Play School star tells of dealing with a ‘nervous’ goat on the popular children’s show

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Now in its 55th year, Play School has entertained and educated generations of young Aussies and is the second-longest-running program on our TV screens.

Speaking with The Morning Show, Benita Collings – who hosted hundreds of episodes of Play School from the 1970s-1990s – offered insight into the show’s success and revealed some of the hazards involved when dealing with animals while recording child-friendly TV.

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Collings said the popularity of the show stemmed from how the hosts related to its young audience.

”We talked to the camera as though it’s a child … you’re talking one-on-one, and that, I think, really got through to the young viewer. And also it was fun, it was informative … it wasn’t like a ‘learning’ thing, although they were learning”, she said.

Time flies, Benita Collings retired from Play School twenty years ago. Credit: Seven

The long-time host also spoke about the issues that can arrive when working with animals on the set, in particular one story involving a ‘nervous’ goat.

“We had a baby goat, a kid, and it was sitting on my lap, and I was saying ‘Can you see its ears, can you see its eyes’.

“And I suddenly felt this wet warmth, and I said to the camera, ‘Oh I think he might be a bit scared I think he’s just wetting himself’.

“And then the last scene is me standing up … and I’m so wet, he must have saved it up for days,” she recalled. “And I can see out of my peripheral vision the crew falling about.”

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