Crackerjack Returns!

Double or Drop! TV’s long running teatime favourite returns to the BBC after 35 years away from our screens.

In 2018 Fantom published It’s Friday, It’s CRACKERJACK! The behind the scene’s story of a teatime TV classic.

If you were a child in the late ‘50s, the ‘60s, the ‘70s or early ‘80s you’ll have your own memories of this iconic television programme. Eamonn Andrews piling prizes on the clever-clogs and cloth cabbages on the chumps … the pompous and perpetually heckled Glaze Lectures … those slapstick silent movies … historical finales with anachronistic pop songs … or Stu Francis splattered with garish gunge.

This retro classic famous for its mix of comedy, quizzes and music which is the focus of Alan Stafford’s book is to return… “revitalised for today’s connected generation giving them an all-round, interactive experience while retaining the beating heart of what etched Crackerjack into the affections of British children for three decades”.
Alan Stafford has traced the 29-year history of Crackerjack from the very first cabbage to the last crushed grape, recalling the best of the onscreen fun while revealing loads of backstage secrets.

“I’ve got a very good feeling about this relaunch,” says author Alan Stafford. “Sam and Mark are two likeable hosts, and with the promise of comedy sketches and the ever-popular cabbage game Double or Drop, I think it will be a new twist on an old favourite. It’s just a shame there won’t be Peter Glaze in historical costume murdering a current chart topper!”

Crackerjack pencils at the ready! You can discover more about the classic era of Crackerjack in the new book from Alan Stafford and you can look back at many familiar faces from the show’s past in this video recorded at the show’s launch event.