Hi-5 (Australian TV series)

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For the band, see Hi-5 (Australian band). For the new TV series, see Hi-5 House.
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Genre Children's Edutainment
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
Executive producer(s) Helena Harris
Noel Price
Producer(s) Kris Noble
Location(s) ABC Studios and TCN-9, Australia
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s) Kids Like Us Productions (Series 1-9)
Southern Star Group (Series 10-13)
Original network Nine Network
Picture format 576i (SDTV) (Series 1-13)
1080i (HDTV) (Series 3-13)
Audio format Stereo
Original release 5 April 1999 – 16 December 2011
Followed by Hi-5 House
External links

Hi-5 is 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 for "Most Outstanding Children's Preschool Program" as of 2005.

Cast members[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)

Replacement of cast[edit]

Replacement of cast


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. All Hi-5 DVD are released in Australia by Roadshow Entertainment.

VHS and DVD releases[edit]

Series DVD Title Songs 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 One Mirror Mirror Feel the Beat
Snow Party It's a Party! Feelings Three Wishes 2001
Snow Party (re-release) It's a Party! Feelings Three Wishes 2005
3 Five Alive! Boom Boom Beat Friends Forever Rain Rain Go Away 2001
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 It's a Hi-5 Christmas Sleigh Ride Santa Wear Your Shorts Santa Claus is Coming
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 Hero 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 Happy House Toy Box 2012
Animal Fun Hi-5 Farm Martin Groove Turn the Music Up! 2013
13 Amazing WOW! (remake) Underwater Discovery (remake) L.O.V.E. (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]

  • 2005 Hi-5 Dance Hits - Volume 1
  • 2005 Hi-5 Dance Hits - Volume 2
  • 2006 Hi-5 Dance Hits - Volume 3
  • 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 Live The Playtime Concert - 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)


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

List of albums[edit]

Christmas CDs[edit]

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.

Body Move[edit]

This segment encourages body co-ordination skill development through dancing, hopping, jumping and stepping.

Making Music[edit]

This musical segment looks at concepts such as beat, rhythm, pitch and melody using pianos, guitars, bells and other instruments and items.

Puzzles and Patterns[edit]

This segment focuses on logical thinking and mathematics looking at numbers, puzzles, patterns and problem solving. This segment also features Jup-Jup, an alien puppet who is not seen by them,but constantly plays tricks on them.

Shapes in Space[edit]

This segment explores shape, colour, texture and pattern using various kinds of learning aids including coloured boxes, balls and play-dough.

Word Play[edit]

This segment looks at language and sounds with the help of her puppet friend Chatterbox ("Chats").

Fit Bit Tips[edit]

From Series 10-12 in this segment promoted children's leisure and exercise with the hosts taking part in activities such as soccer, table tennis, meditation, dancing, and others.

Sharing Stories[edit]

This penultimate segment in all episodes includes all five presenters, who join together to present a story. This segment is to promote social skills and group problem solving.

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/animals 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 (sometimes a teddy bear) participating in some activity that goes with the theme. The theme name appears in colourful letters, children's voices announce the theme and then the show begins.

Songs of the Week[edit]

Series 1 (1999) - Original Cast
  • Ready or Not (games)
  • You and Me (you and me)
  • Dream On (imagine)
  • L.O.V.E. (love)
  • Grow (grow)
  • Move Your Body (bodies)
  • Living in a rainbow (colours)
  • Five Senses (senses)
  • In A Different Place (time and place)
Series 2 (2000)
  • North South East West (adventure)
  • Feelings (feelings)
  • So Many Animals (animals)
  • Special Days (days)
  • Three Wishes (wishes)
  • It's A Party (homes)
  • Mirror Mirror (it's me)
  • 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)
  • Let's Get To Work (inventions)
  • Buried Treasure (treasures)
  • 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)
  • Hand in Hand (teamwork)
  • Energy (energy)
  • Move It (patterns)
  • Reach Out (finding out)
Series 5 (2003-2004)
  • 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-Chancing (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 (vrising)
  • Peek-A-Boo (finding)
  • Have Some Fun (enjoying)
  • Growing Up (growing)
  • Pretending Day (pretending)
  • Share Everything With You (sharing)
  • Are We There Yet? (traveling)
  • 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) - Change Cast Again
  • 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)
  • Favourite Teddy Bear (favourite things)
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) - All Remake Songs from the first 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)

International Broadcasts[edit]

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

Country/Region Channel
 Australia Nine Network (1999-2012)
Nick Jr. (Australia) (2004-present)
9Go! (repeats)
Eleven (2014)
 United Kingdom Channel 5
 Canada TVO
 Hong Kong TVB Jade (Cantonese)
TVB Pearl (English)
 Philippines Nickelodeon (2004-2011)
TV5 (2008-2012; 2015)
ATC @ IBC (2014)
Disney Junior (Asia)
 Singapore MediaCorp TV12 Kids Central (now MediaCorp TV12 oktoDAY)
Disney Junior (Asia)
 Indonesia Rajawali Televisi (Indonesia)
NET. (Indonesia)
 Malaysia NTV7
Disney Channel (Asia)
Disney Junior (Asia)
 Japan TV Asahi
 South Korea SkyLife
 Taiwan CTV
Latin America (orthographic projection).svg Latin America Discovery Kids
 Ireland The Den
 India Pogo
 Mexico Canal Once
 Chile TVN
 Venezuela TVes
 Colombia Señal Colombia
 England Cartoonito
Nick Jr. (UK and Ireland)
 Turkey CNBC-e
TRT Çocuk
Nick Jr. (Turkey)
 Brazil Discovery Kids (Latin America)
Vox Mundi
 Saudi Arabia MBC 3
United Arab Emirates United Arab Emirates E-Junior
Vietnam Vietnam HTV
Thailand Thailand Channel 3


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.

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