Friday 17 November 2017

Phillip Schofield to be reunited with Gordon The Gopher for anniversary show

Phillip Schofield and Gordon The Gopher, who look set to be reunited in the Broom Cupboard as CBBC celebrates its 30th anniversary
Phillip Schofield and Gordon The Gopher, who look set to be reunited in the Broom Cupboard as CBBC celebrates its 30th anniversary
Phillip Schofield was the first 'in-vision continuity' presenter for Children's BBC

Phillip Schofield and Gordon The Gopher look set to be reunited in the Broom Cupboard as CBBC celebrates its 30th anniversary of live TV presentation.

The This Morning host began his TV career in 1985 as the first 'in-vision continuity' presenter for Children's BBC.

Now Schofield and his puppet co-presenter Gordon are set to be reunited on Wednesday September 9, along with Andi Peters and Edd the Duck, exactly 30 years to the day since Schofield made his debut behind the tiny control desk.

The 53-year-old presenter said: "I can't believe it's 30 years since I welcomed viewers to the first afternoon of Children's BBC. I had great fun in the Broom Cupboard, learning the skills of live TV. If you can introduce Newsround with a fluffy Gopher squeaking next to you, you can handle anything! I'm delighted to be involved in CBBC's anniversary celebrations. Here's to the next 30 years."

Other past presenters joining in the live celebrations live at MediaCityUK in Salford include Zoe Ball, Andy Crane, Toby Anstis, Angellica Bell, Dick and Dom and Otis the Aardvark.

Peters said: "I'm really looking forward to getting back in the Broom Cupboard with my old mate Edd the Duck for the 30th anniversary. He's combing his green mohican as I speak! When I last presented Children's BBC, Take That were topping the charts and Chris Evans was everywhere... perhaps not that much has changed in the last 22 years after all."

The 60-minute celebration show, Hacker's Birthday Bash, hosted by current presenters Hacker T Dog, Cel Spellman, Katie Thistleton and Dodge T Dog, will also see the announcement of a brand new CBBC presenter live on air.

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