Yesterday, I had the honour of taking my spot with fellow press and influencers at the Blue Carpet, for Blue Peter’s 60th Birthday celebration. I headed along to the BBC a couple of hour’s before yesterdays live 60th Birthday Blue Peter show, to get some behind-the-scenes photos and chats with the incredible line up of presenters – old and new.
And judging from my social media, a lot of you who watched my live stories and Instagram videos yesterday were LOVING the sneak behind-the-scenes footage!
In total, over the 60 years, we’ve seen 37 presenters, 25 pets and one million badges, making Blue Peter the longest running children’s TV show in the world.
It celebrated 60 years on the BBC with a Big Birthday extravaganza which aired yesterday, in a one-hour live special. CBBC’s flagship programme took to our screens to remind the nation how it has come to transcend six decades and countless generations, and why it still manages to inspire kids to send in more than 100,000 letters and pictures each year.
Did you know nearly 200,000 under 16s own at least one Blue Peter badge?!
My era consists of Tim Vincent, Anthea Turner, Katy Hill and Dianne-Louise Jordan, to name a few. But I have to say that I’m personally a huge fan of Anthea Turner as a TV presenter in general, and Tim Vincent is definitely my most memorable Blue Peter presenter!
So you could say I was slightly over-the-moon to get to meet them and hear their thoughts on the show today, most memorable moments, and re-capping crazy experiences of their time on Blue Peter.
The special diamond anniversary programme that aired yesterday encapsulated all that has made the show unique over the past 60 years. There was music from Jonas Blue feat. HRVY, The Vamps, and Sophie Ellis-Bextor, all accompanied by the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra.
Along with all the presenters, I was lucky enough to see all the producers and show editors from over the years also grace the Blue Carpet. Plus, Manchester’s own Tony Walsh (the incredible poet) was also there, as he cleverly created a unique poem to celebrate the 60 years.
What a honour it was – a huge thank you to the BBC for letting me join in the celebrations.
Radzi Chinyanganya and Lindsay Russell
Anthea Turner – my favourite!
Catching up with The Vamps
The gorgeous Helen Skelton