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100 children's TV stars .. where are they now? Remember it's Friday, it's five to five...? Or Basil Brush's boom-boom? A new BBC4 show takes a nostalgic look at kids' favourite TV shows through the years the innocent Muffin The Mule to the gritty Grange Hill. Here we find out what 100 famous children's presenters from the 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s are up to now...


Annette Mills Muffin The Mule

Annette's last TV appearance was in Muffin The Mule's final show in 1955 - she died days later aged 61.

Leila Williams Blue Peter

The show's first female presenter, Leila married the lead singer of The Mudlarks and now, at 70, lives in Spain.

Christopher Trace Blue Peter

Christopher moved into radio and became themanager of an engineering factory. He died in 1992, aged 59.

Desmond Morris Zoo Time

PRESENTED from a studio inside London Zoo. Writes books on animal behaviour. Now 79, he lives with his wife in Oxford.

Nat Temple Telebox

Nat and his band were regulars on Telebox. The grandfather of six, 93, now lives in Surrey. His wife died in 2005.

Terry Hall Lenny The Lion

Married a Brazilian heiress and retired to Ireland to sail boats and breed horses. Died of a heart attack in 1985.

Jane Asher Robin Hood

A recipe book author, the 61-yearold married mum-of-three runs a company making novelty cakes.

Gerald Campion Billy Bunter

Left the industry after being typecast. Ran bars in Soho and died of heart problems in 2002, aged 81.

Patricia Driscoll Watch With Mother

One of the first presenters of the iconic show, Patricia retired to her native Ireland. She is now 89 years old.

Bill and Ben Flowerpot Men

THE puppets are in storage at the Museum of London, waiting to go on display in its new gallery in 2009.

Barry McGregor Man in the Armour

Theatre veteran and former RSC member, Barry played the Fool in King Lear at last year's Stratford Festival of Canada.

Frazer Hines The Silver Sword

Frazer, now 63, went on to Emmerdale, and was recently in The Unexpected Guest at Theatre Royal, Nottingham.

Redvers Kyle Looking and Seeing

Became an announcer with Yorkshire Television until 1993. Continues to live in Leeds, aged 88.

Shirley Abicair Children's Hour

THE Australian singing star and zither player is retired and the 76-year-old now lives in London's Belgravia.

The Vernons Girls Oh Boy!

The Liverpudlian group were session singers for Decca, featuring on dozens of chart hits. They reformed in 1990.

Harry Corbett Sooty Show

Harry operated Sooty until his son Matthew took over when he retired in the 70s. He died in 1989, aged 71.

Richard Hearne Mr Pastry

BBC's resident clown for over 30 years, turned down role of Doctor Who in 1974. Died in Kent in 1979, aged 70.

Kenneth Connor Torchy the Battery Boy

Star of 50 movies, including Carry On, and played Monsieur Alfonse in Allo Allo before his death from cancer in 1993.

Johnny Morris Hot Chestnut Man

Johnny went on to become famous for the wonderful Animal Magic series. He died in 1999 aged 82.


Bert Weedon Five O'Clock Club

Now 87, Bert has performed at venues from the Palladium to the QE2. Still recording and touring.

Brian Cant Trumpton

Appeared in dozens of pantos. Now 73, he lives in Buckinghamshire with his director wife Cherry Britton, Fern's sister.

Adam West Batman

The 78-year-old does regular voiceover work as Mayor Adam West in the US cartoon show Family Guy.

Burt Ward Batman

Boy wonder Robin is now 61. He's married with two daughters and has founded a charitable dog rescue organisation.

Virginia Stride Playschool

Virginia was the first Playschool presenter. She stayed in TV, most recently appearing in Red Sky At Night in 2003.

Susan Stranks Magpie

Married to actor Robin Ray until his death in 1998, they had one child. Now 67 and a children's radio campaigner.

Rodney Bewes Basil Brush

"Mr Rodney" became a Likely Lad but didn't speak to co-star James Bolam for 30 years. Now a touring actor.

Gillian Bailey Railway Children

Played Phyllis in the series. Now Dr Bush-Bailey, she is a lecturer in theatre at London's Royal Holloway University.

