Crackerjack returns to BBC on January 17th

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Sam and Mark

Crackerjack returns to the BBC after a 35-year absence on Friday January 17th at 6pm.

The show will be presented by CBBC favourites Sam Nixon and Mark Rhodes and will “retain a madcap mix of jaw dropping magic, laugh out loud comedy, music, games, and silly studio sitcom but with a modern twist”.

Nixon said: “I was overwhelmed by the reaction when it was announced that it was coming back. As soon as I mention it to people older than me they all remember it, which is lovely.”

Rhodes added: “Crackerjack! was a show that kids came home from school for and watched with the family and that is what we are also striving for. It was presented by legends.... so no pressure! It ticks lots of boxes with games, sketches and fun.

“We want the whole family to sit down together at 6pm with their dinner on their laps and laugh all the way into the weekend.”

The new series of Crackerjack is filmed at dock10 in MediaCityUK, produced by BBC Children’s In-House Productions and will be on CBBC and BBC iPlayer on January 17th. There are new games - Splatterjack, Stickly Come Dancing, and Piedentity Parade - while ‘Take a Letter’ and ‘Double or Drop’ return.

The show was originally presented by This is Your Life’s Eamonn Andrews, who was followed by Leslie Crowther, Michael Aspel, Ed Stewart and Stu Francis.