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I haven't watched Blue Peter for years now but used to watch it regularly when I was younger around the same time I was watching the likes of Grange Hill etc. The show was originally broadcast all the way back in 1958 is still going strong today some fifty odd years on. It's amazing how this children's programme has stood the test of time and maintained it's popularity. I used to view this on BBC in those days and always found it interesting and covering many diverse subjects which is no doubt why it is still popular as it's educational and fun for kids.
Blue Peter is a TV show that is run for children from probably as young as say five or six right up to teenagers. They are the primary audience it is targeted at I would imagine but is also interesting for parents to sit and watch with their children. One of the things that has kept this show running so long is it's variey and wide range of topics they explore. They have had numerous presenters over the years and at any one time there are normally three or four presenters on the show. With so many presenters it's easy to send one of them out to do documentaries about various subjects and that's what they do normally. They venture out to other countries too to see how they live and their cultures.
In the studio itself they have special guests on each show to chat about their work or what they are doing and also feature animals at times too. One of the things I used to love about the show was when they used to create things from everyday household items like egg cartons and milk bottle tops and stick them all together with sellotape. I always as a kid would find that I wanted to try out some of the things they attempted on the show.
Another favourite section of the show for me was the Blue Peter garden where they would venture out and plant flowers etc. Over the years, unfortunately this has been vandalised many times, probably due to it's high profile.
As well as being great for kids and getting them interested in a lot of things the show is also used as a vehicle for fundraising and there are always charities they support. So they help with worthwhile causes too.
Overall, Blue Peter is a fantastic kids show that hopefully will still be running for many years to come.
I don't watch 'Blue Peter' anymore so find it very strange to see new faces on the programme. However, it is probably also a bad thing that the only reason I don't watch it is because I don't really have a TV anymore at uni - I generally just depend on Iplayer and it was not until recently that I discovered that you could actually find it on Iplayer. Am I a big kid or what?
'Blue Peter' is one of those wonderful programmes whereby each generation gets attached it to it in relation to the era they grew up in. If you get nostalgic about children's TV you often think about the presenters you grew up watching. I always remember the chirpy Konnie Huq who was there for over a decade (what stamina!) and the cheery Matt Baker and his remarkably well-behaved dog Meg. Goodness I can even reminisce positively over that Richard Bacon who was stupid enough to do cocaine. I remember when they announced he was leaving. I didn't quite understand why but they very sensitively announced it to us. Blue Peter was one of those programmes whereby you did miss the presenters if they left and you'd gotten attached to them. It was also quite sad when some of the animals died. I think it was probably a good thing Matt took away Meg as you'd have some children in mourning when she eventually did go to 'doggy heaven.'
Whilst Blue Peter is a bit 'goody goody', maybe too much for some children, I always quite enjoyed that aspect. Moreover, there was and still is some very interesting stuff on the show. It opens you up to different cultures in different parts of the world and in UK itself; it features performances from a whole range of different artists, from classical to pop and kids can even send in there own pictures and works of art as well as joining in competitions so they can get involved too. They also encourage kids to be charitable and kind organising charity appeals and getting viewers to fundraise.
I always enjoyed the little 'trips' back in history when the presenters would dress up as a famous historical figure and explain there story, often surrounding by the historical backdrop of a place that person had lived in.
Blue Peter is an iconic show that has become embedded in popular culture. It has a distinctive theme tune and logo. It has been on TV since the 60s and coined famous phrases like 'And here's one I made earlier' and, surprisingly, 'Now for something completely different' which is now more famously associated with Monty Python who went and nabbed it. This show is great and is still great with its terrific format, enthusiastic presenters and interesting features. It is so famous that it even featured in a Doctor Who episode, Matt Baker making his very own alien cake on a TV a child was watching. I only hope that it continues to last on the BBC and doesn't go the same way as 'Top of the Pops' (another programme I loved). If I should ever have children I'd hope that they would watch this and that my children's children would too.
Blue Peter is a show that pretty much every child in Britain will have watched at some point in their lifetime, its appeal is huge. The format is excellent, entertaining yet educational at the same time, the primary reason why the show has been on our screens since 1958! Most of the show is filmed live on location at the BBC studios in West London, although there is always some pre-recorded film about trips presenters have been on and certain activities they have done.