John Astin Addams Family

Played Gomez. At 77 he's still in showbiz most recently as Grampapa Addams in The New Addams Family.

Butch Patrick Munsters

After playing Eddie Munster, he formed a rock band. Now 53, he co-hosts Macabre Theatre on US television.

Elizabeth Montgomery Bewitched

WORKED in TV until her death from cancer in 1995, aged 62. She died just eight weeks after diagnosis.

Dick York Bewitched

After playing Darren, he became addicted to painkillers and fell on hard times. Died from emphysema in 1992, aged 63.

Jack Woolgar The Incredible Adventures of Professor Branestawm

Prolific TV career until his death in 1978, aged 64, including Last Of The Summer Wine and Crossroads.

Clint Howard Gentle Ben

AGED 48, he continues to play small roles on screen, particularly in his brother Ron Howard's films.

Joan Staley The Beachcomber

Went on to appear in Ocean's Eleven (the original) and many TV shows. Now 67, Joan lives with her husband in California.

Lee Montague Jackanory

The first Jackanory storyteller, Lee, now 79, has appeared in several TV shows, most recently Waking The Dead.

Bernard Cribbins Jackanory

Read on 111 episodes. Now 78 he continues to play roles on British TV, including Last of the Summer Wine.

Pete Murray Top of the Pops

A DJ until 2002 he dated Valerie Singleton. The 81-year-old's son Michael committed suicide in 1981.

Marshall Thompson Daktari

American actor enjoyed a prolific television career up until his death from heart failure in 1992 at the age of 66.

Alan Reed The Flintstones

The original voice of Fred. Died of a heart at tack in Los Angeles, California in 1977 at the age of 69.


Petra Markham Ace Of Wands

After playing Mikki Diamond, Petra, 60, stayed in acting. She recently starred in EastEnders as Rose Chapman.

Cheryl Burfield Timeslip

Now 54, former child model Cheryl retired from acting in the 70s to start a family, having a son and daughter.

Geoffrey Hayes Rainbow

He was back on our screens in 2000 in a Virgin Money ad and now appears in panto and at student unions. He's 65.

Rod, Jane and Freddy Rainbow

The singing trio remain in panto and were in Peter Kay's Comic Relief video of I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles).

Geoffrey Bayldon Catweazle

Now 83, he is still working and has appeared in several TV shows, including Heartbeat, Casualty and Peak Practice.

John Craven Newsround

Aged 65, John now presents the BBC's rural affairs show Countryfile. He was awarded the OBE in 2000.

Rick Jones Fingerbobs

Fronted band Meal Ticket and appeared in musical Flash Fearless Vs The Zorg Woman. Lives in California.

Carole Hersee Test Card Girl

Now 48, she lives in Hampshire making period costumes for stage and movies, including Pirates Of The Caribbean.

Sally James Tiswas

Sally married record producer Mike Smith and now runs a school uniform business in Surrey. She is 57.

Una Stubbs Worzel Gummidge

AFTER Aunt Sally, starred in numerous TV shows. Divorced with two children, 70, recently seen in The Catherine Tate Show.

Lesley Judd Blue Peter

Now living in France, 60-year-old Lesley frequently returns to the UK for TV and radio guest appearances.

Nicholas Young The Tomorrow People

Acted Nas Jeremy Beadle's stooge in more than 40 Game For A Laugh sketches. Now 53, works as theatrical agent.

Emily Firmin Bagpuss

Emily is now a 37-year-old artist who makes and sells papier mache animals in Whitstable, Kent.

Maggie Philbin Swap Shop

Aged 51 and divorced from Keith Chegwin, she presents BBC Radio Berkshire's breakfast show.

Colin Bennett Take Hart

AFTER playing the show's caretaker, appeared in Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy. Produced Shoot The Writers!

Mike Reid Runaround

Was Frank Butcher in EastEnders for 399 episodes, and this year made two appearances in The Bill, aged 67.

Chris Kelly Clapperboard

Chris went on to host Food And Drink on BBC2 and is now behind the camera producing dramas, and documentaries.

