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RobinBlamires05
James Redmond was really witty in the sketches (notably as a posh bachelor in the Blind Date "Secret Of My Success"), but never really cut it as a straight presenter.

The disjointed nature of the final show showed with Brian and Tess missing from the performance of "My Way"
at the end, yet Des and Shavaughan were seen alongside Ant, Dec and Cat and gaggle of boy and girl bands.
JA
james-2001
Don't forget how they made an Eminemmerdale sketch, but for some reason cut it out and replaced it with a Spongebob episode. But still left in a couple of references to the sketch in the episode.
SL
Slocker
How long do you think the documentary will be? And how much of it will be from the set?
FA
fanoftv
It was always a shame that the last edition of a show famous for being live was a pre record, it felt incredibly disjointed and just didn’t seem to work well, in hindsight they should have kept Stephen & Des as hosts with the older presenters appearing as guests to answer questions and appearing in sketches.

Having a look on YouTube, I’ve found this edition of the show from 2003 which is Tess’ last show:

Linking back to previous comments it does seem to be a totally different show in terms of segments and sketches rather than relying on Ant, Dec & Cat hand me downs. Stephen worked very well with Des too.
JA
james-2001
It was always a shame that the last edition of a show famous for being live was a pre record, it felt incredibly disjointed and just didn’t seem to work well, in hindsight they should have kept Stephen & Des as hosts with the older presenters appearing as guests to answer questions and appearing in sketches.


Stephen didn't appear in the last episode either, in fact he disappeared suddenly too without ever being mentioned again, leaving Des to present the last few editions of SM:TV Gold with a guest presenter instead (IIRC I remember it being mentioned at the time he was filming Globo Loco).

And SM:TV Gold itself was pretty uncerimoniously thrown around the schedules, due to the six nations, with several episodes going out in the afternoon. Some of them were pre-recorded as well, given away by Eat My Goal taking place in the dark and there being no phone-ins to choose which old sketches were shown (and they seemed to use those weeks to show sketches that they kept putting up for the viewer vote but never got selected, like a "Vicar of Dribbley" sketch they'd put up for viewer vote probably 3 or 4 times but never won, probably because it was genuinely repulsive). Rather strangely, they repeated it at 9:25 the following Saturday on ITV2 on the weeks it was shunted to the afternoon.
ME
mediaman2007
It was always a shame that the last edition of a show famous for being live was a pre record.


Yeah, and recorded on a monday (i was in the audience). Usually on a pre record theyd do the live show on sat morning then the other show in the afternoon which must have been a long day! In the ant and dec days youd know it was recorded as they removed the clock. A famous exception was when they did new years day 2000 live from a bed in the chums flat after celebrating all night.
FA
fanoftv
I presume that either Blaze or ITV wanted to distance Stephen a little from SM:TV because he’d been announced as the host for their replacement (Ministry of Mayhem).

The 2003 refresh was very overdue but looking back there were little inconsistencies such as the logos on the balcony being the non cartoon style logo and the clipboards displaying a Sept. 2001 cue card on the back. Didn’t they drop the word ‘live’ as many more pre records were taking place following the move to Riverside (same with CD:UK)?
RE
Revolution
No-one told you comedy could ever be this lame
Every week a different show
Yet somehow all the same.

"We all love Cat Deeley....she smiles on mah TV!"

It was always a shame that the last edition of a show famous for being live was a pre record, it felt incredibly disjointed and just didn’t seem to work well, in hindsight they should have kept Stephen & Des as hosts with the older presenters appearing as guests to answer questions and appearing in sketches.

Having a look on YouTube, I’ve found this edition of the show from 2003 which is Tess’ last show:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-XHbb80qqZk
Linking back to previous comments it does seem to be a totally different show in terms of segments and sketches rather than relying on Ant, Dec & Cat hand me downs. Stephen worked very well with Des too.

My abiding memory of Tess on SMTV was that time she was a total mare to a participant on Faking It. :/
ME
mediaman2007
I presume that either Blaze or ITV wanted to distance Stephen a little from SM:TV because he’d been announced as the host for their replacement (Ministry of Mayhem).

The 2003 refresh was very overdue but looking back there were little inconsistencies such as the logos on the balcony being the non cartoon style logo and the clipboards displaying a Sept. 2001 cue card on the back. Didn’t they drop the word ‘live’ as many more pre records were taking place following the move to Riverside (same with CD:UK)?


Yeah during 2003 there seemed to be a pre record every month or so whereas before itd just be for christmas or easter (though they did easter live every second year). You could tell by the editing and no live phone ins like wonkey donkey too. When SMTV ended i think CDUK was pre recording every second show, quite a change from being a weekly live event and i guess the same reason they moved from TLS - ever decreasing budget which led us to cookery shows eventually.
ME
mediaman2007

My abiding memory of Tess on SMTV was that time she was a total mare to a participant on Faking It. :/


I remember that well. Very jumped up and unecessary. I cant imagine the stars of the show being like that to a member of the public pretending to be a director so for someone who was on the show less than a year and hadnt made a great success of it amused me. As you can tell im more of a cat man!
JA
james-2001
The CD:UK pre-records always stuck out like a sore thumb as well, not least because it would be someone completely different reading the charts to who was presenting.

And during 2004 and 2005 it seemed to be completely random who'd be presenting it, Cat frequently wouldn't be there in the months leading up to her leaving, and some weeks they flew Holly down from Maidstone, which means she wasn't there for the second half of MoM. And the less said about the 2005 revamp, the better.

If anyone remembers, CD:UK was meant to come back on Channel 5, with Dave Berry (who was the most regular presenter between Cat leaving and the 2005 revamp) and Caroline Flack as hosts, but for whatever reason it didn't happen. At the end of the final episode they seemed pretty confident they'd be back though.
ME
mediaman2007
The CD:UK pre-records always stuck out like a sore thumb as well, not least because it would be someone completely different reading the charts to who was presenting.

And during 2004 and 2005 it seemed to be completely random who'd be presenting it, Cat frequently wouldn't be there in the months leading up to her leaving, and some weeks they flew Holly down from Maidstone, which means she wasn't there for the second half of MoM. And the less said about the 2005 revamp, the better.

If anyone remembers, CD:UK was meant to come back on Channel 5, with Dave Berry (who was the most regular presenter between Cat leaving and the 2005 revamp) and Caroline Flack as hosts, but for whatever reason it didn't happen. At the end of the final episode they seemed pretty confident they'd be back though.


I think they probably wanted holly to take over from cat but she was obviously on the ministry and felt that a less risky career path. Given how things turned out for her she was probably right. I think i read at the time it was going to be dave and holly on channel 5 too but again it changed and was meant to be caroline.

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