The shows content varies widely from week to week, but is always interesting and intellectually stimulating, for example one week they'll be playing Gaelic football in Ireland and the next visiting starving children in Africa. There are many traditions which will always remain with Blue Peter, the appeals being the main thing (e.g. RNLI, bring and buy sales - how many of us have attended one of those over the years?), the pets on the set, the Blue Peter badge (which everybody secretly wants but won't admit it!) and the live demonstrations on how to make things (here's one I made earlier!).
After the content of course, the best thing about the show has to be the presenters, they're always excellent even if some of them do seem a little rusty at first, but let's not forget it's live unlike many other shows. Some of these famous presenters include: Valerie Singleton, John Noakes, Sarah Greene, Janet Ellis, Caron Keating, Tim Vincent, Katy Hill, Richard Bacon, Konnie Huq, Zoe Salmon, Gethin Jones and the three current presenters, Andy Akinwolere, Helen Skelton and Joel Defries.
Even though Blue Peter is essentially a children's show, I always find myself watching it if I'm home from work. There are few programmes on television with the charm of Blue Peter and I'll always have fond memories of making Tracy Island with my parents as a young lad. Hope you enjoyed.
Thanks for reading.
Blue Peter is officially the longest running TV show in any country (apparently). It is a programme that has now run for over 50 years, and is a factual and educational programme with children as its intended target audience. However, adults and kids alike have enjoyed Blue Peter throughout the years.
Blue Peter is as famous for its presenters as it is for the show itself, with familiar household names such as John Noakes, Peter Purves, Valerie Singleton and Peter Duncan being older favourites, while the show has more recently been presented by Konnie Huq, Zoe Salmon and the controversial Richard Bacon.
The show itself has many features to it, including documentaries, special guests and the famous competitions, for which you can win a coveted Blue Peter badge. The show was popular enough that many celebrities would often appear on the show, lending it more credence, and there would often be hilarious moments particularly involving the combination of celebs and the Blue Peter pets.
The animals are, of course, what makes something like this timeless through the ages. Perhaps the most famous of the Blue Peter pets is Shep the dog. Since the show's start, there have been a wide variety of pets, including dogs, cats, rodents, turtles, fish, and it is always sad when one of them passes away. Some of the animals have been known to have had nationwide condolence letters sent in to the programme, another fact indicating its immense popularity.
I, for one, have been a fan of Blue Peter since I can remember. I sadly don't get the chance to watch it much any more, but when I do, it always has me riveted to the screen, and puts a smile on my face.
The BBC has been going for years and has had a few good programs on it, for the little ones (Cbeebies) for the youth (CBBC) and a few documentaries for the how can I put this
More mature members of the audience. But I am writing a review that is put on the youth viewers and this program is called Blue Peter, everyone whos anyone has heard of Blue Peter it has been on TV all the time that I was living and from what I have heard from them (my parents) it has been on for a long time.
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Blue Peter is a program that is run for the youth age but Im sure a lot of other people watch it as well, it is not a program that is based on one thing. Im sure you dont get what I mean, well Top of the pops which Im sure a lot of you have heard of concentrate on the music business, so Blue Peter is not based on any specific category because t hey do a lot of different things which I will mention in the next paragraph Blue Peter does not have one presenter but a few and obviously these presenters have changed over the years, when I watched Blue Peter all the time the presenters were; Matt, Simon, Liz and Connie and just recently they have replaced Simon with a girl called Zoë and they have added another presenter called Declan.
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Well as I mentioned they are not in any specific category, because they do various activities;
Documentaries Because they have so many Blue Peter presenters they usually send one or two of them out to do a childs documentary. One of the recent ones which I watched was Simon and he new person, Declan, went out to Japan and learnt the art of the ninja and samurai and normally they have to do a video diary and report back so that it can be shown to the audience. If one or two of them dont do out to make a documentary then the whole group goes out and that was the case a few weeks ago when they all went to India. But they make a lot of documentarys it could be teaching one of the presenters how to wing walk to checking out the poverty in Africa some of these documentaries can be quite interesting, but some and plain boring.
