Thursday 21 June 2018

Six Blue Peter hosts pictured together again with no sticky-back plastic

Peter Duncan planted a kiss on the cheek of Mark Curry in one of the snaps.

Ex-Blue Peter hosts Mark Curry, Peter Duncan, Janet Ellis, Valerie Singleton, Peter Purves and Tim Vincent (Nick Rutter/PA)
Ex-Blue Peter hosts Mark Curry, Peter Duncan, Janet Ellis, Valerie Singleton, Peter Purves and Tim Vincent (Nick Rutter/PA)

By Sherna Noah, Press Association Senior Entertainment Correspondent

Here’s one we made earlier – six Blue Peter presenters have reunited on stage for the first time.

Ex-Blue Peter hosts Mark Curry, Peter Duncan, Janet Ellis, Peter Purves, Valerie Singleton and Tim Vincent are preparing to appear on stage at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

And Duncan planted a kiss on Curry’s cheek in one of the snaps from their photoshoot.

Blue Peter launched in 1958. The TV institution celebrates its 60th anniversary in October.

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Peter Duncan, Tim Vincent Janet Ellis, Mark Curry and Peter Purves (Nick Rutter/PA)

Presenter Vincent, who is producing the play with the Cahoots Theatre Company, 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.”

The play has been penned by Olivier Award-winning Tim Whitnall, whose one-man play Morecambe, about comedian Eric Morecambe, premiered at the 2009 Edinburgh Festival before transferring to the West End.

Directed by Olivier-Award nominated Ian Talbot, Once Seen On Blue Peter will be on show at the Assembly Ballroom, Edinburgh, from August 4 to 26.

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