Classic kids’ TV show Crackerjack is returning to the BBC

It’s Friday, it’s five to five and it’s… a TV show that anyone who watched children’s television between the late Fifties and the early Eighties will remember fondly.

Crackerjack was a variety show aimed at the younger viewer with competitions, sketches and – most memorably of all – popular songs of the day performed by middle-aged comics such as Peter Glaze and Don McClean.

Glaze’s idiosyncratic take on David Bowie’s’ chilly funk mantra Golden Years is one of the most extraordinary moments in the history of television.

And now it’s coming back.

A new series of the iconic programme, which originally ran from 1955 until 1984, will be made at MediaCityUK in Salford by BBC Children’s In-House Productions and will be available to watch on CBBC and iPlayer .  

This series will be presented by Sam Nixon and Mark Rhodes, who first came to public attention as runner-up on the second series of Pop Idol and have since gone on to front a number of shows such as TMi, Top of the Pops Reloaded, Copycats and Sam and Mark’s Guide to Dodging Disaster.

Cheryl Taylor, the head of content for BBC Children’s, said: “Crackerjack is just one of several fabulous series that Children’s in-house productions have developed this year.

“It’s the perfect vehicle for our much-loved stars Sam and Mark and promises to usher in a new era of frenetic family fun and whizzbang audience antics.”

Crackerjack embraced a number of different formats over its twenty-nine year history, including a talent competition and a video game tournament.

The prizes for any games invariably included a Crackerjack pencil.

The precise content of the new version of the show is yet to be announced but readers can assume that whenever the title of the show is mentioned, the live studio audience will be encouraged to bellow CRACKERJACK! in response.

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