Most of us grew up running home from school to hear our favourite Blue Peter presenters utter the words ‘Here’s one we made earlier’, while we tackled sticky back plastic to make something vaguely similar.
We desperately wanted a Blue Peter badge, but unless we were willing to break a Guinness World record or run a marathon we knew it was going to be pretty hard to accomplish.
Bonnie, Mabel and Lucy were also a reason to tune in and basically our foster pets since we weren’t allowed any of our own!
But our real favourites were the adventurous presenters, who travelled the world, hiked up mountains, made various models out of toilet rolls and were there to greet us as we got home from school.
But where are our favourite Blue Peter presenters now?
Yvette was one of the youngest Blue Peter presenters when she joined in 1987. Previous to this she had acted in a BBC drama series called Seaview. Yvette has gone on to have a successful presenting career, and is well known for fronting the spooky Most Haunted show. She also appeared on ‘I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here’ last year.
Tim appeared on the show in the 90s – eventually leaving in 1997 to pursue other roles. For the show, Tim completed the New York marathon and also visited South Africa – definitely earning his Blue Peter badge. He briefly went back into acting, starring in Emmerdale. He has since taken his presenting career to America where he now presents shows such as Access Hollywood.
Valerie presented the show from 1962 to 1972. A highlight of her time on the show was when she joined princess Anne on a royal safari in Kenya. When she left Blue Peter she continued to work with the BBC as a reporter for a few years, but then went on to present various show on BBC 2 and Radio 4.
Richard joined Blue Peter in 1998, and went on to present various other shows afterwards including Top of the Pops and the Big Breakfast. His radio career then took off – hosting the popular Radio 5 Live programme for many years. He now lives in America with his wife and two children – Arthur, four and Ivy, two.
Sarah joined Blue Peter in 1980 and presented for three years. She’s previously said that diving to the wreck of the Mary Rose was her favourite moment on the show. Sarah enjoyed a successful presenting career when she left – hosting Saturday morning programmes such as Saturday Super Store and Going Live with Philip Scholfield. She married Mike Smith in 1989 and they went on to do a radio show together. Sarah also appeared on ITV’s Dancing on Ice in 2008.
In 1989 John Leslie became Blue Peter’s first Scottish presenter. John was on the show for five years and became the second presenter to complete the London marathon. He then went on to present other popular TV shows such as This Morning and Wheel of Fortune. John famously dated Catherine Zeta Jones before she moved to America to start her film career.
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Konnie is the longest-serving female presenter of Blue Peter – having joined in 1997 and leaving in 2008. In her nearly 11 years she was an extra in a Bollywood film and also visited Bangladesh. Konnie went on to present on ITV’s the Xtra Factor and has also appeared on Channel 5’s Milkshake show. She is married to writer Charlie Brooker.
Zoe joined Blue Peter in 2004 after training as a lawyer and winning the title of Miss Northern Ireland in 2000. After she left in 2008 she fronted TV shows such as Angela and Friends and also starred in Dancing on Ice in 2008, where she made it to the quarter finals. Zoe recently got married to William Corrie in Barbados.