Live and Kicking Xmas 1996
Live & Kicking was a BBC Saturday morning children’s magazine programme, running from 1993 to 2001. The fourth in a succession of Saturday morning shows, it was the replacement for Going Live!, and took many of its features from it, such as phone-ins, games, comedy, competitions and the showing of cartoons. Once Live & Kicking had become established in series two, it reached its height in popularity during series four, when it was presented by Zoë Ball and Jamie Theakston
The final episode won a BAFTA award. After this the series ratings dropped with the launch of SMTV Live on ITV and was eventually cancelled in 2001.
Live & Kicking was conceived as a replacement for Going Live!, a successful Saturday morning programme that had been running for six years.It was first broadcast on 2 October 1993 at 9am on BBC1.The original hosts were Andi Peters, Emma Forbes who had presented a cookery segment in Going Live!, and John Barrowman. For the second series, John Barrowman was relegated to host the showbiz Electric Circus segment, leaving Andi and Emma to become the main hosts. He left after one series of Electric Circus to concentrate on acting. Comedy duo Trevor and Simon and Peter Simon, in the Run the Risk segment, were also regulars who had featured on Going Live!
While the first series was not as popular as its predecessor, the second series was more successful. It was broadcast during the winter months, from September to April, with Fully Booked replacing it during the summer.
New episodes of the Rugrats were shown opposite ITV’s What’s Up Doc? which began broadcasting at the same time, which ensured viewers would continue to watch
From the second series, many of the long-term regular features were introduced, such as Sage and Onion, two puppet leprechauns (voiced by Don Austen and John Eccleston), and later on Mr. Blobby
They were replaced by Zoë Ball and Jamie Theakston, who presented it for three series. According to the BBC, the show’s popularity was at its peak during the 1996/1997 series when the show regularly had 2.5 million viewers