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Live and Kicking was the fourth programme to occupy the Saturday
Morning slot, and its first programme was broadcast 17 years to-the-day
that it all started with Swap Shop.
The BAFTA award winning Live and Kicking had it's debut in 1993,
and is the longest running programme in the slot having entered into it's
eighth series in 2000.
The programme survived having four completely different presenting
teams through it's run. The original presenters Andi Peters and Emma
Forbes were replaced by Jamie Theakston and Zoë Ball,
who in turn were replaced by Steve Wilson and Emma Ledden,
who in turn were... well, we'll come to that a little later.
Once again, the tried and tested format of live television, guests, pop
music, cartoons, competitions and live phone-ins was used. As they say...
if it ain't broke - don't fix it!
Another thing that's been unique to this incarnation of the Saturday
Morning format is the sheer number of supporting 'cast' it's had. Take a
look at the Data Sheet to see for yourself!
After the end of the seventh series, a special edition of the programme
Music Live and Kicking (incidentally, the first time the programme
was broadcast in digital widescreen) was broadcast as part of the BBC's
Music Live project.
The programme had two spin-offs, L&K Friday with lasted for
two series (during the programme's fifth and sixth years) as a half hour
Friday version of the programme within the afternoon's CBBC sequence.The
first series was presented by Jamie and Zoë, but the second
was presented by Steve Wilson (who would go on to present the
seventh series of L&K) and Liz Fraser. The introduction of the
digital channel BBC Choice saw a weekly edited version of the programme's
highlights (lasting about 90 minutes) called L&K Replay - this
disappeared when CBBC on Choice was launched.
The seventh series of the show saw the ratings drop, and the curtain
seemed to have come down on this incarnation of the Saturday Morning show,
when on July 4, 2000 it was announced that both Steve and Emma had left
the show by mutual agreement. The BBC said that they were looking into the
future of the show, and did not rule out replacing it.
All lay quiet for a couple of months, until early September when it was
announced that the show would be returning with a new presentation team of
four. Katy Hill (ex of Blue Peter), Ortis Deley (L&K
series 7, Short Change, Why 5), Trey Farley (MTV Europe) and Sarah
Cawood (Nickelodeon, Channel 5) were joined together to front the
eighth series of the show, which had been given a major facelift.
In an announcement on March 20, 2001 it was revealed that the eighth
series was to be the last. The ratings had not recovered sufficiently to
warrant carrying on with the programme. A new replacement was to be
launched in 2001 running all year, rather that the traditional October -
And as a final twist, it was revealed that Live & Kicking
was to run across the summer, just like it's replacement would. The show
was relocated to the BBC's Glasgow studios on April 21, 2001.
The final Live & Kicking was broadcast on 15 September 2001.