A young Luke Skywalker visits Blue Peter to ‘explain’ Star Wars to British children


With Star Wars: The Force Awakens already taking Planet Earth by storm, Radio Times dug deep into the Blue Peter vault to find a young Mark Hamill attempting to explain Star Wars to Blue Peter host, Lesley Judd. Judd hosted the longest running children’s television show in the world from 1971-1978.

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Given the mania that generally surrounds each addition to the Star Wars franchise, it’s hard to grasp the concept that following the premiere of the first Star Wars film in 1977, the film’s cast had to actually explain just what the film was all about!

Part of a new series from the BBC, Star Wars at the BBC features archive clips from the Star Wars cast on everything from Blue Peter to the early 70’s chat show, Ask Aspel. And just how does Hamill explain Star Wars to wide-eyed British children? Simple. “It’s the stuff that fairytales are made of,” the young Skywalker said.

There’s something special about Hamill’s take on the film when he continued, “We have a fairy princess, we have an innocent farm boy who yearns for adventure. Alec Guinness is a wise old wizard who teaches me a mystical Force, somewhat like Merlin would teach a young King Arthur. Harrison Ford plays Han Solo, a cynical space pirate who we hire to transport us through the galaxy.

Blue Peter premiered on the BBC in October 1958 and still runs to this day.