Special Guests Most childrens shows have special guests for example on the Saturday now its Dick and Dom in the bungalow, what happened to the good old Ant and Dec SMTV? Anyway, thats not the point, the point is that they normally have special guests on, and Blue Peter now have special guests but they are not necessarily famous they are normally a special group from Africa they never have any live ands on.
Fundraisers- Blue Peter is a bit of a charity show as well, they sometimes have funds for a specific cause and they send out things like the bring and buy sale. And another good thing that I like is that they sometimes have like a special machine that shows you how much they have raised and you have to pull a lever or something to get the machine started, this gets people interested because they dont know how much its going to be and they have a massive party when they have reached their target.
Competitions Most shows which havent got a category have competitions but Blue Peter have serious competitions and they are quite good, they had a recent competition in which you were given the start of a story and you have to finish it off. The prizes were quite good.
So Blue Peter has got its good parts but its also has a lot of memorable parts that people will remember for years to come
The Theme Tune This is probably the most memorable part of Blue Peter the theme tune, everyone knows it, its one of the best tunes ever. If you havent heard it then where have you been living?? It is like a Scottish whistle theme, like you are at sea. And the logo of Blue Peter is a boat. So it fits quite well.
Badges If you entered a competition on Blue Peter and you won, you will probably get one of these. This gives you a bit of power to get into a few places free, I think you can get in free into all the national trust places. There are other ways to get these special badges, like if you send in a piece of art work that they like. Even if it is rubbish you will still probably get one. Unfortunately I have not got one of these badges. But apparently if you do they are super cool and get your street cred to sky high!
The presenters Most shows have favorite presenters, even the news you may have a special presenter like Trevor Mc Donald, but over the years the Blue Peter presenters have changed, drop me a note on the comments or my guestbook and I will updates this review and tell you which presenter most people like.
All In all I think that Blue Peter is a good program for young and old, it has its memorable bits its boring parts the great presenters, I think its a great and entertaining program. I would like to thank you for reading this review, its really appreciated.
Remember to drop me a note about presenters,
Thanks for reading
"Ruff!!" "Get down Shep." Those two phrases can mean absolutely just one thing - the mean spirited and cynical eye of dave27 turns upon the fertile ground of Kiddies TV and the most famous children's show of all time - even got a theme tune written by that hippie boy/old f**t Mike Oldfield, 'Portsmouth' - the one, the only, Blue Peter. These days, Blue Peter seems to shed and discard its child like and very juvenile posse with the same readiness as Manchester City dispose of managers, but there was a time back in the 1960's, when there were three enormous giants filling our screen, like huge, unchanging guardians of the moral good, always there, always consistent, always treading that loving line between being patronising and being cool, Val Singleton, Peter Purves and John Noakes. These people were squeaky clean and wholesome and enormous fun, apart from the sour faced and very self regarding Purves, but even he would never have sunk so low as the bad boy of the BP history, Richard Bacon, Mr Silver Nose himself. Indeed, can you imagine the lovably clumsy, skrarky voiced, stereotypical Yorkshireman, the dishevelled John Noakes doing speed or having a toke. He might have made a Christmas decoration out of a reefer, but he would never have smoked it. In fact, you can't imagine old cheery life and soul of the party, the professional scarecrow ever doing ANYTHING in the slightest bit anything other than extremely wholesome. Purves has since gone on to be a serious presenter, also fronting the Crufts Dog Show (what a combination), and for many years Val was a heavyweight reporter on BBC 2's The Money Programme, but Noakesie seems to have mysteriously vanished off the face of the planet. Perhaps he had a facelift and dyed his hair and came back as Jim Carrey, whatever, he's a relic in need of digging up just one more time. Dear old Blue Peter, still going strong, stil
