The Blue Peter Diaries

The Blue Peter Diaries

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by Richard Marson

Blue Peter is the world’s longest-running children’s programme, launched by the BBC in 1958. Richard Marson worked on the iconic series for ten years, four of them as Editor. On the eve of the show’s diamond anniversary, The Blue Peter Diaries offer a fascinating insight into its production, taking the lid off the fun and frustrations of one of the BBC’s top jobs. Packed with compelling behind-the-scenes stories of filming all over the world, and of the many extraordinary characters he met along the way, the thrill (and occasional disasters) of live television, as well as frank accounts of television power games, the coming and goings of presenters and pets, and his own dramatic departure from the show.        

Feedback for The Blue Peter Diaries:

Simon Thomas (1999-2005) ‘Reading these diaries brought many wonderful memories flooding back, as well as telling me loads I never knew about the inside workings of Blue Peter. A heartfelt, humorous, belter of a read!’

Stuart Miles (1994-1999) ‘This book transported me back to the studio floor, the buzz of live TV and all the behind the scenes gossip. I raced through the diaries in a couple of days and just couldn't put them down. With hilarious honesty Richard made me laugh so much and, in the end, cry too.’

Gethin Jones (2005-2008) ‘After all these years, it’s amazing - and a bit surreal - to get the chance to read chunks of it. I found it fascinating. It takes you right behind the scenes. Sometimes it’s hilariously funny, sometimes really sad. If you’ve ever wanted to know more about life in TV, the highs and the lows, this is the book for you.’

Konnie Huq (1997-2008) ‘I love the way Rich writes, it’s so compelling and addictive, just makes you want to keep on reading...’

Andy Akinwolere (2006-2011) ‘Reading the diaries has been enlightening, understanding the trials and tribulations faced when you’re in charge of such a huge brand. Thought provoking as well as funny’


Book design : Robert Hammond

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