15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Fifty years of a successful programme means that several generations have grown up watching it; I was a 60s/early 70s Blue Peter kid who watched it with my children and now watch it with my grandchildren. The show's former editor Richard Marson is an insightful author who has sourced many photographs never seen before, as well as familiar shots of well-remembered moments.
Tensions between presenters are not shirked, but neither are they sensationalised and the demanding challenges the programme set those involved are very clear. For the majority of those who chose to present it, Blue Peter owned their lives. Some, like Mark Curry, were strong enough to negotiate independent terms and retain a life outside BP, others, like Katy Hill, disappeared off the radar once their involvement with the show was over.
If you remember something being a feature of the show, this book mentions it - the Nuremburg crib and Advent crown at Christmas, Joey and Barney the ill-fated parrots, and the boxes for the Year 2000 are all recaptured here, along with many other great moments.
A wonderful book for anyone who enjoyed this iconic programme over the last fifty years. I won my copy in a competition (thanks, TV Cream) and when it arrived I finally felt like a badge winner... if you were one of the millions who never got one too, this would be a lovely consolation prize!
Sincerest thanks to the author- Richard Marson, not Biddy Baxter, Amazon!- for a fine job that hasn't let fans down at all, and good wishes to him for the future.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
I've always loved "Blue Peter", and even now I never feel truly Christmassy if I haven't seen the "Blue Peter" Christmas show, complete with the final candle on the Advent Crown being lit. When I heard Richard Marson - the series editor of what may well be the finest era of the show's history (including presenters like Konnie Huq, Matt Baker, Simon Thomas, Liz Barker, Gethin Jones and so on) - was writing this book I knew I wanted a copy.
Simply put, this book is a joy to read. Loaded with pictures from the show and biographies of the presenters, the book takes you from the early days to the present day, telling the behind the scenes story of one of our most loved childrens' shows. Even those who aren't huge fans of the show will still find much to love here, and find themselves crying "I remember that!" from time to time. As well as being a good read the book looks great too - covered with blue foil, and adorned with an embossed ship logo as drawn by the late, great Tony Hart - so even your bookshelf will love you for buying this.
An absolute treat.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 4 November 2009
Can't add much to the other reviews for this book.Presenters are treated as ordinary people with human failings like anyone else.Many behind the scene photos are in the book which is a real treat and as someone in their late forties it's gratifying to read that the glory years of Val,John and Peter really were better than later combinations of presenters...and there we were blaming those rose coloured specs!! One little criticism could be that as Biddy Baxter had a hand in this book she appears generally in a good light when it is common knowledge that the early presenters lived in dread of the lady .
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 1 February 2009
How could you not like 'Blue Peter?', reading it brought back lots of memories!, (even though it was a present for someone, lol).