Hi-5 (Australian TV series)

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Hi-5
Hi-5 hand logo.png
Genre Children's Edu-tainment
Created by Helena Harris
Posie Graeme-Evans
Starring Kathleen De Leon-Jones
Tim Harding
Charli Robinson
Kellie Crawford
Nathan Foley
Sun Park
Stevie Nicholson
Casey Burgess
Lauren Brant
Tim Maddren
Fely Irvine
Theme music composer Chris Harriott
Opening theme "Five in the Air"
Ending theme "Five in the Air (Reprise)"
Country of origin  Australia
Original language(s) English
No. of series 13
No. of episodes 570
Production
Executive producer(s) Helena Harris
Noel Price
Producer(s) Kris Noble
Location(s) TCN-9, Australia
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s) Kids Like Us (Series 1-9)
Southern Star Group (Series 10-13)
Broadcast
Original channel Nine Network
Picture format 576i (SDTV) (Series 1-13)
1080i (HDTV) (Series 3-13)
Audio format Stereo
Original run April 5, 1999 – December 16, 2011
Chronology
Related shows Hi-5 House
External links
Website

Hi-5, an Australian children's television program, was first shown on the Nine Network in 1999 and is based on the children's music group Hi-5. Hi-5 is a children's pop music group much like peer children's entertainers The Wiggles. Hi-5 has been shown in approximately 80 countries.

Each series has 45 episodes with nine weekly themes. In 2004 (Series 6), the show was marked by reduced episodes than normal, with 30 episodes in six weekly themes due to the band concentrating more on touring. In 2012, no new series was filmed, with a repeat of Series 13 being shown instead.

In 2009 was marked the beginning of the "second generation" of Hi-5, with all of the original members having departed in 2007-2008. The series was renewed for another five years with the new cast by the Nine Network, which would have the contract expire in 2013.

In 2013, a new Hi-5 television show, Hi-5 House was created as a continuation/replacement of the original series.

Origins of the program[edit]

In 1998, Producer Helena Harris, creator of Bananas in Pyjamas, created "Hi-5" when her two children outgrew the Bananas. She and co-producer Posie Graeme-Evans decided the new show would be aimed at children of all ages, 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 in 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 1998 and the first program was broadcast in 1999. Since then, the original Australian show won five ARIA awards for "Best Children's Album" (as of 2005), won three consecutive Australian Logie Awards (the Australian awards for Television performance and production recognition) for "Most Outstanding Children's Preschool Program" as of 2005.

Cast members[edit]

Presenters[edit]

Puppeteers[edit]

  • Chatterbox ("Chats")
    • Voiced by Charli Robinson (Series 1-4)
    • Voiced by Sophie Katinis (Series 5-6)
    • Voiced by Erin Marshall (Series 7-8)
    • Voiced by Noni McCallum (Series 9-10)
    • Voiced by Natalie Duarte (Series 11)
    • Voiced by Alycce Martins (Series 12)
    • Voiced by Brianne Turk (Series 13)
  • Jup-Jup
    • Voiced by Tim Harding (Series 1-9)
    • Voiced by Noni McCallum (Series 10)
    • Voiced by Natalie Duarte (Series 11)
    • Voiced by Alycce Martins (Series 12)
    • Voiced by Brianne Turk (Series 13)

Original and Former members' reasons for leaving[edit]

In order, first to last:

  • Kathleen de Leon Jones: Left following the birth of her first child with former Savage Garden member Daniel Jones in 2006, and permanent leaving in July 2007 to focus on raising her child.
  • Tim Harding: Left following a serious motorcycle accident in 2007 where he fractured both legs and suffered a serious spinal injury that required intensive care and reconstruction.
  • Charli Robinson: In February 2008 she left to pursue other interests in presenting work, and acting in film and television, in order to "challenge herself".
  • Kellie Crawford: Left to explore other career opportunities and to settle down and start a family. Announced in October 2008 that her last show would be at Carols by Candlelight on 24 December 2008 with Nathan and Sun.
  • Nathan Foley: Left to concentrate on solo music career. Announced in November 2008 that his last show would be at Carols by Candlelight on 24 December 2008 with Kellie and Sun
  • Sun Park: Left prior to her marriage to Nathan Pezzimenti as she did not wish to be constantly leaving her husband to tour with Hi-5. Announced in December 2008 that her final performance would be at Carols by Candlelight with Kellie and Nathan.
  • Fely Irvine: Left to pursue other acting opportunities. Her final performance was at the 2011 Carols by Candlelight.
  • Tim Maddren: Left after getting a role in The Addams Family Broadway Musical. His final performance with Casey was in Cebu City, Philippines, on 19 January 2013 with Casey.
  • Casey Burgess: Left to pursue a solo music career. Her final performance with Tim was in Cebu City, Philippines, on 19 January 2013 with Tim.

Replacement of cast[edit]

In 2006, Kathleen de Leon Jones became pregnant and Sun Park was found to temporarily replace Kathleen while she went on maternity leave. The beginning of series 9 showed Kathleen introducing the audience to Sun and asking her to look after her space while she had the baby. Later in the series, Kathleen returned to introduce everyone to her baby, Mikayla. In July 2007, Kathleen made the decision to permanently leave the group to focus on being a mom.

Also in 2007, Tim Harding was involved in a serious motorcycle accident which left him with injuries that required intensive care and rehabilitation. Just prior to this, Stevie Nicholson was hired as an understudy to both Tim, so he took Tim's place when he decided he could no longer continue with the group.

In February 2008, Charli Robinson announced that she would be leaving Hi-5, having just completed filming series 10, and would stay with the group until a suitable replacement was found. Soon after, Casey Burgess was hired as Charli's replacement and began touring with the group.

