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Fred Dinenage and ITV How

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Whataday Founding member Wales Wales Today
How do you recreate a heritage children's brand while maintaining the heritage of the show while modernising it for children who weren't even around when How 2 was on-air?

I don't know, but they pulled it off. It helps that the young presenters are really good, while Fred's new role really works. The anorak elements as part of the set help too for older viewers.


This doesn't surprise me considering Nic Ayling's involvement. Interesting to see the original HOW theme used with titles featuring a vortex and therefore more familiar with How 2 viewers. The title sequence is essentially the HOW 2 titles seen through a HOW filter, if that makes sense.
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paul_hadley London London
Do I need to set my VCR for the end credits? Very Happy
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Whataday Founding member Wales Wales Today
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South Today
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KWKkyH4c7M8


No Freddie D?
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fanoftv Central (West) Midlands Today
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KWKkyH4c7M8


No Freddie D?


He appeared at the end to set the three a challenge
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Meridian AM Meridian (South) South Today
Fred was in the end credits as 'Head of How'.
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Whataday Founding member Wales Wales Today
Nice to see Jack Hargreaves get a creator credit which I'm not sure happened with How 2.

Also as an aside, the choreographer at the end of the programme was Aaron Renfree, formerly of S Club Juniors.
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Jonwo
Was interesting to see that the How format is owned by Endemol Shine now Banijay,
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russty_russ Anglia (West) Look East
Its not unheard of to record a series of something that generates loads of complaints about something on it and go back and change the offending item (as happened with the new "intense" clock music on Countdown in 1996, though it wasn't referenced on air IIRC).

Could be artistic licence for How 2, but equally could have been dropped in as a pick-up filmed insert weeks later. Soaps are good at rapidly turning round rapid inserts so it could have been done here, albeit not a priority for a Children's ITV programme but...


Re the How Hand Signal, I spoke to Gareth Jones around the time of How 2's 30th birthday and I said about people writing in about it and Gareth said...



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Whataday Founding member Wales Wales Today
Jonwo posted:
Was interesting to see that the How format is owned by Endemol Shine now Banijay,


They own it due to a succession of takeovers of Southern Television and its subsequent owners.

Later series of How 2 had a credit for Southern Star, the Australian company now owned by Banijay, although such a credit didn't exist initially.
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loydy Central (West) Midlands Today
Also you may have noticed them refer to Granny Bunty, which I would very much assume is a nod to original 'How' presenter Bunty James!
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Steve Williams
Nice to see Jack Hargreaves get a creator credit which I'm not sure happened with How 2.


This year we've had credits "Double or Drop devised by Eammon Andrews", "Take Your Pick devised by Michael Miles" and now "How devised by Jack Hargreaves". I see Nigel Pickard also got credited as a consultant, another alumni from the original series of course.
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