Blue Peter presenters celebrate 60 years… with a kiss
HERE’S one we made earlier — a snap of five Blue Peter presenters, who are reuniting on stage for the first time this summer.
The ex-hosts of the iconic kids’ show — clockwise from top left: Peter Duncan, Janet Ellis, Peter Purves, Mark Curry and Tim Vincent — will be joined by Valerie Singleton in a play celebrating 60 years of the BBC favourite, which is set to run at the Edinburgh Fringe festival.
And all six appeared to be having a high old time at the photoshoot to promote their new venture, titled Once Seen On Blue Peter — so much fun, in fact, that two even shared a kiss.
Such was the air of high spirits that Duncan planted a kiss on Curry’s cheek in one of the snaps.
Blue Peter turns 60 in October, having launched in 1958, and to celebrate, Vincent has teamed up with Olivier Award-winning Tim Whitnall — who wrote a one-man play about comedian Eric Morecambe — to produce the ‘hilarious’ new show.
Explaining the premise, Tim said: ‘Once Seen On Blue Peter takes place backstage at a fictional 2018 TV awards ceremony, where an elite group of the 37 Blue Peter presenters from over the decades have been summoned to jointly collect a lifetime achievement award.
‘But things don’t go according to plan… with hilarious results. There will be lots of film clips, rivalries and surprises. It’s a very funny nostalgic insight into an iconic show but from the viewpoint of the presenters.’
Once Seen On Blue Peter will play at the Assembly Ballroom, Edinburgh, from August 4 to 26
Author: Anna Thomson