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JA
james-2001 Central (East) East Midlands Today
A shame no clips from that have ever surfaced!

They did show some of Ant & Dec's screen test with Cat in the This Morning studio on the final episode though.
ME
mediaman2007
A shame no clips from that have ever surfaced!

They did show some of Ant & Dec's screen test with Cat in the This Morning studio on the final episode though.


This Morning showed a different take of that screen test a few weeks ago https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=RYApFF1tqnA

So given it wasnt just a repeat of what was shown on the final SMTV ant and dec's company must have the footage along with the pilot most probably.
SW
Steve Williams
This example is from the last week before that revamp.


Quite an interesting show, that, a truncated one because of the F1 (the ITV equivalent of test cricket truncating the Beeb Saturday morning shows before that) and obviously in the week of 9/11, with them mentioning Cat isn't there as she hasn't been able to get back from America. In those days they always used to take all the big features like Chums and Challenge Ant off for the summer and then bring them all back the day the new BBC Saturday shows were starting, as was the case here with The Saturday Show starting the following week.

I can’t recall when I started watching SM:TV, I certainly didn’t watch the early days when it rubbish, because at that stage nobody watched ITV on a Saturday morning.

I would presume I started watching in the summer of 1999 when the BBC really dropped a clanger and I’m guessing it was then when they started to lose viewers. With SM:TV going all year round, during that period the BBC didn’t even have a summer show on a Saturday (Fully Booked being on a Sunday) so they basically handed ITV the viewers on a plate.

Having said that though, I have memories of watching the Emma Leddon and Steve Wilson version of L&K at least at some point, maybe I alternated initially back then, or maybe watched them when SM:TV were showing a dodgy cartoon


ITV always had the advantage in the summer, because the Beeb would always stop around eleven o'clock for the cricket or a film, so you'd always end up turning over for the last half hour or so of the ITV show and The Chart Show, the only other time you'd do that would be when The Lord Mayor's Show was on. That's when I started watching it regularly, and although I went back to Live and Kicking when it returned in September, it was so boring I was back on SMTV within a few weeks. I was in my twenties at this point, by the way.

As you say, from 1996-99 the Beeb had Fully Booked on Sundays and the Saturday Aardvark-branded CBBC on Saturdays, although they pump it up a bit, Sim Courtie (who ended up going up against it for the last few weeks on Wow) says on the Broom Cupboard website that they were given a bigger budget to do proper sketches and features, so it wasn't just straight links. The summer of 1996 was an interesting one because the whole of CBBC moved to BBC2 between June and September because it was an exceptional summer of sport (they really would have had to move it pretty much every week otherwise with the Euros and the Olympics) so maybe they thought that they should have the Saturday morning show on BBC2 just to emphasise that to the audience, and as Saturday wasn't available because of the Open University it ended up on Sunday. Maybe also they decided they didn't want a pre-recorded show on a Saturday morning. I dunno.

For the first few years it seemed to work well enough, mind, it didn't seem to do much for Mashed, and everyone came back in September for Live and Kicking. So it was the quality of SMTV (and the decline of Live and Kicking) that was a factor, not just because it had a captive audience.
JA
james-2001 Central (East) East Midlands Today
The first ever SM:TV/CD:UK was a Formula 1 truncated edition too, which couldn't have helped it getting off to a good start.
ME
mediaman2007
The first ever SM:TV/CD:UK was a Formula 1 truncated edition too, which couldn't have helped it getting off to a good start.


Probably for the best given how bad the first shows were!
SW
Steve Williams
The first ever SM:TV/CD:UK was a Formula 1 truncated edition too, which couldn't have helped it getting off to a good start.


Yes, with CDUK at 10.40 for a full hour, I wonder how many people thought that was going to be its regular slot. As mentioned, CDUK was considered the bigger show at the time, hence that got priority. From the following year both shows would get half an hour lopped off in F1 weeks, and there was a period in 1999 when in some F1 weeks they wouldn't do a normal CDUK but something called CDUK Popumentary. I remember they did one devoted to the new breed of bands who, gasp, played instruments, highlighting Hepburn, Next of Kin and The Moffats, who had about one and a half hits between them.
JA
james-2001 Central (East) East Midlands Today
I remember Hepburn, but I'd forgotten about the other two until you mentioned them! Though I'm probably one of the few people who remembers Hepburn... and one of even fewer who remembers their song "Bugs" as well as "I Quit".

It feels like you could barely do a CD:UK in half an hour. TOTP struggled when it tried doing anything other than music, and they didn't even have time taken for an advert break in the middle. I think later on it was only cut to 40 or 50 minutes on Formula 1 days.
Last edited by james-2001 on 1 October 2020 1:52pm
DO
dosxuk Yorkshire Look North (Yorkshire)
I remember Hepburn, but I'd forgotten about the other two until you mentioned them! Though I'm probably one of the few people who remembers Hepburn... and even fewer who remembers their song "Bugs" as well as "I Quit".


Damn you. I now have "I Quit" stuck in my head. Mad
LO
loydy Central (West) Midlands Today
A shame no clips from that have ever surfaced!

They did show some of Ant & Dec's screen test with Cat in the This Morning studio on the final episode though.


I'll have to dig it out and see if I can upload it to YouTube!
Telly's finest.
JB
JasonB London London
A Christmas edition from 2001 after Ant and Dec left. Chums is going with just Cat and Louise. Am i right in thinking this was the last episode to feature Chums?
Have you washed your hands?
ME
mediaman2007
loydy posted:
A shame no clips from that have ever surfaced!

They did show some of Ant & Dec's screen test with Cat in the This Morning studio on the final episode though.


I'll have to dig it out and see if I can upload it to YouTube!


The pilot? Would be great to see it but you may run into trouble with the copyright holder, no?
ME
mediaman2007
A Christmas edition from 2001 after Ant and Dec left. Chums is going with just Cat and Louise. Am i right in thinking this was the last episode to feature Chums?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e9_oPtsFbqk


Until the last show in 2003, yes. I guess they treated those shows between ant and dec leaving and james redmond starting as if they were normal ant and dec on holiday shows with cat and louise, chums etc. Still featuring ant and dec in the chums titles and having a best of 2001 awards show the week after which obviously featured ant and dec for 95% of it. Seem to remember dec recording a voiceover for this episode where he collected his award by phone for some random thing he had won it for.

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