Crackerjack returns to screens after 36-year pause

Crackerjack's back! Iconic children’s TV show returns to screens after 36-year pause… but the traditional five-to-five timeslot is put back an hour for today's busy kids Popular children's TV show Crackerjack to return following 36-year hiatus Given slot an hour later than its original five-to-five timing, and moved to CBBC Featured a noisy live audience, games with pencils as prizes, and a comedy sketch finale

By William Cole For Mailonline

Published: 02:04 GMT, 7 January 2020 | Updated: 02:07 GMT, 7 January 2020

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A whole new generation of children will be able to enjoy the delights of teatime show Crackerjack, as it returns to our screens after a 36-year break.

Between 1955 and 1984, if it was a Friday, at five to five, then for boys and girls across the country it meant being glued to the living room television set for 40 minutes of variety show entertainment.

However, as the show is revived with new hosts Sam & Mark for a spot on CBBC there will be one major difference.

A whole new generation of children will be able to enjoy the delights of teatime show Crackerjack, as it returns to our screens after a 36-year break

A whole new generation of children will be able to enjoy the delights of teatime show Crackerjack, as it returns to our screens after a 36-year break

The show's introduction will be changed to: 'It’s Friday. It’s six o’clock. And it’s Crackerjack!'

The later 6pm start, which breaks with the iconic announcement, is a sign of the times, according to the show’s co-host Sam Nixon. 

'Five to five is very early these days, what with after-school clubs. There wouldn’t be enough people watching because they’d not be home in time,' he told Radio Times. 

Between 1955 and 1984, if it was a Friday, at five to five, then for boys and girls across the country it meant being glued to the living room television set for 40 minutes of variety show entertainment

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