CBBC’s Blue Peter presented Morph’s co-creator, Peter Lord, with the show’s highest accolade, the gold Blue Peter badge, in an animation special on Thursday 9 July 2015.
Each year only a few gold badges are awarded in exceptional circumstances for outstanding achievements, or showing amazing and unique bravery, courage and citizenship. Peter Lord joins the likes of the Queen, David Beckham, and JK Rowling on the prestigious list.
Peter Lord is the Co-Owner and Creative Director of Aardman. Peter founded Aardman with partner David Sproxton in 1972, which has since created some of the world’s most iconic animated productions, such as Morph, Wallace & Gromit, Chicken Run, and Shaun the Sheep.
Peter appeared on Blue Peter on Thursday, returning with their first creation Morph, who hasn’t appeared on the show for nearly 35 years. Adding to his list of honours, including his very first blue badge received in 1981, Peter’s gold badge is in recognition of his work for British animation on the world stage.
On receiving his gold badge, Peter said: “This is fantastic. It’s a dream come true.”
Ewan Vinnicombe, Editor of Blue Peter, said: “The Blue Peter audience love watching and creating their own animations. We are delighted to award Peter his gold badge nearly 35 years after his first appearance on Blue Peter. Peter has created some of the most well-known animated characters including of course Morph, who had a starring role on today’s show.”