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How could the Beeb take Blue Peter off BBC1?

It says that kids today don't care and that Cbbc is a better home. But it feels like a desecration of childhood

Forget the reductions in news, arts and music programming announced in the BBC's latest round of cost-saving alterations to the entertainment schedules – there is only one change that really matters. After 60 years on the flagship – or, in lay terms, "proper" – channel, BBC1, Blue Peter is to be moved to Cbbc, the digital channel for children.

The BBC says (I paraphrase slightly) that it makes no odds. Children don't distinguish between main and other channels and almost all have access to digital channels, or will have after the great analogue switchover at the end of the year.

This is, of course, to treat Blue Peter as a mere common-or-Percy-Thrower's-garden programme instead of the beloved national treasure it is. It is the home of a million memories – Shep and John Noakes,
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10 Best British TV Action Women

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1.Emma Peel (The Avengers). Stylish, well spoken and a martial arts expert – Emma Peel had it all. Prior to The Avengers action women were virtually unknown on British TV and since Diana Rigg first strolled onto the screen, such ladies have become scarce once again because everyone knows that no one can compete with her.

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2.Leela (Doctor Who). Very few cave women get to travel through time and even fewer have the ability to change the color of their irises but Leela was no ordinary cave girl. Louise Jameson went on to have more high jinx as Bergerac’s girl but to Doctor Who fans of a certain age she’ll always be a warrior of the Sevateem.

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3.Diana Moran (Breakfast Time). Unlike Peel and Leela, Diana Moran
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Blue Peter says farewell to Shepherd's Bush after an eventful 53 years

Landmark BBC children's programme transmits last London show as production prepares for move to MediaCityUK in Salford

At teatime on Tuesday, one of the BBC's most famous grownup children took one last look around a hallowed, if unlovely, patch of west London before finally leaving home at the age of 53.

There were no incontinent elephants, no sticky-back plastic gags and not even a sad, spectral bark from Shep to mark its departure. But then the world – real and televisual – has moved on a little since Blue Peter first stumbled around BBC television centre as an innocent, black-and-white toddler in 1958.

And the final show before the move from Shepherd's Bush to Salford was a 21st century affair.

Cameras followed the show's trio of presenters dashing around the centre, accompanied not by the familiar jaunty tune but by a soundtrack of Leftfield, Lily Allen, Kelly Rowland and Kesha.

Besides the montage of studio appearances featuring helicopters,
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The Million Pound Drop: drop dead exciting?

The brilliantly crafted and often cruel Million Pound Drop returns for a third series. Will you be watching Davina McCall ramp up the tension?

The Million Pound Drop returns for its third full series tonight and I can't wait. I both love and hate everything about it all at the same time – from the ludicrous aircraft hanger set and stage lighting, to host Davina McCall (noticeably less screechy and static than her Big Brother incarnation).

The show's questions are brilliantly weighted and sequenced to cause maximum indecision. In life your first thought is usually your best thought but on Tmpd they give contestants time to change their minds and a partner to share that indecision with. Then there is the selection of the contestants themselves. Most have little chance of winning anything and certainly not a million quid on account of a) the show's brilliantly crafted and cruel format and
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Last night's TV: Christmas with Gordon; Come Dine with Me: Celebrity Christmas Special; Jimmy's Food Factory; Nigella Kitchen; Nigel Slater's Simple Suppers

It's amazing the things you can learn from watching the Christmas food programmes

And they say modern-day television is intellectually stupefying. Not true. Here's what I learned last night.

1. Your turkey should rest outside the oven for the same length of time as you roast it. Three hours in, then for three hours it should make like Christopher Biggins after panto season. But won't it go cold? It doesn't matter, if you pour hot gravy over it just before serving. And that gravy should be the ultimate gravy you've made, to go with the ultimate turkey – if you're following Christmas with Gordon (Channel 4), Ramsay's ultimate guide to the ultimate Christmas. And if you're not, then, sir, I shall have to bid you a respectful adieu.

