Andi had been involved with children's television for many years before
getting the Saturday morning job. One of his earliest appearances was on a
programme called Freetime made by Thames Television for Children's ITV.
Andi made his move to a more prominent
position by taking over the hot-seat in the CBBC Broom Cupboard from
Crane (who left to join the Travel Show, and later went on to present
'What Up Doc?' a Children's ITV Saturday morning show). Andi made a name
for himself there, and had a puppet side-kick called Edd the Duck. He also
for a period had the assistance of Wilson the Butler.
Andi appeared on Live and Kicking for the
first three series (1983 to 1987) before leaving to take up a role at LWT
(see later on...), and then later at Channel 4 where he is involved with
the teen programming 'T4' , and their entertainment channel 'E4'. In July
2003, he returned to the BBC as 'Executive Editor - Popular Music' - a
roll which would put him in the Executive Producer seat at Top Of The
Emma had one of the ultimate upbringings into the world of show-biz. Her parents
being the actress Nanette Newman and the film director Bryan
Emma had found her way on to Saturday mornings prior to Live and Kicking
by getting the editor of Going Live, Chris Bellinger, to let her do some
cookery slots. These occasional pieces immediately went into Saturday
morning folk-lore for the complete disaster that her assistant - Phillip
Schofield - made of the simplest of tasks!
Emma found herself being the main presenter
of Live and Kicking, and like Andi Peters, presented the first three
series. She had originally intended to present series 4, but gave up the
role after becoming pregnant between series.
She went on later to present a short-lived Friday
evening programme called the Weekend Show - only shown in the LWT area - with her
ex-Live and Kicking
John Barrowman was born in Glasgow and later moved to Illinois in the
States. He was already established as a well-know face in the
world of West-End musicals when he took the Live and Kicking job having
featured in shows such as Evita, Phantom of the Opera and Aspects of Love.
Although he tended to take slightly more of a
'back-seat' presenting role on the show, he held his own - especially when
any of his skills were put to use.
John only presented the first series of the
show before getting one of the lead roles in Sunset Boulevard. He
continued to appear in taped form presenting the Electric Circus strand
during series 2 and also presented C-BBC's The Movie Game.
John made a return to the small screen in May 2005 with role in the
revival of Doctor Who playing Captain Jack Harkness, and
subsequently gained his own Doctor Who spin-off series Torchwood first
broadcast in late 2006.
Series 4 to 6
Jamie had made a number of previous
appearances on television prior to landing the Live and Kicking job.
Our first documented glimpse was on the Clothes Show as a
contestant in a modeling competition!
He became an established face on children's
television as he took over as one of the two main presenters of the pop
show The O-Zone - the other being ex-model Jayne Middlemiss. This
show had been a part of the CBBC Sunday Morning line-up since it's
Jamie took over from Andi Peters at the
start of the fourth series of the programme, and soon found his feet and
made the male presenter's role his own by creating his own style, rather
than trying to fill the gap.
Some of Jamie's best moments came with his antics
with the pink and yellow walking disaster - Mr. Blobby.
Jamie continued to present The O-Zone
and towards the end of his Saturdays stint was given his own Radio 1 show
After leaving Live and Kicking, Jamie has
done numerous television jobs including working with ZoŽ Ball on another
show (see below), hosting the Breakfast show on London's Heart and
fronting the People's Quiz in 2007.
ZoŽ is yet another presenter who has a famous parent. Her father, Johnny
Ball, was a regular on Play School, Play Away and has his
own series of Think programmes.
Like Jamie, ZoŽ has a documented early
appearance. Her's was on an edition of Saturday SuperStore that her
father was a guest on.
ZoŽ first found her way into children's
television as part of the CBBC team who at that time worked out of
TV Centre's Studio A., working with the likes of Toby Anstis and Josie
She had a break into Saturday
Morning television by being chosen to present the summer replacement
programme Fully Booked with Grant Stott, from the BBC's Glasgow
studios. She went on to present Channel 4's The Big Breakfast as the replacement for
Gaby Roslin. Her stint on this particular show, was only short.
After that, ZoŽ found herself back on
CBBC, on the programme SMart, and soon after found herself
recruited to Saturday Mornings. ZoŽ
later went bi-media as she took on the
Radio 1 Breakfast show, at first with Kevin Greening and then on her own.
