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Biddy Baxter

Biddy Baxter

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First broadcast: Sun 01 Jun 2014

Producer and former Blue Peter editor

Kirsty Young's castaway this week is the TV producer and former Blue Peter editor Biddy Baxter.

In charge of Blue Peter for 23 highly successful years, she was responsible for the coveted Blue Peter badges, the multi-million pound charity fundraising appeals and a nationwide lust for something called sticky-backed plastic. Her masterstroke was getting the young audience involved; although the programme's weekly postbag of around seven thousand letters must have given her a few headaches.

In spite of some early careers advice that, "no one from Durham has ever got into the BBC", her determination to make a career in broadcasting won out and across the decades her steely reputation kept the show at the top of the ratings and steered it through quite a few mishaps and the odd spot of 'scandal'.

She says simply, "It was an exercise in trying to make children feel as if they belonged.".

Choices

Benjamin Britten

1.

Benjamin Britten

Deo Gracias from the Ceremony of Carols

Performers: The Choir of St John's College, Cambridge and George Guest

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Johann Sebastian Bach

2.

Johann Sebastian Bach

The final chorus from the St Matthew Passion

Performers: Choir of King’s College, Cambridge, Concentus Musicus Wien and Nikolaus Harnoncourt

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Georges Bizet

4.

Georges Bizet

Beat Out Dat Rhythm on a Drum (from Carmen Jones)

Performer: [theatre]

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Victor Hely Hutchinson

5.

Victor Hely Hutchinson

Andante quasi lento e cantabile from Carol Symphony

Performers: Pro Arte Orchestra and Barry Rose

Franz Peter Schubert

6.

Castaway's favourite

Franz Peter Schubert

The Allegro from Schubert's String Quintet in C Major

Performer: Amadeus Quartet

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Joaquín Rodrigo

7.

Joaquín Rodrigo

The Allegro from the Concerto de Aranjuez

Performers: Miloš Karadaglić, London Philharmonic Orchestra and Yannick Nézet-Séguin

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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

8.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

The Papageno Duet

Performers: Regula Mühlemann, Michael Nagy, Simon Denis Rattle, CBE and Berlin Philharmonic

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9.

10.

Book

The Traveller's Tree by Patrick Leigh Fermor

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Luxury item

Toast and dripping

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