Trendy kids magazine programme - ITV's answer to Blue Peter.

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Susan Turner
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1976   1969   1968  
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Susan Stranks Susan Stranks ...  Herself - Presenter / ... 4 episodes, 1968-1969
Tony Bastable Tony Bastable ...  Himself - Presenter / ... 4 episodes, 1968-1969
Pete Brady Pete Brady ...  Himself - Presenter / ... 4 episodes, 1968-1969
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Trendy kids magazine programme - ITV's answer to Blue Peter.

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UK

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English

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30 July 1968 (UK) See more »

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Mono
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In 1971, a teenager saved a child's life by administering CPR techniques which he had seen demonstrated on the show. See more »

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Featured in 50 Greatest Kids Shows (2013) See more »

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Blue Peter for trendy kids!
8 September 2002 | by gnbSee all my reviews

"Magpie" was a magazine-format children's show which was broadcast on ITV and intended to rival the huge popularity of BBC 1's "Blue Peter".

Made by Thames Television and transmitted live from 1968-1980, "Magpie" was a much rougher-round-the-edges affair.

Unlike "Blue Peter" whose target audience at the time seemed to be nice, well-behaved middle class children, "Magpie" was targeted at the hip, groovy classroom rebels.

The varying presenter line-up included sultry Susan Stranks, Marc Bolan look-a-like Mick Roberts and virginal Jenny Handley. These trendy mods were the leading lights in kids TV in the early 70s and at its peak "Magpie" was a serious rival to the safe-ground of "Blue Peter".

However, unlike its BBC counterpart, "Magpie" never lasted the distance and in 1980 it was scrapped.

Never before have two kids shows left the nation so divided - were you a "Blue Peter" kid or a "Magpie" kid?


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