Thanks for alpha-maling yuletide, Gordon. But really, that motif of the cleaver slicing through a Christmas tree bauble? Looks like you're trying too hard to show you're butch,
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Doctor Who complete reviews: The Horns Of Nimon

Pantomimes: I hate 'em. Let me count the ways: The forced jollity. The cheesy music. The gaudy sets and costumes which could melt the eyeballs from a million miles away. And don't even get me started on the strained attempts at audience participation.

Plus there's the fact that panto season means Christmas, a time of year that depresses the hell out of me because of the empty bank account, the turkey, the freezing weather, the fact that summer seems like a dot on the horizon, the X Factor winner getting to number one, Cliff - or the fact that I am a great big Scrooge who makes the Grinch seem like Ronald McDonald.

So it's with trepidation that I approach The Horns Of Nimon, a Doctor Who story that can only be described as pantomime. Appropriately, it originally went out during the Christmas period of 1979, and as a result, it
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Sophie Ellis Bextor Recalls Unpopularity In School

Sophie Ellis Bextor was so hated at school that children formed an "Against Sophie" club. The 30-year-old singer - whose mother Janet Ellis presented U.K. children's TV show "Blue Peter" - admits she used to brag about her mom's career, but soon stopped when she realized how unpopular she was.

She explained: "Was I popular? No, complete opposite. There was an 'Against Sophie' club. It's pretty cruel, but they were interested at first, 'Oh your mom's on TV,' and then it was, 'Hang on a minute, she's the only one who's got that so we can all gang up on her,' and stuff like that."

"That was in my infant school so I think I was about five or six. I can't say it was brilliant, but at the same time I probably was a bit of a show-off about it because I thought it was brilliantly glamorous.
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Sophie Ellis Bextor's unpopular school days

Sophie Ellis Bextor was so hated at school that children formed an "Against Sophie" club. The 30-year-old singer - whose mother Janet Ellis presented UK children's TV show 'Blue Peter' - admits she used to brag about her mom's career, but soon stopped when she realised how unpopular she was. She explained: "Was I popular? No, complete opposite. There was an 'Against Sophie' club. It's pretty cruel, but they were interested at first, 'Oh your mum's on TV,' and then it was, 'Hang on a minute, she's the only one who's got that so we can all gang up on her,' and stuff like that. "That was in my infant school so I think I was about five or
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Sophie Ellis-Bextor Gives Birth Nine Weeks Early

Sophie Ellis-Bextor has given birth to a baby boy nine weeks early. The "Groovejet" singer - who was not due to have the tot until April - gave birth to her 2lb 2oz son after being struck down with the potentially life-threatening pregnancy illness pre-eclampsia.

Sophie's mother - former "Blue Peter" presenter Janet Ellis - revealed: "Sophie has just had her second little boy. He was early, nine weeks early, but he is doing fine. He is doing very well."

This is the second pregnancy drama for Sophie and her husband - The Feeling bassist Richard Jones.

Sophie had an emergency caesarean operation at 28 weeks while carrying her first child Sonny, now four, after developing the illness. The 29-year-old singer - who recently revealed she had taken up karate during her pregnancy - predicted she was going to have another son.
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'Let's Dance' Comic Relief celebs unveiled

The lineup of celebrities taking part in Let's Dance For Comic Relief has been revealed. Comics Jo Brand, Keith Lemon, Paddy McGuinness and Robert Webb and Dragons' Den trio Peter Jones, Duncan Bannatyne and Deborah Meaden will participate in the TV fundraiser. Also competing are children's entertainers Dick & Dom and former Blue Peter presenters Anthea Turner, Tim Vincent, Mark Curry, Diana Louise Jordan, Peter Duncan, Peter Purves, Janet Ellis and Helen Skelton. Each week the celebrities, who will perform solo, in duos and as groups, will be asked to perform iconic dance routines ranging from Saturday Night Fever and High School Musical to pop (more)
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Bacon snubbed for 'Blue Peter' bash

Richard Bacon has not received an invitation to the Queen's Blue Peter 50th anniversary tea party. The 32-year-old was dismissed from the BBC's flagship children's show in 1999 after a tabloid newspaper published a report that he had taken cocaine. Bacon revealed on his Radio 5 Live show: "I'm a former presenter, but I have not had an invite." Fellow ex-Blue Peter host Janet Ellis, who caused controversy (more)
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