Sun Park presents a segment on logical thinking and mathematics looking at numbers, puzzles and mazes - this segment also features Jup-Jup.

* Stevie Nicholson hosts the musical segment looking at concepts such as beat, rhythm, pitch and melody using pianos, guitars, bells and other instruments to his aid.

* Kellie Crawford hosts the section looking at language and sounds with the help of Chatterbox .

* Charli Delaney hosts the section encouraging body co-ordination skill development through dancing, hopping, jumping and stepping. Casey Burgess is taking over for Charli on tour, and will replace Charli on TV starting with series 11 (to be released in 2009).

* There is also a segment where all five presenters join together to present a story. This segment is to promote social skills and group problem solving.

Chats' spelling segment

Following are the weekly theme words used for Kellie's segments in each series. These are used very briefly to bridge from the prior scene into the scene with Kellie and Chats.

;Series 1:
*Hat - For "Ready or Not," "Dream On," "You and Me," "Five Senses," "In a Different Place," "Move Your Body," "Living In a Rainbow," "L.O.V.E.," and "Grow." Themes: Games, Imagine, Time, Senses, Differences, Colours, Bodies, Grow, Love (Same spelling word used for all 9 weeks).

;Series 2:
*Run - For "North South East West" week Theme: Adventure
*Day - For "Special Days" week Theme: Days
*tap - For "Feel the beat" week Theme: Music
*bus - For "Robot Number one" week Theme: Machine
*cat - For "So many animals" week Theme: Animals
*box - For unknown week

;Series 3:
*Map - For "I Spy" week Theme: Mysteries
*Dig - For "Buried Treasure" week Theme: Treasures
*Sun - For "Rain, Rain" week Theme: Nature
*Can - For "I Can Go Anywhere" week Theme: Pretend
*Small/Tall - For "Opposites Attract" Week Theme: Opposites
*Fit - For "Boom Boom Beat" week Theme: Get Fit
*Pal - For "Friends" week Theme: Friends
*Fix - For "Let's Get to Work" week Theme: Inventions
*Mum - For "You're My Number One" week Theme: Favourites

;Series 4:
*Sand - For "Going Out" week Theme: Outside
*Pen - For "Move It" week Theme: Patterns
*Hop - For "One step forward" week Theme: Can do
*Red - For "Reach out" week Theme: Finding out
*Us - For "Celebrate" week Theme: Around Us
*In - For "Inside my Heart" week Theme: Inside
*Food - For "E.N.E.R.G.Y." week Theme: Energy
*Job - For "Hand in Hand" week Theme: Team Work
*Pop - For "Give it a Go" week Theme: Ideas

;Series 5:
*Land - For "Beautiful World" week Theme: World
*Sing - For "Come on and Party" week Theme: Festivals
*Big - For "Build it Up" week Theme: Building
*Dad - For "Give Five" week Theme: Family
*Fun - For "Holiday" week Theme: Holidays
*Zap - For Dream on week Theme: Magic
*Vet - For "Ready or Not" week Theme: Work and play
*Clap - For "L.O.V.E." week Theme: Happy
*See - For "Underwater Discovery" week Theme: Discovery

;Series 6:
*Map - For "Hi-5 Base to Outer Space" week Theme: Exploring
*Wish - For "I Believe in Magic" week Theme: Dream Wishes
*Jump - For "Do it All Again" week Theme: Get Moving
*Hug - For "How Much Do I Love You" week Theme: Heartbeat
*Me - For "Feeling Fine" week Theme: Feeling Fine
*Bat - For "Snakes and Ladders" week Theme: Playtime

;Series 7:
*Make - For "Making Music" week Theme: Making
*Grow - For "Ch-Ch-Changing" week Theme: Changing
*Play - For "Some Kind of Wonderful" week Theme: Wonderful
*Ball - For "T.E.A.M." week Theme: Teams
*Wet - For "Rainbow 'round the World" week Theme: Rainbows
*Tree - For "City and Country" week Theme: City, Country
*Skip - For "Action Heroes" week Theme: Action
*Car - For "Planet Disco" week Theme: Journeys
*Hello - For "Come Around to My Place" week Theme: Visiting

