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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.

Background[]

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.

Notable Sketches[]

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.

Chums[]

A parody of the American sitcom Friends.

Fartbeat[]

A parody of the British police drama series Heartbeat, featuring very little plot and mostly revolving around breaking wind.

F'art Attack[]

A parody of the British children's television series Art Attack, presented by 'Neil Pumpcannon' (Ant).

SMTV 2099[]

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.

Captain Justice[]

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."

Casually[]

This sketch was a mix of popular BBC medical drama series Casualty and American soap operas, which mainly parodied melodrama.

Eminemmerdale[]

A parody of Eminem and Emmerdale revolving around the Dingleberry family and their American cousin Eminem.

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.

Ghost Busted[]

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.

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