Go With Noakes

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Go With Noakes
Genre Children's Documentary
Directed by Daniel Wolf
Chris Clough
Cyril Gates
Claire Walmsley
Alan Walsh
Presented by John Noakes
Theme music composer Thomas Clark
Opening theme On Ilkla Moor Baht 'at
Composer(s) Thomas Clark
Country of origin United Kingdom
No. of seasons 6
No. of episodes 31
Executive producer(s) David Brown
Producer(s) David Brown
Running time 25 minutes
Original network BBC 1
Picture format 4:3
Original release 28 March 1976 (1976-03-28) – 21 December 1980 (1980-12-21)
Related shows Blue Peter
Blue Peter Special Assignment
Look Back With Noakes
Duncan Dares
Duncan Dares
Genre Children's Documentary
Presented by Peter Duncan
Country of origin United Kingdom
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 12
Executive producer(s) Roy Thompson
Producer(s) Rob Benfield
Alex Leger
Running time 25 minutes
Original network BBC 1
Picture format 4:3
Original release 24 April 1985 (1985-04-24) – 2 June 1987 (1987-06-02)
Related shows Go With Noakes
Blue Peter

Go With Noakes was a BBC Television children's programme, broadcast between 28 March 1976 and 21 December 1980.

A documentary series, it was presented by John Noakes initially alongside, then following his departure from, Blue Peter in 1978. Broadly similar to the reports he made for that programme, each episode had an adventure-based outdoor theme in keeping with Noakes's reputation on Blue Peter as a man of action. Noakes was accompanied on most installments by Shep the dog, who had left Blue Peter at the same time. One episode featured the Blue Peter pony for the disabled 'Rags'. Travelling around the country, they got involved in diverse activities like motor racing, rowing, aerobatics and painting. In each series Noakes was featured travelling around Britain in a particular mode, e.g. sailing, narrow boat, walking, open top car, etc.

The series was produced by BBC Manchester and began on 28 March 1976, running for six series and 31 episodes. The last edition was transmitted on 21 December 1980.[1] Being made on film allowed great flexibility with the shooting and editing of each week's subject matter. An example of the first series run was where Noakes met the RAF's Red Arrows aerial display team (first broadcast 11 April 1976). This edition is available to view [2] on the BBC iPlayer on the BBC's website and shows Noakes sitting in on the teams' debriefing, taking part in a simulated flying lesson as well as being a passenger in a practice display before helping the ground crew prepare the team for a big show. In the programme, Noakes references his former occupation where he trained as an aircraft engine fitter for the RAF and BOAC before deciding to become an actor.

The theme-tune for the series was 'On Ilkla Moor Baht 'at' ('On Ilkley Moor, without a hat'), a popular Yorkshire folk song sung to the tune of the hymn 'Cranbrook'. It was a reference to Noakes's own Yorkshire heritage. The end theme though was a different tune.[3]

A series of repeats was later broadcast under the title Look Back With Noakes.

A similar series entitled Duncan Dares hosted by one of Noakes's successors on Blue Peter, Peter Duncan, followed in 1985.

Go With Noakes[edit]

Series 1[edit]

Six episodes broadcast Sundays on BBC1 (except episode 5 broadcast Tuesday) Producer: David Brown

Title Director Original airdate
1 1 "The Lakeland Games" Daniel Wolf 28 March 1976 (1976-03-28) – 4:30PM
John Noakes of Blue Peter comes to grips with The Lakeland Games: “They told me the Cumberland and Westmorland style wrestling was due to finish at three o'clock. The Fell Race up and down Butter Crag was fixed for 3.25. So why not enter both?”
2 2 "The Oxford Bumps" Daniel Wolf 4 April 1976 (1976-04-04) – 5:00PM
John Noakes of Blue Peter puts his oar in The Oxford Bumps: “When I asked Balliol College if I could row in one of their Eights they warned me I was a bit underweight for an oarsman. But they said they'd see what they could do with me.”
3 3 "The Red Arrows" Daniel Wolf 11 April 1976 (1976-04-11) – 4:40PM
John Noakes of Blue Peter flies high with The Red Arrows: “I used to be an engine-fitter with the RAF, so I guessed what I was in for. But I hadn't bargained on the Arrows giving me the full treatment, and 16 minutes of aerobatics proved a bit too much.”
4 4 "The Milk Race" Daniel Wolf 25 April 1976 (1976-04-25) – 4:05PM
John Noakes of Blue Peter has a spin with The Milk Race: “To take part in a marathon like the Round Britain Cycle Race you've got to be utterly fit - and I wasn't.”
5 5 "Formula 5000" Daniel Wolf 4 May 1976 (1976-05-04) – 4:40PM
John Noakes of Blue Peter takes to the pits with Formula 5000: “It wasn't until we got to Oulton Park that one of the other mechanics told me the unwritten law of motor-racing – ‘You can reckon that if nothing goes wrong, you're not trying’. "
6 6 "The Guernsey Handicap" Daniel Wolf 9 May 1976 (1976-05-09) – 4:35PM
John Noakes of Blue Peter sails away to The Guernsey Handicap: ‘It was Bob Fisher who suggested we went to race in the Channel Islands." Great yachting there," he said - "fresh winds, strong tides, lots of nasty rocks and currents and after all it's your boat we're taking ".'