;Series 8:
*Star - For "Wish Upon a Star" week Theme: Wondering
*Mix - For "Special" week Theme: Variety
*Hand - For "Share Everything With You" week Theme: Sharing
*Chat - For "Have Some Fun" week Theme: Enjoying
*Trip - For "Are We There yet?" week Theme: Travelling
*Up - For "Growing Up" week Theme: Growing
*Look - For "Peek-A-Boo" week Theme: Finding
*Act - For "Pretending Day" week Theme: Pretending
*Spin - For "Hey, What's Cooking" week Theme: Doing

;Series 9:
*Jet - For "Around the World" week
*Happy - For "I'm so Happy" week
*Wave - For "Stop and Go" week
*Wow - For "Wow" week
*Trek - For "Time Machine" week
*Hero - For "Strong and Brave" week
*Turn- For "Switching Around" week
*Peek- For "Love is all Around" week
*Party- For " Party Street" week

;Series 10:
*share - For "Playtime" week
*hug - For "We're a Family" week
*green - For "Planet Earth" week
*free - For "The Best Things In Life Are Free" week
*wish - For "Abracadabra" week
*big - For "When I Grow Up" week
*sport - For "Come Alive" week

Airing History

Hi-5 now airs in more than 80 Countries, including:
* Australia (Australian cast)
**Nine Network
**Nick Jr. Australia
* UK (Australian/UK Cast)
*Singapore (Australian cast)
**Kids Central
**Nick Jr.
*Hong Kong / Macau / South Korea / Indonesia / Philippines (Australian cast)
**Nick Jr.
*Malaysia (Australian cast)
**Nick Jr.
**Astro TVIQ(formerly)
*New Zealand (Australian cast)
**Nick Jr.
**Television New Zealand
*Philippines (Australian Cast)
**Nick Jr.
**TLC (American cast)
**TVOkids (Australian cast)
**Knowledge Network (Australian cast)
*United States (American Cast)
**Discovery Kids
*South America
**Discovery Kids (American Cast)


* Creator: Helena Harris
* Composer: Chris Harriott
* Co-creator: Posie Graeme-Evans
* Song of the week lyrics:
**Leone Carey
**Lisa Hoppe
**Helena Harris (You and me/L.O.V.E/Feel the beat)
**Amy Harris (Dream on)
**Chris Phillips
**Chris Harriott
**Kellie Hoggart (Move Your Body/Feelings/Move it/Beautiful World)
**Nathan Foley (Friends/Move it)
**Tim Harding (Friends)
**Kathleen de Leon Jones (Feelings)
**Charli Delaney (Feelings)
**Catherine Thiele (Hi5 Base to outer space)
**Rob Cotterill
**Russel Burton
**Andrew Einspruch
**Emma-Jane Dann

**Catherine Thiele (Series 1, 3, 4, 6)
**Kim Fowler (Series 2)
** Cameron Mitchell (Series 5 to 10)

*Song of the week Directors:
**Ian Munro
**Rob Cotterill
**Russel Burton
**Bryan Newton
**David Summons

*Executive In-Charge Of Production: Martin Hersov

*Executive Producer: Helena Harris

*Produced By:
** Kids Like Us
** Nine Films & Television for the Nine Network

See also

* List of Australian television series
* Hi-5 (Australian band)


External links

* [http://www.hi-5.com.au/ Official Hi-5 Website]
* [http://hi5.ninemsn.com.au/ Hi-5 on NineMSN]
* [http://colsearch.nfsa.afc.gov.au/nfsa/search/display/display.w3p;adv=yes;group=;groupequals=;holdingType=;page=0;parentid=;query=Number%3A414361;querytype=;rec=0;resCount=10 HI-5 at the National Film and Sound Archive]
* [http://www.myspace.com/hi5originalconcept]

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