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Yoghurt Pots and Sticky-Backed Plastic

Paul Jackson on the BBC flagship children’s show, Blue Peter’s enduring success. With Biddy Baxter and Anthea Turner. From May 2003.

It became a national TV institution, but the BBC’s flagship children’s show Blue Peter looked very different when it first began in 1958.

Paul Jackson continues his exploration of cult TV with Biddy Baxter, who was the show's editor for 27 years, and former presenters Anthea Turner and Diane Louise Jordan.

They consider Blue Peter's Reithian values, and three key ingredients: the appeals, the pets, and the makes (including Tracy Island). Not to forget a scene-stealing elephant called Lulu.

Producer: Paul Kobrak

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2003.

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30 minutes