Old-school presenters return for CBeebies panto

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by David Prior

This year's CBeebies panto will feature some of the presenting stars of yesteryear, including Baroness Floella Benjamin and Derek Griffiths.

The pair became well known faces on children's television in the 1970s and 1980s for Play School and Play Away.

Derek Griffiths, Iain Lauchlan, Dave Benson-Phillips and Baroness Floella Benjamin all star Derek Griffiths, Iain Lauchlan, Dave Benson-Phillips and Baroness Floella Benjamin all star

They will be joined by Playdays' Dave Benson-Phillips and Fingermouse star Iain Lauchlan for a new take on Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. Play School's Humpty will also make an appearance.

The panto, which was filmed in Sheffield and will be broadcast on CBeebies on December 20, will also star current presenters Justin Fletcher, Andy Day, Phil Gallagher (Mister Maker) and Ben Faulks (Mr Bloom).

Baroness Benjamin said: "I loved joining such a brilliant cast of stars of the present and those from the past, including the biggest star of all - Humpty.

"It was a real thrill seeing the faces of the children in the audience watching the performance with such enchantment."

Griffiths, who plays the part of "friend of Christmas past", said: "I had a week of nostalgic joy."