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The CBBC Broom Cupboard | 25 Years of live Children's BBC presentation

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At 3.55pm on 9 September 1985, Phillip Schofield presented the first slot for the all-new 'Children's BBC'. His introductions to the programmes came from a tiny control desk, dubbed the 'Broom Cupboard'. Stars including Andy Crane, Andi Peters and Zoe Ball later made the Broom Cupboard their home. Not to forget scene-stealers Gordon the Gopher and Edd the Duck.

As CBBC links were live, few of them were recorded. Here, we bring together some surviving clips, plus features from other programmes on the 'Broom Cupboard' and a gallery of photographs showing the presenters and puppets.

The CBBC Broom Cupboard Collection

Noel Edmonds

The Late, Late Breakfast Show

The Golden Egg Awards

BROADCAST 1985
1 MINUTE

Noel Edmonds reminds Phillip Schofield of the day it all went wrong.

Phillip Schofield

Blue Peter

The Broom Cupboard

BROADCAST 1986
3 MINUTES

How a broken stopwatch caused mayhem for the 'Broom Cupboard'.

Debbie Flint

CBBC Continuity

Debbie Flint

BROADCAST c. 1986
3 MINUTES

It's all going wrong for Debbie Flint.

Phillip Schofield

Open Air

Children's Television

BROADCAST 1987
24 MINUTES

Phillip Schofield answers viewers' questions.

Andy Crane

Take Two

Behind the Scenes at CBBC

BROADCAST 1988
13 MINUTES

How does Andy Crane compare to Phillip Schofield?

Gaby Roslin.

CBBC Screentest

Gaby Roslin

RECORDED c. 1989
8 MINUTES

A familiar face in an unfamiliar setting.

Edd the Duck on a trampoline.

CBBC Continuity

Edd on a Trampoline

RECORDED c. 1989
3 MINUTES

Edd the Duck takes on the challenge of 'Duck Dares'.

Edd the Duck

Blue Peter

Edd the Duck

BROADCAST 1991
8 MINUTES

How to make your own Edd the Duck.

Sarah Greene and Gordon the Gopher laugh at an embarrassed Phillip Schofield.

CBBC Continuity

A link to 'Going Live!'

BROADCAST 1991
2 MINUTES

Andi Peters surprises Phillip Schofield ahead of the latest 'Going Live!'

Andi Peters

Take Two

The Broom Cupboard

BROADCAST 1992
5 MINUTES

How do they make the bits in between the programmes?

Andi Peters

CBBC Continuity

Andi Peter's Last Day

BROADCAST 1993
4 MINUTES

It's Andi Peters' final 'Broom Cupboard' broadcast.

Josie D'Arby

CBBC Screentest

Josie D'Arby

RECORDED c. 1994
10 MINUTES

Josie D'Arby interviews Toby Anstis and takes on a joke challenge.

Nicholas Witchell and Edd the Duck

Auntie's TV Favourites

Edd the Duck

BROADCAST 1997
3 MINUTES

Why Nicholas Witchell is quackers about Edd the Duck.

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