l existing on its diet of endless broadcasts of the team's Summer Holidays, Xmas decorations, sticky backed plastic, 'Here's one I made earlier' and guests, just like it always has done, but these days its a pretty anaemic, lifeless affair with faceless and characterless young things linking it all together in a fairly nondescript manner. It's a distant relation of that famous black and white episode when the hapless keeper struggled manfully to control the elephant, but could only succeed in witnessing it going wee wee and poo poo all over John and then treading on his foot, manic crazy stuff with that rough as a bear's a**e voice cutting through the shocked silence of the set. Now that was a show to remember and it's received many a gleeful rerun on things like It'll Be Alright On The Night, with that hideous old Mr Smug, Denis Norden. If truth be known the early days of BP, masterminded (or should that be mistressminded?) by the mysterious and quaintly names Biddy Baxter, were apart from that notable interlude, quite earnest and dull, although they were hugely popular and certainly struck a chord with their target audience, keeping the kids enthralled for literally minutes on end. Well I remember the days of Bleep and Booster and the competition to paint a picture of the two of them (I entered but got nowhere) and win the legendary BP badge, what a prize! I even knew someone who won the prized talisman in the person of a girl called Tessa Shemza (I think) who painted one of the pictures that eventually got featured on a commemorative postage stamp - was BP involved in that? I'm sure it was but the old grey cells are starting to fade, my dears - now what are all you people doing in my living room? The BP badge! What a treasure, what a wonder to behold! Almost as amazing as the Xmas decoration made out of a metal coat hanger which was religiously dragged out every Yule, as regularly as the
BP Appeal and that bloody weird Clapometer or Scoreometer or whatever the hell it was. One thing it wasn't was impressive... Hang on a minute, I've just remembered something else that was almost as famous as the dreaded incontinent pachyderm, and that's the BP Garden, hush hush, whisper who dares, a sacred altar to our innocently sweet memories of childhood, but what's this? Some devious and murderous terrorists broke in one night and trashed the memories of a million kids. Apparently the Spurs centre forward Les Ferdinand was among the guilty suspects, I've always distrusted London players, their heads are too close to the ground and their weird squat bodies appear to have no centre of gravity, take Dennis Wise for instance, and I wish someone would take him. Dennis Wise was the sort of cheeky cock sparrer that got featured readily on BP, in between sets from mysteriously and steadfastly cheerful West Indian Steel Bands. Perhaps Noakesie decided to share a spliff with them after all. Why is it that those bloody steel drums always looked so bloody battered and why did all the 'musicians' wear those godawful Hawaiian shirts and straw titfers? And why did none of them ever appear on any other TV show, what was the mysterious attraction and drive of Biddy's Brainchild? You know, the more I write about BP, the more the memories come flooding back, of Mark Currie and the supremely conceited Lesley Judd, of the exceedingly naff Peter Duncan, of Jan Ellis, mother of Sophie Ellis Baxter, the bright new hope of British jazzy pop, of hours mysteriously creating a Golden Angel from an empty toilet roll holder and a creme egg wrapper. How on earth did they do that! BP is certainly an icon, a shining example of how to make excellent children's television, sustained for what seems a lifetime, rolling on consistently, amazingly always there, always reliable, always excellent. Now where the hell do you
actually buy sticky backed plastic?
Goldie, Simon Groom and Musical Youth. These are the things of which dreams are made - nightmares, in fact.
Today's 'Blue Peter' has the safe, youthful boy/girl band appeal which television executives are increasingly loathe to stray from. In fact, it is no coincidence that the programme once followed the career of pop band STEPS so closely, when so many of its presenters appear to have been cloned from the mutated DNA of H and the blonde one with the big jaw from S Club 7.
However, anyone aged over 30 knows that before this particular butterfly emerged, there was one ugly, hairy caterpillar which preceded it - the 1980's (or 'the Golden Years' as BBC Choice will no doubt call them when they repeat BP in twenty years' time.)
A single opinion cannot seriously do the great show any justice, so I have selected some of the top ten memories and moments from the Golden Years. A time when you didn't need to have large breasts or great pecs to present children's television - just a dog and a bad haircut.
1) The Blue Peter Garden - Blue Peter's garden was no ordinary garden. It was a 'sunken garden'. But it seemed as though it was well and truly sunk when some mindless vandals desecrated what was a holy shrine to Percy Thrower (a grumpy old fart who did the odd bit of gardening and no doubt hated anyone, and I mean ANYONE, so much as sniffing his begonias). I can still remember the sense of righteous indignation with which Janet Ellis, or whoever, announced the news to the nation. As if civil war had just broken out in Switzerland for Chrissake.
