British childrens magazine program which has run since the end of the 50s. Aimed at kids from the age of about 6-14. The show has different segments where the presenters would show the ... See full summary »




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Christopher Trace Christopher Trace ...  Himself - Presenter / ... 83 episodes, 1958-2018
Konnie Huq ...  Herself - Presenter / ... 56 episodes, 1999-2018
Leila Williams Leila Williams ...  Herself - Presenter / ... 53 episodes, 1958-2018
Valerie Singleton Valerie Singleton ...  Herself - Presenter / ... 42 episodes, 1963-2018


British childrens magazine program which has run since the end of the 50s. Aimed at kids from the age of about 6-14. The show has different segments where the presenters would show the viewers how to make things, how to care for your pet, and other features. Written by Jeffrey Petro <>

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16 October 1958 (UK) See more »

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Black and White (1958-1970)| Color (1970-)

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1.33 : 1
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Of the period 16th October 1958 to 5th November 1962, only two clips from the show are known to be archived. Approximately 312 editions survive from between 12 November 1962 and 9th December 1968, whilst (thanks to long-term series editor Biddy Baxter) every episode exists from Thursday 12th December 1968 onwards. See more »


[repeated phrase]
Any presenter: [while demonstrating how to make things] Here's one I made earlier.
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Referenced in Just a Minute: Episode #4.8 (1999) See more »


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Throw away the sticky back plastic and you've got a great programme
23 March 2006 | by de_niro_2001See all my reviews

This programme is a great institution and part of childhood for anyone growing up in the UK in the second half of the 20th century or the early 21st century. It is full of interesting items and coveys the message that nothing in life is dull or uninteresting. It is a programme that can be watched over the evening meal and it only lasts for 25 minutes. But what a knack they have of cramming a lot into 25 minutes. I think it's fair to say that many people will have visited places that have been featured on Blue Peter, both at home and abroad, and taken up activities that have been featured in the programme (such as free fall parachuting, but rather them than me). It also features practical advice on matters like dog care. Teaching kids cookery is another good aspect of the programme. But the makes! They are so cheesy. I mean, who ever made anything useful that was featured on Blue Peter. Aren't you better buying something at the shops rather than making it out of Fairy Liquid bottles and sticky back plastic. And making a model of the Blue Peter studio? This is the aspect of the show that the comedians always pounce on. But the show has a good sense of humour. John Noakes first introduced humour to the show. He was a good counter to the rather stuffy Christopher Trace who acted and looked middle-aged even though he was only in his 20s. Featuring Rowan Atkinson as Mr Bean and Catherine Tate as her Lauren character have been good ideas in more recent times. Presenters seem to have got younger and this is not entirely like policemen getting younger. In the 70s presenters were older and John Noakes was still presenting the show in his 40s. Today presenters tend to be mid to late 20s which is I think a bit more kid friendly. A great programme and more educational daytime TV than Richard and Judy (and the competition questions are harder than those on Richard and Judy)

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