Captain Tom Moore stunned BBC Breakfast viewers when the show revealed an interesting moment from the centenarian’s past. To mark his 100th birthday today, the BBC played a clip of the NHS fundraiser’s appearance on comedy game show Blankety Blank hosted by Terry Wogan. Online users praised the “legend” and called for the episode to be shown “as soon as possible”.
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Actor Ruth Madoc, who appeared on the show with the Captain, sent in a message to wish him well.
She said: “Hi Captain Tom, it’s Ruth Madoc speaking.
“We met on Blankety Blank many, many years ago.
“Well haven’t you done well? It’s wonderful what you’ve done.”
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Ms Madoc continued: “Many many congratulations to you on your 100th birthday.
“No wonder you saved the pad and the pen from it because it was very special.”
Captain Tom’s daughter Hannah had been able to find the infamous ‘chequebook and pen’ prize from the show which the centenarian won.
Twitter user Nickie Miles-Wildin said: “My respect for Capt Tom Moore has risen even more – he was on Blankety Blank & still has his Blankety Blank cheque book. Lost the pen but that doesn’t matter.”
Ann wrote: “Watching Captain Tom Moore on Blankety Blank on BBC Breakfast was brilliant.”
One user agreed, adding: “They definitely need to show that episode as soon as possible.”
Martin Williams joked: “Hold the phone though! Forget the fact he’s raised £30m, he appeared on Blankety Blank in 1983….legend!”
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At the time of writing, Captain Tom has raised £30,727,372 for NHS Charities Together.
He has completed his aim of walking 100 lengths of his garden to raise money for frontline health service staff.
As thanks for his dedication, the Queen promoted the WW2 veteran from captain to honorary colonel.
A Battle of Britain Memorial Flight flypast of a Spitfire and a Hurricane has also been organised by the RAF to mark his birthday.
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