Hacker T. Dog

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Hacker T. Dog
CBBC, Scoop & Hacker Time character
First appearanceScoop (2009)
Created byNeil Sterenberg
Portrayed by
In-universe information
SpeciesBorder Terrier
Birth date27 October
OwnerDigby Digworth (Scoop)

Hacker The Dog[1] (born 27 October[2][3]), more commonly known as Hacker T. Dog, is a Border Terrier[4][5] dog puppet who appears on the CBBC television channel in the United Kingdom.[6] He is described as being born and living in Wigan, Greater Manchester.[7][8] He is the half-brother of Dodge T. Dog and is the son of Mrs. T. Dog, with a father never mentioned or seen. He is voiced by puppeteer Phil Fletcher. Hacker T. Dog has been influential for young lives, and many teenagers can remember his appearances on CBBC.


Hacker was introduced as a character in the CBBC television programme Scoop, performed by Andy Heath. Hacker used to be an unintelligible dog. The character became popular, and began to appear as a weekday presenter at the CBBC office in May 2009, with the puppetry and voice now being performed by Phil Fletcher. His "half-brother" Dodge T. Dog joined the following year. In July, he began presenting on weekdays with Scottish comedian Iain Stirling.[9] He presented with Stirling until his departure in 2013, when they began presenting with Chris Johnson.[10]

In 2011, Hacker was given a solo presenting role on a separate chat show titled Hacker Time.[11]

The character took a hiatus from CBBC in April 2014. During his absence, numerous guest presenters filled in for him during his usual weekday afternoon slot. Hacker returned temporarily on 24 May 2014, before making a permanent return on 18 June 2014.

A 2016 clip in which Hacker deadpans to host Lauren Layfield "We're just normal men... We're just innocent men.", prompting Layfield to break character and laugh while Hacker continues to deadpan has resurfaced in 2022 and went viral.[12][13][14] While some assumed the clip had context before the exchange, Fletcher later explained that there was none, and he just ad-libbed the line to make Layfield laugh.[13]

Hacker is very fond of television presenter Sue Barker and mentions her often.[15][16] In 2009 Hacker was the mascot for the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championship.[17][18][19][20]

Hacker is known for saying ‘cockers’ - a Northern term for ‘mate’.[21]

In other media[edit]

Hacker, Barry Davies and Amberley Lobo provided CBBC commentary on the Russia v Belgium match at the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Hacker appeared on an episode of Celebrity Mastermind in December 2016, his specialist subject being the Pet Shop Boys. He came in second place, losing to television chef Paul Rankin.[22]

A Hacker T. Dog plush puppet was released in 2015 and made by Kidz Kreations, and sold in Argos and The Entertainer.[citation needed]

Social media[edit]

Hacker gained an official Twitter account in 2014, which as of March 2021 has over 42,000 followers. An Instagram account was eventually created in April 2019, followed by an official YouTube channel. These social media channels are run by both Phil Fletcher and the BBC social media team.


The character has appeared in the following roles:

Year Title Notes
2009–2011 Scoop Main role
2009–present CBBC Channel presenter
2011–2016 Hacker Time Presenter
2013, 2016 Sam & Mark's Big Friday Wind-Up
2014 Wimbledon 2day
2015 Wimbledon
Hacker's Birthday Bash: 30 Years of Children's BBC Main role
2015–2017 The Dog Ate My Homework 5 appearances
All Over the Place
2016 Horrible Histories: Gory Games Contestant
Hacker's Olympic Rundown Main role
Celebrity Mastermind Contestant; 2nd place
Hacker's Crackers Main role
Zig and Zag's Zogcasts Guest; episode 17
2017 BBC Election Wrap
2017–2019 Saturday Mash-Up! Presenter
2018 Remotely Funny Contestant
2020 Pointless Celebrities Contestant; children's TV special
2021 Red Nose Day 2021

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Dog, Hacker The [@HackerTDog] (4 January 2017). "The 'T' in my middle name stands for 'The' #NationalTriviaDay" (Tweet). Retrieved 6 March 2023 – via Twitter.
  2. ^ Dog, Hacker The [@HackerTDog] (27 October 2016). "IT'S MY BIRTHDAY COCKERS! RETWEET IF YOU WISH ME A HAPPY BIRTHDAY, LIKE IF YOU THINK I'M HANDSOME! #ThursdayThoughts" (Tweet). Retrieved 6 March 2023 – via Twitter.
  3. ^ Dog, Hacker The (9 October 2020). "GET TO KNOW ME TAG | HACKER T DOG". Retrieved 6 March 2023 – via YouTube.
  4. ^ "The Children's Media Conference". Retrieved 8 November 2017.
  5. ^ "Radio Times". Retrieved 8 November 2017.
  6. ^ "Awards Database – The BAFTA site". Retrieved 27 January 2012.
  7. ^ "Wigan News :: wiganworld". 2012. Retrieved 27 January 2012.
  8. ^ https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbbc/joinin/cbbc-hq-presenter-profile-hacker Hacker's Profile - CBBC. Retrieved 17th October 2020.
  9. ^ "CBBC – CBBC Stars". BBC. Archived from the original on 1 March 2012. Retrieved 2 March 2012.
  10. ^ "Website". Archived from the original on 28 December 2014. Retrieved 11 February 2018.
  11. ^ "CBBC – Hacker Time". BBC. Retrieved 14 February 2012.
  12. ^ "Lauren Layfield: 'Normal men, innocent men' and me - The Big Issue". 27 June 2022.
  13. ^ a b "I Interviewed the 'We're Just Normal Men' Puppet on Zoom". www.vice.com.
  14. ^ "A CBBC dog saying 'normal men, innocent men' has become the internet's favourite meme". indy100. 26 April 2022.
  15. ^ "BBC Sport – Hacker's The Dog's Wimbledon quest". London: BBC. Retrieved 28 January 2012.
  16. ^ "BBC SPORT | Tennis | On the hunt for Sue Barker". BBC News. London: BBC. Retrieved 28 January 2012.
  17. ^ "Wimbledon japes from CBBC's Hacker the dog – Liverpool Daily Post". 2012. Archived from the original on 12 November 2013. Retrieved 28 January 2012.
  18. ^ "BBC Sport – Tennis – Hacker & Dodge come to Wimbledon". London: BBC. Retrieved 28 January 2012.
  19. ^ "BBC Sport – Tennis – Wimbledon day 11 as it happened". BBC News. London: BBC. Retrieved 28 January 2012.
  20. ^ "Today at Wimbledon – Dave Cheeseman | Cameraman & Picture Editor". davecheeseman.com. 2012. Retrieved 28 January 2012.
  21. ^ https://www.wigantoday.net/news/hacker-t-dog-invites-stars-wigan-719276 Wigan Today. Retrieved 17th October 2020.
  22. ^ https://metro.co.uk/2016/12/19/hacker-t-dog-almost-won-mastermind-and-everyones-fallen-in-love-with-him-6333612/ Metro. Retrieved 17th October 2020.