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Peter Duncan
Born 3 May 1954 (1954-05-03) (age 55)
London
Years active 1970 - present
Spouse(s) Annie Duncan
Official website

Peter Duncan (born 3 May 1954) is a British actor and television presenter, for a while presenter of Blue Peter and for his later family travel documentaries.

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Education

Duncan was educated at the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts, an independent stage school in London.

Early career

Duncan's early career was as a stage actor, appearing as Jim Hawkins in Treasure Island followed by two years at Sir Laurence Olivier's National Theatre. His notable television roles include work on King Cinder, Play for Today, Warship, Oranges & Lemons, and season 2 of Survivors. His roles in films include Kit Nubbles in Quilp, Kevin in Stardust and a brief role in the film Flash Gordon, with his character dying after a few minutes on screen.

Duncan played one of the leading roles, Jimmy Carter, in the 1977-1978 ITV children's television series The Flockton Flyer.

Blue Peter

He joined Blue Peter in 1980, and shortly afterwards it was revealed in a tabloid newspaper that Duncan had appeared nude in the British film The Lifetaker (1975). That he was ever a porn star has been refuted by the BBC in The Times.[1]

He ran in the first London Marathon in 1981[2] (in 3 hours and 10 minutes) and ran again in the 1991 and 2001 events.

Unusually, Duncan had two periods with Blue Peter, being on the team from 1980 to 1984, and again from 1985 to 1986. During his stay with the programme, he became associated with the kind of daredevil stunts previously popularised by John Noakes, and these continued in his own spin-off series, Duncan Dares. On 20 February 2007 Duncan was awarded the highest Blue Peter Award - The Gold Badge. This badge has been awarded in his role as Chief Scout of the UK.

Return to the stage

After leaving Blue Peter permanently in 1986, he returned to the stage, most notably in the musicals Barnum, Me and My Girl and The Card for which he was nominated for an Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Musical.

Family travel documentaries

Between 1999 and 2005, Duncan filmed and produced three travelogue documentary series. Each series consisted of six episodes and featured his family embarking on backpacking trips around the world. The family also consists of Duncan's wife Annie, and their four children: Lucy, Katie, Georgia and Arthur.

The first series, Travel Bug, charted a six month tour of the world. Filmed in 1999 when the children were aged 7 to 13, the series was shown on children's television on BBC1. The next series, Chinese Breakaway, charted the family's two month backpacking trip across China in 2002. The series was aired on Five and Sky Travel. In the third series, Arthur's trip to India (also aired on Five), Duncan's 13 year old son was featured as the chief presenter. A one-off additional episode (Arthur's trip to Jordan) followed his son to the heart of the Middle East.

Chief Scout

Duncan was appointed as the 9th Chief Scout for The Scout Association in the UK, for a five year tenure from 5 September 2004.[3] There was some controversy over this appointment due to his only ever having been a Cub Scout before rejoining the organisation as an adult. The number of Scouts and volunteers rose during his leadership.

Peter Duncan's five year tenure ended in July 2009, when Bear Grylls was officially made Chief Scout at Gilwell 24 2009. The handover event featured Duncan and was in front of a crowd of over 3,000 Explorer Scouts on 11 July 2009 at 09:00.

Most recently

More recently, he has written and directed Oxford Playhouse pantomimes. He took part in the Channel 4 series The Games. He played Macduff in Macbeth at Regents Park Theatre, London and filmed a documentary about the Scouts climbing Everest. His one man show Daft and Dangerous is appearing Edinburgh fringe at the Pleasance Courtyard.

References

Media offices
Preceded by
Christopher Wenner
Blue Peter Presenter No. 12
1980 – 1984
Succeeded by
Michael Sundin
Preceded by
Michael Sundin
Blue Peter Presenter No. 14
1985 – 1986
Succeeded by
Caron Keating
The Scout Association
Preceded by
George Purdy
Chief Scout of the United Kingdom
and Overseas Territories

2004 – 2009
Succeeded by
Bear Grylls

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