2) The Blue Peter Badge - All winners and runners-up in competitions were awarded a rather unspectacular circular badge with the BP emblem on it. Badge winners were supposedly let into a whole range of rather tedious and pointless museums for free. As a badge winner, my family tried this once and after a lot of grief from the car park attendant, I got in for free. All that hassle, and I stayed in the car in the end. Top achievers got a fancy gold BP badge. This wasn't as good, as I don't think it gave you free entry to anywhere, other than A&E if you showed it to anyone in a particularly rough housing estate.
3) The Appeal - Take the contents of your mother's jewellery box and get £5 for it at a Bring and Buy sale, then send it to BP so they can put it towards a good cause in a foreign land, like buying beach towels for elderly German tourists. Each year the show had a different 'totalisor' which looked as if it had been made from loo rolls and sticky-backed plastic. This lit up when specific targets were met, but you knew they turned the lights off when they weren't on air.
4) The Blue Peter Expedition - The presenters always got to go to some God-forsaken place during their summer break, and would always try and build a water pump for the locals in Third World countries, like France. We only got to see the boring bits. Simon Groom's trip to Thailand dressed as a Lady Boy was never shown.
5) The Pets - Labradors (Goldie, Bonny) and sheepdogs (Petra, Shep) were severely overepresented on BP, which was rather unfortunate for other breeds such as poodles and jack russells who never seemed to get past the audition stages. Shep was the most famous, who had a worryingly close relationship with owner John Noakes. There was a tortoise who was packed off in a cardboard box every winter, but no-one really cared if he was still alive in spring, because he never did much. The cats always jumped off the presenters' laps as they were about to introduce an item and they all got cakes made from pet food on their birthdays...which was nice.
6) "Here's one I made earlier" - A phrase which has become part of television folklore. Time constraints meant that the full 7 hour horror of creating that awful advent candle wreath-thingy was condensed into five chaotic minutes. The same concept applied for recipes, with everyone forced to grin and say "Mmmm, tastes great" when they'd quite obviously rather be tucking into Goldie's pedigree chum birthday cake.
7) Musical Youth - The band that brought us "Pass de dutchy 'pan the left han' side" - what the hell did that mean? You'll be interested to know that MY were dropped as the regular musical visitors when their drummer was convicted of cannabis possession. So THAT's what a dutchy was.
8) XXX Peter Duncan - Hmmm, now there was a character. Mysteriously dropped from BP when it was discovered he'd appeared in a porn movie, this didn't stop Biddy Baxter from rehiring him some time after, possibly after he'd 'auditioned' for her once again. Often sported a rather ghastly green and white checked suit which one particularly psychotic viewer had designed for him and was a perfect counterbalance to the rather nerdy Simon Groom. Janet Ellis probably had fantasies about him.
9) Janet Ellis' Sacking - God forbid, a BP presenter had sex with a man and got pregnant, BEFORE SHE WAS MARRIED. Can you imagine? I'm shaking just typing it. Naturally, Ms Ellis got the boot, and her daughter grew up to be - chart-topper Sophie Ellis-Bextor. (You know, the one who looks like a china doll.) She had a very annoying squeaky voice any way, so we were all glad to get rid of her.
10) The Time Capsule - Every once in a while, our team would bury a collection of obscure items in a time capsule for future generations to discover e.g. Simon Groom's corduroy trousers or Biddy Baxter's bloomers. Why anyone would need to dig up an old box in the future when they'll have 50 million hours of 'Simon Schama's History of Britain' to trawl through, I don't know. But then, I don't think Simon Schama ever covered how to make an action man training tower from an old hoover and 10 yards of knicker eleastic.
It was always there, twice a week, as regular as clockwork, just after John Craven's Newsround. We may mock it now, indeed we mocked it then, but it engendered a curious sense of community as playgrounds buzzed with news of Joey Deacon's latest wheelchair.
It was, truly, the mother of all children's programmes in the 1980's.
UPDATE - FOUR YEARS ON
Blue Peter has shrugged off it's old-fashioned image and gone and got itself a website. What you can't see is the double-sided sticky tape holding together the 1960's server.
If you visit the site:
you can see the presenters' profiles; Konnie, Matt, Liz, Zoe and Gethin.
The photos are rather risque. In fact, it looks like Gethin has just pulled down Zoe's jeans and is hiding her belt behind his back. According to the website, Zoe's from Bangor and Gethin likes bananas covered in custard. Maybe that explains it. Hang on, she's also a qualified solicitor, so I'd better shut up in case she specialises in defamation.
