Hacker T. Dog

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Hacker T. Dog
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Hacker on CBBC.
CBBC character
Portrayed by Phil Fletcher
Andy Heath (2009)
Duration 2009–
First appearance 5 January 2009
Introduced by Julian Dutton
Classification Present; regular
Profile
Species Dog
Breed Border Terrier
Occupation Presenter

Hacker T. Dog, otherwise known as Hacker (born 27 October) is one of the presenters of British children's television service CBBC.[1] He is a puppet Border Terrier[2][3] from Wigan.[4] He is the half-brother of Dodge T. Dog and is the son of Mrs. T. Dog (his father is never mentioned or seen).

Development[edit]

Hacker was introduced as a character of the CBBC television programme Scoop, voiced by Andy Heath. The character became popular, and was appointed as a weekday-presenter of the CBBC office with his "half-brother" Dodge T. Dog, starting in May 2009, with the character now being voiced by Phil Fletcher. In July, they began presenting on weekdays.[5] They began presenting with Scottish comedian Iain Stirling until Stirling's departure in 2013, when they began presenting with Chris Johnson.[6]

In 2011, Hacker was given a solo presenting role on a separate chat show titled Hacker Time.[7]

The character took a hiatus from CBBC in April 2014, which rumours speculating that he had left to film the fourth series of Hacker Time. During his absence, numerous guest presenters filled in for him during his usual weekday afternoon slot. Hacker returned temporarily on 24 May 2014, before making a permanent return on 18 June 2014.

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

In other media[edit]

Hacker, Barry Davies and Amberley Lobo provided CBBC commentary on the Russia v Belgium match at the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Hacker appeared on an episode of Celebrity Mastermind on Saturday, 3 January 2018. He came in second place and lost to TV chef Paul Rankin.

Appearances[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Awards Database – The BAFTA site". Retrieved 27 January 2012. 
  2. ^ "The Children's Media Conference". Retrieved 8 November 2017. 
  3. ^ "Radio Times". Retrieved 8 November 2017. 
  4. ^ "Wigan News :: wiganworld". 2012. Retrieved 27 January 2012. 
  5. ^ "CBBC – CBBC Stars". BBC. Retrieved 2012-03-02. 
  6. ^ "Website". 
  7. ^ "CBBC – Hacker Time". BBC. Retrieved 14 February 2012. 
  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. Archived from the original on 12 November 2013. 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. 
  14. ^ "Celebrity Special, Series 4, HH: Gory Games Play Along - Credits - BBC - CBBC". BBC.