February 24th, 2014

WATCH: 12 Year-Old John Bercow’s TV Debut on Crackerjack

For those who didn’t see this in the Sun on Sunday, the video shows a 12 year-old John Bercow, in his Finchley Manorhill School uniform competing on Crackerjack. Crackerjack ran for 29 years, and 451 shows. Top game was a quiz, with prizes won for a right answer and cabbages for a wrong one. No-one lost — everyone got a coveted Crackerjack pencil. Whenever the host – Ed Stewpot in this case – said the word “crakerjack” the studio audience shouted back in panto fashion “crackerjack”. This was interactive television…

Guido suspects that MPs of a certain age will not be able to restrain themselves from shouting the catchphrase…


  1. 1
    Gerbil 7 says:

    He was 24 at the time.

  2. 2
    Sir Jams So-vile says:

    Phwooaarr, I would.

    Actually, I did!

  3. 3
    cornwall storms says:

    Oh for some real politicians Y’know , honest, out of serve the public, hardworking. And it’s quite obvious that bercow with his odious wife doesn’t fit into any of those categories.

  4. 4
    Anonymous says:


  5. 5
    John Bercow says:

    I still play this game at home with Sally.
    Except the stick is smaller and hole is bigger.

  6. 6
    Leslie Crowther says:

    What happened to Peter Glaze?

  7. 7
    Sally Batrecow says:

    It’s Friday!
    It’s 5 O ‘clock
    It’s crack open Jack!

  8. 8
    cornwall storms says:

    I would say crackerjack was probably quite a good learning curve for someone who eventually ended up in parliament.

  9. 9
    Sally Batrecow says:

    He hasn’t grown much, has he?

  10. 10
    Tommy Twp says:

    A short-arsed loser even then.

  11. 11
    I think he came forth .......... (of four) says:

    Given the antics of his wife, I wonder if John still has lead in his Crackerjack pencil?

  12. 12
    Bill Quango MP says:

    Luckily he’s dead. Even by the odd looking uncles of the 1970s, TV presenter standards, he was a candidate for operation yewtree

  13. 13
    The BBC says:

    We would prefer that you do not re-visit Crackerjack. Who knows what you will find?

  14. 14
    Anonymous says:

    He met Jimmy Savile afterwards & taught him how to enter young conservatives.

  15. 15
    DLT says:

    Uhh oh! This doesn’t look good.

  16. 16
    Sir Jimmy Saveloy says:

    1955- 1984 crackerjack.

    Or, the golden years , as I called them.

  17. 17
    Lord RamHard says:

    It’s all right Dave. Your crime was to get the horn and be a sexist. All those women in mini skirts and thigh length boots, and tight knit jumpers and cross your heart bras smelling of Yardley, made you reach out for a titty.
    You perv!

    You’ll get 30 years, now the CPS has massively over reacted

  18. 18
    C.O.Jones says:

    Rumour has it that Ed Miliband appeared on Blockbusters – wearing a bowtie.

    I kid you not.

  19. 19
    RomaBob.... working hard for you! says:

    A cheeky little chappie indeed……. NCCL would have been rooting for him?

  20. 20
    Erm.. says:

    He wouldn’t have been taller at 12 than now, would he?

  21. 21
    Amit Phander says:

    was he felt up by DLT and Jimmy?!

  22. 22
    Chinese whisper says:

    You misheard. He was a tile.

  23. 23
    Ah! nothing changes says:

    Is that it. He only played a little part.

  24. 24
    Licence to Grill says:

    Tony Hall is to mount a defence of the BBC licence fee, rebuking critics who suggest it should be shared amongst other broadcasters.

    In a speech in Oxford this week, the director general will say that “top-slicing” would place much-loved “content and services” at risk.

    His comments will be seen a rebuke to former chairman Michael Grade, who wants BBC fees shared with Channel 4.

    Lord Hall will argue those plans could destabilise the entire TV industry.

    “In the anxiety to privatise the BBC, this proposal suggests nationalising the rest of the sector,” he will tell the Oxford Media Convention on Wednesday.

    “But, most importantly, the fragmentation of the licence fee risks de-stabilising a broadcasting model that works.

