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Janet Ellis/ Sarah Greene: Blue Peter Fitties

October 17, 2011

Talent…

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… These are the lovely ladies and gorgeous girls of eras gone by whose beauty, ability, electricity and all-round x-appeal deserve celebration and – ahem – salivation here at George’s Journal

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A children’s telly-tastic totty one-two for October – yes, it’s surely the two most desirable belles ever to have graced the old Television Centre Blue Peter studio, Janet Ellis and Sarah Greene. Individually, they lit up drab weekday early-evenings as they gave us history and geography lessons, baked cakes, interviewed celebrities and presented to us ‘something they’d made earlier’; together, they’re simply 1980′s TV deities – and both still look terrific today. Here they are then, the latest couple to enter this blog’s Talent corner…
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Profiles

Names: Janet Ellis/ Sarah Greene

Nationalities: English

Professions: TV presenters/ Actresses

Born: Janet – 16 September 1955, Kent/ Sarah – 24 October 1958, London

Known for: Janet – presenting classic BBC1 children’s magazine programme Blue Peter (1958-present) for four years (28 April 1983 – 29 June 1987), during which time she achieved fame and acclaim for setting a new women’s European freefall record with the RAF after breaking her pelvis in training, as well as announcing to the nation in November ’83 that the Blue Peter garden in the grounds of BBC Television Centre in London’s Shepherd Bush had been vandalised. Before Blue Peter, she appeared as Teka in the 1979 Doctor Who story The Horns Of Nimon and on the puppet-driven kids’ show Jigsaw (1979-84). Mother of three children, one of whom is pop star Sophie Ellis-Bextor/

Sarah – pre-dating Janet as a Blue Peter presenter (19 May 1980 – 27 June 1983), having been given the job at just 22 years-old; then the youngest ever. After her stint, during which she memorably dived to the wreck of the Mary Rose, she moved on to host BBC1′s lively Saturday morning magazine show Saturday Superstore (1982-87) alongside DJ Mike Read and then to co-host its replacement Going Live! (1987-93) with Phillip Schofield and Gordon The Gopher. Like Janet, she also appeared in a Doctor Who story, as Varne in Attack Of The Cybermen (1985), as well as starring with Michael Parkinson in the hoax paranormal drama Ghostwatch (1992) and competing in the 2008 series of Dancing On Ice (2006-present). Plus, in September ’88 she was famously involved in a helicopter accident with fellow TV personality Mike Smith, whom she married the following year.

Strange but true: Janet was happy for a very young Sophie Ellis-Bextor to appear on Blue Peter several times with her (proving the rumour that the former had to leave the show owing to giving birth to the latter out of wedlock to be untrue), while in 1983 Sarah released a pop single named Eeny Meenie.

Peak of fitness: Janet – taking a soaking in a Blue Peter feature dressed only in Victorian underwear/ Sarah – appearing in a one-piece swimsuit on Brighton beach and pier for Blue Peter.

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twitter.com/missjanetellis

twitter.com/RealSarahGreene

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. January 10, 2012 8:06 pm

    Thank You ! Thank You!

    Made me smile :)

  2. Ken permalink
    March 14, 2013 9:27 pm

    Soooooo disappointed that you did not spoil us with that famous shot of Janet in bed with a German helmet on. Not an edition of Blue Peter of course but in the Sweeney when she was a villan’s bird getting an early call from Jack and George.

    • March 14, 2013 9:58 pm

      Well, by the sounds of things, Ken, so vividly do you recall that moment, you don’t really need me to include an image of it here. ;)

      Thanks for your comment…! :)

  3. MarkoRollo permalink
    September 19, 2013 12:40 pm

    it cannot be 30 years since they were on blue peter, christ im old

    • September 20, 2013 10:53 pm

      Join the club (sadly), Mark0Rollo. ;)

      Glad you enjoyed the post…!

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