July 3, 1969 on UK TV: Lulu the elephant runs amok on Blue Peter

TV-UK-03-07-1969Many items from Blue Peter‘s history have become embedded in British popular culture, especially moments when things have gone wrong, such as the much-repeated clip of Lulu the elephant (from a 1969 edition) who urinated and defecated on the studio floor, appeared to tread on the foot of presenter John Noakes and then proceeded to attempt an exit, dragging her keeper along behind her. Although it is often assumed to have been broadcast live, the edition featuring Lulu was one of the rare occasions when the programme was pre-recorded, due to the non-availability of a studio on the normal transmission day.

Watch the carnage on the Tony Thompson YouTube Channel.


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