Series 2[edit]

Five episodes broadcast Sundays on BBC1. Producer: David Brown

Title Director Original airdate
7 1 "Doing The Show's The Easy Bit" Daniel Wolf 20 February 1977 (1977-02-20) – 4:30PM
John joins the Austen Brothers' Circus to sample the travelling life of the Big Top.
8 2 "Castleford Rules, OK?" Daniel Wolf 27 February 1977 (1977-02-27) - 5:00PM
John tackles a week of training with the Castleford Rugby League team, as they prepare for a season of success.
9 3 "Paddlers Must Wear Life Jackets" Daniel Wolf 6 March 1977 (1977-03-06) –5:00PM
John enters the toughest canoe race in Ireland, over ten weirs on the swollen River Liffey.
10 4 "The Walk Will Do You Good" Daniel Wolf 13 March 1977 (1977-03-13) – 4:45PM
John and his dog Shep stride out on the 250-mile Pennine Way.
11 5 "The Lakeland Games" Daniel Wolf 20 March 1977 (1977-03-20) – 5:00PM
John takes on Cumbria's toughest athletes at the annual Grasmere Sports.

Series 3[edit]

Two episodes broadcast Fridays on BBC1. Producer: David Brown

Title Director Original airdate
12 1 "You Might Win A Wee Prize!" Daniel Wolf 11 November 1977 (1977-11-11) – 5:10PM
John visits the Pitlochry Highland Games.
13 2 "Blaenau Ffestiniog Here We Come!" Daniel Wolf 18 November 1977 (1977-11-18) - 5:10PM
John joins the volunteer navvies on Britain's oldest narrow-gauge railway, in their two-year struggle to blast a new tunnel in the mountains of Wales.

Series 4[edit]

A series of six holiday trips broadcast Sundays on BBC1. Producer: David Brown

Title Director Original airdate
14 1 "Down To Land’s End" Daniel Wolf 12 November 1978 (1978-11-12) – 5:25PM
John Noakes and Shep follow the ups and downs of the south-west coastal path.
15 2 "By Caravan Through Kerry" Daniel Wolf 19 November 1978 (1978-11-19) - 5:30PM
John Noakes and Shep get taken for a ride along the lanes of south-west Ireland.
16 3 "Up The Road To The Isles" Chris Clough 26 November 1978 (1978-11-26) - 5:30PM
John and Shep hitch their way through the highlands and islands.
17 4 "Along The South Downs" Chris Clough 3 December 1978 (1978-12-03) - 5:25PM
John Noakes and Rags, the Blue Peter pony, ride out on the trail to Beachy Head.
18 5 "From Coast To Coast" Chris Clough 10 December 1978 (1978-12-10) - 5:30PM
John and Shep take a bee-line across the lakes, dales and moors of Northern England.
19 6 "Around The Cheshire Ring" Cyril Gates 17 December 1978 (1978-12-17) - 5:30PM
John Noakes and Shep take to the water for an inland voyage of discovery.

Series 5[edit]

A six-part voyage of discovery around the coasts of Britain with John Noakes and Shep broadcast Sundays on BBC1. Producer: David Brown

Title Director Original airdate
20 1 "Southampton to Penzance" Daniel Wolf 21 October 1979 (1979-10-21) – 4:30PM
The good ship Pleiades sails west, Shep meets 400 donkeys, John tries his first water-ski jump, and everyone makes for Helston in time for the Flora Dance.
21 2 "Fishguard to Porthmadog" Cyril Gates 28 October 1979 (1979-10-28) – 4:35PM
The crew of Pleiades take shore leave in the land of song. John fishes from a coracle, scales a sheer rock face and discovers he's a baritone.
22 3 "Port St Mary to Rathlin Island" Cyril Gates 4 November 1979 (1979-11-04) – 4:35PM
John explores the Millennium Way on the Isle of Man, and the Causeway coast in Co Antrim. Shep develops a taste for ice-cream and plays his first round of golf.
23 4 "Lamlash to Inverness" Claire Walmsley 11 November 1979 (1979-11-11) – 4:30PM
Pleiades navigates the Corryvreckan whirlpool and the Caledonian Canal. John goes in search of the White Stag on the Isle of Arran, and Shep keeps an eye open for the Loch Ness Monster.
24 5 "Queensferry to Whitby" Claire Walmsley 18 November 1979 (1979-11-18) – 4:35PM
John takes a stroll up the Forth Bridge, Shep takes a lesson in shepherding, and David Bellamy challenges them both to a marathon Pooh-stick race.
25 6 "Wells-Next-The-Sea to Woodbridge" Daniel Wolf 25 November 1979 (1979-11-25) – 4:30PM
Pleiades revisits the yard where she was built, and Shep is introduced to Mr Punch. John plays croquet, goes banger-racing, and becomes an artist.

