Review Blue Peter (1958)

Doctor Omega

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Presenters sacked

In October 1998, Richard Bacon became the first presenter to have his contract terminated mid-run, after he admitted to taking cocaine and punching a wall, following reports in a tabloid newspaper. Lorraine Heggessey, then the Head of BBC Children's programmes, apologised on air.[100]

However, before Bacon, four previous presenters had left the programme when their contracts were not renewed, each for different reasons: these were Leila Williams in 1962, Christopher Wenner in 1980, Michael Sundin in 1985 and Romana D'Annunzio in 1998.[2]

Fake phone competition winner

It was revealed by the BBC that a phone-in competition supporting the UNICEF "Shoe Biz Appeal", held on 27 November 2006, was rigged. The person who appeared to be calling in the competition was actually a Blue Peter Team Player who was visiting that day. The visitor pretended to be a caller from an outside line who had won the phone-in and the chance to select a prize. The competition was rigged due to a technical error with receiving the calls.[101]

Former editor Biddy Baxter, described as still being influential with the programme today, described the problem as an issue with a member of the production team on the studio floor and the Editor being oblivious to the situation in the studio gallery. She also went on to say that the programme would not feature premium rate telephone competitions in the future.[102]

It was announced on 16 May 2007 that Blue Peter's editor and unofficial historian, Richard Marson, stood down from his job, although any link to the controversy of March 2007 remains in doubt.

In July 2007, Blue Peter was given a £50,000 fine, by the Office of Communications (OFCOM) as a result of rigging the competition

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Doctor Omega

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Dad's Army, Blue Peter Art Competition

Some of the best dads army I've seen & its a special blue peter appearance! Very Rare! The Sketch centres around a large painting some school children have made of the characters of dads army & leads to some pretty humorous comedy when captain Mainwaring & Sergent Wilson walk along it as if to check its authenticity! Its worth watching through the cheesy 70's blue peter presenters to get to the scene itself but you've gotta love those shirts!


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Every Blue Peter Presenter Ever!

Blue Peter is turning 60 years old, but did you know there has been 37 presenters?! Some you'll recognise, some you won't, so take a look and choose your favourite!