AS WITH everything in 1982, originally presented by SIMON BATES. The first ever episode featured a probably fascinating insight into the diet of Princess Diana. But by only the fifth show, the Bates man was axed and RUSSELL HARTY, HENRY KELLY and SUSAN GROSSMAN helmed for the next couple of years (though JILLY GOOLDEN was there from day one). In 1984 a resolutely un-stunt piece of casting took place as KELLY, H was swapped for KELLY, C. With CHRIS at the helm FOOD AND DRINK entered its imperial phase. Tudor-faced MICHAEL BARRY nee BUKHT joshed with the aforementioned Goolden over the best wine to serve with a blue steak, while Chris Kelly presented items on food labelling from in front of an oversized can of baked beans. Meanwhile OZ CLARKE fannied around as was his wont. Thankfully the programme was cancelled in 2002 before it could receive a TOP GEAR style trendy makeover.
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NOT REALLY. Basically a rip-off of HOLIDAY only with less about insurance rates and more tits’n'tinsel. Main gimmick from the off was having the presenter helm proceedings from a glittering foreign vista as opposed to hunkering down in a shabby studio, which sounded inspired but in reality meant JUDITH CHALMERS sashaying awkwardly along a dirty shoreline in Costa Plonka while ugly kids ran into shot and locals shouted obscenities. Benefited from the 1970s package holiday boom in that if all else failed there was always another resort to visit and bunch of red-faced ill-at-ease Brits to interview. CHRIS KELLY supplied early roving reports from Lake Windermere or, when there was enough in the kitty, Boulogne (“Incredibly, the hovercraft now takes just 45 minutes!”). Became a 7pm weeknight fixture. Chalmers-baiting orange-related gags entered the routines of the laziest comics in the land. Somehow soldiered on through the decades and never officially got axed, though it’s not been seen on screen for a fair while, and at some point Judith was jilted to make way for MARY NIGHTINGALE. Charming chirpy theme tune, a flute-furnished elevator music mini-masterpiece, bedecked the show during its imperial 1980s era.Read More
GAME SHOW WITH (good grief) schools taking part. CHRIS KELLY presided over two teams of “kids”, each taking it in turns to “chatter” about a given subject. Then they were judged by the celebrity panel, which, given it was an Anglia show, featured NICHOLAS PARSONS alongside (naturally) GYLES BRANDRETH and JENNY HANLEY. Point: unclear. Success: unmeasurable.Read More
CELLULOID-CENTRED ROUND-UP anchored by dapper CHRIS KELLY in a variety of period knitwear which turned up for six weeks but stayed for a decade. Combination of news, interviews and behind the scenes stuff added up to pretty much your only chance – back then – to see film clips outside of your local Odeon. And SCREEN TEST, of course.Read More
SHORT-TROUSERED LOOK-AT-THIS be-caged business initially hosted by fearsome anthropological fellow DESMOND MORRIS. Kids shielded from all naked apery, however. Later helmsman CHRIS KELLY oversaw regionally-tactful switch from London Zoo to Chester Zoo, conveniently just in time for the latest franchise renewal round.Read More
A DEVOUTLY devolved kids’ talent contest, pitting region against region in a knockout contest compered initially by ED “STEWPOT” STEWART, and latterly by CHRIS KELLY, on a mission to discover which ITV region held the most variously talented 12-14-year-olds (latterly 10-16 years). The Junior Television Trophy and an all-expenses-paid weekend in Paris were the prizes on offer, a NEW FACES-esque celebrity panel judged the efforts, and the first edition kicked off with a bout between Grampian and Tyne-Tees. The odd thing was, anything was grist to their talent mill – “singing, dancing, playing an instrument, acting, painting, writing poetry…anything!” – giving the affair a strange apples and oranges vibe. Celeb judges included THE SCAFFOLD, THE PAPER DOLLS, MIKE YARWOOD, LEW CHRISTIE, AYSHEA and BRIAN BENNET, and HANK MARVIN.Read More