Series 6[edit]

Six programmes in which John Noakes and Shep take a Sunday afternoon drive down the by-ways of Britain broadcast on BBC1. Producer: David Brown

Title Director Original airdate
26 1 "Mills and Dales" Cyril Gates 16 November 1980 (1980-11-16) – 3:45PM
John gets 'Nellie' back on the road, takes a stroll beneath the Pennines, ties up some loose ends in Hawes, and goes for a spin at Harewood. Shep hears all about Ilkley Moor, and comes face-to-face with a church mouse.
27 2 "Wolds and Fens" Cyril Gates 23 November 1980 (1980-11-23) – 3:50PM
John spins a pot at Alford, goes for gold with the Friskney Bow-men, sizes up Geoff Capes and takes on the US Air Force at football. Shep has a bracing day out at Skegness.
28 3 "Downs and Rivers" Cyril Gates 30 November 1980 (1980-11-30) – 3:40PM
John punts down the Thames, puts a leg on a chair, and goes up, up and away. Percy Edwards chats to the animals at Whipsnade Zoo and Shep takes a close look at village life.
29 4 "Coasts and Cottages" Cyril Gates 7 December 1980 (1980-12-07) – 3:45PM
John races a 'cat' at Gosport, breaks a record with Roy Castle and thatches a roof at Milton Abbas; Shep drops in for tea with Lesley Judd and Brillo.
30 5 "Borders and Bridges" Alan Walsh 14 December 1980 (1980-12-14) – 3:40PM
John dodges birds of prey, blows a glass vase, pulls some onions with Percy Thrower and climbs down a factory chimney. Shep enters the Dog Olympics.
31 6 "Peaks and Pattis" Cyril Gates 21 December 1980 (1980-12-21) – 4:00PM
John walks over hill and glides over dale. Shep goes fishing and finds a wallaby. They return to Halifax for the Piece Hall Carol Concert, and say farewell to Nellie with the Black Dyke Mills Band.

Look Back With Noakes[edit]

Series 1[edit]

1. Paddlers Must Wear Life Jackets (Wednesday 21 December 1983, 12:05PM BBC1)
2. The Walk Will Do You Good (Thursday 22 December 1983, 12:00PM BBC1)
3. Down To Land's End (Monday 26 December 1983, 12:00PM BBC1)
4. The Oxford Bumps (Tuesday 27 December 1983, 12:00PM BBC1)
5. Up The Road To The Isles (Wednesday 28 December 1983, 12:00PM BBC1)
6. The Lakeland Games (Tuesday 3 January 1984, 12:00PM BBC1)
7. Along The South Downs (Wednesday 4 January 1984, 12:00PM BBC1)
8. The Guernsey Handicap (Thursday 5 January 1984, 12:00PM BBC1)

Series 2[edit]

1. By Caravan Through Kerry (Monday 16 April 1984, 9:20AM BBC1)
2. You Might Win A Wee Prize! (Tuesday 17 April 1984, 9:20AM BBC1)
3. Around The Cheshire Ring (Wednesday 18 April 1984, 9:20AM BBC1)
4. Castleford Rules OK? (Thursday 19 April 1984, 9:20AM BBC1)
5. From Lamlash to Inverness (Wednesday 25 April 1984, 9:20AM BBC1)
6. From Queensferry to Whitby (Thursday 26 April 1984, 9:20AM BBC1)
7. From Wells-Next-The-Sea to Woodbridge (Friday 27 April 1984, 9:20AM BBC1)

Series 3[edit]

1. Blaenau Ffestiniog Here we Come (Sunday 1 July 1984, 9:35AM BBC1)
2. Down to Land's End (Sunday 8 July 1984, 9:30AM BBC1)
3. By Caravan Through Kerry (Sunday 15 July 1984, 9:30AM BBC1)


  1. ^ "BBC programme catalogue entry for Go With Noakes". Archived from the original on 2012-07-14. Retrieved 2007-01-30. 
  2. ^ "Go With Noakes | The Red Arrows". Retrieved 2014-09-10. 
  3. ^ "Go With Noakes Theme Song". Retrieved 2014-09-10. 

External links[edit]