It’s Friday, it’s 5 to 5 and it’s time for CRACKERJACK (or soon will be)!

Sam and Mark
Sam and Mark will present the new series of Crackerjack. Photo: BBC

A whole new generation of children will soon be enjoying the madcap antics of children’s TV favourite Crackerjack which is to return to the BBC, 35 years after its last screen outing.

In the new 10 part series which will be shown next year on CBBC and BBC iPlayer, Sam and Mark, will follow in the footsteps of previous presenters Eamonn Andrews, Ed “Stewpot” Stewart, Leslie Crowther, The Krankies, Michael Aspel, Basil Brush, Bernie Clifton and Stu Francis.

Last broadcast in 1984, the teatime show saw comedy sketches, playful games and music performances performed before a live studio audience of children.

Classic features which will be included in next year’s revival include the audience yelling the show’s title every time it was said, and games like Double or Drop.

Double or Drop will be returning for the new series of Crackerjack

Cheryl Taylor, head of content for BBC Children’s, said the show would “usher in a new era of frenetic family fun and whizzbang audience antics”.

Helen Bullough, head of BBC Children’s In House Productions, added: “We can’t wait to introduce a new set of Crackerjack ‘crush-a-grape’ catchphrases to a new generation of fans.”

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