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How we made Blue Peter

25 February 2013 4:05 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Editor Biddy Baxter and presenter Sarah Greene look back on the nautically named iconic kids' show where each episode was a voyage into the unknown

Biddy Baxter, editor, 1965-1988

The careers officer at Durham University only had two suggestions for female graduates: teach or be a secretary. But I happened to notice a piece of paper in his office from the BBC that said: "Are you interested in people?" I thought that sounded marvellous – and that's where I ended up.

I started out in radio, then moved to Blue Peter. I wasn't terribly up on TV, though. I'm not even sure I owned one – although I must have. There was a very experienced production assistant called Edward Barnes who was told: "You'll have to look after Biddy – she doesn't know very much." He was furious. But he did it with good grace, and we gelled. It was Edward who came up with a brilliant idea, »

- Bibi van der Zee

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