In fact, all the girls are wearing dangerously low-slung hipsters. (Takes deep breath and composes himself.) There is also a lady called Konnie Huq, which sounds like a tropical disease. "Hello doctor, my huq's giving me a bit of trouble." "Don't worry, it's just gone a bit konnie. Probably those tight hipsters your wearing."
Then there's Matt, who spent a lot of time with sheep when he was younger. I'm not surprised if he goes around wearing such awful stripy shirts. The sheep probably thought he was a cattle grid.
There's plenty of other stuff on the website but I'm damned if I'm going to be bothered trawling through it. Oh alright, I'll randomly click on something - 'Games'. "Help the presenters Escape From Castle Doom..." Thanks, but I think I'll leave them there for now....
2013 UPDATE: Wow - this has had 2.5k+ plus reads in 12 years! I'm starting out on writing a science fiction book now. You can follow me on Twitter @Watford_Writer - and no, it won't be featuring anyone from Blue Peter! :-)
For most british children and adults under a certain age Blue Peter is an institution which has always been there. I used to watch this program and now my children avidly watch it whenever it is on. How can one program last for so long? The answer is that it has evolved over the years. It is still a magazine program which covers the interesting activities which the presenters partake in. Things to make with 'heres one I made earlier' still a favoured catch phrase. The children who watch it still feel that it is their programme. There are plenty of competitions for them to enter with some excellent prizes. There is always a possibility that if you have a talent you too could appear on the programme. The presenters are the viewers adult friends, and role models which means they have to be suitable for the parents to be happy. Blue Peter has now got a web site with its own competitions and cances to gain the coverted Blue Peter badge. All the articles in the program are covered and you even get a chance to find out things about the presenters. I do not like the present presenters they are not as good as the ones I remember from my youth, a common complaint from all ages. My children love the present presenters though some more than others.
Blue Peter used to be a huge hit in the 70's and 80's where the reports were outstanding and their presenters were so funny and true about what they reported. Nowadays,Simon Thomas,Matt Baker,Konnie Huq and Liz Barker make a quite good foursome but they are lacking since Katie Hill left as she was probably one of the best presenters ever to hit the camera. So she left and the I think has been going down ever since Dianne-Louise Jordan left because she was the one who travlled to places where no one else wanted to go and she reported some of the hardest reports and did the most wildest challenges. Now Matt Baker is the only one who takes up these challenges and Simon Thomas just climbed Mout Kilamanjiro in Africa. So I recommend you watch and see what I am on about and as for Liz Barker's hair how old is that style it went out of date years a go. Well watch and see what I am on about. Also their gardener Clare Bradley has just left the show that she can go and live in the countryside with her husband and try to patch up their newly bought farmhouse.
I have been a huge fan of Blue Peter, even as a child I love it and watched Peter Pervis, Valery Singelton and John Noakes every week, right up to the present day presenters. It is informative and fun. It is a great shame that Claire Bradley the Blue Peter gardener has decided to hang up her Blue Peter Wellies. She is leaving to start a huge project on her derelict house and garden. I wish her luck. On her last apperance it was a shame that she did a table decoration which I think, in the wrong hands could cause a fire. The decoration involved garden flower pots with oasis in them and you put twigs of holly or from your christmas tree around the bottom, and use christmas decorations in between to make it look festive, which is fine, but then she went on to put another smaller pot on the top, and put a large candle in it. To keep it in place she stuffed dried moss around the candle to make it stay upright in the middle of the pot. No I know I am probably worrying over nothing but if we were to light that, and the moss was to catch fire whilst we were out of the room, it could be disasterous. Sorry to spoil her last day, but thats how I saw it.