Floella Benjamin Playaway

Aged 57 and living in London, the OBE-bearer runs marathons and started kid's charity Touching Success.

Sonia Manzano Sesame Street

"Maria" went on to write scripts. Married, lives in New York with one daughter. Writes children's books.

Robert Gillespie Tottering Towers

Now aged 73, the veteran TV and film actor continues to tread the boards, and also works as a playwright.


Stu Francis Crackerjack

Lancashire holiday camp comic did panto for 25 years before presenting Stupid Punts in 2004. Now aged 55.

Gian Sammarco Adrian Mole

Worked as a psychiatric nurse in the East Midlands. Now 37, married and living in Kettering, Northants.

Richard Holian Jonny Briggs

Richard is now 32 and works as a stockbroker in London. His wellknown dog Razzle is now dead.

Trevor and Simon Going Live!

Regulars on the round of nostalgia TV shows, including It Started With Top Shop and I Love The 1980s.

Sarah Greene Going Live!

Aged 48 and married to presenter Mike Smith, Sarah hosts Discovery's annual Weddings Live extravaganza.

Jim Barclay Jossy's Giants

Since this footie sitcom - written by darts pundit Sid Waddell - had bit parts in 55 Degrees North and My Family.

Andy Crane The Broom Cupboard

At 43, Andy is now married with three children and works as a reporter for Manchester's Channel M.

Tony Hart Hartbeat

Now 81, he retired from TV work in 20 02. It was revealed last year that he is suffering from ill-health.

Timmy Mallett Wacaday

Timmy is now 51 and still trades off his 80s fame with Wacaday tours of the country, mainly at student unions.

Tommy Boyd Wacaday

Now 54, he presents a show on Southern Counties Radio. Boasts that he has been sacked 27 times in his career.

Lee MacDonald Grange Hill

"Zammo", now 38, trained as a boxer but gave up after a car accident. Now runs a key-cutting shop in London.

Erkan Mustafa Grange Hill

"Roland", 37, has had a variety of jobs, including helping out in a pal's record shop. Recently got a slot on E4 Music.

Jonathan Lambeth Grange Hill

Grange Hill's Danny Kendall, Lambeth is now 36, married and director of communications with internet giant AOL.

Sue Nicholls Rentaghost

Now 63, Sue is better known for her role as Audrey Roberts in Coronation Street than as the sneezing Nadia Popov.

Adrian Hedley Jigsaw

"Mr Noseybonk" in his bleached white mask now writes and directs kids' shows such as The Fimbles.

Isla St Clair Saturday Show

Isla, now aged 55, fronted the show that replaced Tiswas. Has since returned to her first love - folk singing.

Sandi Toksvig Number 73

Now aged 49 she hosts Radio 4's News Quiz, travel programme Excess Baggage and writes books for children.

John Edward Metal Mickey

Now 61, has written a sci-fi musical and has been approached about another series of Metal Mickey.

Sir Jimmy Savile Jim'll Fix It

Now 80, Sir Jim still makes occasional TV appearances, including a visit to the Celebrity Big Brother house last year.

Keith Chegwin Cheggers Plays Pop

The 50-year-old recently appeared in an episode of Extras and as the outdoor presenter on GMTV.


Lyndyann Barrass Byker Grove

The copper-haired "Spuggie", 30, now lives in Sunderland and works part-time in a bank call centre.

Caspar Berry Byker Grove

Caspar, who played heart-throb Gill, is now a professional poker player and hosted Poker Night Live in 2006.

Andi Peters Live And Kicking

Andi, now 36, moved behind the camera and produced Top Of The Pops, as well as inventing T4 on Channel 4.

Emma Forbes Live And Kicking

Aged 42, she now presents breakfast shows on Capital Radio and Sky, as well as ITV's Home and Property.

Gareth Jones How2

Presenter of motorsport shows, most recently the Gareth Jones On Speed podcast. He's now aged 45.

Hugo Myatt Knightmare

Better known as Treguard the Dungeon Master, Hugo now appears in computer-training videos.

Dexter Fletcher Press Gang

Starred in Guy Ritchie's Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels and, aged 41, in BBC drama series Hotel Babylon.