In October 2008, Kellie Crawford (née Hoggart) announced that she would be leaving the group at the end of the year. A month later, Nathan Foley announced that he would be leaving with Kellie, and rumours swirled that the pair had been fired in favour of younger, cheaper alternatives. These rumours would never come to be confirmed. In December 2008, Sun stated that Nathan and Kellie had not been pressured to leave and announced that she too would be leaving at the end of the year. The trio's final performance was at the 2008 Carols by Candlelight.

Auditions were then held to find three new Hi-5 members. In February 2009, on Mornings with Kerri-Anne, the new line-up was revealed, with Lauren Brant, Tim Maddren and Fely Irvine joining the cast. The cast remained the same for three years until December 2011, when Fely left the group. Her final performance was at the 2011 Carols by Candlelight. Dayen Zheng replaced Fely and the group spent the year touring.

Then, in December 2012, Casey and Tim announced that the year's Carols by Candlelight would be their last with Hi-5 and they would be leaving the group early in the new year.

Live tours[edit]

The band tours annually and have visited several countries in which they are popular, including Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, United Kingdom, Malaysia and Philippines.

Tours[edit]

  • 2000 It's A Party (series 1 and 2)
  • 2001 Hi-5 Alive (series 3)
  • 2002 Celebrate (series 4)
  • 2002-2003 Hi-5 Alive (series 4)
  • 2003-2004 Come On And Party (series 5)
  • 2005-2006 Space Magic (series 6)
  • 2006-2007 Live Action Heroes (series 7)
  • 2007 Super Active Short Tour (series 7)
  • 2007-2008 Live Circus Stage Show (series 8 and 9)
  • 2008 Party Street Tour (series 8 and 9 reprised)
  • 2008 Playtime Tour (Series 10)
  • 2009-2010 Hi-5 Surprise! (series 11)
  • 2011 Turn the Music Up! (series 12)
  • 2012 I Love Hi-5 (series 13)
  • 2012-2013 Holiday (series 13)

Christmas Eve concert[edit]

Since 2000 until 2012, Hi-5 have performed annually at Vision Australia's Carols by Candlelight. For a few years, they held their own short concert before Carols by Candlelight, but they currently just perform as a part of the carols. Several cast have noted the Christmas Eve concerts as one of their highlights and because of this, it is often the last performance of departing members.

Hi-5 CDs[edit]

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

List of Hi-5 albums[edit]

  • 1999 - Jump and Jive with Hi-5 (Series 1)
  • 2000 - It's a party (series 2)
  • 2001 - Boom boom beat (series 3)
  • 2002 - Celebrate (series 4)
  • 2003 - Holiday (series 5 and 6)
  • 2005 - Making music (series 7)
  • 2006 - Wish upon a star (series 8)
  • 2007 - Wow (series 9)
  • 2008 - Planet earth (series 10)
  • 2009 - Spin me round (series 11)
  • 2010 - Turn the music up (series 12)
  • 2011 - Sing it loud (series 13)

Selections and Greatest Hits[edit]

  • 2000 - Hi-5 Double the fun
  • 2001 - Hi-5 Triple treat, vol. 1 (Series 1-3)
  • 2002 - Hi-5 Hits
  • 2003 - Its a Hi-5 Christmas
  • 2004 - Hi-5 Holiday limited CD (Series 5 and 2 new songs from Series 6)
  • 2004 - Jingle jangle jingle
  • 2005 - Hi-5 Hits
  • 2005 - Hi-5 Triple treat, vol. 2 (Series 4-7)
  • 2005 - Hi-5 Christmas gift pack
  • 2008 - Hi-5 All the best! (Series 1-10)

Hi-5 videos and DVDs[edit]

Each series of Hi-5 is edited and compiled into video and DVD releases. Usually, 3 titles are released for each titles. Series 5, in which only 7 feature songs and Series 6, in which only 2 feature songs were released; Series 10, in which only 2 titles DVDs were released; Series 12, in which 5 titles DVDs were released; and Series 13, in which 6 titles DVDs were released due to the lack of a new series in 2012.

Video releases[edit]

Series # DVD Title Songs of the week Year
1 2 3 4 5
1 Move Your Body Move Your Body Ready or Not L.O.V.E. 1999
Summer Rainbows Living in a Rainbow Grow Five Senses
Star Dreaming Dream On You and Me In a Different Place 2000
2 Animal Adventures So Many Animals Special Days North, South, East, West
Music Machine Robot Number 1 Mirror Mirror Feel the Beat
Snow Party It's a Party! Feelings Three Wishes 2001
3 Five Alive! Boom Boom Beat Friends Forever Rain Rain Go Away
Playing Cool You're My Number One Let's Get to Work I Spy
Magical Treasures I Can Go Anywhere Opposites Attract Buried Treasure 2002
4 Let's Celebrate Celebrate Hand in Hand Inside my Heart
Surfing Safari Going Out Give It a Go Reach Out 2003
Hi-Energy E.N.E.R.G.Y. One Step Forward Move It
5/6 Hi-5 Holiday Holiday Underwater Discovery Give Five 2004
Come On and Party Come On and Party Build It Up L.O.V.E (remake)
Space Magic Hi-5 Base to Outer Space Dream On (remake) I Believe in Magic
7 Action Heroes Action Heroes T.E.A.M Planet Disco 2005
Wonderful Journeys Some Kind of Wonderful Come Around to My Place Rainbow 'Round the World
Mix It Up! Making Music Ch-ch-changing Home Sweet Home 2006
8 Sharing Wishes Share Everything with You Special Wish upon a Star
Have Some Fun Have Some Fun Peek a Boo Growing Up 2007
Traveling Circus Pretending Day Are We There Yet? Hey What's Cooking?
9 Team Hi-5 Happy Today Brave and Strong Switching Around
Party Street Wow! Stop and Go Party Street 2008
Go Wild! Around the World Time Machine Love Is All Around
10 Playtime Playtime When I Grow Up Planet Earth Techno world Abracadabra
Jump & Shout Jump and Shout Come Alive We're A Family The Best Things in Life Are Free 2009
11 Fun with Friends Zoo Party Knock Knock knock Spin Me 'Round
Santa Claus Is Coming Santa Claus Is Coming Living in a Fairytale Favourite Teddy Bear Let's Get Away
Stop Look Listen Stop Look Listen Four Seasons Happy Monster Dance 2010
12 Imagine That! Martian Groove Hi-5 Farm Stand Up Tall on Tippy Toes
Happy Hi-5 House Happy House Toy Box Backyard Adventures 2011
Hey Presto! Hey Presto The Dancing Bus Turn the Music Up!
Fun & Games The Dancing Bus Toy Box Happy House 2012
Animal Fun Hi-5 Farm Martin Groove Turn the Music Up! 2013
13 Amazing L.O.V.E. (remake) Wow! (remake) Underwater Discovery (remake) 2011
Ready or Not Robot Number One (remake) Ready or Not (remake) Five Senses (remake) 2012
Make a Wish Wish upon a Star (remake) Making Music (remake) Some Kind of Wonderful (remake)
Discovery Wow! (remake) Underwater Discovery (remake) Some Kind of Wonderful (remake)
Let's Play Making Music (remake) Ready or Not (remake) Five Senses (remake) 2013
Feeling Fine Five Senses (remake) L.O.V.E. (remake) Some Kind of Wonderful (remake)

