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Dear Blue Peter...: The Best of 50 Years of Letters to Britain's Favourite Children's Programme 1958-2008 Hardcover – 4 Sep 2008


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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Short Books Ltd (4 Sept. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 190602149X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906021498
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 385,985 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Biddy Baxter was the editor of Blue Peter, from 1962 to 1988. She was awarded a gold badge herself when she stood down as editor from the programme.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By S.M. Gidley on 5 Oct. 2008
I bought this for my mother for her 63rd birthday and she hasn't stopped reading it. This compilation is a tiny fraction of the letters received by the world's longest running children's television programme (up to a staggering 1,000 EACH DAY at one point) and is by turns charming, hilarious and, sometimes, heart-breakingly moving.

Although there are some letters by parents and older viewers, it is the youngsters who dispense devastating honesty and irresisitible logic through this brilliant collection. You can also admire their shaky spelling and handwriting as the book produces some of the letters as is. Replies from legendary programme editor Biddy Baxter and the presenters are also included.

As well as the letters you can also enjoy lots of anecdotes about the show and there's also a foreword by Ewan McGregor.

I can't imagine anyone who had Blue Peter as part of their own (or their offspring's) childhood failing to be engaged by this lovely book. It almost makes you want to go off and make an advent crown!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Peter Durward Harris #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 29 Mar. 2009
I wonder if there has ever been a TV series for children anywhere in the world to match the success of the BBC's Blue Peter, which has now been going for more than half a century. This book, put together by Biddy Baxter, is a fitting tribute to the series. The series actually started in 1958 and I'm not absolutely clear if letters were a feature from the beginning, or whether (as seems likely) Biddy, the Blue Peter producer from 1962 to 1988, decided to make them a feature of the series. Whether it was her idea or not, the fact remains that in the days when the Royal Mail was the only way for most people to communicate thoughts in writing, Blue Peter became interactive. Letters from viewers were an important feature of the series and they are even more important in this book, which gathers a selection of them to use as a means of looking back at the first half-century of the series. Biddy explains in her introduction that she learned a hard lesson as a child, when as a child she wrote two letters to her then-hero Enid Blyton and received the same reply on both occasions. So in her time as Blue Peter producer, she set up an elaborate system that indexed all letters, ensuring that people who sent in more than one letter were remembered. The absence of canned responses brought its rewards in the end and no doubt ensured the longevity of the series.

Biddy does not give us a comprehensive history of Blue Peter (or even come close), but captures the essence of the series and what it meant and still means to the British public. So it is an affectionate tribute rather than anything else, but some controversial issues are included.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. D. Foulkes on 13 Nov. 2008
This is a must read for anyone who has watched an episode of 'Blue Peter.'

`Dear Blue Peter' is a very amusing trip down memory lane and does an excellent job of opening up the world of this iconic series. There are some wonderful letters from both parents and children who watched the show - giving a brilliant insight into a child's perspective of the world. This is a perfect present/read for anyone who has ever been touched by this historic series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dave Gilmour's cat on 10 April 2011
Dear Blue Peter is a fascinating anthology of letters sent in to the popular children's TV programme. These letters are funny, sad, inspiring and often ridiculous. Your life will be richer for having read them. Lovely pictures, too, plus insightful commentary from Biddy Baxter. Essential.
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