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AIRED ON 11/23/2013

Season 53 : Episode 0

Show Summary

Blue Peter is the longest running British childrens television show, celebrating it's fiftieth birthday in October 2008. The show airs as part of the CBBC strand of programming on BBC One on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 4.35pm. It is currently in it's 52nd series. The show began on October 16th 1958, and since then has gone through a cycle of 31 presenters, with Andy Akinwolere, Helen Skelton and Joel Defries currently presenting. The name Blue Peter comes from the blue and white flag which hoists a ship in port when it's getting ready to sail. The logo for the show is a blue and white boat designed by Tony Hart. Blue Peter badges are worn by presenters and different variations of the badge are awarded to both viewers and celebrity guests. The theme tune to the show is a take on the sea shanty Barnacle Bill and was originally composed by Ashworth Hope and has since been re-recorded ten times, the current version is orchestrated by Murray Gold. Throughout it's first series it ran for 15 minutes on Monday nights. From the 1960s until 1995, the show ran twice a week on Mondays and Thursdays, at 4.35pm until the mid 1970s, when it moved to 5.10pm. Throughout 1995 until 2001, three shows aired, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, in 2002 the show moved to 5pm and in 2007 remaining in the same time slot, shows aired on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. From September 2007, the show began airing twice a week and from February 2008 moved to it's current slot Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 4.35pm. The show has many features and traditions that it carry's from series to series. The show always features 'Blue Peter Pets', Petra the dog been the first. Their's been five dogs, seven cats, four tortoises and a parrot that have all appeared, before the current line up of two dogs - Mabel & Lucy, two cats - Socks & Cookie and a tortoise, Shelley. Another regular feature on the show is the 'Blue Peter Garden', based in the BBC Television Centre were Blue Peter is filmed, alot of features are based in the garden, so their's need for a regular Blue Peter gardener, Percy Thrower (who also originally designed the garden), Chris Crowder and Clare Bradley have all had the job, before Chris Collins took it on. The show has also made an appeal every year since the show began, these range from bring and buy sales been organised and endorsed by Blue Peter or to the more recent, Mission Nutrition campaign, helping kids eat better here and abroad.moreless
Helen Skelton

Helen Skelton

Herself [2008-]

Joel Defries

Joel Defries

Himself [2008-2011]

Andy Akinwolere

Andy Akinwolere

Himself [2006-]

Gethin Jones

Gethin Jones

Himself [2005-2008]

Zoe Salmon

Zoe Salmon

Herself [2004-2008]

Konnie Huq

Konnie Huq

Herself [1997-2008]

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  • The Greatest Show on Earth! And that is no exaggeration at all, I assure you! Literally everyone grows up watching this programme and have done for almost 50 years (since it started in 1958).moreless

    9.0
    It has enlightened numerous generations about world issues and the environment we live in, and has managed to keep it interesting consistently. It's been through many generations television-wise as well, it was in black and white for 20 years before changing to colour in 1970.



    The show itself has changed a lot since it started, in order to keep up with the children of that age. It's never out of date and is always in tune with what kids like, this is simply because they interact with young people so they know what is "in" and what's not for them, so they can make the programme as good as possible.



    As well as entertaining, Blue Peter has been fantastic in the work it has done for charities, getting the viewers involved in their appeals- the latest one to help Childline which it has done by collecting old mobile phones. It's not just in a studio either, presenters are challenged to attempt daring activities such as sky diving and skiing. Each year, the team visit at least one foreign country, where they discover the cultures there and look into it's history.



    To sum up, Blue Peter is thoroughly enjoyable as well as educational. It covers all kinds of topics- past, present and future. Without it our childhoods would have been a lot less interesting, with Blue Peter badges to be awarded and prizes to be won, as well as lives to be saved.



    Thankyou Blue Peter!moreless
  • One of the best kids tv programs around

    9.2
    This show is fantastic! It has been going for so many years but it still manages to reach its target audience by constantly updating and changing formats and topics.



    The amount of high profile celebrities that have been on this children's program is amazing and the makes and bakes are brilliant.



    Everyone reaches an age where they want a blue peter badge, I am a proud owner of one myself.



    Everyone has their favourtie presenter that they grew up with and it is always sad to see them go, but another bright person is always there to take their place. The same goes for the blue peter pets.moreless
  • BLUE PETER RECORD-BREAKER HELEN SKELTON IS CELEBRATING THE TARGET-BUSTING ACHIEVEMENTS OF THE SHOW'S VIEWERS - AFTER THEY SMASHED A CHARITY APPEAL TOTAL MORE THAN FOUR-FOLD.

    Blue Peter viewers smash total

  • BLUE PETER PRESENTER HELEN SKELTON HAS COMPLETED A 2,000-MILE KAYAK ALONG THE AMAZON RIVER FOR SPORT RELIEF.

    Skelton completes Amazon adventure

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