A lot of people are saying that Blue Peter is really not as good as it used to be... perhaps this is true - but that surely is partly to do with the era when it began. Originally it was revolutionary, novel, and very down-to-earth.. it was what kids wanted to watch, and what their parents wanted them to watch. Nowadays, it's more cool, contemporary, but we've seen it before - hence while it's still 100% politically correct, mildly educational fun, we'll never think of it as being akin to its former self. All the presenters go through a period of being a little too timid and twee, but generally grow out of it. There are several jewels in the recent line-up, including the present-day's Matt Baker - all singing all-dancing chirpy Geordie lad. Perhaps the main criticism is that they're fairly inconsistent content-wise. One week they'll be cramming masses into a show - the next week it's fluff - 'Pet's Corner' where they show photos of viewers pets. None of this is going to harm your child, and parts may educate and dare I say entertain them - and so if they can tolerate it, it's a healthy sometimes inspiring thing to watch - if not, well then unlike the 'olden days' you don't have to be scared that your kid isn't as intelligent, or gentle as you'd hoped.
I used to watch Blue Peter when I was younger, but as I reached the age of about 10 it started to grow boring, and when I saw it again today I realised it still hasnt changed a bit. Do kids still watch this?? Tonight the ending of the show featured about 10 teenagers playing banjos and singing, it was terrible music but even it had been good would kids still want to watch it? Do kids still want to know how to make christmas cards out of rubbish, or thunderbird islands from washing up bottles. Wouldnt they prefer to listen to pop music and play on computers. Blue Peter hasn't changed since it started, times have changed and kids have moved on but this hasn't. No longer are kids interested in making dodgy cards and baking cakes, they prefer Pokemon cards and the internet. If Blue Peter wants to keep its audience it has to modernise, or else a once great program will become a failiure.
This is a very interesting and informative programme, Unfortunately as a child I found it boring. The only time I would watch it was if they were either cooking or making something with 'sticky back plastic'. It took me years to realise what that was, why couldn't they just say sellotape? I know you can't advertise on tv but did you know anyone else who made the stuff then? To me and my friends it was Sellotape. As an adult I watch Neighbours and if I find myself sitting down to tea early I will switch on Blue Peter to see what they are up to. They have some very interesting items on and do some really daring things, you wouldn't get me up any heights, urrr. my husband used to watch Blue Peter as a child, now he is more technically minded than me and was interested in parachute jumps and the such like. He actually has a Blue Peter badge!! (show off). I therefore come to the conclusion that it is a good programme and has something of interest for everyone, young and old alike. Funny though how they seem to get through more presenters nowadays than years ago. May that be because they have to do more daring things or are todays presenters just fickle? I couldn't finish without mentioning the pets. There has been a long line of these including Bonnie, George, Goldee and most famous of all Shep. Who can forget those immortal words that John Noakes would cry - 'get down Shep'!
I can't say I ever watched Blue Peter regularly, probably about once a week when I was younger, but I used to really enjoy it. It's educational especially where world affairs are concerned, and the annual Blue Peter appeal really helps children to see the impact that saving ring pulls, or tin foil has, and how much good such a small action can do in underdeveloped countries. The studio activities are clearly demonstrated and are usually put together with items that most homes are likely to have around the house...not as much emphasis on washing up liquid bottles and sticky backed plastic these days though! Most of the presenters are likeable, and they seem to get on well together, which makes the show even more watchable, and of course the presence of the Blue Peter pets makes some of the younger children want to watch even more! Over the past few years, Blue Peter has undergone several changes, to the set, the presenters, and the theme music and titles, and yes, it does now sem to be aimed at younger teens as well as the 6-12 age group. but that's quite a good thing. I believe that Blue Peter is probably the best childrens variety prgramme on TV - it's lasted 40 years, so it must be doing something right! One to watch - even if you're older, or don't have kids!
I'm from the John Noakes and Valerie Singleton era but I often still watch Blue Peter with my children. This TV show is timeless and I imagine it will still be on the telly when I've got grandchildren. The show is "safe" in TV terms, very non-controversial, apart from a few incidents. When Janet Ellis was pregnant in the 80's there was a bit of an outcry because she was unmarried and recently there was Richard Bacon who admitted taking cocaine. The show itself is a mixture of news, magazine, current affairs and of course craft and hobby. How many of us will admit to making Tracey Island and a Barbie house? I'll be the first to hold my hand up. Though I do wish they'd stop making those awful Christmas tree coat-hanger candle holders every year. There have been programmes that have tried to copy the concept of Blue Peter but they've never quite managed it, Magpie being one famous example. Blue Peter is unique and will probably run for years to come.