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John Noakes (born 6 March 1934, in Shelf, Halifax, Yorkshire, England) is a British actor, presenter and television personality, best known for co-presenting the BBC children's magazine programme Blue Peter in the 1960s and 1970s. He remains the show's longest-serving presenter, with a stint that lasted 12 years and 6 months. He studied at Rishworth School in Rishworth, Halifax. March 6 is the 65th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (66th in Leap years). ... 1934 (MCMXXXIV) was a common year starting on Monday (link will take you to calendar). ... This article is about the English town - see Halifax Regional Municipality, Nova Scotia for the city in Canada, and Halifax for everywhere else Statistics Population: 82,056 [1] Ordnance Survey OS grid reference: SE335205 Administration District: Calderdale Metropolitan county: West Yorkshire Region: Yorkshire and the Humber Constituent country: England Sovereign... Look up Yorkshire in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Motto: (French for God and my right) Anthem: God Save the King/Queen Capital London (de facto) Largest city London Official language(s) English (de facto) Unification    - by Athelstan AD 927  Area    - Total 130,395 km² (1st in UK)   50,346 sq mi  Population    - 2006 est. ... The British Broadcasting Corporation, usually known as the BBC (and also informally known as the Beeb or Auntie) is one of the largest broadcasting corporations in the world in terms of audience numbers, employing 26,000 staff in the UK alone and with a budget of more than £4 billion. ... For other uses, see Blue Peter (disambiguation). ... The 1960s decade refers to the years from January 1, 1960 to December 31, 1969, inclusive. ... The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979, inclusive. ...


Noakes worked as an aircraft engine fitter and then as an actor, before he became a Blue Peter presenter on 30 December 1965, joining Christopher Trace and Valerie Singleton. Trace left the programme in 1967, and was replaced by Peter Purves, thus creating the famous 'Val, John and Pete' line-up that lasted until 1972, probably the most popular set of presenters the programme has had in its long history. After Singleton's departure, Noakes and Purves presented with Lesley Judd, another popular (and even longer-running) line-up. At a time when most BBC presenters spoke with received pronunciation, Noakes's broad Yorkshire accent was a novelty. December 30 is the 364th day of the year (365th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 1 day remaining. ... 1965 (MCMLXV) was a common year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1965 calendar). ... Christopher Leonard Trace (March 21, 1933 – September 5, 1992) was a British actor and television presenter, most famous for his nine year stint as a presenter of the BBC One childrens programme Blue Peter. ... Valerie Singleton (born 9 April 1937) is a British television and radio presenter, best known for her many years as the female presenter of the popular childrens series, Blue Peter. ... 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar (the link is to a full 1967 calendar). ... Peter Purves (publicity portrait) Peter Purves (born February 10, 1939) is a British actor and television presenter. ... 1972 (MCMLXXII) was a leap year starting on Saturday. ... Lesley Judd (born 20 December 1946, London, UK) is a British actress and TV presenter best known as a long-serving host of the BBC childrens programme Blue Peter. ... The British Broadcasting Corporation, usually known as the BBC (and also informally known as the Beeb or Auntie) is one of the largest broadcasting corporations in the world in terms of audience numbers, employing 26,000 staff in the UK alone and with a budget of more than £4 billion. ... Note: This page or section contains IPA phonetic symbols in Unicode. ... Note: This page contains IPA phonetic symbols in Unicode. ...


Noakes usually played the role of action man in the programme. Highlights included free-fall parachuting with the Red Devils and bobsleighing (his sled hit a hole in the ice and turned over, injuring him). For a few years, he held the record for the longest free-fall parachute jump by a British civilian, although it has since been broken. Action Man is an doll originally produced and sold in the United Kingdom by Palitoy Ltd of Coalville, Leicestershire from 1966 until 1984. ... Red Devils may be: The Red Devils are the Parachute Regiments parachute display team. ... Historic bobteam from Davos around 1910 Listen to this article · (info) This audio file was created from an article revision dated 2006-02-04, and may not reflect subsequent edits to the article. ...


Like most presenters, Noakes was encouraged to take special responsibility for one of the shows pets. His original dog was Patch, the son of Petra, the very first Blue Peter dog). After Patch's sudden death in 1971 (from a rare disease), he was given another pet dog, Shep, a Border Collie. His attempts to control the excitable Shep led to his memorable catchphrase 'Get down, Shep!'. Shep (1971-1987) was a famous Blue Peter dog, a border collie, remembered by British TV viewers as inseparable from John Noakes who would say Get Down Shep!!. Categories: | ... The Border Collie is a hard-working breed of herding dog that originated in the border country of England and Scotland. ...


Concurrent with his work on Blue Peter, Noakes and Shep starred in another factual series, Go With Noakes, in which they travelled around the country getting involved in activities as diverse as motor racing, rowing, aerobatics and painting. Go With Noakes began on 28 March 1976, and would run for five series and 30 episodes, finishing its original run on 21 December 1980.[1] March 28 is the 87th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (88th in leap years). ... 1976 (MCMLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Thursday. ... December 21 is the 355th day of the year (356th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday. ...


