Alex Leger
Author Alex Leger spent a record 36 years as a producer and director on Blue Peter before retiring last year to write the amazing story of his four decades on the renowned children’s TV show.

A former Army officer, he was hired by fabled Blue Peter editor Biddy Baxter and went on to become a stalwart of the show – responsible for many of its most iconic reports from around the world.

His career began with Blue Peter legends John Noakes, Peter Purves and Lesley Judd, and he subsequently worked with and mentored every one of the 30 or so presenters who followed them, including the current team, Helen Skelton and Barney Harwood.

With an audience in excess of eight million regular viewers, the decades following Alex’s arrival on Blue Peter were a golden age for the show and its audience with many memorable moments.

Presenters travelled the world, reporting to their young audience without ever patronising or talking down to them.

Blue Peter is the world's longest-running children's TV show and generations of British kids have grown up watching the exploits and adventures of its presenters at home and abroad.

Alex's book, Blue Peter: Behind the Badge, coincides with news the show will be leaving BBC One for a digital channel and marks the end of an era for terrestrial children's broadcasting.

Entries by Alex Leger

Would Fifty Shades Have Seen the Light of Day if E.L. James Had Been Forced to Find a Print Publisher First?

(1) Comments | Posted 28 November 2012 | (16:11)

WHEN I sat down to write my memoirs last year, friends in the know told me I'd have no trouble landing a reputable publisher.

After all, I'd spent 36 years working for Blue Peter, one of the world's best-known children's TV shows with a rock solid fan base to boot.

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Blue Peter and the Golden Age of British Children's Television

(2) Comments | Posted 7 November 2012 | (23:00)

When I joined Blue Peter in 1975, its small office looked more like a jumble sale in progress than the nerve centre of one of the world's most successful and popular children's TV shows.

In those days, BBC Television Centre in Wood Lane, London, was strictly analogue - full of...

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