The BBC is reviving cult classic
children’s TV show, Crackerjack.
The show, a staple of children’s
television from 1955-1984, marked the start of the weekend with
its mix of sketches, pop performances and games.
Now, 35 years after its last outing,
it is making a comeback. It will be made at MediaCityUK in
Salford by BBC Children’s In-House Productions and will be on
CBBC and BBC iPlayer.
The retro classic will be revitalised
for today’s connected generation giving them an all-round,
interactive experience while retaining the beating heart of what
etched Crackerjack into the affections of British children for
As part of the new show, Double or
Drop returns in which kids get plucked from the audience to
answer questions and go head to head to win prizes - or cabbages
if they get it wrong - and the much-coveted Crackerjack pencil.
The show was originally presented by
This Is Your Life’s Eamonn Andrews. He was followed by Leslie
Crowther, Michael Aspel, Ed Stewart and Stu Francis.
This new 10x45’ series will be
presented by Bafta-winning children’s TV favourites, Sam and
Mark, and will air next year.
Stephen Merchant is to play real-life
serial killer Stephen Port in a new BBC drama.
Playing the murderer who killed four
young men he met through dating websites between 2014 and 2015
is the most significant dramatic role yet for The Office
Provisionally title The Barking
Murders, the three-part series comes from the perspective of the
families of Port’s victims as they fight to uncover the truth
about what happened to their lost sons and brothers in the face
of a now widely-criticised police investigation.
Sheridan Smith will play Sarah Sak,
the mother of Port’s first victim, Anthony Walgate, while Jaime
Winstone will star as Donna Taylor, sister of Jack Taylor.
Merchant said: ‘This is a story that
can’t be ignored - how four young lives were lost and their
families’ brave attempt to uncover what happened. This factual
drama will shed light on their story, so it’s a privilege to be
a part of telling it.’
Port, dubbed The Grindr Killer, was
given a life sentence in 2016 for the murders of Walgate,
Taylor, Daniel Whitworth and Gabriel Kovari.