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Blue Peter goes from strength to strength.

Read all about LesleyLesley Judd
Plucky, jolly and queen of the makes. More >

Read all about PetePeter Purves
Solid, dependable Pete, the presenter with flare(s). More >

Read all about JohnJohn Noakes
Action man, adventurer and a dog's best friend. More >

With Val increasingly busy on location, a fourth presenter was needed in the studio. Enter Lesley, a member of the Young Generation dance troupe, created originally for The Rolf Harris Show. Lesley first appeared in an item teaching Val, John and Peter a routine to the tune of River Deep, Mountain High sung by Harry Nilsson. With no major fanfare, Lesley joined the team.

Like Val, Lesley was quite proper and posh, and was thus able to keep John and Peter in line. But either because the times were changing, or because she insisted on it, Lesley wasn't afraid to muck in or to take on some of the more dangerous assignments. The introduction of Lesley proved that the Blue Peter format was now unbreakable.

These were the days of Rags the pony, Percy Thrower in the garden, Special Assignments and death-defying stunts - all held together with the obligatory sticky backed plastic.

Blue Peter video clips
Video Cue titles 
Video Introducing Lesley 
Video Flapper Lesley 
Video John up the column 
Video Bathtime for Pete and John 
Video Pete on horseback 
Video Pete climbing the Forth 
Video Alice in Blue Peter Land 
Video First flight of Concorde 
Video In the jungle 
Video Bishop Rock lighthouse 
Video Introducing K9 
Video Lesley off sick 
Video Blue Peter Knockout 
Video Lesley in the saddle 
Video The Cresta Run 
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