Special releases[edit]

  • 2003 It's a Hi-5 Christmas
  • 2005 Hi-5 Dance - Vol 1 - Series 1 Songs of the Week
  • 2005 Hi-5 Dance - Vol 2 - Series 2 Songs of the Week
  • 2006 Hi-5 Dance - Vol 3 - Series 3 Songs of the Week
  • 2009 Hi-5 Favourites - Celebrating The First 10 Years from Series 1-10
  • 2010 Hi-5 Sharing Stories - All Songs of the Week, plus a selection of stories from Series 11
  • 2011 Hi-5 Sharing Stories 2 - All Songs of the Week, plus a selection of stories from Series 12
  • 2012 Hi-5 Sharing Stories 3 - All Songs of the Week, plus a selection of stories from Series 13

Live Tour releases[edit]

  • 2009 Hi-5 Playtime Live - 2008 Live Tour (Casey's first appearance and last appearance with Kellie, Nathan, and Sun)
  • 2010 Hi-5 Surprise Live - 2009-2010 Live Tour (first appearance with Lauren, Tim M and Fely)
  • 2012 Hi-5 Holiday Live - 2012 Live Tour (Dayen's first appearance and Last Appearance with Casey and Tim M)

Logo History[edit]

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(Series 1-7) In the first openings of Hi-5 Australian and the American version, the text Hi-5 had all the red outline and hand had a black outline. This logo was used for the Series 1-2 from US version of the programme.

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(Series 8-10) The logo alternated since Series 8 until Series 10 when a new opening occurs. Is the first 3D animated logo, the lines were almost invisible refitting, the hand that was purple, recolor in purple. This logo was used from time to time in the video for Holiday tour in 2012 and UK version of the programme.

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(Series 11-13) The third and final logo in 3D, the color of the hand is now magenta, The white outline is added to the green contour. The dot next to the number 5 is crimson red.

Opening History[edit]

First intro[edit]

(Series 1, 2, 3) The Hi-5 logo is displayed on a yellow background, Charli (in cartoon form) removes the Hi5 logo from the screen. The five original members are displayed doing jumps, holding umbrellas, doing somersaults. The Hi5 cast give each other hi5's (for the part hi hi hi hi hi hi together.) For the part 1,2.3.4 Hi5 (which is sung three times) their pictures in cartoon form are displayed two out of three times. For the 3rd part the real cast is displayed. After that the cast in cartoon form fly into the middle of the screen and form a hi5 hand the real logo appears and hits the screen. The part where the cast sing "there smile on my face" was the actual cast. That part was changed for series 2 and 3 to show differences in each series. E.g.: the cast wore different clothes and the cast in cartoon form looked like kids(which is cool!)

Second intro[edit]

(Series 4, 5, 6, 7) The intro had a total new makeover. The animated cast was more 3D than the previous intro. Their animated version matched what the cast wore. The hi5 logo hits the screen then the animated cast jump onto the hi5 logo and do dance steps unlike previous intro. The cast say hi individually for the part hi hi......together. For the first Part when they sing "1234 Hi-5" the real cast change into their animated version. The second time they do a dance step, for the third time the cast come together and show a Hi5 hand. The cast then spin into a circle and release the hi5 logo. The intro was updated each series, the series 6 intro is the same as series 5. the casts clothes and hairstyle change to show difference in each series.

Third intro[edit]

(Series 8, 9, 10) Hi-5 took its animation to the next level with more vibrant colours and 3D animation. The animated cast was closely matched to the real cast. The cast jump down onto the green, red, aqua, regular and orange variations of the logo for dancing, A city made of blocks with hands and shapes on them, their pictures appear on the ferris wheel for the part where they sing hi hi.....together. For the first part where they sing 1234 hi5 they change into their animated versions. For the second part the animated cast dance on a road made of xylophones and trumpets behind them an animated Jup-Jup and Chats drive past in the Hi-5 Car. For the third part the real cast run toward the screen butterflies pass them and they change into their animated versions. The Animation ends with the animated cast flying past the screen and the Hi5 logo hits the screen. The intro changes in each series to show difference. E.g.: clothes and hair. In series 9 kathleen is taken out of the intro and sun is featured. In series 10 tim is taken out and stevie is featured. This final intro with original members and sun. This intro was the inspiration for the UK version of the programme.

