TV Cream

TV: K is for...

Kick Start

UNCLE PETER PURVES and his brainbox mate JACK STITES narrate junior motorcross time trial competitons on the muddiest courses in the land, replete with bunny hops, ramps, see-saws and the requisite pile of old cars and oil drums as obstacles. Utterly inappropriate but still ace theme tune played on fairground organ. Primetime exposure for St. John’s Ambulancemen, if nothing else.



  1. Richard16378

    August 5, 2013 at 11:30 pm

    The Lampkin brothers featured a lot in the later series of Junior Kick start.

    The adult competition often featured the Belgern LaGerne (sp?) brother, one of whom managed to fall of the roof of a Transit van IIRC.

  2. IanW1968

    November 26, 2013 at 11:51 am

    Best bit ever. Purves laughs as 2nd St Johns ambulanceman falls then hypocritically pronounces ‘one shouldn’t laugh’

  3. THX 1139

    May 5, 2019 at 9:51 am

    Memorable for inspiring a moving religious parable from Half Man Half Biscuit, of course. Junior version, that is, for some reason everyone forgets there was a grown up version too, which inspired the Junior one.

  4. Glenn Aylett

    May 5, 2019 at 10:43 am

    Junior Kickstart, a much loved BBC1 staple on Bank Holidays in the early 80s. Always remember the kids riding over a Volkswagen Beetle.

  5. THX 1139

    May 5, 2019 at 3:04 pm

    Or the bunny hop. Or the bit where they had to stay upright and still for about fifteen seconds, which NOBODY could do.

  6. richardpd

    May 5, 2019 at 4:46 pm

    I remember another obstacle was the Zebedee, a couple of planks mounted on some old car suspension springs.

    It was impressive when they used to ride up & down what looked like a waterfall.

    Norwich Union billboards tended to be positioned around the course, & being barley acknowledged with it being a BBC show.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

To Top