Blue Peter was created to fill a six-week gap in scheduling, but ended up becoming the longest running children’s show in the world. It was designed to take kids on a voyage – hence the ship logo – and it’s been doing just that since 1958. TV artist Tony Hart was the man behind the logo, receiving £100 for his work – about £1,500 today – but he would be a millionaire if he received royalties. Since it first hit our screens, Blue Peter has had 37 presenters who have explained the news to generations of children, shown them arts and crafts and inspired them to take up new hobbies. So, we’ve had a look at what they did once they left the show and what they’re doing now. Christopher Trace – 1958 to 1967 Christopher was one of the original presenters when the show first aired. Before joining the team he had a number of jobs including a farm labourer and he was in the Army. He started his television career as Charlton Heston’s understudy in Ben Hur. He was part of Blue Peter for eight and half years before quitting to be a production manager and writer for… Read full this story
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