Fourth intro[edit]

(Series 11, 12, 13) The fourth and final intro was very different from previous versions. Firstly the animated cast is in 3D form and there is a totally new cast. The hi5 logo spins onto the screen and the animated cast jump onto a blue floor and do dance steps. When 'who cares about the weather" is sung an umbrella passes the screen. Lauren is the one who holds the umbrella. Balls pass lauren and yellow back round with a blue slide is shown. Lauren waves hi followed by stevie sliding down the slide casey and tim jumping then fely waving hi. The real cast's pictures are shown for the hi hi.......together part like the original cast. For the first part as well as the second part where the cast sing "1234 hi5" the animated cast spin around. For the third part the cast stand in a circle and look down at the screen. The intro ends with the cast standing in a circle waving their hands and the hi5 logo hits the screen . The intro is updated in series 12 for the hi hi......together part. E.g.: casey's hair colour is different and the cast seems older but the cast wear the same clothes as the series 11 intro. the series 13 intro is the same as series 12.

DVD and VCD intros[edit]

  • Move Your Body: Hi-5 sing "We're Hi-5"
  • Five Alive: Jup-Jup says "Hi-5 Alive!" (which is the name of the tour) and Kathleen is reminded about the show. She goes to Nathan's space. With Nathan (who was dribbling), she visits Tim, at space three (who was dusting). The trio visit Kellie's space at number four, where she is surfing. At Charli's, she is swinging, until Kathleen reminds her. The theme is an enclosed modified version with the lyrics:

"Hi-5 Alive, all jump together, Hi-5 Alive, run in any weather (in which Hi-5 are wearing wet weather costumes), Hi-5 alive, (a brief shot of the theme and the Hi-5 logo before a clip of a Hi-5 song) the party's on at your place, Hi-5 Alive, there's a smile on my face (the turning logo is replaced by the clip) Five, Five, Five, Five, five together (the clip continues), one, two, three, four, five alive, (the normal theme continues) one, two, three, four, five alive (a swirling background of stars replaces the fuchia background) five, (the clip is continued until the end) Hi-5 alive, lets do it together, five alive!"

  • Holiday: Dancing in a remixed version of "Five Senses"
  • Action Heroes: Nathan Foley steps out of his helicopter to find his beeper ringing. Kathleen de Leon Jones practises karate until her beeper rings. Tim Harding plays tennis until his beeper rings. Charli Delaney finds her beeper ringing while cheerleading. Kellie Crawford is dancing when her beeper rings. The beepers are, in fact, a reminder for a water slide competition.
  • Mix It Up: Hi-5 rap about making music.
  • Sharing Wishes: Hi-5 tell the kids that you should get a toy because this is a "comforting" video. They then sing the lullaby from "Star Dreaming". (Note: Tim says his toy rabbit's name is Bouncer in this video)
  • Have Some Fun: Hi-5 detective lurk around looking for fun
  • Dance Hits 2: Hi-5 sing "Hi-5 Disco Dance".

Change of the set through history[edit]

Stage[edit]

Series 1-2 At the start of the TV show, the set was in blue walls and poles, with a giant white hand with multicolor hands in it. In Series 2, the cheering of the audience has changed.

Series 3-6 In Series 3, the Hi-5 set changed. It featured a large Hi-5 logo on the stage inside a yellow circle. Three large blocks were piled on each side.

Series 7-10 The set was changed again. Now it has a large hi-5 logo inside a bigger circle with colourful patterns. Three large blocks were also put but the design was different.

Series 11-13 The set stayed the same except for in each song there are brand new backgrounds that were not used with the original cast. Also, the cheering of the audience has changed and you hear the cast cheering along with the children.

Body Movement segment[edit]

Series 1-2 At the segment, the set was similar to the stage except there are no poles.

Series 3-9 In Series 3, the set changed. It featured large blocks.

Series 10 The set stayed the same but the different colors: pink, fuchsia, orange, and green.

Series 11-13 The set stayed the same except there are more props (for some episodes), and the design of the blocks is different.

Making Music segment[edit]

Series 1-2 At the segment, it featured a green staff with yellow notes at the back.

Series 3-9 In Series 3, the set changed. It featured a blue staff with large blue musical notes at the back.

Series 10-13 The set changed again. It featured multicolored blocks and a multicolored staff with multicolored musical notes at the back. It also has instruments at the side.

Word Play segment[edit]

Series 1-3 At the segment, it featured large balls and balloons at the back. In Series 2, the balloons was only used at the back.

Series 4-8 In Series 4, the set changed. It featured a large decoration at the back.

Series 9-10 The set changed again. It featured a blue decoration with yellow circles lighted at the back.

Series 11-13 The set stayed the same except the circles won't light anymore.

Shapes in Space segment[edit]

Series 1 At the start of the segment, it featured green shapes and a unicorn puzzle at the side.

Series 2 The set stayed the same except the puzzle is multicolored and there is a large decoration at the back.

Series 3-6 The set stayed the same except the shapes are multicolored.

Series 7 The set stayed the same except instead of the puzzle, it was multicolored squares and rectangles. The large decoration was not there.

Series 8-10 The set stayed the same except there is a large decoration at the back.

Series 11-13 The set stayed the same except the color of the shapes are lighter. The large decoration was not there.

Puzzles and Patterns segment[edit]

Series 1 At the segment, the set was a semi-circle with a white background, a red roof, a bar (for some episodes) and green hands and cabinets.

Series 2 The set stayed the same except there was a colored background, a pink roof, and a multicolored cabinets and hands.

Series 3-8 In Series 3, the set changed. It featured a big blue window, a bar (for some episodes),and multicolored cabinets.

Series 9-10 The set stayed the same except the window is color purple.

