The multitudes of the BBC’s brand-new live Saturday morning children’s TV show are have committed themselves to bring back the skittish chaos of classic proves like Going Live! and Live and Kicking.
“It’s going to be an absolute zoo on establish, and I don’t recollect anyone, including ourselves, is ready for what’s going to happen.”
Yasmin Evans is communicating less than two days away from co-presenting two hours of silly games, sillier representations, celebrity interrogations, viewer phone-ins and caricatures on Saturday Mash-Up! on BBC Two and CBBC.
With a write on the table in front of her but without a full rehearsal until the day before she and co-host Jonny Nelson is living, the pair are dizzy with seat-of-your-pants anticipation.
“Being more prepared, specially when it’s a live display – I don’t think that’s the right way to do it, ” Evans says. “Well it had better not be, because I’m not! “
As the BBC 1Xtra DJ and soon-to-be children’s TV star registers the features that will be in Saturday Mash-Up !, Nelson microchips in with an essential part: “Anarchy.”
“Anarchy, ” Evans reproductions, before supplementing: “A lot of gunge.”
If that formula seems familiar, you’re probably old-time enough to lovingly recollect Saturday morning TV of yesteryear – from Multi-Coloured Swap Shop through Saturday Superstore, Going Live, Live& Kicking, The Saturday Show, Dick and Dom in Da Bungalow and TMi.
ITV started from Tiswas to SM: Tv Live via the Wide Awake Club, but it’s a decade since the Saturday morning zoo TV format was lastly abandoned.
“I like the anarchy event, ” Nelson sustains. “Because it’s live, and event-type TV hasn’t been done for so long. Not like this. I think it’s going to give them[ the onlookers] something most varied to what they’re used to.”
Classic BBC Saturday morning children’s TV
The Multi-Coloured Swap Shop( 1976 -8 2)
Saturday Superstore( 1982 -8 7)
Going Live( 1987 -9 3)
Live& Kicking( 1993 -2 001)
The Saturday Show( 2001 -0 5)
Dick and Dom in Da Bungalow( 2003 -0 6)
TMi( 2006 -0 9)
There is one presenter missing from our interview – Hacker T Dog, who Evans and Nelson admit is more experienced than both of them, and who is likely to provide the most difficult dose of anarchy.
Before Hacker T Dog, there was Going Live’s Gordon the Gopher and of course Spit the Dog from Tiswas, and the brand-new picture unashamedly harks back to what realise those older depicts so well-loved.
The first thing Evans did when she found out she got the presenting task, she says, was to turn to YouTube to watch 45 minutes of Wonky Donkey – Ant and Dec’s crazed phone-in game show from SM: TV.
Evans says the new establish will have a game that she describes with some dignity as “Wonky Donkeyesque”.
For Nelson, he went back and watched lots of Live and Kicking, whose emcee pairings included Jamie Theakston and Zoe Ball, which he said “got me evoked, but it also made me understand the scale of assessments of how important this is”.
With hours to fill with riotous sports and irregular guests and callers, best available flakes often came when thoughts didn’t going to see intention and the presenters had to somehow muddle through while attempting to suppress laughter.
“Those are the elements that we remember certainly from our childhoods, ” Nelson says. “A lot of the time you tuned in because it was going to be mad.
“You didn’t just knowing that Jamie Theakston, Zoe Ball or Ant and Dec were going to do on that morning – who was going to determine the other one laugh, or who was going to get their positions wrong, or what bit of the set’s going to fall down, or what person on the phone’s going to say.
“I fantasize the second largest the first thing goes wrong on the see and we wording it out, God willing, that’s going to be quite a relief.”
Evans and Nelson may not have had much rehearsal meter, but they do previously have the friendlines of old friends, and with their virulent mixture of guts and enthusiasm it’s not difficult to see one or both terminating into chortles as another slouse of the set topples over.
But can the formula appeal to a young contemporary of witness?
The reason that was always uttered for the fade-out of living Saturday morning TV was that kids today have so many other directs to choose from, and so many manoeuvres, so it could no longer be the focal point that it once was.
Phillip Schofield, who was Going Live! ‘s ringmaster in the late 1980 s and early 90 s, lately told BBC 5 live that if they tried to do the same programme today it would make for “a very different show”.
“It would be a lot faster, it would be a lot jug, it would be absolutely alive with social stages, ” he said on 5 Live’s I Was There.
“If I’m honest, I’m very glad that that was my hour because I still think of those as the immortality periods of Tv, when there were less paths, and parties had more period, and they were less likely to get bored, and they’d give you the benefit of doubt on something but stick with you.
“It was harder to click off and click on to something else. The distres I consider would be stupendou now.”
Saturday Mash-Up! ‘s hosts and creator stress that they are creating the format up to date – taking some thoughts from the heyday and accommodating them for the tempo and technological sciences of modern life.
“Television as a whole is a lot faster than it was 20 or 30 years ago, ” says serial producer Jamie Wilson. “Life is faster isn’t it?
“An interview on Going Live might have been 12 instants, whereas an interrogation on our depict might be four minutes or five at a push.”
Some thoughts haven’t grown old, though. “I reflect the idea of phoning in and chitchatting to your idol is at least as arousing now, ” Wilson says.
“There are some certainly immutable themes within those old-fashioned formats that we’re keen on, but there’s a big quantity of new nonsense, like the digital interaction that really didn’t exists in the 80 s and 90 s.”
He rightly points out that, in today’s fragmented media market, live incident shows like Strictly Come Dancing and Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Take Away have managed to remain some of the most difficult fixtures on TV.
“Saturday mornings always had that kind of impression, ” Wilson says. “There’s something for everyone, and it was a real ‘in the moment’, live, exciting lieu to be.
“So I’m not sure why it went away in the first place, but it definitely felt it was just as relevant, and will hopefully be even as entertaining now.”
Saturday Mash-Up is on BBC Two and CBBC from 09:00 -1 1:00.