Published On: Sun, Aug 9th, 2015

EXCLUSIVE: Anthea loved her Tracy Island so much she kept it

When a BBC Two re-run of Gerry Anderson’s iconic television series resulted in a shortage of Tracy Island toys, it was left to Anthea Turner to teach the nation’s children how to make their own home-made version out of old toilet rolls and yoghurt pots.

The finished product was so successful that the BBC was inundated with requests for copies of the instruction sheets explaining how to make the elaborate junk model.

More than 20 years on and the former Blue Peter presenter has revealed that she still has the original Tracy Island she constructed live on the 1993 show (although admittedly, there were some parts she made earlier).

Anthea, 55, who pays tribute to her Tracy Island days in a new series of adverts for The Health Lottery, insists the construction, made out of old newspapers, matchboxes and pipe cleaners and covered in aluminium foil, is still in perfect nick in her attic.

Recently divorced Turner, who has just moved into a new apartment in Kew, west London, said: “I have the Tracy Island I made on the programme in my loft. It’s condition? Perfection! It’s priceless.

IT was one of the most memorable moments in Blue Peter’s history, rescuing Christmas for scores of Thunderbird fans in the 1990s.

Daily Express :: TV & Radio Feed

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