SMTV Live was a British Saturday morning children’s television programme. It premiered on 29 August 1998 and ran for over 270 episodes before its conclusion on 27 December 2003. The original presenters were Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly, with assistance from fashion modelCat Deeley.
About SMTV Live in brief
SMTV Live was a British Saturday morning children’s television programme. It premiered on 29 August 1998 and ran for over 270 episodes before its conclusion on 27 December 2003. The programme’s format focused on a collection of sketches, competitions and challenges, alongside a compilation of children’s programmes and cartoons. SMTV Live became notable for various elements including a sketch based on Pokémon, the phone competition of \”Wonkey Donkey\”, and the late morning edition of CD: UK that the presenters of the programme were involved in towards the end of the morning schedule. In April 2017, the duo made a proposal for a 20th anniversary special to reunite them with co-presenter Cat Deeley, but despite an announcement of it being revived during the 2017 British Academy Television Awards, ITV later stated that the proposal had been dropped. On 26 December 2020, a one-off reunion episode aired on ITV under the title The Story of SM: TV Live, featuring Ant, Dec and Cat reminiscing on their time on the show.
Following its conclusion, Ant & Dec’s former company Gallowgate Holdings Limited retained the rights to the programme. The show was produced by Blaze Television for ITV, and was written by Richard Staite and Gary Howe. The original presenters were Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly, with assistance from fashion modelCat Deeley. In 2001, Ant and Dec left the show to present Saturday night talent show Pop Idol and were replaced by Hollyoaks star James Redmond. For the remainder of the show, it was hosted by a string of other people, including Steps members H Watkins and Claire Richards, Big Brother winner Brian Dowling, Tess Daly all who presented from 2002 until all 4 eventually left by 2003. Comedian Des Clarke, New Zealand actress Shavaughn Ruakere and magician Stephen Mulhern presented the show for its final run when it was renamed SMTV: Gold.