Biddy Baxter, former Blue Peter editor, is interviewed by Kirsty Young.
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.".
Deo Gracias from the Ceremony of CarolsPerformer: Choir of St John’s College, Cambridge. Performer: George Guest.
- Ceremony of Carols.
Johann Sebastian Bach
The final chorus from the St Matthew PassionPerformer: Choir of King’s College, Cambridge. Performer: Concentus Musicus Wien. Performer: Nikolaus Harnoncourt.
- St Matthew Passion - Harnoncourt.
- The Very Best of Edith Piaf.
Beat Out Dat Rhythm on a Drum (from Carmen Jones)Performer: Members of the Cast.
- The Magic of the Musicals.
- Music Collection International.
Victor Hely Hutchinson
Andante quasi lento e cantabile from Carol SymphonyPerformer: Pro Arte Orchestra. Performer: Barry Rose.
- Carol Symphony.
The Allegro from Schubert's String Quintet in C MajorPerformer: Amadeus Quartet.
- Schubert: String Quintet in C.
- Deutsche Grammophon.
The Allegro from the Concerto de AranjuezPerformer: Miloš Karadaglić. Performer: London Philharmonic Orchestra. Performer: Yannick Nézet‐Séguin.
- Milos Aranjuez.
- Deutsche Grammophon.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
The Papageno DuetPerformer: Regula Mühlemann. Performer: Michael Nagy. Performer: Sir Simon Rattle. Performer: Berlin Philharmonic.
- The Magic Flute.
The Traveller's Tree - Patrick Leigh Fermor
Toast and dripping
|Interviewed Guest||Biddy Baxter|
- Sun 1 Jun 2014 11:15
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