After the rather tired Live & Kicking closed down after it's eighth
series, the Saturday morning show returned from Scotland back to it's
spiritual home - Studio 6 at Television Centre (the original home of
the Saturday morning show was TC7, but at this time is was being used exclusively by
Saturday September 22 2001 saw the launch of a new brand of Saturday
morning entertainment, namely The Saturday Show. Described as 'The
ultimate participation show' it was branded as 'cheeky, rude, loud and
Hosted by Dani Behr and Joe Mace (a curious choice and
combination!) and with their very own house band to provide music, it was
brash and new.
The show was a radical departure from the normal Saturday Morning which
was really what became the problem with the show. Many features that aired
in the first show didn't make it to the second. Remember the rather poor
game on the steps, and the rather lengthy game involving the audience
which about 10 people ended up winning? The show was a bit of a mix of
stuff and it just didn't gel together all that well. The Risk game where
people took the risk of having a personal possession mangled into a
million pieces if they failed in the game didn't go down that well too!
Some reworking of the show's graphics and set took place in early 2002
to address the problems, which was part of the planned launch of The
Saturday Show Extra. This show came to air on 16 February 2002 as a
simultaneous broadcast on the new CBBC Digital Channel, but was changed to
a one hour programme from 12pm (i.e. after the main show ended) from 31st
Towards the end of the first year, Dani and Joe's
contracts weren't renewed - so the reigns were handed over to the much
younger pairing of Fearne Cotton and Simon Grant. Things got
better with the new format, and for several weeks the BBC overtook ITV in
the ratings for Saturday mornings for the first time since the golden days
of Live and Kicking.
Continual tweaking of the show was one of the most curious things about
it. The much heralded house band, Stamford Amp, suddenly just
disappeared one week and nothing more has ever been said or heard of them.
The comic duo of Tiny and Mr Duk then also just vanished
(before eventually reappearing in their own CBBC show) - the show was
coming something of a Bermuda Triangle for the staff!
Towards what was to be the end of the run, the show got stuck in a
format of music and celebrities playing silly games in a tournament and
seemed to be more lost that a Japanese tourist in the Hampton Court maze.
Once the announcement that the show was to take a break from Autumn
2003 to allow Dick and Dom in da Bungalow to have a stab at the
slot it wasn't all that certain that the show would ever see the day of
light again. However, as part of the Spring/Summer 2004 schedule it came back
with a new look (again!) and a part-new crew with CBBC's Angellica Bell
and Jake Humphrey joining Simon Grant with the programme
being broadcast from the now traditional Summer home of Glasgow.
The same crew returned for the 2005 season, with a revised logo and
graphics package to boot - and was simulcast for the first time on the
One thing that they did do in the final year, and it hadn't been tried
since the days of Going Live!, was to broadcast a whole show away from the
base. And if you're going to do it, why not go somewhere nice and warm -
so Majorca it was!
The final Saturday Show was broadcast in September 2005 and was... a