Blue Peter Voted Top Kids TV Show Ever – How Many Others Do You Remember?

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BLUE Peter has been named the greatest children’s programme of all time, according to industry bible the Radio Times.

The long-running kids show, which started in 1958, topped the list compiled by a panel of TV experts including Noel Edmonds, David Walliams and the Chuckle Brothers.

 Blue Peter has topped Radio Times' greatest 50 children's TV shows of all time list>>
Blue Peter has topped Radio Times' greatest 50 children's TV shows of all time list
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Blue Peter, which notched eight million viewers an episode at its peak and recived 1,000 letters a day from viewers, beat the likes of Grange Hill, Newsround and Tiswas to top the list.

Here, former presenter Tim Vincent, who fronted the BBC kids staple between 1993 and 1997, explains why it’s the best of the bunch...

Blue Peter has been named the greatest British children’s programme of all time — and what a deserving winner it is.

First hitting the BBC in 1958, it has always been the Swiss Army knife of TV shows, covering everything from the serious, hard-hitting issues of the day to fun activities.

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 Grange Hill, which was aired on BBC between 1978-2008, landed in second place on the list compiled by industry experts>BBC>
Grange Hill, which was aired on BBC between 1978-2008, landed in second place on the list compiled by industry experts

Its No1 spot in a Radio Times poll of 30 TV experts including Noel Edmonds, David Walliams and the Chuckle Brothers recognises its special place in generations of hearts.

And I know the royals are quite big fans of the show, too.

In my day it was the extended family that viewers knew and watched twice a week, before the days of YouTube and social media.

We had a Blue Peter pet because a lot of people could not have pets at home. We used to do a summer expedition because a lot of kids did not go on holidays abroad.

 BBC's Newsround, which won third place, has been delivering child-friendly news to young people since 1972>BBC>
BBC's Newsround, which won third place, has been delivering child-friendly news to young people since 1972

We did physically hard activities such as running marathons, throwing ourselves out of planes, jumping into frozen lakes and swimming with backpacks on.

We also covered serious world issues, like visiting Romanian orphanages where kids weren’t being looked after and reporting from South Africa after apartheid. During my time on the show it was getting six million viewers per show and more than half the audience were adults. Parents were drawn in because it was so interesting.

We never patronised the children watching or dumbed it down.

For all of the daredevil stunts I did, like painting the side of ­Blackpool Tower and cliff diving, the most terrifying thing I did on camera was making items when we did craft or cooking.

 ITV brought back Tiswas for a one-off special reuniting stars of the groundbreaking children's show back in 2007>ITV>
ITV brought back Tiswas for a one-off special reuniting stars of the groundbreaking children's show back in 2007

It was live TV with just me and six cameras, while someone talked in my ear on a mic, and I had to rustle something up effortlessly and have a bit of fun with it.

It wasn’t overly polished and that’s what people liked.

I now present Access Hollywood for NBC in America and celebrities often recognise me from my Blue Peter days.

Elton John has a Blue Peter badge and has spoken to me about what a fan he is of the show.

 Keith Chegwin, pictured far left, rose to fame hosting Multi-Coloured Swap Shop with Noel Edmonds, pictured middle-right, which placed fifth on the list>>
Keith Chegwin, pictured far left, rose to fame hosting Multi-Coloured Swap Shop with Noel Edmonds, pictured middle-right, which placed fifth on the list

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Between all the different presenters there was a character on there for everyone. It was wholesome and is a valuable part of TV history.

The fact it has lasted more than 60 years is testament that there’s real magic there.

Long may it continue.

HERE'S THE TOP 50

  1. Blue Peter, 1958-present, BBC

  2. Grange Hill, 1978-2008, BBC

  3. Newsround, 1972-present, BBC

  4. Tiswas, 1974-1982, ITV

  5. Multi-Coloured Swap Shop, 1976-1982, BBC

  6. Vision On, 1964-1976, BBC

  7. Live & Kicking, 1993-2001, BBC

  8. Going Live! 1987-1993, BBC

  9. Play School, 1964-1988, BBC

  10. Crackerjack, 1955-1984, BBC

  11. Play Away, 1971-1984, BBC

  12. Pingu, 1986-2006, BBC

  13. Rentaghost, 1976-1984, BBC

  14. SM:TV, 1998-2003, back this year, ITV

  15. Animal Magic, 1962-1983, BBC

  16. Byker Grove, 1989-2006, BBC

  17. Jackanory, 1965-1996, BBC

  18. The Box Of Delights, 1984, BBC

  19. How, 1966-1981, ITV

  20. The Borrowers, 1992, BBC

  21. Finders Keepers, 1991–2006, ITV

  22. Record Breakers, 1972–2001, BBC

  23. Bagpuss, 1974, BBC

  24. Dick & Dom In Da Bungalow, 2002–2006, BBC

  25. Horrible Histories, 2009-present, BBC

  26. Postman Pat, 1981–present, BBC

  27. Adventures Of Parsley, 1970-71, BBC

  28. Press Gang, 1989-93, ITV

  29. Flower Pot Men/Bill And Ben, Various years, BBC

  30. Rainbow, 1972-1997, ITV

  31. Junior Showtime, 1969-1974, ITV

  32. The Really Wild Show, 1986–2006,      returning 2018, BBC

  33. Get Your Own Back, 1991–2004, BBC

  34. Wacaday, 1985–1992, TV-am, ITV

  35. Why Don’t You? 1973–1995, BBC

  36. Roger And The Rottentrolls, 1996–2000, ITV

  37. Chorlton And The Wheelies, 1976–1979, ITV

  38. Chucklevision, 1987–2009, BBC

  39. Hangar 17, 1992–1994, BBC

  40. Teletubbies, 1997–2001, 2015–     present, BBC

  41. The Tomorrow People, 1973-79,  1992-95, ITV

  42. Take Hart, 1977-83, BBC

  43. Here Come The Double Deckers! 1971, BBC

  44. The Saga Of Noggin The Nog, 1959–1965, 1979–1980, BBC

  45. Motormouth, 1988-1992, ITV

  46.  

    Mr Benn, 1971-1972, BBC

  47. The Queen’s Nose, 1995-2003, BBC

  48. Clapperboard, 1972-1982, ITV

  49. Clangers, 1969-1974, 2015-present, BBC

  50. Peppa Pig, 2004-present Channel 5,   Channel 5/Nick Jr

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