  25. 25
    Ballbusters says:

    Ed miliband:Can I have a pee please Bob?

    Bob Crow:After you agree to our terms.

  26. 26
    altruism in industry says:

    It’s unfucking believable, so called intellectual Ukrainians see western life and want some of it so our lot say “sure come in, here’s some billions of dosh”. If Ukraine is such a shit hole who’s fault is that ?

  27. 27
    E Miliband (lower 6th) says:

    Could I have a Pee Please?

  28. 28
    altruism in industry says:

    who’s whose

  29. 29
    Mark Oaten says:

    Go right ahead..

  30. 30
    Let them eat PIE says:

    Harriet and her lawyers must be burning the midnight oil….3rd or 4th day in a row at the DM……and she tried to get Page 3 banned…you couldn’t make it up!


  31. 31
    C.O.Jones says:

    “much-loved “content and services””

    I don’t think so, most of it is crap!

  32. 32
    East India Company Wallah says:

    Beaten into fourth place by an immigrant chappie-the Empire is yours now Bob

  33. 33
    Sally Bercow says:

    Phew! that will sort everything out.

  34. 34
    C.O.Jones says:

    You really saved yourself from a lifetime of pedantic stalking with that correction. Phew, that was close.

  35. 35
    Licence to Grill says:

    You should have watched Eastenders for the late Wendy Richard. According to Wikipedia:

    Richard was a supporter of the Conservative Party. During the premiership of Margaret Thatcher, Richard was a frequent and conspicuous supporter of Thatcher’s policies and accomplishments. At one point the EastEnders scriptwriters gave Richard a script in which Pauline Fowler launched into a tirade against Thatcher, and Richard refused to perform it.

  36. 36
    Axe The Telly Tax & Religion & Kill All Eco-loons says:


  37. 37
    Licence to Grill says:

    You should have watched Eastenders for the late Wendy Richard. According to Wikipedia:

    Richard was a supporter of the Conservative Party. During the premiership of Margaret Thatcher, Richard was a frequent and conspicuous supporter of Thatcher’s policies and accomplishments. At one point the EastEnders scriptwriters gave Richard a script in which P*uline Fowler launched into a tirade against Thatcher, and Richard refused to perform it.

  38. 38
    Executive Summary says:


  39. 39
    Axe The Telly Tax & Religion & Kill All Eco-loons says:

    much loved content and services = endless fucking repeats and lefty propaganda.

  40. 40
    M102 says:

    I hear that Lord Smith of the EA is a shoo in to replace Fatty Pang next year lol.

  41. 41
    Everyone in Venezuela says:

    The socialists

  42. 42
    Whitewash Warning says:

    Julian Hartley-Jam on LBC has the Harman/NCCL/PIE scandal as a topic this afternoon.

  43. 43
    Suspiciously coloured liquid pouring over women sitting on your lap - welcome to Crackerjack! says:

  44. 44
    BBC The Repeats Broadcaster says:

    The BBC is all repeats, repeats, repeats, repeats.

  45. 45
    Peter Grimes says:

    Bercow was an ugly little shit even then!

  46. 46
    Sir William Wayde says:

    You were lucky the compere was the reassuringly normal Ed Stewart.

  47. 47
    Ed Balls says:


  48. 48
    BBC2 The Repeats Broadcaster says:

    The BBC is all repeats, repeats, repeats, repeats.

  49. 49
    Sir William Wayde says:

    Although Wikipedia says that Stewart met his wife when he was 34 and she was 13.

  50. 50
    Casual Observer 7 says:

    The real question is whether medium term US security costs in Europe can be reduced more easily by shifting those costs to Europe or splitting them with R’uss!a.

    That of course will impact European’s in more ways than they realize at present.

    Stepping back from US ‘exceptionalism’ will not please A’IPAC and associated lobbies, but will allow the US to trade hard power losses for soft power gains.

    Long term that is unquestionably in the best interests of the US, but perhaps not its allies.

  51. 51
    Libertie(s) says:

    Cabbages, cabbages ….get your cabbages here

  52. 52
    M102 says:

    Looking forward to it being a topic on HERE.

  53. 53
    Jimi says:

    Ukraine is near bankrupt.

