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Blue Peter Presenters

Blue Peter Presenters – All Time List

“Get Down Shep!” is probably the most famous expression to originate from Blue Peter, the longest running children’s TV programm in the world. It became Presenter John Noakes’ (RIP John!) catchphrase after he had to use it frequently to control his dog Shep. The British BBC show began in 1958 and is still going strong with a team of Blue Peter Presenters which changes periodically. For some reason or other, a large number of them either came from or went on to appear in episodes of Doctor Who!
The show begins with a signature tune called “Barnacle Bill” (listen below!) and the motif of a sailing ship which features on the equally famous Blue Peter badges, highly coveted and awarded only for notable achievements. Throughout the show’s history pets including the dogs Petra and Shep have also appeared on the show. How many can you name or remember? Check out: ADDucation’s List of Blue Peter pets…

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Blue Peter PresentersFrom-ToBorn/DiedFrom#Notes
Christopher Trace1958-19671933-1992Hambledon, England01The first of all Blue Peter presenters came up with famous phrase “Here’s one I made earlier”. Died in 1992.
Leila Williams1958-19621937Walsall, England02Former British beauty queen, now retired in Spain
Anita West19621935Unknown03Pressured to leave by the BBC because of her divorce at the time from jazz musician Ray Ellington
Valerie Singleton1962-19721937Hitchin, England04One of best known presenters. Later appeared on Tonight news programme & the Money Programme.
John Noakes1965-19781934-2017Halifax, England05Co-presenter with Valerie Singleton & Peter Purves – the best known trio in the show’s history. Often the “action man” of the series, he cared for Shep, the programme’s dog and became famous for the phrase “get down Shep”.
Peter Purves1967-19781939Preston, England06Also played Dr Who’s companion when William Hartnell was the doctor. Later covered Crufts dog shows.
Lesley Judd1972-19791946London, England07Replaced Valerie Singleton in the show and had one of longest tenures. Now living near Toulouse France.
Simon Groom1978-19861950Chesterfield, England08Renowned for his dry and mainly adult humor in the show. Now a producer and owner of a sheep farm in Derbyshire.
Christopher Wenner1978-19801954Unknown09Not very popular with the viewers, he returned to journalism and now runs his own production company.
Tina Heath1979-19801953Unknown10Left the show to have a baby. First presenter in the programme to appear while pregnant.
Sarah Greene1980-19831957London, England11At 22, youngest ever presenter when she first appeared. Also presented Saturday Superstore and Going Live.
Peter Duncan1980-19841954London, England12Had 2 stints in the show, reappearing in 1985. Returned to the stage after leaving.
Janet Ellis1983-19871955Chatham, England13After a “baby-pause” she returned to acting in 2000. Appeared naked in a mag in 2008 to show her support of PETA.
Michael Sundin1984-19851961Gateshead, England14Won a trampolining world title before his tenure. Reportedly pressured to leave because of rumours about gay exploits about which he complained publicly. Died of AIDS related illness aged only 28 in 1989.
Peter Duncan1985-19861937London, England15See above.
Mark Curry1986-19891961Stafford, England16Famed for cooking disasters on the show. Qaulified tennis coach who commentates on some matches.
Caron Keating1986-19901962Sevenoaks, England17Daughter of TV presenter Gloria Hunniford, popular because of her Ulster accent (she was raised in Belfast). She died of breast cancer aged just 41 in 2004.
Yvette Fielding1987-19921968Manchester, England18Together with her husband she established a TV production company in 2002 and made ghosthunting shows like Most Haunted and Most Haunted Live!
John Leslie1989-19941965Edinburgh, Scotland19Tallest of all Blue Peter Presenters (6 foot 4″) and first ever Scottish presenter. Later presented This Morning and the Wheel of Fortune. Nowadays a property developer in Edinburgh.
Diane-Louise Jordan1990-19961960London, England20First black presenter on the show. Currently presents Songs of Praise on BBC. Vice-president of Action for Children.
Anthea Turner1992-19941960Stoke on Trent, England21Also presented Top of the Pops, Perfect Housewife and Dinner Party Wars. Subsequently frequently in the tabloid newspapers on account of her troubled personal life.
