- Peter Purves
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Preston, Lancashire, England
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Actorand Television presenter
Peter Purves (born
February 10, 1939) is an English actorand television presenter.
Purves was born in New Longton, near
Preston, Lancashire, England, went to the independent Arnold Schoolin Blackpooland originally planned to go into teaching, training at AlsagerCollege of Education, but began acting with the Barrow-in-Furness RepertoryCompany.
He first became well-known to
televisionaudiences in the mid-1960s as Steven Taylor, one of the early time-travelling companions in the programme " Doctor Who", acting opposite the Doctor played by William Hartnell. [ [http://www.kasterborous.com/interviews.asp?id=436 Peter Purves Interview - Interviews - Doctor Who - Online Magazine & Fan Site ] ] After leaving "Doctor Who", Purves became a regular presenter on the children's magazine programme " Blue Peter", and was one of the longest-serving, lasting from 1967to 1978. Purves maintained his connection to "Doctor Who" throughout his time on "Blue Peter", often hosting special features on the programme and interviewing the actors. These included many clips from episodes which are otherwise now lost.
Purves co-presented "Blue Peter" with
John Noakesand Valerie Singletonin the so called "golden age" of the programme best remembered by baby boomers. He was so closely associated with the programme, especially as "the sensible one", that he found the image difficult to shake off afterwards. Purves was, however, able to move on to other areas of presenting including a spell as the front man for BBC darts coverage. But, "Blue Peter" apart, he is probably best known as host of the long-running BBC1motorbike trials series "Kick Start".
Other television appearances
His recent TV career has included cameo appearances in episodes of programmes such as the
soap opera" EastEnders" and sitcoms"The Office" and " I'm Alan Partridge". In "The Office" episode "Training Day" Purves played himself in a customer care training video that David Brentand his staff were being shown (incidentally, Purves is a qualified business trainer and a motivational speaker). In " I'm Alan Partridge", Purves featured in one of Partridge's typically bizarre anecdotes, the punchline of which was the pun "don't be blue, Peter".
Dogs have featured in Purves's career from his "Blue Peter" days. He was given charge of one of the "Blue Peter" Pets", Petra, a German Shepherd cross. This led to a thirty year association with television coverage of major dog shows such as
Cruftsand in 2007 his appearance as a judge on the reality TV programme "The Underdog Show". Purves also writes for the dog press and regularly presents at dog award shows. On 31st July 2008 he was bitten by a West Highland terrier whilst judging a dog show at a garden centre in Norwich. Purves was taken to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitalwhere he received treatment to his hand.
In the theatre, Purves is a noted
pantomimedirector enjoying a good working relationship with the Chuckle Brothers. He is also an after-dinner speaker.
Purves now lives in the
Suffolkvillage of Sibton. [cite web|url=http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/suffolk/3402751.stm|title=Blue Peter star's fire drama|source= BBC News Online|date= 2004-01-16|accessdate=2006-08-17] In 2008, Valerie Singletonrevealed she had had a "brief fling" with Purves. [BBC [http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/7468933.stm Singleton reveals Purves 'fling'] 23 June2008 ]
* [http://www.bbc.co.uk/cult/classic/bluepeter/presenters/purves.shtml Peter Purves]
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