    Now Ukraine has no choice but to except IMF/EU austerity big time.

    Ukrainian will longer be a sovereign state. Disaster capitalism in action!


  54. 54
    BBC Red Bottom says:

    The BBC is all repeats, repeats, repeats, repeats.

  55. 55
    mr Robertson's says:

    I would like to see her spread.

  56. 56
    Kate Burlesque says:

    I love toyboys

  57. 57
    T May says:

    Yankee, go home.

  58. 58
    Jimi says:

    While they’re about it they need to issue an arrest warrant for EU Commission president José Barroso, for facilitating the destruction of Ukraine and fanning the flames which led to the deaths of dozens of its policemen

  59. 59
    Sir William Wayde says:

    1. Lenin, whose army invaded and conquered the newly-independent country;

    2. Stalin, who organised a genocidal famine in the Ukraine;

    3. Hitler, who invaded in 1941 with help from the Romanians, killing and destroying

    4. Stalin again, who sent surviving Ukrainians to the Gulag and swamped the country with ethnic Russians; and

    5. Krushchev, Brezhnev and Gorbachev, whi continued mangling the economy as only socialists can.

    It’s quite enough for anyone.

  60. 60
    Nonce Sense says:

    It might make it easier if we just put all catholic priests in prison, as it appears they’re all nonces.

    An 85-year-old former Catholic priest has pleaded guilty to a series of child-related sex offences after being extradited from Tenerife. In a hearing at Derby Crown Court, Francis P*ul Cullen admitted 21 counts of indecent assault of seven children. The abuse, of boys and girls from 6 to 16, took place between 1957 and 1991. Cullen, born in Dublin, worked in SHunthorpe, Leicester, Nottingham and Alfreton, Buxton and Mackworth, Derbyshire.

  61. 61
    Henry Crun says:

    Fancy asking the young Indian lad if he worked in a curtain shop? That’s racist, that is.

  62. 62
    Anonymous says:

    Just as well I didn’t go into politics since I am in a Gary Glitter video eh

  63. 63
    No, I'll stay here says:

  64. 64
    Ever get the feeling you've been cheated? says:

    ”Tony Hall is to mount a defence of the bbc license fee”

    lmao, two words Tony:

    Peadophile Coverups

    You are finished, even the man on the street have cottoned onto the bias.

  65. 65
    Obama PR says:

    The president is looking on the map of South America to see where this coup country is. He will the n be making a decision from our standard play book.

    1. Terrorism camp drone attack.
    2. War on drugs special forces strike
    3. Iraqi oil. Full on invasion.

  66. 66
    RomaBob.... working hard for you! says:

    Yes, slowly but surely will will take over this cash cow you call home :) thankfully we all have our homeland homes to retire too, very rich and you will keep sending us money every month :)

    Thank you :)

  67. 67
    if only one life is saved its worth it loon says:

    Chuck in TV presenter’s, politicians, Teachers, scout leaders and judges and that should hold them. For a while.

  68. 68
    No, I'll stay here says:


    Learn to read, thickie!!!!

  69. 69
    Geostrategist says:

    Good points CO7

    I think for once we have a POTUS who understands a lot of things

    We no longer need US umbrella for European security

    Russia is far too weak and occupied with internal problems plus Ukraine to pose a real threat for years to come, if ever – they also have China in their arse – though they need eachother also

    Thd US is (sort of) pivoting to Asia – which I think is also unnecessary since China (outside of existing frontiers ) is not interested in territorial claims apart from a few islands that you know about- and are playing the long game on Taiwan

    Germany and Russia are natural economic parters

    That is what to watch

    The US has become a toxic influence in the wrorld now, sadly

    Thanks to aggressive barbarian neocons

  70. 70
    RomaBob.... working hard for you! says:

    Potatoes, potatoes…… as given out on the Irish Crackerjack prog.

  71. 71
    RomaBob.... working hard for you! says:

  72. 72
    Diane Abbott says:

    I prefer rice and rePeats.

  73. 73
    False Jeopardy says:

    Fake TV for stupid people

  74. 74
    Fatty abbot should be scweaming wacisttttttttttttttt says:

    ‘Sad to hear that Bob Holness has died. A generation will remember him fondly from Blackbusters.’