After leaving Live and Kicking she
married Norman Cook (aka Fat Boy Slim) and later left her Radio 1 show.
She then was signed by Channel 4 to present her own show The Priory, but
shortly before the series aired, Jamie
Theakston was signed up to co-present.
Most recently, ZoŽ was seen coming in third on the 2005 series of BBC
ONE's Strictly Come Dancing, co-presented the BBC's live Dancing
in the Street in 2006 and ITV's Grease is the Word in 2007.
Steve was another graduate from the CBBC team to Saturday mornings.
He cut his teeth on the CBBC presenting and
then was given the opportunity to present the second series Live and
Kicking's spin-off show L&K Friday with Liz Fraser. He
obviously made an impression on the show's producers as he was offered the
presenter job on the main show from the show's seventh series.
Steve continued the relationship between
presenter and Blobby - with the normal chaos and mess that comes with it.
He is also a talented musician, and had shown off his keyboard skill by
dueting on the show with stars such as Tom Jones and Phil Collins.
After leaving Live & Kicking Steve went on to present CBBC's Call the Shots
and was also on the presentation team of X-Change on the
Husky voiced, Cork born Emma joined the team at the same time as Steve Wilson.
apparently hit it off from day one and that showed through in their on screen
Emma's previous careers have been varied -
assistance in a clothes shop, waitress - and the job that led her to her Live
and Kicking opportunity - as a VJ on MTV.
After leaving Live & Kicking, Emma returned to
MTV and was also seen presenting on BBC Three. She later returned to
Ireland and presented and co-produced the Breakfast show on
Emma started her own company, Emma Ledden Communications, in
Ortis had been a part of the sixth series of Live & Kicking and it was
no surprise that he was promoted to the role of one of the main presenters
when the line up for series 7 was announced. He has a very natural
presence on screen, along with a great sense of comedy.
Ortis also has been seen as the main presenter on the C-BBC consumer
show Short Change, as the connection maker in the
entertaining Why 5 and on the CBBC science show X-perimental.
Ortis has also presented a one-off special of Tomorrow's World and
has his own sports show on BBC Radio 5 Live.
Katy was secretary to the head of BBC Children's when she made a move
to presenting. After a spell of 'learning' on the children's channel
Nickelodeon, she took the prime job of co-presenting C-BBC's flagship programme
Blue Peter in June 1995.
She spent 5 years with the programme, bowing out during 2000. In the
meanwhile she been seen co-presenting the
Sunday morning Football Fever show, and also the 2000
to 1 quiz show aired at the back end of 1999, along with UKOK, Top
of the Tops and hosting both the CBBC Proms in the Park and the
1999 Children's BAFTA Awards. She also took a role in
the BBC's 2000 Today programme as one of the massive team of
Katy bowed out of the programme at the end of the Autumn/Winter season
on 14 April 2001 before the show relocated to Glasgow for the summer.
Katy has appeared since on UKTV's Deck Dates and the 2004
series of C4's The Games.
Sarah first came to prominence on the somewhat dubiously bad
taste Girlie Show which was broadcast on Channel 4. Following that,
she was seen on the children's channel Nickelodeon.
She was also one of the faces in the original programme line-up for Channel 5. Following a stint working as one of Top of the Pops presenters, Sarah
was seen as one of the faces of the National
Lottery working mainly with Eamonn Holmes as draw presenter on Jet
Set and co-presented BBC THREE's Comic Relief Does Fame Academy
coverage along side Dominic Wood.
Philippine born, motorcycle loving Trey became a favourite of the
Saturday morning audience with his quite bizarre humour (proved by his
hilarious links into Popoholics!)
Trey's television career prior to his Saturday Morning stint has been
with MTV UK working on their Select show. Trey has also appeared in a number of films, including Bend It Like Beckham
He married L&K co-presenter Katy Hill in
2004, and they had a first child during 2006.
Heather replaced Katy Hill for the show's final six months after it's
relocation to the BBC's Glasgow Studios.
Prior to Live & Kicking, she appeared on the CBBC show Hyperlinks.
Most recently Heather has been the host of XFM Scotland's Drivetime
show and also has a column in The Sunday Post.