Blue Peter’s John Noakes climbing Nelson’s Column has been named the greatest ever UK kids’ TV moment

JOHN Noakes scaling Nelson’s Column on a ladder has topped a list of most memorable moments from kids’ TV.

The 1977 Blue Peter high is followed by Paddington Bear singing in the rain and Pipkins’ Johnny gently telling viewers “everything must die”.

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Blue Peter’s John Noakes climbing Nelson’s Column has been named the greatest ever UK kid’s TV moment[/caption]

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Noakes, known for his stunts, clambered up the towering monument on the children’s show in 1977[/caption]

Number two was Paddington Bear’s Singin’ In the Rain routine from 1980
Johnny telling viewers ‘everything has to die’ after the death of their goldfish in a 1977’s Pipkins episode came in at number three
Number four was The Boy from Space’s Peep-Peep talking in reverse
Record Breakers’ Norris McWhirter being quizzed over a diamond in 1990 was voted number five

Other moments selected included Rik Mayall reading Roald Dahl’s George’s Marvellous Medicine on Jackanory and The Clangers using the joint flag of the USA and USSR as a tablecloth.

But it was Noakes’ climbing stunt which was named the greatest moment for young UK viewers.

Noakes clambered up the column using nothing but a ladder, which was tilted backwards by the overhang of the monument.

After his laborious climb, he descended in a rickety chair to help clean pigeon droppings from the column.

Number six was Rik Mayall’s hilarious reading of George’s Marvellous Medicine on Jackanory in 1986


Newsround’s live bulletin in 1986 as Space Shuttle Challenger exploded was number seven[/caption]

Secured with thin ropes, Noakes then used another ladder to climb to the very top of the statue of Nelson.

The list was compiled by TV Years magazine, with editor Graham Kibble-White saying : “Everyone has a favourite memory from children’s TV, so deciding on the top moment was incredibly tough.

“But, ultimately, picking something from the longest-running children’s TV programme in the world, involving its greatest-ever presenter – John Noakes – felt like the right decision.”

At number eight was Rentaghost’s theme tune performed by Michael Staniforth from 1976-84
The Clangers using a US/USSR flag on the moon as their tablecloth in 1971 came in at number nine
Rounding off the list was Baxter decking fellow teacher Hicks in ’81 for bullying Grange Hill’s Stewpot


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