Series 11 The set changed again. It featured a bar (for some episodes),and multicolored cabinets. It also has a garden.

Series 12-13 The set stayed the same except there is a pink window at the back.

Sharing Stories[edit]

Series 1-2 At the Sharing Stories Segment, the set was similar to the stage. In Series 2, the circle was a bit different without a white large hand, it only contained multicolor hands.

Series 3-7 In Series 3, the Hi-5 set changed. It was similar to the stage but there was a yellow circle with red outline on the stage.

Series 8 The set stayed the same except there were new colors on the poles and a blue circle instead of yellow.

Series 9-11 The set stayed the same except the circle was yellow with a purple outline.

Series 12-13 The set was changed again. Instead of poles, it is a green door and window.

Episodes and series[edit]

In series 1-5 and series 7-13 there are nine feature songs, termed 'Songs of the Week' (the titles of which are shown below). Each series has run for nine weeks allowing five episodes to be shown a week (45 episodes) To date, there have been completed 570 episodes. Except for series 6 which had just 30 episodes. Accordingly the Series 6 was composed of 6 songs of the week and various segments which had been filmed in 2003. The lack of a new series in 2012 was also due to the same reason.

Each section indicates the year in which each season aired, the title of the song on the album and the title used in the show. each song focuses on teaching the audience general common values in life and childhood, such as love, growth, imagination, fun, acceptance, adventure and more. Each week, there is a theme of the week that the song goes along with... The theme is given in the beginning of each episode in animation.

From Series 1 -10 orange people participate in activities that goes along with the theme of that week. From Series 11 -13, it always includes a dinosaur on wheels and a caterpillar on wheels participating in some activity that goes with the theme. The theme name appears in colorful letters, children's voices announce the theme and then the show begins.

Songs of the Week (and theme)[edit]

Series 1 (1999) - Original Cast
  • Ready or not (games)
  • Dream On (imagine)
  • You & Me (differences)
  • L.O.V.E. (love)
  • Grow (grow)
  • Move Your Body (bodies)
  • Living In A Rainbow (colours)
  • Five Senses (senses)
  • In A Different Place (time, place)
Series 2 (2000)
  • North South East West (adventure)
  • Feelings (feelings)
  • So Many Animals (animals)
  • Special Days (days)
  • Mirror Mirror (it's me)
  • It's A Party (homes)
  • Three Wishes (wishes)
  • Robot Number One (machines)
  • Feel The Beat (music)
Series 3 (2001)
  • Rain Rain Go Away (nature)
  • Boom Boom Beat (get fit)
  • Opposites Attract (opposite)
  • Friends Forever (friends)
  • I Can Go Anywhere (pretend)
  • Buried Treasure (treasures)
  • Let's Get To Work (inventions)
  • I Spy (mysteries)
  • You're My Number One (favourites)
Series 4 (2002)
  • Going Out (outside)
  • Celebrate (around us)
  • Give It A Go (ideas)
  • Inside My Heart (inside)
  • One Step Forward (can do)
  • Energy (energy)
  • Move It (patterns)
  • Hand In Hand (teamwork)
  • Reach Out (finding out)
Series 5 (2003)
  • Come On And Party (festivals)
  • Give Five (family)
  • Build It Up (building)
  • Our World (world)
  • L.O.V.E. (remake) (happy)
  • Dream On (remake) (magic)
  • Ready Or Not (remake) (work & play)
  • Holiday (holiday)
  • Underwater Discovery (discovery)
Series 6 (2004)
  • Hi-5 Base To Outer Space (exploring)
  • I Believe In Magic (dream wishes)
  • Do It All Again (get moving)
  • How Much Do I Love You? (heartbeat)
  • Feeling Fine (feeling fine)
  • Snakes and Ladders (playtime)
Series 7 (2005)
  • Making Music (making)
  • Ch-Ch-Changing (changing)
  • Action Hero (action)
  • Come Around To My Place (visiting)
  • Home Sweet Home (city, country)
  • Rainbow 'round The World (rainbows)
  • T.E.A.M. (teams)
  • Some Kind Of Wonderful (wonderful)
  • Planet Disco (journeys)
Series 8 (2006)
  • Hey What's Cooking? (doing)
  • Special (variety)
  • Peek-a-Boo (finding)
  • Have Some Fun (enjoying)
  • Growing Up (growing)
  • Pretending Day (pretending)
  • Share Everything With You (sharing)
  • Are We There Yet? (travelling)
  • Wish Upon A Star (wondering)
Series 9 (2007) - Change Cast
  • Around the world (world)
  • Happy Today (happy)
  • Stop and Go (communicate)
  • WOW! (amazing)
  • Time Machine (old & new)
  • Brave and Strong (brave & strong)
  • Switching Around (switching)
  • Love is all Around (look around)
  • Party Street (celebrating)
Series 10 (2008)
  • Playtime (playtime)
  • We're A Family (family)
  • Planet Earth (planet earth)
  • The Best Things In Life Are Free (be free)
  • Abracadabra (abracadabra)
  • Jump and Shout (jump and shout)
  • When I Grow Up (tomorrow)
  • Techno World (techno world)
  • Come Alive (come alive)
Series 11 (2009) - Second Generation Cast
  • Stop look and listen (explore)
  • Spin me around (friends)
  • Zoo Party (celebrate)
  • Knock knock knock (curiosity)
  • Four seasons (natural world)
  • Let's Get Away (holidays)
  • Happy monster dance (be active)
  • Living in a fairytale (imagine)
  • Favorite teddy bear (favorite things)
  • Santa claus is coming (Santa Claus is Coming DVD)
Series 12 (2010)
  • Hi-5 farm (animal fun)
  • Stand Up Tall on Tippy toes (growing)
  • Martian Groove (discovery)
  • Happy House (homes)
  • The Dancing Bus (let's do it)
  • Toy Box (toys)
  • Backyard Adventurers (adventure)
  • Hey Presto (magic)
  • Turn the Music Up (surprise)
Series 13 (2011) - Remake Songs from 10 Years
  • WOW! (remake) (amazing)
  • Underwater Discovery (remake) (water world)
  • L.O.V.E. (remake) (feel good)
  • Robot Number One (remake) (machines)
  • Wish Upon A Star (remake) (dreaming)
  • Five Senses (remake) (about me)
  • Some Kind Of Wonderful (remake) (friends)
  • Ready Or Not (remake) (games)
  • Making Music (remake) (music)

Educational segments[edit]

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.

