TMi (Too Much Information) became the seventh programme to occupy the official Saturday
Morning slot when it began its run on 16 September 2006, just a couple of
weeks short of the 30th anniversary of the first ever Swap Shop.
Originally TMi was broadcast from a studio at MTV which
overlooked Leicester Square in London, and was the first show to add a 'reality television' twist to the mix with the TMi
Flat full of cameras that two of the show's presenters - Sam and
lived in and prepared the show with the production team.
Sam Nixon and Mark Rhodes, two CBBC favourites from TOTP
Reloaded, Level Up and Do Something Different, were joined by Caroline Flack.
The start of TMi saw the return to Saturday mornings of a show more like Live
& Kicking than The Saturday Show. The mix of games, guests,
cartoons and music videos (with spookily familiar L&K style full
screen graphics) was very familiar Saturday morning fare.
There were however some very nice twists to the fare, with an interactive
The TMi Playlist was a list of music videos that viewers vote for on
the TMi website (or webspace as they like to call it) and the highly
randomly selected Birthday Bingo month would be generated using a
different method each week - the more bizarre the better.
Loot Machine would see viewers send in their 'tat' to play the
human fruit machine, but the aptly named Surely They Can't Make a Game
Out of That? would almost always steal the show. Simply, a game had to
be created by Sam and Mark using a number of randomly selected items, then
once the game had been played the Bird of Decision had to be asked it's
And of course, the Chinatown Challenge saw one of the boys being
sent off deep into Leicester Square for an exercise in humiliation as a
forfeit for losing to the other in a head-to-head challenge.
TMi steered Saturday morning television right back to the golden
era enjoyed up to the end of L&K's sixth series, and what a
great job it did too. There were so many comparisons that could be made between TMi and L&K,
Going Live!, SuperStore and Swap Shop - and that's
why it worked!
The second series of TMi saw a change
in the format with the programme moving to a new home in Studio TC9 at
BBC Television Centre and the demise of the 'reality television' idea
saw the end of the TMi Flat. The programme's
running time had also been reduced from 165 minutes to 90 minutes and
was no longer simulcast on the CBBC Channel, but a
repeat of the morning's programme was shown at 5pm.
The second series also saw the three team members trying to get as many
viewers to sign up, through the TMi webspace, as 'Friends'. Signing up
let the friend access exclusive web content.
The third series dropped the 'Friends' strand and also did not get an
afternoon repeat on the CBBC Channel, and for the fourth (and final Saturday series) series Caroline did not take part as she had moved on to other non CBBC projects.
The programme returned for a fifth series in 2010 exclusively on the CBBC Channel, but was renamed 'Sam and Mark's TMi Friday' and as the title suggests was broadcast on a Friday.
TMi was simply Sam, Mark, Caroline and the crew making a great
programme and almost having too much fun doing it. Marvellous!
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