Captain Tom Moore's vintage Blankety Blank appearance revealed by BBC Breakfast


After capturing the nation’s hearts with his fundraising mission, Captain Tom Moore is now a regular presence on our TV screens.

But the veteran, who turned 100 today, previously made a foray into television back in 1983 when he appeared as a guest on game show Blankety Blank.

Archive footage unearthed by the BBC shows the fundraising hero taking part in a special episode of the Terry Wogan-fronted series, which aired on Christmas Day.

The clip, which aired on BBC Breakfast today, sees Wogan ask the then 63-year-old Captain Moore where he is from, prompting him to reply: “Tipps End.”

Captain Moore took part in a festive special edition of the show (BBC)
Captain Moore took part in a festive special edition of the show (BBC)

Wogan then quips “Same to you!” as the audience laughs, before Captain Moore replies: “It’s a good place.”

The late TV presenter then asks him whether he has “family or anybody you’d rather not be watching this?”

He then tells Wogan he has “two girls, coming up 16, coming up 14,” prompting the host to suggest that they are “too old for this rubbish.”

The rest of the clip sees Captain Moore take part in the classic game show, attempting to fill in the blanks and match up with a celebrity panellist’s answer in order to win points.

Famous faces on the panel in the Christmas episode include The Sky At Night presenter Patrick Moore, actor Roy Kinnear, actresses Sabina Franlyn, Beryl Reid and Ruth Madoc and comedian Freddie Starr.

Hi-de-Hi! star Madoc, now 77, shared a special birthday message for Captain Moore on BBC Breakfast.

“Hi Captain Tom, this is Ruth Madoc speaking,” she said. “We met on Blankety Blank many, many years ago. Well, haven’t you done well? It’s wonderful what you’ve done and many, many congratulations to you on your 100th birthday.”

Captain Moore eventually won a Blankety Blank chequebook and pen, which Wogan suggested he would “be able to show to your grandchildren for many a year.”

The veteran has so far managed to raise £30 million for NHS Charities Together by walking 100 lengths of his garden in Bedfordshire.

His birthday was marked today by a special RAF flypast, with Captain Moore also receiving the honorary title of Colonel.

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