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DanChartFan
post Jun 1 2017, 06:26 PM
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Blue Peter today paid a short tribute to the legendary John Noakes at the end of this week's show (yep, the show is only once a week now!). I wondered what people thoughts were on it. Given how far removed the current show is from the show of the 60s and 70s, and how long ago he must seem to the young target audience, I wasn't sure if he'd even get more than say a endcap with his pic and dates, so I was pleased(ish) to see that they had given over the last minute of the show to him, and especially to hear how genuinely heartfelt and respectful the presenters were when speaking about him (particularly when compared with the delivery style of the presenter (don't know her name) on Newsround on Monday covering the news of his death). On the other hand short clips used were fairly brief and some were a little random, so more than 1 minute overall might have been preferable. I seem to recall that Caron Keating's memorial in 2004 was more like 3 minutes (and she left in 2000, so she would have been relatively unknown to the target audience of 2004 too, so it isn't a case of her having greater relevance to the then audience than John would have to the current one).

If you haven't seen it you can catch it on iplayer (am I allowed to link it here?)

Also I would love to hear what buzzjacker's favourite memories of John Noakes were, regardless of whether you were an original viewer, or only saw some of his best bits being repeated in later years.

RIP John, reunited with Shep and Patch now.


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post Jun 1 2017, 06:39 PM
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My parents loved John Noakes, were very upset about his passing.

Blue Peter was a massive part of my childhood. In my earliest memories, Tim Vincent, Dianne Louise Jordan, Anthea Turner and Stuart Miles were presenting and I vividly remember watching Katy Hill, Richard Bacon, Romana D'Annunzio, Konnie Huq, Simon Thomas, Matt Baker and Liz Barker presenting the show.
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post Jun 1 2017, 07:29 PM
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QUOTE(T Boy in Weeyals @ Jun 1 2017, 07:39 PM) *
My parents loved John Noakes, were very upset about his passing.

Blue Peter was a massive part of my childhood. In my earliest memories, Tim Vincent, Dianne Louise Jordan, Anthea Turner and Stuart Miles were presenting and I vividly remember watching Katy Hill, Richard Bacon, Romana D'Annunzio, Konnie Huq, Simon Thomas, Matt Baker and Liz Barker presenting the show.


I watched throughout that era too! Although my earliest memories are of Mark Curry, Caron Keating and Yvette Fielding, and I think I have very hazy memories of the tail end of Simon Groom, Peter Duncan and Janet Ellis's era as it overlapped with Mark and Caron. Admittedly I was rather old for the show by the time of the likes of Matt and Liz! The thing is that even though he was well before my time I was still very aware of who John Noakes was at the time, as Blue Peter often referenced the things he'd done back then, showed clips etc. Plus I had (and still have) all the annuals and most of the other tie-in books, almost all the videos, the CD-rom etc

I hope there is some sort of primetime tribute to John on the Beeb at some point. And any 60th anniversary celebrations for the show next year would be another opportunity for his legacy to be remembered. I would love, for example, a Blue Peter DVD, with complete films/segments or even full episodes from a given year or era, or themed ones drawing from all eras....
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post Jun 1 2017, 08:04 PM
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John Noakes was very much my era, He was a presenter for the whole of the time I watched the programme so I shed a tear or two on Monday. I watched today's show to see whether they said anything. Well, I say I watched it. I recorded it so I fast-forwarded through most of it. I'm glad they did something for him although they could have said something about the clips. I don't think the clips of him up Nelson's Column did justice to what an extraordinary thing it was for him to do.
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post Jun 1 2017, 09:17 PM
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QUOTE(Suedehead2 @ Jun 1 2017, 09:04 PM) *
John Noakes was very much my era, He was a presenter for the whole of the time I watched the programme so I shed a tear or two on Monday. I watched today's show to see whether they said anything. Well, I say I watched it. I recorded it so I fast-forwarded through most of it. I'm glad they did something for him although they could have said something about the clips. I don't think the clips of him up Nelson's Column did justice to what an extraordinary thing it was for him to do.


Exactly, although what they said was nice they didn't really put him or his feats in any sort of context. Back in the day they would have said the years he presented from, Who replaced him when he left (Your starter for ten: anyone remember who that was?) and his achievements, including the five mile freefall and nelson's coulumn and so on. But being on once a week now I guess their time is far more at a premium during the actual broacast programme than it was back in the day, but maybe they should put a longer version on their webpage/iplayer for anyone interested.

I watched the whole show today, and although it was a live outside broadcast (not sure how common either of those things are in the current series) I thought they did a good job, and Lindsey in particular was very good at ab-libbing around minor unexpected things, and came across to me as a really good presenter. Radzi seem pretty good too. Barney was the only presenter I've seen presenting before, but if this had been the only time I saw him then I wouldn't be sure what to think, as the other two seemed to do most of the show whilst Barney watched them. Barney certainly didn't seem like the senior presenter of the line-up today, but then I guess they've all been there a good few years now I suppose.
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post Jun 1 2017, 10:15 PM
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Konnie Huq, Simon Thomas, Matt Baker and Liz Barker were the ultimate presenters from my childhood and Katy Hill. Not sure what Blue Peter will do for 60.
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