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Inspector Sands
Seeing the conversation in the Big Breakfast thread about Mike Smith reminded me of this great motor racing trick/prank he took part in on the Paul Daniels Magic Show. I remember seeing this at the time as a kid and haven't seen it since, I don't think it's ever turned up on a clip show

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Another 1970’s UTV find from Kaleidoscope today:

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Hatton Cross Central (West) Midlands Today
Seeing the conversation in the Big Breakfast thread about Mike Smith reminded me of this great motor racing trick/prank he took part in on the Paul Daniels Magic Show. I remember seeing this at the time as a kid and haven't seen it since, I don't think it's ever turned up on a clip show

Skip forward to about 30 mins in
https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x5uotrr


Now, that is a brilliant illusion - really impressive but if you know what to look out for, it's one of Daniels more easier grand show ending set pieces, to work out how he did it.
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I posted a vintage Grandstand clip the other week and this is a great World of Sport clip from the early 80s. Lots of good stuff here - vintage On the Ball, an ITN bulletin and the rundown of the days action including such delights as the Firemen’s Championship from New York! Note that there’s no racing from Thirsk due to “yet another dispute between Tyne Tees Television and Yorkshire Television”.

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ChipperBird Anglia (East) Look East
This may well be on folks' radar already, but YouTube user Sticky Tape 'n' Rust has been uploading loads of late 80s - early 2000s junctions and CBBC continuity. A lot of them seem fairly unremarkable ephemera but there may well be some gems there.
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCIpVRqYPd8dX2RdvoOPx4lA


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wd6wkENNnLM

Not a gem exactly but 17th Oct 1993 and Ratz is already on CBBC, they didn't waste any time did they (given he made his Live and Kicking debut 15 days earlier). Cleary commissioned with the intention of making him an Edd the Duck replacement on CBBC, though I think the only time he made it into the broom cupboard was during school holidays.


To be fair, I wouldn't even want to guess at how much the tech for a live CGI puppet would of costed the BBC at the time. It must of been a significant investment vs whatever Edd the Duck or Gordon The Gopher had ever cost the corporation in R&D.

I see the idea behind it though. The previous CBBC "sidekicks" had been reasonably popular in their own right. Edd did well enough to get a milkshake line as well as a video game. So the BBC wanted a sidekick that suited the 90's and would have similar licensing opportunities. CGI was very cutting edge in 1993 and just starting to get into mainstream media at that point, so a CGI puppet would totally appeal to the kids better than some old-hat real puppet...right?

I assume the tech was similar to the Silicon Graphics set up Nintendo used at a 1992 trade show



Which likely was a hoot at a trade show, but debatable if it really worked as a co-presenter on TV. Some sites claim Ratz had a habit of breaking down, but I've not seen any unearthed clips showing that actually happening? The main issue is that Ratz can't really mess about or create antics in the studio like Edd or Gordon, or really interact outside talking with a co-presenter or responding to viewer calls and letters. Phillipa seems to be the only presenter who would get rota'd with Ratz too, I don't know if that's intentional - or everyone else just didn't like presenting with a disembodied cat head they might not always be able to see.

It was one of those ideas that might of seemed like a winner at the time. But then they went back a few steps for Otis - who really became almost a proper presenter as much as a puppet sidekick for the presenting team.
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Inspector Sands

Now, that is a brilliant illusion - really impressive but if you know what to look out for, it's one of Daniels more easier grand show ending set pieces, to work out how he did it.

I'm terrible at working out how these things are done, just haven't a clue. I mean it's obvious when the switch takes place but how I don't know.

I absolutely loved Paul Daniels shows as a kid and appreciate a lot of us stuff a lot more now. It's a kind of predecessor to his more well known trick that pretended to go wrong at Halloween years later, but with a lot more humour and of course a reveal. The genius but sneaky thing is putting Paul into a red bag which makes the 'accident' seem a lot worse at first sight

Poor Mike Smith though, I can't work out if it genuinely annoyed him being wound up like that or whether he took it in good humour. Unfortunately a bit of a foreshadow of events a few year later of course.
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jamesw83 Yorkshire Look North (Yorkshire)
Paul's autobiography claims that Mike was genuinely annoyed, particularly as the red cloth made him think there was blood coming out of the box. He actually wanted to block its broadcast (sound familiar?) but was persuaded to allow it to go out in the main show, but no showings outside of that context.
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Steve Williams
Which likely was a hoot at a trade show, but debatable if it really worked as a co-presenter on TV. Some sites claim Ratz had a habit of breaking down, but I've not seen any unearthed clips showing that actually happening? The main issue is that Ratz can't really mess about or create antics in the studio like Edd or Gordon, or really interact outside talking with a co-presenter or responding to viewer calls and letters. Phillipa seems to be the only presenter who would get rota'd with Ratz too, I don't know if that's intentional - or everyone else just didn't like presenting with a disembodied cat head they might not always be able to see.


Until now I think I was always under the impression that Ratz didn't start appearing on CBBC until the end of the series of Live and Kicking, to get their money's worth out of him, so it's a bit of a surprise to see him during its run. I think you're exactly right - you really want a puppet to cause chaos and get in guests' faces, which wasn't going to be the case here.

That's no slight on Paul Brophy who voiced him, because he was very quick-witted and, as illustrated elsewhere, playing characters on Fully Booked and co-writing and appearing in Trevor and Simon's sketches, he was a very funny performer. I assumed they ended up pairing him with Flipper because she was the person who worked the best with him and generated the best relationship.
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Phillipa seems to be the only presenter who would get rota'd with Ratz too, I don't know if that's intentional - or everyone else just didn't like presenting with a disembodied cat head they might not always be able to see.


There was, I recall, quite a famous blooper clip of Andi Peters burning his lips on the monitor when giving him a kiss on CBBC?
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Steve Williams
There was, I recall, quite a famous blooper clip of Andi Peters burning his lips on the monitor when giving him a kiss on CBBC?


That wasn't with Ratz, he kissed the screen for some other reason. A brilliant clip, though. Of course, Andi Peters was on Live and Kicking with Ratz.

Around the same time he did The Travel Quiz, with, "Aw, they faded it out before the Baar-ceee-loooo-naaa! And your question is, what city are those pictures from..."
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Ben Founding member London London
Seeing as we're talking Andi Peters now how about this bit of Children's BBC featuring its Olympic theme music.

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Inspector Sands
Paul's autobiography claims that Mike was genuinely annoyed, particularly as the red cloth made him think there was blood coming out of the box. He actually wanted to block its broadcast (sound familiar?) but was persuaded to allow it to go out in the main show, but no showings outside of that context.

Well yes, that was what I vaguely remember hearing, hence why it sprang to mind after reading in the Big Breakfast thread about his sense of humour.

He definately didn't look comfortable sharing a drink with Paul at the end

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