    Ed’s twitter after the death of Bob Holness in January 2012

  75. 75
    Patricia, Harriet, and Jack says:

    And as for us?

  76. 76
    Screwtape says:

    Such a nice little boy – I wonder if Auntie Harriet, Uncle Jack and Auntie Patricia and their friends were waiting for him backstage.

    PS Anyone else notice that it’s not just the BBC that’s staying clear of the Mail’s revelations; the silence from Guido becomes ever more deafening.

    What’s Harriet got on you Guido?

  77. 77
  78. 78
    Geostrategist says:

    Ukraine has been pillaged by its oligarchs for over 20 years – look at them as well


  79. 79
  80. 80
    Little John says:

    Sally, you should replace the “s” in “whose” with an “r”

  81. 81
    Ed Millionaireband says:

    I’m convinced.

    We need an inquiry.

  82. 82
    Gheedough says:

    Hang on a bit, I only started my lunch at 11.

    If it’s urgent, just email Massa’s PR dept for a statement, or just check whether he’s tweeted about teh subject recently.

  83. 83
    Morgan's Organ says:

    Yup its Jackhercrack!

  84. 84
    I hate the BBC says:

    So that’s about 4 people now who work/worked at the BBC and support/supported the Tories. Wow we might one day get into double figures the number of Tory supporters working at the BBC.

  85. 85
    Jimmy says:

    So after losing to an Asian kid he joined the Monday Club?

  86. 86
    Ghost of Peter Glaze says:

    Thank FCUK Im long dead

  87. 87
    Fly on the wall says:

    Holloway and Big Brenda from E wing awaits.

  88. 88
    Fly on the wall says:

    NCCL drone on Sky earlier tutting away merrily. Makes you wonder…..

  89. 89
    Bloody free range apostrophe says:

    “European’s” ?? Tut tut… Phew, didn’t get away with that one pal!!

  90. 90

    After the mass starvation imposed by the socialists they were able to see the Germans as liberators , which I suppose after years of Stalin , Beria , and Molotov is understandable.

  91. 91
    Bent and Corrupt Culture In High Places says:

    Bloody hell, that looks like Warsi beating him to first place!

  92. 92
    Who'd Have Thought It says:

    I’m sure that winner was Miliband the Younger!

  93. 93
    Mr Nurdle says:

    “Guido suspects that MPs of a certain age will not be able to restrain themselves from shouting the catchphrase…” because of all the noise all he would hear is “cracker”

  94. 94
    OFCOM says:

    We will fine everyone……….more back door tax you see ; -)

    We learnt that from the masters: OFGEM

  95. 95
    Mr Nurdle says:

    “some real politicians Y’know , honest, out of serve the public, hardworking.” You are talking about our lot of MPs and Lords, I don’t say there are no honest, upstanding and hard working ones but they seem be rather thin on the ground, there always seems to be something they are into.

  96. 96
    Mr Nurdle says:

    He liked young Conservatives didn’t he, he liked to play uncle Jimmy at various dos .

  97. 97
    Mr Nurdle says:

    Put your hand up instead f shouting like that.

  98. 98
    Mr Nurdle says:

    But he is beautifully formed

  99. 99
    Jack Daniels says:

    Bit early to hit the bottle?

  100. 100
    Wilfrid Brambell says:

    He most certainly was not.

  101. 101
    Airey Belvoir says:

    Disgraceful! Why is the man still at liberty?

  102. 102
    Displaced Brummie says:

    Even then he looked odd. Out of place, different, but not in a good way.

    He should have had his hair cut for his moment of TV glory.

  103. 103
    Airey Belvoir says:

    The ‘saintly’ Yulia Timoshenko is not all she seems, apparently. Admittedly one of the better looking oligarchs, she made a huge fortune on dodgy gas deals, is utterly ruthless and has made good use of her ‘suffering saint’ act. One to watch.

  104. 104
    Where theres blame.. says:

    Put your claim in NOW…

  105. 105
    Socialism = Starvation says:

    70 years of socialism followed by a change in the guard and much of the same for the next 20 years.

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