Pat Sharp Fun House

Now aged 45, tours student unions as a DJ. Also appeared on The Games and X-Factor: Battle Of The Stars.

Martina/Melanie Grant Fun House

Now 36, they live near each other in Kent. Martina is a receptionist and Melanie cares for her sick husband.

Carol Lee Scott Grotbags

Carol is now happily retired after a 19-year showbiz career, and lives with her husband Bill in Somerset.

Terrence Hardiman Demon Headmaster

Most recently seen in The Worst Week Of My Life, the megalomaniac head with hypnotic powers is now 70.

Terry Nutkins Really Wild Show

Was left the bulk of Johnny Morris's estate. Ran a hotel and tried to set up wildlife park by Loch Ness. A TV regular.

Dustin Diamond Saved By The Bell

"Screech" is now 30 and gets bit parts on TV shows in America while also working as a stand-up comedian.

Rita May The Ward

The only actor to feature in the entire 11-year run. Has since appeared in The Bill, Casualty and Corrie.

Edward Fidoe Woof!

Now 29, Edward is the co-founder of Jacob's Well theatre production company, which produces in comedy.

Kate Lonergan Maid Marian and her Merry Men

The 40-year-old actress has made guest appearances in T V drama s, including Casualty and Murphy's Law.

Bruce Davison Harry and the Hendersons

Bruce has dozens of TV credits. Has also appeared in movies, including X-Men and Apt Pupil. Now aged 60.

Fred Savage The Wonder Years

Lead roles in two short-lived sitcoms. Now 30 and working as a director of youth-orientated TV shows.

Lizzie McPhee Wizadora

Lizzie went on to parts in Peak Practice and Dalziel And Pascoe and more recently was in Holby City.

Melissa Joan Hart Sabrina the Teenage Witch

Melissa, 31, now directs and has her own production firm, Hartbreak Films.

She's also married with a baby boy.

*CHILDREN'S TV On Trial every night to Thursday May 31 on BBC4 from 9-10pm


50s Annette Mills; Leila Williams; Christopher Trace; Desmond Morris; Nat Temple; Terry Hall; Jane Asher; Gerald Campion; Patricia Driscoll; Bill and Ben; Barry McGregor; Frazer Hines; Redvers Kyle; Shirley Abicair; The Vernons Girls; Harry Corbett; Richard Hearne; Kenneth Connor; Johnny Morris; 60s Bert Weedon; Brian Cant; Adam West; Burt Ward; Virginia Stride; Susan Stranks; Rodney Bewes; Gillian Bailey; John Astin; Butch Patrick; Elizabeth Montgomery; Dick York; Jack Woolgar; Clint Howard; Joan Staley; Lee Montague; Bernard Cribbins; Pete Murray; Marshall Thompson; Alan Reed; 70s Petra Markham; Cheryl Burfield; Geoffrey Hayes; Rod, Jane and Freddy; Geoffrey Bayldon; John Craven; Rick Jones; Carole Hersee; Sally James; Una Stubbs; Lesley Judd; Nicholas Young; Emily Firmin; Maggie Philbin; Colin Bennett; Mike Reid; Chris Kelly; Floella Benjamin; Sonia Manzano; Robert Gillespie; 80s Stu Francis; Gian Sammarco; Richard Holian; Trevor and Simon; Sarah Greene; Jim Barclay; Andy Crane; Tony Hart; Timmy Mallett; Tommy Boyd; Lee MacDonald; Erkan Mustafa; Jonathan Lambeth; Sue Nicholls; Adrian Hedley; Isla St Clair; Sandi Toksvig; John Edward; Sir Jimmy Savile; Keith Chegwin; 90s Lyndyann Barrass; Caspar Berry; Andi Peters; Emma Forbes; Gareth Jones; Hugo Myatt; Dexter Fletcher; Pat Sharp; Martina/Melanie Grant; Carol Lee Scott; Terrence Hardiman; Terry Nutkins; Dustin Diamond; Rita May; Edward Fidoe; Kate Lonergan; Bruce Davison; Fred Savage; Lizzie McPhee; Melissa Joan Hart
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Date:May 28, 2007
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