  • Charli Robinson (Series 1-10) and Lauren Brant (Series 11-13) hosts the section body move encouraging body co-ordination skill development through dancing, hopping, jumping and stepping.
  • Tim Harding (Series 1-9), Stevie Nicholson (Series 10), and Tim Maddren (Series 11-13) hosts the musical segment looking at concepts such as beat, rhythm, pitch and melody using pianos, guitars, bells and other instruments to his aid.
  • 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[edit]

Following are the weekly theme words used for Word Play segment in each series. These are used very briefly to bridge from the prior scene into the scene with Kellie from Series 1-10, Casey from Series 11-13 and Chats.

Series 1 Chat's puppeteer : Charli Robinson

  • Hat - For all nine (9) weeks

Series 2 Chat's puppeteer : Charli Robinson

  • Run - For "North, South, East, West" week Theme: Adventures
  • Fun - For "Feelings" week Theme: Feelings
  • Cat - For "So Many Animals" week Theme: Animals
  • Day - For "Special Days" week Theme: Days
  • Box - For "Mirror Mirror" week Theme: It's Me
  • Mud - For "It's a Party" week Theme: Homes
  • Bus - For "Robot Number 1" week Theme: Machines
  • Tap - For "Feel The Beat" week Theme: Music
  • Nap - For "Three Wishes" week Theme: Wishes

Series 3 Chat's puppeteer : Charli Robinson

  • Map - For "I Spy" week Theme: Mysteries
  • Dig - For "Buried Treasure" week Theme: Treasures
  • Sun - For "Rain Rain Go Away" week Theme: Nature
  • Can - For "I Can Go Anywhere" week Theme: Pretend
  • All/Small/Tall - For "Opposites Attract" week Theme: Opposite
  • 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/Mom - For "You're My Number One" week Theme: Favourites

Series 4 Chat's puppeteer : Charli Robinson

  • In - For "Inside my Heart" week Theme: Inside
  • 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
  • Sand - For "Going Out" week Theme: Outside
  • 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 Chat's puppeteer : Sophie Katinis

  • Land - For "Our 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 Chat's puppeteer : Sophie Katinis

  • 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 Chat's puppeteer : Erin Marshall

  • Grow - For "Ch-Ch-Changing" week Theme: Changing
  • Make - For "Making Music" week Theme: Making
  • 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 "Home Sweet Home" 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 Chat's puppeteer : Erin Marshall

  • 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 Chat's puppeteer : Noni McCallum

  • Jet - For "Around the World" week Theme: World
  • Happy - For "Happy Today" week Theme: Happy
  • Wave - For "Stop and Go" week Theme: Communicate
  • Wow - For "Wow" week Theme: Amazing
  • Trek - For "Time Machine" week Theme: Old & New
  • Hero - For "Brave and Strong" week Theme: Brave and Strong
  • Turn- For "Switching Around" week Theme: Swithcing
  • Peek - For "Love is All Around" week Theme: Look Around
  • Party - For " Party Street" week Theme: Celebrating

Series 10 Chat's puppeteer : Noni McCallum

  • Share - For "Playtime" week Theme: Playtime
  • Hug - For "We're a Family" week Theme: Family
  • Green - For "Planet Earth" week Theme: Planet Earth
  • Free - For "The Best Things In Life Are Free" week Theme: Be Free
  • Jump - For "Jump and Shout" week Theme: Jump and Shout
  • Game - For "Techno world" week Theme: Techno world
  • Wish - For "Abracadabra" week Theme: Abracadabra
  • Sport - For "Come Alive" week Theme: Come Alive
  • Big - For "When I Grow Up" week Theme: Tomorrow

Series 11 Chat's puppeteer : Natalie Duarte

  • See - For "Stop Look Listen" week Theme: Explore
  • Hug - For "Spin Me Round" week Theme: Friends
  • Clap - For "Zoo Party" week Theme: Celebrate
  • Look - For "Knock Knock Knock" week Theme: Curiosity
  • Tree - For "Four Seasons" week Theme: Natural world
  • Trip - For "Let's Get Away" week Theme: Holidays
  • Jump - For "Happy Monster Dance" week Theme: Be Active
  • Fun - For "Favorite Teddy Bear" week Theme: Favorite things
  • Play - For "Living in a Fairytale" week Theme: Imagine

Series 12 Chat's puppeteer : Allyce Martins

  • Pig - For "Hi-5 farm" week Theme: animal fun
  • Big - For "Stand Up Tall on Tippy toes" week Theme: growing
  • Zoom - For "Martian Groove" week Theme: discovery
  • Room - For "Happy House" week Theme: home
  • Bus - For "The Dancing Bus" week Theme: let's do it
  • Toy - For "Toy Box" week Theme: toys
  • Hero - For "Backyard Adventurers" week Theme: adventure
  • Party - For "Turn the Music Up" week Theme: surprise
  • Star - For "Hey Presto" week Theme: magic

Series 13 Chat's puppeteer : Brianne Turk

  • Cool - For "Wow" week Theme: amazing
  • Fish - For "Underwater Discovery" week Theme: water world
  • Kiss - For "L.O.V.E." week Theme: feel good
  • Car - For "Robot Number 1" week Theme: machines
  • Sleep - For "Wish Upon a Star" week Theme: dreaming
  • Fit - For "Five Senses" week Theme: about me
  • Mum/Mom - For "Some Kind of Wonderful" week Theme: friends
  • Ball - For "Ready or Not" week Theme: games
  • Sing - For "Making Music" week Theme: music

Sharing Stories[edit]

Read some stories in each series from 1 to 13.

