CITV Memories – An Afternoon With CITV.

An Afternoon With CITV (CITV, 1993)

After having a look back at various continuity clips recently, I remembered that a long time ago I left a tape running to record a whole afternoon of CITV, so here’s a look at some of the adverts that featured along with the shows. I’m fairly sure that it was recorded on 18 February 1993 in the Carlton region. Will there be lots of adverts for toys and things like that, let’s find out. vlcsnap-00931

We begin with the break just before CITV when Blockbusters has ended at around 3:45pm. There’s an advert for Daz featuring Danny Baker who has decided to ask Diane from Coventry if she would take their challenge. And no, she wouldn’t swap her Daz for anything else. Also featuring is Pampers with rather alarming references to clammy bottoms, and the soundtrack to ITV drama series Head Over Heelsvlcsnap-00910

CITV then starts, and we’re in the very early days of the host being Steven Ryde out-of-vision (although the symbol that was introduced in 1991 was retained) who would be behind the microphone for the next five years, before going off to work behind the scenes in children’s TV. There was a different look used for every day of the week and as it’s a Thursday there are some wooden things everywhere. Today includes Where’s Wally?, Tiny Toon Adventures, and Mike & Angelovlcsnap-00915

But now it’s time for Starfax, today featuring Angelo from Mike & Angelo, and we learn lots of things including he is approximately 3,000 nanoscroobles old, and his best friend is Concita Wobblybots. Adverts include Rowntree’s Fruit Pastilles, and Kellogg’s Corn Flakes have an offer to get a free BT phonecard worth £2. Then there is some fancy yoghurt which is peach and maracuya flavour (I still don’t know what a maracuya is) and the Burger King Kids Club. vlcsnap-00917

There is a trail for cartoon Tale Spin that is coming tomorrow, and Steven almost does a spoonerism (“obnexious nophew”) going into a series 5 episode of Mike & Angelo, accompanied by a lively animation (I did enjoy how they fiddled around with the CITV symbol at this time), people can’t wait to watch. Guest stars this week include John “Ashley, I say, Ashley!” Savident and Joe “Spatz” Greco. A Carlton programme for ITV. vlcsnap-00920

Next is the first in a new series of Tiny Toon Adventures. There are adverts for Kellogg’s Rice Krispies with a free gift of a Red Nose Bike Reflector, plus strange ones for Sun Valley and Cadbury’s Mini Eggs. CITV isn’t only on weekdays though, we get a trail for what’s on offer on Saturdays and Sundays with What’s Up Doc? and The Disney Club at 9:25am. Cartoon Time with Bugs Bunny is next. vlcsnap-00924

Most notable in this break is a revised advert for Robinsons, removing the song which featured the memorable lyric “the bison sucks on his orange“. Then there is a trail for Just Us, the drama series featuring the Clarksons and the Holdsworths, coming on Friday. Tomorrow’s treats include Thomas The Tank Engine, Zzzap!, Tale Spin and Just Us. That’s all for now! vlcsnap-00929

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CITV Memories – Mike And Angelo.

Mike and Angelo (CITV, 1989-2000)

From the people who brought you Spatz which I reviewed on here yesterday, this is another rather silly and straightforward CITV sitcom that was very long-running.

The plot was that one day an alien called Angelo left his home planet and crash landed in a house in Cricklewood and befriends an American boy who lived there called Mike with his auntie Rita, and then they go on to have adventures together, and that’s about it really. Like Spatz it also had an blatantly awful canned laughter track. vlcsnap-00364

Angelo was able to do lots of magic things and when he was by himself he liked to sit in a cupboard or stand on the ceiling and juggle. This meant that there were a few special effects in the show but they didn’t look terribly convincing. vlcsnap-00366

There were a lot of cast changes over the years. Angelo was played in the earliest episodes by Tyler Butterworth, who then regenerated after a while in Tim Whitnall, who I remember the most. I did enjoy his bizarre performance in the show but then of course he was supposed to be playing an alien. vlcsnap-00367

The show also got through four different Mikes, with even in one series a girl called Michaela assuming the “Mike” role in the show which is stretching the title a little. After a while Rita who was often befuddled by Angelo’s antics was replaced too by housekeeper Katy. vlcsnap-00368

There were also occasionally a few other people who appeared in the show including John Savident who put in a very funny performance a few years before he went on to play the terrifically memorable character of Fred Elliott in Coronation Streetvlcsnap-00369

Mike and Angelo got a lot of mileage out of the situation, running for over a decade and a massive 123 episodes were made over 12 series, making it one of CITV’s longest running shows. This meant that the quality of episodes could vary but it was a show that I did enjoy watching for many years. vlcsnap-00370

Two episodes of Mike and Angelo were shown as part of the CITV Old Skool Weekend a couple of years ago, one from 1989 and one from 1996. Like Spatz I think that it would be great if Mike and Angelo came out on DVD and it would be good to think a lot of people feel that way.