Here’s the third and final part of my look back at some more Saturday Morning shows.
SMTV (CITV, 1998-2003) Dear old Ant and Dec became Saturday Morning presenters and ended up being a huge success. I didn’t watch this show that much but I do remember some of the fun games including Challenge Ant and the classic Wonky Donkey. After Ant and Dec left the show they were replaced by some bloke who used to be in Hollyoaks, and then he was replaced by some bloke who used to be in Steps, and it just wasn’t the same.
Swap Shop (CBBC, 1976-1982) One of the earliest CBBC Saturday Morning shows which was groundbreaking with many of its ideas and is still very fondly thought of today by the viewers who watched it, as Noel Edmonds and his telephone invited lots of star guests into the studio.
Teleganticmegavision (CITV, 1996) Another short-lived show that shared its timeslot with It’s Not Just Saturday, although this was one aimed at younger viewers, with Dave and Emma and features including going behind the scenes of various TV shows.
Tiswas (CITV, 1974-1982) One of the all-time classics, as Chris Tarrant and co. cause lots of chaos with buckets of water and flans everywhere. It was so memorable that some of the best highlights were released on VHS and DVD in more recent years and the fun really does come across, terrific stuff.
TX (CITV, 1985) Another short lived show, notable for being hosted by the combination of Sue “Connections” Robbie and Tony Slattery. Also featured a regular game show called Knock Your Block Off.
UP2U (CBBC, 1988-1989) A show which ran through the summer for a couple of years when Going Live! was off and hosted by a pre-Blue Peter Anthea Turner and a pre-TOTP Tony Dortie. The title also seemed to invent “text speak” about a decade before it existed.
Wow (CITV, 1996) Yet another CITV Saturday Morning show from 1996, this was one at the sillier end, hosted by Simeon Courtie who had recently left CBBC (I wonder how he revealed the news to his mate Otis the Aardvark), and Sophie Aldred who messed about as vaguely embarrassed pop stars looked on. Also only ran until 11am as it shared the timeslot with The Noise.
And that’s it. This is my final look at Saturday Morning children’s TV. I hope that these pieces have brought back some memories of classic shows from throughout the years such as Going Live! and Motormouth. I watched this slot very regularly when I was younger and there were lots of terrific presenters, features, games, puppets and moments that I still think fondly of after all this time.