Noakes finally left Blue Peter on 26 June 1978.[2] Popular belief has it that he was not allowed to keep Shep, but although the dog was indeed legally owned by the BBC, Noakes was permitted to keep him. However, according to the behind-the-scenes book The Inside Story Of Blue Peter (by the show's longest-serving Editor, Biddy Baxter), the BBC stopped giving him the special regular payments he had previously received to pay for Shep's food and vet bills (what Noakes referred to as his 'dog money'). This rankled with him, even more so when, after Noakes had been offered lucrative work advertising dog food, the BBC stipulated that Shep could not appear in the commercial with him. In the end, Noakes did the commercial with a lookalike collie named Skip. June 26 is the 177th day of the year (178th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 188 days remaining. ... 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday. ... Biddy Baxter was born in Leicester and educated at St Marys College, Durham University. ...


In 1982, he and his wife made an unsuccessful attempt to sail around the world. A second attempt in 1984 got no further than Majorca, where they settled down to run a boat rental business. 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1984 (MCMLXXXIV) was a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Majorca (Mallorca in Catalan and Spanish, sometimes also encountered in English),: from Latin insula maior, later Maiorica, (major island) is one of the Balearic Islands (Catalan: Illes Balears, Spanish: Islas Baleares), which are located in the Mediterranean Sea and are a part of Spain. ...


1983 saw Noakes presenting The Dinosaur Trail, a lively 7-part documentary for Children's ITV. 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The current CiTV logo CiTV (short for Childrens ITV) is ITVs brand for childrens television output on its primary television channel known as ITV1. ...


Between 1986 and 1988, the BBC produced a programme called Fax!, which was designed to cash in on the then-current trivia craze by finding answers to random questions posed by viewers. One question was 'Whatever happened to John Noakes and Shep?' Noakes and his wife appeared on the show on 20 January 1987 to reveal what he had been doing since retiring from television, and during the course of the interview, Noakes tearfully revealed that Shep had died just days beforehand.[3] 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... January 20 is the 20th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Notwithstanding his status as a pop culture icon for a whole generation, Noakes has become publicly bitter about his Blue Peter experiences. Despite having come across as a very natural presenter, he claimed his television personality was a fake, and he was merely acting a role. He also complained about his perceived low salary during his time on Blue Peter, and expressed disgust that he had apparently never been insured for any of the stunts he had undertaken, claiming that he would never have gone through with them had he been aware of this at the time. The Purves/Singleton/Noakes team was reunited in January 2000 for the disinterment of the time capsule that they had buried in 1971, though Noakes appeared without much apparent enthusiasm. 2000 : January - February - March - April - May - June - July - August - September - October - November - December Events: January 1- Millennium celebrations take place throughout the world. ... A time capsule is a histori c cache of goods and/or information, usually intended as a method of communication with people in the future. ... 1971 (MCMLXXI) was a common year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1971 calendar). ...


In 2004, Noakes took part in the Living TV reality TV show I'm Famous and Frightened!. A year later, he appeared in the Channel 5 programme Britain's Worst Celebrity Driver. 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... LIVINGtv is a British television channel owned by Flextech. ... Im Famous and Frightened is a Living TV reality TV show in which, 8 celebrities stay for three nights in a haunted castle, they must then do terrifying challenges in order to raise money for charity. ... Five (often referred as five, as per the logo), formerly, and more commonly known as Channel 5, is the British fifth and final national analogue terrestrial TV channel. ... Britains Worst Celebrity Driver was a Five reality television show in which 6 British celebrities had to drive from John OGroats and perform various challenges. ...


A view of John Noakes as a childhood icon of the 1960's and 70's can be found here http://www.ayup.co.uk/loud/loud0-2.html

Preceded by
the first 'third' presenter
Blue Peter Presenter No. 5
1965-78
Succeeded by
Christopher Wenner

For other uses, see Blue Peter (disambiguation). ... Christopher Wenner is a former British television presenter and journalist. ...

References

  1. ^ BBC programme catalogue entry for Go With Noakes. Retrieved on 2007-01-30.
  2. ^ BBC programme catalogue entry for Blue Peter, transmission date 26.6.78. Retrieved on 2007-01-30.
  3. ^ BBC programme catalogue entry for Fax!, transmission date 20.1.87. Retrieved on 2007-01-30.

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John Noakes (0 words)
Noakes worked as an aircraft engine fitter and then as an actor, before he became a ''Blue Peter'' presenter in 1965, joining Christopher Trace and Valerie Singleton.
Trace left the programme in 1967, and was replaced by Peter Purves, thus creating the famous "Val, John and Pete" line-up that lasted until 1972, probably the most popular set of presenters the programme has had in its long history.
One question was "Whatever happened to John Noakes and Shep?" Noakes and his wife appeared on the show to reveal what he'd been up to since disappearing from television, and during the course of the interview, Noakes tearfully revealed that Shep had died just days beforehand.
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