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Monday, 16 December 2013
PART TWO OF BLUE PETER BOOK COVER GALLERY...
As promised, here's the second part of the BLUE PETER BOOK cover gallery, none of which (I have to confess) I bought at the time of publication. No, I didn't really get into the BPBs until around the early '90s, I think (but can no longer recall with anything approaching accuracy). Why? Pure nostalgia. They were a means by which I could revisit my past, having been a semi-regular viewer of the programme over the years - particularly when BLEEP And BOOSTER were a feature of the show.
Talking of Bleep and Booster, in 2008 there was a lavish Blue Peter 50th Anniversary book which explored practically every aspect of the programme's history, but apart from a one-line mention of Bleep and Booster, it was as if they'd never existed. The author of the book (and former editor-in-chief of the pro-gramme), RICHARD MARSON, later explained to me in an email that he was pressed for space and couldn't include everything, but for kids in the '60s, B & B were probably the main draw of the show. At least they appeared in the first fourteen books and had three annuals of their own back in the '60s.
I have a few other Blue Peter Books, but the ones featured in these two posts represent the programme in its heyday when the show was broadcast from BBC TELEVISION CENTRE (which should never have been sold off), and where the spirits of many a Blue Peter pet no doubt still romp around the spot of the famous (and original) BP garden.
"Get down, Shep!"
Comments welcome, so get typing.
Interestingly, the above cover came in for a bit of attention, as related in BIDDY BAXTER's book, DEAR BLUE PETER. Letter follows:
Posted by Kid at Monday, December 16, 2013