International Broadcasts[edit]

Hi-5 now airs in more than 80 or 83 countries, including:

Country/Region Channel
 Australia Nine Network (1999-2011)
GO! (repeats)
Eleven (2014–present)
Nickelodeon (Australia)
Nick Jr. (Australia)
 United Kingdom Channel 5 (UK)
5*
Cartoonito
 Canada CTV
 Hong Kong TVB Jade (Cantonese)
TVB Pearl (English)
 Philippines Nickelodeon (Philippines) (2004-2011)
TV5 (2009-2010)
Disney Junior (Asia) (2012-present)
Disney Channel (Philippines) (2014–present)
IBC (2014)
 Singapore MediaCorp TV12 Kids Central (now MediaCorp TV12 oktoDAY)
Disney Junior (Asia)
 Indonesia Rajawali Televisi (Indonesia)
NET. (Indonesia)
 Malaysia NTV7
Disney Channel (Malaysia)
Disney Junior (Asia)
 Japan TV Asahi
 South Korea Kids TalkTalk Plus
 Taiwan China Television
Latin America (orthographic projection).svg Latin America Discovery Kids (Latin America)
 Ireland The Den
RTEjr
RTE Two
 India Pogo TV
Union of South American Nations Latin America TLC (Latin America)
Discovery Kids (Latin America)
 Mexico Once TV Mexico
 Chile TVN (Chile)
 Venezuela TVes
 Colombia Señal Colombia
 England Cartoonito
 Turkey TV3
Nick Jr. (Turkey)
 Brazil Discovery Kids (Brazil)
Vox Mundi

Credits[edit]

