The Saturday Show was given a rest in September 2003, after two solid
years on air, to be replaced by the successful CBBC Channel show Dick
and Dom in da Bungalow.
Broadcast as a simulcast on the CBBC Channel, the show was initially a 'celebrity-free' zone of total chaos and gunge. The main idea is that
children who visited the bungalow (they were better known as 'Bungalow Heads')
took part in messy and disgusting games to earn bungalow points.
The two former stalwarts of CBBC afternoons had a cult following
and this wass quite a different show for the slot.
Broadcast for two hours, then followed by Top of the Pops Saturday, it ran
until spring 2004 when the Saturday Show re-appeared for the summer. And
just for those who found that two hours of Dick & Dom on a Saturday
wasn't enough, there's was second helping every Sunday on the CBBC
A second run on BBC ONE started in September 2004 and continued through to
March 2005, picking up some criticism on the way from various sources -
the most spectacular being made up by a Conservative MP in the House of
Also, the 2004/5 version had a different set of cartoons broadcast on BBC
ONE and the CBBC Channel so you could make a choice. And for added fun, if
you didn't like any of the cartoons you could play the BBCi interactive
game Buttons, Balls and Bungalaa by pressing that little red button on
the remote control (see the Sound and Video section for a taster of this).
Towards the end of the 2004/5 run, Dick and Dom did their bit for Comic
Relief with a four days of shows called Comic Relief in da Bungalow
the Features section for much more on this.
The show returned in September 2005 for a final series. This time the boys
revealed that the Bungalow has a garden, and at the same time the cellar
The other main difference for the last series was that one of the six
Bungalow Heads was a celebrity (sometimes it seemed that that description
was pushing it a little...) but it certainly added another dimension to
the show. One other things that made the series so fun was the inclusion
of the manic creation that was DC Harry Batt.
The show ended on a high and went out with a song and the inevitable
covering of creamy muck muck.
Celebrating BBC Saturday Morning television since 1976