Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

WHY BLUE PETER IS STILL LOVED AFTER 60 YEARS; to Mark Blue Peter Turning 60 This Month, GEORGIA HUMPHREYS Chats to Current Hosts Radzi Chinyanganya and Lindsey Russell ON THE SCREEN SMALL

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

WHY BLUE PETER IS STILL LOVED AFTER 60 YEARS; to Mark Blue Peter Turning 60 This Month, GEORGIA HUMPHREYS Chats to Current Hosts Radzi Chinyanganya and Lindsey Russell ON THE SCREEN SMALL

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Byline: GEORGIA HUMPHREYS

WHEN Blue Peter first aired for 15 minutes in 1958, no one could have predicted it would still be going 60 years later.

But it is, making it the world's longest running children's show.

To celebrate, there will be a one-hour special on CBBC on October 16.

ON Starring some of our favourite Blue Peter presenters, it will also feature music from the likes of The Vamps and Sophie Ellis-Bextor - all accompanied by the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra - while the Diamond Time Capsule will be sealed in the National Archives.

SMALL SCREEN Here's a look at how Blue Peter has transcended the decades, with the help of current presenting duo Radzi Chinyanganya and Lindsey Russell.

THE FAMOUS FACES THERE have been 37 Blue Peter presenters over the years, with the late John Noakes, who presented the series for 12 and a half years, the longest serving.

In the anniversary special, Valerie Singleton, Peter Purves, Anthea Turner, Tim Vincent and longest-serving female presenter Konnie Huq will return.

THE "To have all these people in a room is not something that's ever happened before or might never happen again," says Belgium-born Lindsey, 27, who was raised in Oxford and joined the show after winning a competition in 2013. "It really is truly special, and also it's really great to all be together and to remember John, who we sadly lost last year."

THE SOUGHT-AFTER BADGES THERE are eight types of badge - blue, silver, green, sport, purple, orange, gold and diamond.

In case you're not in the know, viewers earn a blue badge by sending in an interesting letter, poem, picture or story - Blue Peter reads and responds to every letter it receives or they have to appear on the programme.

It's estimated the show has awarded more than one million badges in 55 years.

"Or audience today is the best audience Blue Peter has ever had," Lindsey says. …

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