Tim Vincent1993-19971972Wrexham, Wales22Also presented Miss World. Now in US and presented NBC series Phenomenon in 2007.
Stuart Miles1994-19991969Marlborough, England23Left in controversy saying the Blue Peter format was ‘out of touch’ with kids. Went on to present This Morning and Holiday and does pantomime.
Katy Hill1995-20001971Poole, England24Trained with England football team during tenure. Later presented Top of the Pops, Football Fever and reality show The Games where she came 2nd. Now co-presents breakfast channel Daybreak.
Romana D’Annunzio1996-19981972Edinburgh, Scotland25Italian background. Now stage actor and occasional TV actor. Famous for wing-walking during the show.
Richard Bacon1997-19981975Mansfield, England26First ever fired presenter in 1998 for taking drugs. Went on to present The Big Breakfast, Top of the Pops, and reality TV as well as own late-night comedy show Beer & Pizza Club in 2010.
Konnie Huq1997-20081975London, England27Born “Kanak Asha Huq” to Bangladeshi parents, she graduated in economics with a 2:1 from Cambridge. Famous on show for visiting family members she hadn’t seen for years in Bangladesh. Presented 7th series of The Xtra Factor.
Simon Thomas1999-20051973Norwich, England28While on the show he climbed Mount Kilimanjaro and Mont Blanc and frequently sky dived with the RAF. Best known for presenting the Queen with a Blue Peter badge when she visited. Later hosted Sky Sports News and currently heads Sky Sports’ football coverage.
Matt Baker1999-20061977Durham, England29Also hosted BBC’s Countryfile and The One Show. Took part in Strictly Come Dancing in 2010. Heavily involved in charity works, helped raise £1.9m for Children in Need in 2012.
Liz Barker2000-20061975Cambridge, England30During show participated in paragliding, high-wire walk and window cleaning of Canary Wharf tower. Had baby during tenure and was first to continue after birth of baby. Since then she has done voiceovers and had another baby.
Zoe Salmon2004-20081980Bangor, Northern Ireland31Famous for saying “I’d Try Anything Once”. Went on to wing-walk on a biplane and be sawn in half by a magician. Participated in Dancing On Ice reaching the quarter-finals and has since appeared on various TV shows such as The Chris Moyles, Shooting Stars, and the World’s Strongest Man competition.
Gethin Jones2005-20081978Cardiff, Wales32While with Blue Peter he flew with the Red Arrows and in a Spitfire, escaped from a submarine and survived an alligator attack in Louisiana.
Took part in various Strictly Come Dancing contests and tours.
Andy Akinwolere2006-20111982Nigeria33Born in Nigeria and grew up in Birmingham from age of 8. Holds 2 world records for swimming across deep areas of water including 5 miles across the Palau Trench only weeks after learning to swim. Currently a BBC radio Host.
Helen Skelton2008-today1983Kirkby Thore, England34Has also reported for TV from Wimbledon, Holiday Hit Squad etc. and presented FA Women’s Super League football matches. Has notched up various sporting achievements – 2nd woman ever to finish the 78-mile (126 km) Namibian ultra marathon and kayaked the entire Amazon River. Also tightrope walked between Battersea Power Station chimneys in 2011 for charity.
Joel Defries2008-20101985London, England35Learnt hang gliding while at Blue Peter in order to fly with a Peregrine Falcon. Also explored his Jewish heritage on the show visiting Auschwitz and meeting a Holocaust Survivor.
Barney Harwood2011-20171979Blackpool, England36Has appeared in numerous other TV shows, narrated all series and appeared in panto.
Lindsey Russell2013-today1991Oxford, England37Won a BBC competition to join the list of famous Blue Peter presenters from over 20,000 people who applied for the job. Viewers picked Lindsey from a shortlist of three.
Radzi Chinyanganya2013-today1987Wolverhampton, England38Radzi has a Scottish mother and a father from Zimbabwe. Has also hosted Match of The Day Kickabout and WILD! Competed in karate at a national level.

FAQ About Blue Peter Presenters

  • Is Blue Peter still broadcast today (2018)?
    Yes, in the UK, Blue Peter is broadcast on CBBC channel once a week. The current Blue Peter presenters are Radzi Chinyanganya and Lindsey Russell.

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