SMTV Live (Saturday Morning Television Live, also stylised as SM:tv LIVE and in early promotional material SMTV://live), was a British Saturday morning children's television programme, first broadcast on iTV on 29 August 1998 and last broadcast on 27 December 2003.
- 1 Background
- 2 Notable Sketches
- 2.1 Ant and Duck
- 2.2 The Further Adventures of Cat the Dog
- 2.3 Chums
- 2.4 Fartbeat
- 2.5 F'art Attack
- 2.6 SMTV 2099
- 2.7 The Vicar of Dribbley
- 2.8 Captain Justice
- 2.9 The Beautiful Corrs
- 2.10 PokéRap and Pokéfight
- 2.11 Dec Says/The Secret of My Success
- 2.12 Casually
- 2.13 Eminemmerdale
- 2.14 Anty and Decky the Garden Goblins
- 2.15 Only Fools and Hogwash
- 2.16 Ghost Busted
- 3 External Links
Though it constantly won in ratings battles with the BBC's Live & Kicking, on the surface, the programme did not seem to stray away from the format of other Saturday morning output. With like-format featuring an audience of children, competitions and cartoons, SMTV nevertheless became iTV's most successful children's programme since Tiswas. Attributed partially to Ant & Dec's original presenting partnership with Cat Deeley, the major success of SMTV Live was also seen as its use of thinly-veiled comedic innuendo aimed at older viewers, and its broadcast of the highly popular Japanese cartoon series Pokémon. At its height, SMTV Live had a regular view base of 2.5 million viewers. Gallowgate (owned by Ant & Dec) currently possesses the rights to the show.
Ant and Duck
- A short-lived sketch with "Farmer Ant" presenting a pseudo-preschool show teaching children about the countryside and Dec as the aggressively misanthropic Duck.
The Further Adventures of Cat the Dog
- Cat the Dog first appeared in the Dec Says / The Secret of My Success run of sketches (see below) before starring in her own series of skits upon Ant and Dec's departure.
- A parody of the American sitcom Friends.
- A parody of the British police drama series Heartbeat, featuring very little plot and mostly revolving around breaking wind.
- A parody of the British children's television series Art Attack, presented by 'Neil Pumpcannon' (Ant).
- A parody of Star Trek, and of science fiction as a whole, featuring Dec as a Captain Kirk-type captain of a spaceship.
The Vicar of Dribbley
- A parody of the BBC television sitcom The Vicar of Dibley, with the humour based on dribbling water over the characters.
- Based on consumer affairs programming, a studio audience of the day's guests with children sitting by them were given the chance to ask questions to Captain Justice (Ant in a superhero costume), but Dec would rephrase the question before the children had a chance to speak.
The Beautiful Corrs
- Ant, Dec and Cat were dressed up as the female members of the band The Corrs, wearing long black wigs while affecting Irish accents.
PokéRap and Pokéfight
- For 'Rap - Ant and Dec would dress up as rappers and perform a rap featuring the names of various Pokémon. For 'fihts - the show's writers would dress Ant & Dec up as Pokémon characters and have them 'fight' each other.
Dec Says/The Secret of My Success
- For "Dec Says," Dec would read a supposed viewer's letter about a personal problem from a viewer before launching into how he was once in a similar situation but was able to get out of his because of his excellence. "Secret of My Success" revolved around a badly-selling book by Dec called "The Secret of My Success."
- This sketch was a mix of popular BBC medical drama series Casualty and American soap operas, which mainly parodied melodrama.
Anty and Decky the Garden Goblins
- A parody of the British children's programme Bill & Ben: The Flowerpot Men, with Ant and Dec as Anty and Decky respectively.
Only Fools and Hogwash
- A short-lived parody combining Harry Potter with the long-running BBC sitcom Only Fools and Horses.
- A short-lived parody featuring Tess Daly, Des Clarke and Stephen Mulhurn as the fictional boy band "Busted" - using the power of their guitars to wipe out ghosts and ghouls in the style of Ghostbusters.