Trivia / Blue Peter

  • Contractual Purity - Very much the case here, at least while you're actually on the show. Presenters are required to present a "clean and wholesome" image at all times. This means no smoking, no drugs and certainly no being a Page Three Stunna.
    • The very first presenter, Peter Trace, was sacked - for adultery - in 1959.
    • A previous presenter's tenure was cut very short when tabloids revealed he'd not only been in porn, it was gay porn. This was compounded by his having, briefly, been a rent boy. BP takes it very seriously that its presenters should be morally upstanding and squeaky-clean.
    • Richard Bacon's drug-related fall is well documented.
    • Lesley Judd left the series shortly before it was revealed her lover had left his wife for her.
    • Even in the morally less hung-up eighties, a female presenter was forced out when it was revealed she was having a baby but not married.
    • Zoe Salmon's innappropriate on-air diversion into her Northern Irish political affiliations nearly got her sacked (see main).
  • Executive Veto: Prior to producer Biddy Baxter, the show had featured up-and-coming musical groups in music slots. However, Baxter was against having musical acts on an educational programme and cancelled scheduled appearances by two quite popular new bands of the time - The Beatles and The Rolling Stones. No musical group ever again appeared on BP until the very late 1990's and Baxter's retirement, when Steps became the house-band for Blue Peter.
  • Executive Meddling: Biddy Baxter, who saw the BBC's role (and by extension Blue Peter) as an organization appointed to inform and to educate, at the expense of entertainment (see Executive Veto) Baxter's essentially benign, but still authoritarian, management of BP is said to be the biggest single reason why BP has lasted so long - it is viewed as an old-time quality product. It has been frequently commented on as to how "standards appear to have slipped" since Baxter gave up the reins.
  • Never Work with Children or Animals: Lulu the elephant incident is particularly infamous.
  • Role-Ending Misdemeanor:
    • Subverted with Richard Bacon, who was dismissed for doing cocaine. He has since done a lot of other, grown-up television since getting kicked off the show, even on the BBC itself.
    • Subverted with Peter Duncan, whose appearance in a soft porn movie was revealed soon after he joined the series, but The BBC stood by him and he remained on the show for several years.
  • Undermined by Reality: Richard Bacon's drug-related sacking.
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