September 25, 2008 / 12:47 AM / 10 years ago

Queen Elizabeth to host party for kids' show

Queen Elizabeth arrives for The Derby at the Epsom Downs race course in the south of England June 7, 2008. REUTERS/Alessia Pierdomenico

LONDON (Hollywood Reporter) - In what amounts to a major coup for one of the United Kingdom’s best-loved children’s programs, Queen Elizabeth will host a special 50th birthday party for long-running BBC show “Blue Peter” at Buckingham Palace on October 16, it was announced Wednesday.

“Blue Peter,” the magazine show that has shown generations of British youngsters how to make things out of cereal boxes and cardboard tubes, will run a special extended edition of the show from Buckingham Palace, with input from presenters and producers from each of its five decades on the air.

In addition, four “Blue Peter” viewers will be awarded the show’s top accolade, the gold “Blue Peter” badge. Series editor Tim Levell said he is “absolutely delighted” that the monarch will recognize the anniversary, pointing out that the queen was presented with a gold badge at her Golden Jubilee seven years ago.

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter

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