The shows were broadcast live in front of an audience largely of children, originally at the King's Theatre on Hammersmith Road until 1963, then at the BBC Television Theatre (now the ... See full summary »
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Bert Hayes Bert Hayes ...  Himself - and his Orchestra / ... 347 episodes, 1957-1979
Peter Glaze Peter Glaze ...  Himself - Regular 309 episodes, 1960-1979
Jillian Comber Jillian Comber ...  Herself - Regular 188 episodes, 1961-1970
Leslie Crowther Leslie Crowther ...  Himself - Host / ... 159 episodes, 1960-1968
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The shows were broadcast live in front of an audience largely of children, originally at the King's Theatre on Hammersmith Road until 1963, then at the BBC Television Theatre (now the Shepherds Bush Empire). The format of the programme included competitive games for teams of children, a music spot, a comedy double act, and a finale in which the cast performed a short comic play, adapting popular songs of the day and incorporating them into the action. Written by gerrymccaffrey

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UK

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English

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14 September 1955 (UK) See more »

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Mono

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1.33 : 1
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Its unclear how many of the original live episodes that were recorded and archived still survive as of early 2019, due to a notorious and ruthless near total culling of the BBC Archive's Children's Television section asset holdings, in the early 1990s. Seemingly, the Archive purge was initiated without consultation with the BBC's Children Programming Department, resulting in many other pre-1990s children's programmes being wiped and or destroyed, aka "lost" forever. See more »

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Featured in The Story of Light Entertainment: Radio Stars (2006) See more »

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Does Anyone Out There Still Own A 'Crackerjack!' Pencil?
10 September 2006 | by ShadeGrenadeSee all my reviews

On Channel 4's 'The 100 Greatest Kids T.V. Shows', some twerp I've never heard of said he "couldn't understand how 'Crackerjack!' ever got a commission, seeing how it was a poor quality version of 'Seaside Special'". I couldn't understand how he had seen these shows as he looked too young to remember either. For millions of children, 'Crackerjack!' was the television highlight of the week, coming as it did on the last day of school. Many presenters, including Elaine Paige, Leslie Crowther, Ronnie Corbett, and Michael Aspel, went on to become big stars ( my favourite, however, was Don Maclean ). And who can forget dear old Peter Glaze with his owl-like glasses, podgy shape, and habit of exclaiming 'Doh!' every time he was made to look foolish? The show had quizzes, a regular pop group slot, and comedy sketches where the cast sang pop songs with the lyrics rewritten to fit the situation. 'Crackerjack!' probably wouldn't work today, but its memory should be treasured.


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