Let me explain. Hacker the Dog is one of CBBC’s most famous faces. Iggy is the Blue Peter guide dog. In celebration of Iggy’s first anniversary working on Blue Peter, it was decided that Hacker would serenade her to the tune of Mandy by Barry Manilow. And naturally, as the token music graduate on the Blue Peter team, I was asked to make it happen.
Fortunately I love writing parody lyrics, the copyright holders were happy to give permission, and Mandy is an all-time favourite of Hacker’s puppeteer, Phil Fletcher. The amazing CBBC Presentation team (who make all the continuity links with Hacker and his pals) were able to fit in a slot for Hacker to perform it, as well as for him to come into the Blue Peter studio so we could get some shots of him cuddling Iggy. The result is a funny and surprisingly touching piece of content, which sits just as well online as it did in Iggy’s special anniversary edition of the show.