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One of the most popular pre­sen­ters on Blue Peter, the late John Noakes was born John Bot­tom­ley at Shelf near Bradford in York­shire, but took his sur­name from his step­fa­ther, the trum­peter Al­fie Noakes. A dare­devil, Noakes broke all the pro­ducer’s rules for a pro­gramme which be­gan as Chil­dren’s Tele­vi­sion Club from the BBC stu­dios in Manch­ester with out­side broad­casts fea­tur­ing a young Ju­dith Chalmers. “Get down, Shep!” was Noakes’s most fa­mous quote about his en­thu­si­as­tic but faith­ful pet dog.

John Noakes with his in­sep­a­ra­ble com­pan­ion, Shep as a puppy.

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