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"Blue Peter": Inside the Archives Paperback – 27 Oct 2008

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  • Paperback: 538 pages
  • Publisher: Kaleidoscope Publishing (27 Oct. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1900203308
  • ISBN-13: 978-1900203302
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 2.8 x 29.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,230,557 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. L. B. Bannister on 27 Mar. 2009
Format: Paperback
I was surprised that I'd missed this when it first came out, and I really was in two minds about buying it. However, I took the plunge and I'm so glad I did. True, as the other reviews say, it's no good trying to read this book from start to finish, you'll never manage it because this is simply a Blue Peter Directory.

But don't let that put you off. Every single programme ever made (up until the end of the 2007-8 series) is listed here... even shows that were cancelled (plus one that was affected by a strike, and only consisted of the programme's filmed features linked together by the continuity announcer!).

Each show's listing contains a 'running order' of featured items along with production credits and other notable comments, plus in many instances a critical comment on the show from the Editor (Biddy didn't mince her words!).

I was surprised at how well I had remembered odd little things about the show, such as Mike Oldfield's opening and closing themes receiving their debut on totally different shows, a few weeks apart (OK, I know it's a little 'sad' to remember that, but it's all listed - my memory didn't cheat).

Although Amazon may show that this is out of stock, I placed my order and they were able to fulfil it within 3 weeks, not bad considering this is an independent publication (alternatively you could always look up the publishers... but Amazon are cheaper!).

As a complete record of a television programme it's hard to beat, and it's the perfect companion to author (and former Blue Peter Editor) Richard Marson's other, official
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Peter Lee TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 9 Feb. 2009
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Whatever you do with this book, don't try to read it... Why? Inside this thick volume you'll find a long list, printed in a tiny font, detailing every episode of "Blue Peter" from the very start, listing each piece and filmed segment along with transmission dates and other details. Scattered throughout you'll find a few black and white photos, but as a book this is purely an archive of information. One highlight for me is the inclusion of notes from the series editors such as Biddy Baxter and Richard Marson after some shows detailing mistakes which were made, such as presenters fluffing their lines or getting the giggles. If you want an entertaining book about a real national treasure of a show but Marson's stunning 50th anniversary book, but if you want to know when a particular show was on, or when a particular presenter first appeared, or you're just a "Blue Peter" geek, this is for you.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By KH on 2 Feb. 2009
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If you, a friend or relative has ever appeared on Blue Peter in the past then this is a brilliant reference for tracing a particular episode.

There's a 16 page introduction by Richard Marson and then it lists every Blue Peter programme broadcast from the very first programme on 16 October 1958 to 7 August 2008 (including Specials/tie-in programmes) with a brief summary of the programme's contents.

Now that I've found the episode, how can order a copy of the DVD of that programme to send as a gift...

Since there's no description of book above, here's what's on the back cover of the book:

"RICHARD MARSON worked on Blue Peter for ten years, four of them as Editor. In that time, he directed more than one hundred films and edited over five hundred editions of the programme, winning a BAFTA and casting three presenters, two cats, a dog and a gardener! He also devised and executive produced BBC FOUR's Children's TV On Trial: The Kid's Verdict.

Blue Peter is the world's longest running children's programme. The 'Blue Peter' is actually the name of a flag, traditionally lowered 24 hours before a ship sets sail on new voyage. The show's creator John Hunter Blair, chose the name because he thought that each edition should be like setting off on a new voyage. He had no idea how far his ship would sail or that it would become a cultural phenomenon in it's own right. Since that first transmission on 16 October 1958 there have been over 4400 editions, thirty-four presenters and a whole menagerie of pets.
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