Blue Peter

4:30pm Monday 26 September on BBC ONE

Barney Harwood and Helen Skelton kick off a new series in style from the programme’s new studio in Salford Quays (they also launch the latest Blue Peter Appeal, encouraging people to get baking to raise money for BBC Children In Need)

4.30pm Monday 28 February on BBC ONE

The team announce the winners of the 11th Blue Peter Book Awards and also look ahead to Red Nose Day, for which Helen Skelton is taking part in a high-wire challenge to raise money for Comic Relief

CBBC’s Blue Peter and Buckingham Palace are today announcing the winning entry in the competition to design the official emblem for Her Majesty The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012.

Katherine Dewar, aged 10, from Chester, created the winning design that will be seen by millions of people, appearing on everything from posters to commemorative tea cups.

Her winning design features a crown poised above the Union Jack flag with columns of diamonds down either side.

The once-in-a-lifetime prize proved a huge draw and the competition received almost 35,000 entries from children aged six to 14. The judging panel included renowned branding expert Martin Lambie-Nairn, Blue Peter presenter Barney Harwood and children’s book illustrators Tony Ross, Nick Sharratt and Emma Chichester-Clark. They faced an enormous task choosing a winner out of the thousands of entries, but Katherine’s simple and eye-catching design stood out as the winning entry.

The top 30 children across the three age categories – including Katherine – have now been invited to a special tea party at Buckingham Palace in March 2011 to celebrate their achievements.

Katherine said: “I was really excited to win the competition. It was great to see my design turned from a drawing into a print that will be used on so many things. I’m looking forward to seeing people waving flags with my design on to celebrate The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.”

Tim Levell, editor of Blue Peter said: “We were blown away by the response to our competition. We expected a few thousand entries but ended up with nearly 35,000. The Royal Family and particularly The Queen are clearly much loved by our audience. This competition is helping get children excited already about next year’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations.”

Martin Lambie-Nairn said: “To give a child the responsibility of designing an emblem as important as this is a brave ambition. The process has been brilliantly managed by the BBC’s Blue Peter and the Palace. The result is beautiful, fresh and practical. All of us who were involved are thrilled.”

Viewers can see Katherine live on this afternoon’s (Monday 21 February) Blue Peter on BBC One at 4.35pm. The programme also features presenter Barney Harwood visiting Buckingham Palace for the final judging process and Barney and Katherine witnessing the transformation of her drawing into the official emblem at the Heavenly design studios.

Blue Peter is transmitted on BBC One every Monday and Tuesday and repeated on the CBBC channel on Saturday and Sunday. The presenters are Andy Akinwolere, Barney Harwood and Helen Skelton.

The competition had three age categories: 6-8s, 9-11s and 12-14s.

4.35pm Tuesday 31 August and Wednesday 1 September on BBC ONE

Joel Defries, Helen Skelton and Andy Akolwinere reveal all about their summer trip to Italy as Blue Peter returns for a new series

4.35pm Monday 7 to Thursday 10 June on BBC ONE

Four special programmes begin a Countdown To Kick Off ahead of the 2010 World Cup, presented live from the sacred turf of the Blue Peter Garden in London, W12

4.35pm Tuesday 1 to Friday 4 June on BBC ONE

The Blue Peter team tackle a variety of historical challenges as they uncover the real stories behind Britain’s gruesome past.

The BBC today announces it will be launching a simulcast of BBC One in high definition (HD) this Autumn.

 

BBC One HD, which will simulcast a network version of the BBC One schedule for the first time, will see some of the BBC’s most loved programmes including EastEnders, Holby City, The One Show, The Apprentice, The Weakest Link and QI move to HD by the end of the year. They will be broadcast alongside Autumn schedule highlights including Strictly Come Dancing, Human Planet and Waterloo Road.

Plans are also underway for HD moves for Songs Of Praise and Casualty, as well as Match Of The Day, A Question Of Sport, and Blue Peter.

BBC One in HD will be made available to all digital television platforms offering HD channels – Freesat, Freeview, Sky and Virgin Media.

It will be in addition to the existing BBC HD channel, which will showcase the best of the rest of the BBC in HD. It is also announced today that the BBC HD Channel itself will extend its regular broadcast hours over the coming months from around nine hours a day to 12.

The BBC is charged with “delivering to the public the benefit of emerging communications technologies and services” under its Royal Charter. With today’s announcement, the BBC continues its transition to deliver all its programmes in HD, with BBC One leading the way.

Jana Bennett, Director BBC Vision, says: “BBC HD has established itself as the most popular HD service, and these changes are important next steps in improving that service still further, providing an opportunity to showcase the wide variety of BBC programmes in the highest possible quality. We recognise that audiences have already been enjoying many of their favourite programmes in HD, and I’m delighted that we can now broaden their choice.”

