Tony Hart

Norman Antony "Tony" Hart(15 October 1925 – 18 January 2009)was an English artist and children's television presenter. He started off as an officer in a Gurkha regiment but became famous for being a children's presenter and artist on television shows such asVision On,Playbox,Take HartandHartbeat, often accompanied by Morph . He also created the Blue Peter ship logo.

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 Tony Hart's Early life

where art was his best subject.

The outbreak of the Korean War (25 June 1950) saw him being re-commissioned in the Territorial Army , attached to the Royal Artillery , from 23 November 1948 to 1 July 1950 (?).

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 Tony Hart's Television career

programme.Subsequent TV shows includedPlaybox(1954–59),Tich and Quackers,Vision On(1964–76)Take Hart(1977–83),Hartbeat(1984–93),Artbox Bunch(1995–96) andSmart Hart(1999–2000).From the 1970s, he often appeared alongside the animated Plasticine stop-motion character Morph , created by Peter Lord of Aardman Animations .

Richard Marson's bookBlue Peter: Inside the Archiveslists Hart as a presenter in November 1959 but he is not officially listed as a host. As well as demonstrating small-scale projects (the type that viewers might be able to do), Hart also created large-scale artworks on the TV studio floor, and even used beaches and other open spaces as 'canvases'.

—has passed into British TV theme lore. This was first introduced in the showVision On. Hart also created the original design for theBlue Peterbadge , also used as the programme's logo. He originally asked for his fee to be paid as a royalty of 1d (one pre- decimalisation penny) for each badge made, but was offered a flat fee of £100(equivalent to around £1,600 at 2006 rates). The badges are famous throughout the UK and have been coveted by three successive generations ofBlue Peterviewers.

, and he was given a Lifetime Achievement Award in 1998.He retired from regular TV work in 2001.

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 Tony Hart's Personal life

They were married for 50 years until she died in 2003. They had a daughter, Carolyn, and two grandchildren.

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 Tony Hart's Death

published on 30 September 2008, revealing that two strokes had robbed him of the use of his hands and left him unable to draw. He described this as "the greatest cross I have to bear".Hart died peacefully on 18 January 2009 at the age of 83.


The plaque was unveiled by his daughter in May 2009 at the Hazlitt Arts Centre.

In September 2010, Carolyn Ross published 'Tony Hart: A Portrait of My Dad', an affectionate biography of Hart by his daughter.

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 Tony Hart's References

  1. Debrett's People of Today 2008, Debrett's Peerage Ltd, 2007.
  2. "Tony Hart". The Daily Telegraph (London). 18 January 2008. Retrieved 18 January 2008. 
  3. "Tony Hart reveals his drawing secrets". The Times (London). 30 September 2008. 
  4. "All you ever wanted to know about Tony Hart". Tony Hart official website. Retrieved 1 October 2008. 
  5. The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 38543. pp. 940–941. 22 February 1949. Retrieved 20 January 2009.
    The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 39036. p. 5017. 10 October 1950. Retrieved 20 January 2009.
  6. "Television career at a glance". Tony Hart official website. Retrieved 1 October 2008. 
  7. Hayward, Anthony (20 January 2009). "Tony Hart: Inspirational artist and television presenter". The Independent. 
  8. "TV presenter Tony Hart dies at 83". BBC News (BBC). 18 January 2009. Retrieved 18 January 2009. 
  9. "The Noveltones". De Wolfe Music. Retrieved 3 January 2016. 
  10. "All you ever wanted to know about Tony Hart (page 2)". Tony Hart official website. Retrieved 1 October 2008. 
  11. "Funeral for TV artist Tony Hart". BBC News. 29 January 2009. Retrieved 26 March 2010. 
  12. "Army of Morphs remember Tony Hart". BBC News. 1 March 2009. Retrieved 26 March 2010. 
  13. "Tony Hart memorial gets approval". BBC News. 17 February 2009. Retrieved 26 March 2010. 
  14. "Memorial unveiled for TV artist". BBC News. 31 May 2009. Retrieved 31 May 2009. 
  15. Rawlinson, Kevin (16 February 2015). "Reports of Tony Hart's second death are greatly exaggerated". The Guardian. 
  16. "How Tony Hart was mourned twice on Twitter". BBC News. 16 February 2015. 
  17. Wells, David (16 February 2015). "How tributes to the late TV artist #TonyHart – six years after his death - reveal the short-term memory of social media". Western Morning News. 

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