Classic BBC kids show Crackerjack! returns to TV after 35 years off-screen

11-02-2019 16:02

CRACKERJACK! is returning to children’s TV after 35 years off-screen, it has been revealed.

The classic BBC kids show first launched in 1955 and was presented by  Eamonn Andrews, Leslie Crowther, Michael Aspel, Ed Stewart and Stu Francis throughout the years.

Crackjack! was a hit with millions of children throughout its 35-year run

But after being axed in 1984, the show is being rebooted with former X Factor contestants Sam Nixon and Mark Rhode taking over the hotseat.

Cheryl Taylor, 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.”

The 45-minute show entertained millions of children over the years with its famous catchphrase: “It’s Friday, it’s Five o’clock.. It’s Crackerjack!”

Christine Holmes, Leslie Crowther, Jillian Comber, and Peter Glaze were among the show’s presenters
Hosts Stu Francis and Jan Michelle with guest star Leo Sayer
Hulton Archive – Getty

It was originally filmed in Shepherd’s Bush Theatre (later BBC Television Centre) where kids could get involved in games and music.

Players received a prize for every correct answer and were handed a cabbage if they got it wrong.

They then had to hold as many as possible until everything came tumbling down on the floor.

Everyone who took part was given a Crackerjack! pencil.

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