Danielle Nagler, Head of BBC HD, says: “HD is the future of television: people who have HD have clearly told us that they want more of their licence fee-funded content in HD. I’m delighted that the HD simulcast of BBC One will become available on satellite, on cable, and now also on Freeview’s new HD service. This is a key moment for us on the journey to HD becoming the norm for all our programmes and channels.

“Audiences have already been enjoying many BBC One programmes in HD on our existing HD channel and the arrival of BBC One simulcast in HD will make it easier for them to find the programmes they love in high definition. BBC HD – the most popular HD channel in the UK – will continue to show programmes from across all BBC channels.”

Jay Hunt, Controller, BBC One, says: “HD is the gold standard for broadcasting, and it’s right that we bring all the excitement of HD to BBC One – the most watched channel in the UK.

“BBC One HD will bring families together for shared viewing of their favourite programmes from EastEnders and Strictly Come Dancing to The One Show, in incredible and vivid detail.”

The Autumn launch is the first stage in delivering BBC One in HD. The majority of programmes in the BBC One network evening schedule will be available in HD at launch, and by 2012 it is expected that the vast majority of all BBC One titles across all hours will be in HD.

The BBC’s existing HD Channel will continue to remain home to the best of the BBC’s programmes from across all its channels, including Top Gear, the Proms, Later… With Jools Holland, The Culture Show, Dragons’ Den, Being Human, Mad Men, sporting programmes including Wimbledon, as well as CBeebies favourites In The Night Garden and ZingZillas.

 

4.35pm Tuesday 25 May on BBC ONE

Blue Peter keeps up its tradition of gaining unprecedented access to prestigious venues and events as Joel Defries and Helen Skelton go behind the scenes at the House of Lords, The Royal Mews and The Household Cavalry to help prepare for the State Opening of Parliament.

 

Blue Peter have confirmed that the show’s dog Mabel will be leaving the show after 14 years.

Producers announced today that the long-running children’s programme would be parting ways with their veteran Border Collie Cross dog when she retires on March 30th.

Mabel said of the departure: “Grrrrr. ROWF! ROWF! Only kidding. I’ve had a splended time on the show. All that business with the naming of the cat was a bit of a ball-ache, but apart from that, I’ve had more fun than George Best in a naked brewery tour. However, it’s time to hang up the lead… I can’t be arsed with the long days to be honest with you. I just want to lick my genitals and eat pies now.”

The programme’s first ever rescue dog, Mabel originally featured on the programme in January 8, 1996 during a short film about the RSPCA, before joining the show shortly after.

The pet is the second longest-serving dog on the show after Petra, who appeared on Blue Peter for 15 years between 1962 and 1977. During her long career Mabel has starred alongside 14 different presenters.

Presenter Joel Defries said of the news: “Mabel is a legend, she has spent 98 dog years working on Blue Peter and we will all miss her dearly.”

A statement from the CBBC show confirmed that Mabel will spend her retirement living with a former member of the production team.

Say what you will about Blue Peter, but away from the fakery scandals and the insanly prissy BBCishness of the presenters, it really does do some really cool things for Ver Kids.

Today, the show announced that nine-year-old Florence Jackson from Bristol is the winner of the Royal Mint’s Design a 50p Coin competition. Florence will be the first child in British history to design a circulation coin.

How great it that?

Florence won the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see her design appear on 50p pieces after she took part in one of Blue Peter’s most important competitions, beating over 17,000 other entries.

The competition was launched to tie in with London 2012.

Florence said: “I am so excited. It was a real surprise to win. I’d never entered a Blue Peter competition before, but really wanted to take part because I love drawing. I chose the high-jump because I’d watched it on TV before and thought it looked fun. It was amazing to visit the Royal Mint and see my picture turned into a coin. I can’t wait to see it in my pocket money!”

Tim Levell, editor of Blue Peter, said: “Blue Peter prides itself on epic competitions, but Florence’s achievement is perhaps the most significant in Blue Peter’s history. Her design will not only go into circulation next year, but – as the first coin designed by a child – will end up in museums for thousands of years to come. The fun and vitality of her drawing won over all the judges and is a clear and well-deserved winner.”

Florence was joined by Olympic gold medallist Denise Lewis and Blue Peter presenter Andy Akinwolere at the Royal Mint to strike her first coin and will be officially announced as the competition winner on tonight’s Blue Peter (BBC One, 4.35 pm).

Her winning design depicts the high-jump, celebrating the Olympic and Paralympic discipline of Athletics. The design will feature on millions of 50 pence coins in people’s change next year.

Denise Lewis said: “Florence has done all Olympians and Paralympians proud. Her design is simple and effective and I’m honoured to say I saw it first. Florence is a very deserving winner and her coin is a great illustration of how everyone can be a part of London 2012.”

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