Happy Birthday Blue Peter!

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After notching up 37 presenters, 25 pets and one million badges, no one could have predicted that Blue Peter would still be going after 60 years. 

Blue Peter was launched by BBC producer John Hunter Blair, for the first time in October 16th 1958. It started as a 15-minute episode, which inspired little ones with tricky activities and crafts out of toilet rolls, making school-age children want to get that coveted Blue Peter badge. 

In the following years, Blue Peter's audience grew and by 1960, the show became the longest-running children's TV show in the world. 

Tonight, a one-hour live special will be shown on CBBC to celebrate Blue Peter's 60th anniversary, from 5 to 6 pm, featuring the return of Valerie Singleton, Peter Purves, Anthea Turner, Tim Vincent and Konnie Huq, Blue Peter's longest-serving female presenter. 

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Also, a special diamond Blue Peter badge has been created, in order to celebrate the show's milestone since it has aired around 5,000 episodes back in February. 

The diamond badge, designed by House of Holland, will only be available to viewers this whole year. If Blue Peter fans want to get their hands on them, they must complete a series of tasks first, in order to nab one. Good luck!


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