Hacker T. Dog

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Hacker T. Dog
HackerTDog.jpg
Hacker on CBBC.
Born Hacker the Dog
(age 6)
Wigan
Nationality British
Occupation Presenter/Puppeteer
Years active since 2009
Employer BBC / CBBC, CBeebies (guest appearance)
Television Hacker Time (2011—)
Scoop (2009—2011)
Family Dodge T. Dog (half-brother)
Mrs T. Dog (mother)
Website Hacker's CBBC 'Hacker Time' Webpage

Hacker T. Dog, otherwise known as Hacker (age 6) is one of the presenters of British children's television service CBBC.[1] He is a puppet dog from Wigan.[2] and is the half brother of Dodge T. Dog. He commentated on the Russia v Belgium at the 2014 World Cup for the BBC.[3]

Hacker and his brother Dodge started on weekends in May 2009, and did weekdays from July 2009.[4] Both puppets are modelled on the Border Terrier breed of dogs. Hacker is normally portrayed as being in the CBBC Office with his best friend Iain Stirling. When Sterling left in 2013 he presented with Chris Johnson. His fame and popularity resulted in him getting a television show on CBBC called Hacker Time. Hacker also stars in Scoop alongside Shaun Williamson with Iain Stirling as Digby Digworth and newspaper boy respectively. More recently, Hacker appeared as the titular character in Tracy Barker Returns, a special series broadcast before Tracy Beaker shows. It starred Hacker as Tracy Barker, a checkout girl. It parodies the Tracy Beaker series, and has a theme tune similar to that of Eastenders. [5] Hacker has made a few guest appearances on CBeebies mainly during the Christmas period. He usually presents in the CBBC office on weekday afternoons.[6]

Hacker left the CBBC Office on 19 April 2014 (it is unknown whether he left to film Hacker Time series 4 or not). During this time, numerous guest presenters filled in for him during his usual weekday afternoon slot. These presenters included Shannon Flynn and Dodge T. Dog. Hacker returned on 24 May 2014 (temporarily) and 18 June 2014 (permanently).[7]

Personal life[edit]

Hacker is very fond of TV presenter Sue Barker and mentions her often in the CBBC Office.[8][9] In 2009 Hacker was the mascot for the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championship.[10][11][12][13]

Phil Fletcher[edit]

Phil Fletcher is a five time BAFTA Award nominated British puppeteer and puppet maker. Phil is Hacker’s puppeteer. He has puppeteered him since 2009, when Hacker first began presenting. Before then he was operated by Andy Heath. Before Hacker appeared on CBBC, Fletcher made puppets for CBBC presentations and shows, including Ed and Oucho's Excellent Inventions and Transmission Impossible with Ed and Oucho. Hacker the Dog, Dodge, Dunceton the Brain and Oucho the Cactus are all puppets designed and built by Neil Sterenberg. Fletcher is also the founder of comedy puppet show company, The Gluvets, where he is assisted by Carl Chadd. The puppet shows tour around the UK at parties and festivals.

Discography[edit]

Music Singles
Year Title
2011 The Monday Song
2011 The Tuesday Song
2011 The Wednesday Song
2011 The Saturday Song
2012 Moves Like Hacker T
2013 We're CBBC and You Know It
2013 The Jam Song
2013 Milky Brew Song
2013 CBBC Blues
2014 "Blame it on coogi"

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Awards Database - The BAFTA site". Retrieved 27 January 2012. 
  2. ^ "Wigan News :: wiganworld". 2012. Retrieved 27 January 2012. 
  3. ^ "Hacker T Dog's World Cup commentary - Belgium v Russia". BBC. Retrieved 21 August 2014. 
  4. ^ "CBBC - CBBC Stars". BBC. Retrieved 2012-03-02. 
  5. ^ "BBC - CBBC - Hacker Time". 2012. Retrieved 27 January 2012. 
  6. ^ Website
  7. ^ Website
  8. ^ "BBC Sport - Hacker's The Dog's Wimbledon quest". London: BBC. Retrieved 28 January 2012. 
  9. ^ "BBC SPORT | Tennis | On the hunt for Sue Barker". BBC News (London: BBC). Retrieved 28 January 2012. 
  10. ^ "Wimbledon japes from CBBC's Hacker the dog - Liverpool Daily Post". 2012. Retrieved 28 January 2012. 
  11. ^ "BBC Sport - Tennis - Hacker & Dodge come to Wimbledon". London: BBC. Retrieved 28 January 2012. 
  12. ^ "BBC Sport - Tennis - Wimbledon day 11 as it happened". BBC News (London: BBC). Retrieved 28 January 2012. 
  13. ^ "Today at Wimbledon - Dave Cheeseman | Cameraman & Picture Editor". davecheeseman.com. 2012. Retrieved 28 January 2012.