  • Created by: Helena Harris & Posie Graeme-Evans
  • Composer: Chris Harriott
  • Song of the week lyrics:
    • Leone Carey
    • Cameron Clarke
    • Lisa Hoppe
    • Helena Harris
    • Amy Harris
    • Chris Phillips
    • Chris Harriott
    • Tamra Palmer
    • Valerie Foley
    • Leisa Gartsky
    • Duncan Fine
  • Cast
  • Writers
    • Russell Burton
    • Andrew Einspruch
    • Emma-Jane Dann
    • Valerie Foley
    • Tamra Palmer
    • Laurine Croasdale
    • Susan Oliver
    • Ray Boseley
    • Leisa Gartsky
    • Rachel Spratt
    • Sarah Boot
    • Amy Harris
    • Tanya Meek
    • John Wilson
    • Monica Millgate
    • Billie Dean & Andrew Einsbruch
    • Evelyn Saunders
    • Cameron Clarke
    • Anne Kenyon
    • Julie Greene
    • Julie Miller
    • Duncan Fine
    • Lisa Hoppe
    • Leone Carey
    • Chris Phillips
    • Catherine Martin
  • Early Childhood Producer/Advisor:
    • Helen Martin
  • Script Director:
    • Julie Greene
  • Script Producers:
    • Ailsa Smeaton
    • Catherine Martin
    • Leone Carey
    • Judy Tanner
  • Script Editors:
    • Chris Phillips
    • Duncan Fine
    • Stephen Measday
    • Julie Miller
  • Choreographer:
    • Catherine Thiele
    • Kim Fowler
    • Cameron Mitchell
    • Leah Howard
    • Michelle Blair
  • Song of the week Directors:
    • Ian Munro
    • Russel Burton
    • Bryan Newton
    • David Summons
    • Jonathan Geraghty
    • Rob Cotterill
  • Line Producer:
    • Marcel Zammit
  • Creative Director:
    • Nadia Benussi
  • Script Co-coordinators:
    • Leila Wooldridge
    • Ilana Lion
    • Sophie Mallam
    • Judy Tanner
    • Kelly Ukena
  • Script Supervisors:
    • Fiona Wilson
    • Denise Lonsdale
    • Alison Garland
  • Scenic Design:
    • Graeme Haddon
  • Art Direction:
    • Troy Armstrong
    • Graeme Haddon(Series 2-8)(US Series 2)
    • Tamara Ealey(Series 9-13)(Hi5 House)
    • Justine Wright
  • Standby Props:
    • Gavin Sainsbury
    • Madox Courtenay-Foster
    • Liam Kennedy
    • Andrew Bocxe
    • Sheryl Talmage
    • Ned Matthews
    • Karen Palmer
    • Ross Morrison
    • Kara Walsh
    • Russell Hayes
    • Evelyn Meikle
  • Production/Audience Co-Coordinators:
    • Kate Facey
    • Julie Deakins
    • Megan Bulmer
    • Katie Horbury
    • Skye Loneragan
    • Laura Burrows
    • Lisa Baker
    • Ellen Wright
  • Art Departments:
    • Paul Fraser
    • Peter Ashman
    • Orlando Norrish
    • Joanna Greenwood
    • Andrew Bocxe
    • Luke Ede
    • Joanne Parkin
    • Liz Allen
    • Will Northam
    • Juan Carlos Camacho
    • Anna Marchant
    • Chrissie Hewitt
    • Bethany Southwell
    • Thane Browne
    • Debbie Pearce
    • Vicky Carter
    • Milly Carter
    • Emily Cartwright
    • Chris Meed
  • Unit Nurses:
    • Kerry Smith
    • Fiona Wilson
    • Julie Deakins
    • Emma Martin
    • Helen Johnstone
    • Susan Dufty
  • Stylists:
    • Larina Bennett
    • Nadia Benussi
  • Hair and Make-Ups:
    • Lisa Soames
    • Kristy Snape
    • Troy Follington
    • George Hardie
    • Marion Phillips
    • Marianna Grillo
    • Simon Joseph
    • Cat Sherwin
    • Mariana Grillo
    • Angela-Lea Phair
    • Gilly Popham
  • Make-Up Assistants:
    • Leanne Wilson O'Connor
    • Jessica Brown
    • Vanessa Yang Ma
  • Costume and Props Designers:
    • Andrea Gaskill
    • Lyndsey Regan-Evans
    • Kerry Snow
    • Maggie Blunden
    • Christine Mutton
  • Wardrobe I/C:
    • Julie Lynch
    • Frieda Lee
    • Kylie Dunn
    • Gary Benign
    • Christine Mutton
    • Carli Turland
    • Chelsea O'Brien
    • Kerry-Maree Jong
    • Kelly-Maree Jong
    • Lucilla Smith
    • Gina Tsoutsis
    • Lucetta Stapleton
  • Machinists:
    • Margaret Gill
  • Lighting I/C:
    • Gavin Wright
    • Ryan Swan
    • Adrian Sterritt
    • Christian Yanni
    • Stuart Cain
    • Rob Cotterill
    • Mark Ulbricht
    • Shaw Vanderberg
    • Dale Martin
  • Audio Directors:
    • Conrad Hendricks
    • Matt Simpson
    • Ryan Coughlan
  • Technical Directors:
    • Jane Bowers
    • Vickie Russell
  • Technical Assistants:
    • Ryan Coughlan
  • Camera Operators:
    • David Sliwinski
    • Michael Healy
    • Melissa French
    • Bob Frankel
    • Pete Barta
    • Jim Walpole
    • Sam Collins
    • Melissa Clarke
    • Justin Rule
    • Peter Mazzaferro
    • Andy Short
    • Ian Baldwin
    • Richard Stevenson
    • Brian Benjamin
    • Paul Harris
    • Rob Humphries
    • Rob Francis
    • Tim Mason
    • Andre Eavis
  • Camera Assistants:
    • Kat Baumann
    • Mitch Sweeney
  • Editors:
    • Aaron Ruig
    • Anthony Toy
    • Laurie Hughes
    • Simon Martin
    • Simon Wright
    • Amy Hughes
    • Ian Birchall
    • Alan Green
    • Grant Shanks
    • Carrington Judd
  • Assistant Editor:
    • Adam Glover
  • Production Assistants:
    • Emmanuel Marshall
    • Jill Stewart
    • Lindsay Chapman
    • Lindsey Chapman
    • Stormy Vance Brockbank
    • Lisa Baker
    • Ellen Wright
  • Executive Assistants:
    • Judy Tanner
    • Jill Stewart
  • Sounds:
    • James Petch
    • Marcus Longfoot
    • Ryan Coughlan
    • Matt Cleary
    • Joshua Revelman
    • Jason Fracaro
    • Mick Tague
    • Guy Ingarfield
    • Guy Rowland
    • Rob Howes
  • Dubbing:
    • TVD Broadcast
  • Sound Post Production:
    • Tracks Post Production
  • Final Mix:
    • John Wyatt
  • Titles and Animation Design:
    • Southern Star Singapore
  • Production:
    • Jackie Chan
  • Our Thanks to:
    • Chameleon Touring Systems
    • Global Television
    • Videocraft Equipment
    • MAC Cosmetics
    • NAK Hair Care Australia
  • Production Secretary:
    • Tara Sheffield
    • Leila Wooldridge
    • Kate Glover
  • Production Accountants:
    • Rica Seeto
    • Cherie Whyte
    • Janette Gould
    • Sarah Lawrence
    • Daniel Prypchan
  • Continuity
    • Maggie Powell
    • John Duong
    • Michele Martin
  • Director of Business Affairs:
    • Linda Stone
  • Marketing & Publicity Coordinators:
    • Megan Chalmers
    • Catherine Bocking
    • Judy Tanner
  • Brand Manager:
    • Kirsten Cargill
  • General Manager:
    • Marcel Zammit


  • 2nd Assistant Directors:
    • Lily Rolfe
    • Reece Jones
    • Deb Ryan
    • Kelly Ukena
    • Amy Harris
    • Stormy Vance Brockbank
    • Rachel Laverty
  • 1st Assistant Directors:
    • Michael Faranda
    • Amy Harris
    • Ian Astridge
  • Production Managers:
    • Julie Cronshey
    • Mel Rogan
    • Bruce Dufty
  • Facilities Manager:
    • Bruce Dufty
  • Supervising Producer:
    • Mel Rogan
  • Executive in Charge in Production for Nine Network:
    • Martin Hersov
  • Executive in Charge in Production for Hi-5 Operations Pty Limited:
    • Martin Hersov
    • Cathy Payne
  • Series Directors:
    • Rob Cotterill
    • Jonathan Geraghty
    • Ian Munro
    • Mandy Smith
    • Helen Scott
    • Helen Sheppard
    • Karen Fitzhardinge
  • Executive Producers:
    • Noel Price
    • Kris Noble
  • Series Producers:
    • Julie Greene
    • Helen Darrington
    • Beverly Josling
  • Produced by:
    • Posie Greame Evans
    • Helena Harris

Produced By: Kids Like Us, Southern Star and Nine Films & Television for the Nine Network (C) 1999-2011

Kids Like Us and Southern Star IAW Nine Network Australia ninemsn.com.au

Note: The full credits will be changed, or added when the new Hi-5 series debuting what will happen in Singapore. Now is produced by Asiasons.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]