Hacker T. Dog

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Hacker The Dog
CBBC character
HackerTDog.jpg
Hacker on CBBC.
First appearance5 January 2009
Created byCBBC
Portrayed byAndy Heath (Series one of Scoop only, 2009)
Phil Fletcher (2009–present)
In-universe information
SpeciesDog
GenderMale
OccupationPresenter
NationalityBritish

Hacker T. Dog (born 27 October) is a British television presenter.[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, performed by Andy Heath. The character became popular, and was appointed as a weekday-presenter of the CBBC office, in May 2009, now performed by Phil Fletcher. His "half-brother" Dodge T. Dog joined the following year. In July, he began presenting on weekdays with Scottish comedian Iain Stirling.[5] He presented Stirling until his 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.

A Hacker T. Dog plush puppet was released in 2015 and made by Kidz Kreations, and sold in Argos and The Entertainer. There were plans for other merchandise which unfortunately fell through.

Social Media[edit]

Hacker gained an official Twitter account in 2014, which as of May 2020 has over 42 thousand followers. An Instagram account was eventually created in April 2019, followed by an official YouTube channel. These social media channels are run by both Phil Fletcher and the BBC social media team.

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. Archived from the original on 2012-03-01. Retrieved 2012-03-02.
  6. ^ "Website". Archived from the original on 2014-12-28. Retrieved 2018-02-11.
  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.