CBBC getting new live Saturday morning show

ICONINSIDER — BBC bosses have announced a new live Saturday morning TV show is coming to CBBC.
The new series will feature star puppet Hacker T. Dog and has a working title of ‘Live & Dangerous’ promising a return to the unpredictable live events of kids’ shows from the past such as ‘Tiswas’.
In a statement, the BBC said: “The buckets of gunge are at the ready, celebrity invites are being sent out and kids should expect the unexpected as CBBC launches a live entertainment extravaganza every Saturday morning from the autumn.
“Hacker will be on hand to add his own unique take to proceedings each week. The show will continue the tradition of iconic Saturday morning programmes such as ‘Going Live!’, ‘Saturday Superstore’ and ‘Multi-Coloured Swap Shop’.”
Cheryl Taylor, CBBC controller, added: “Viewers in the studio and at home will get the chance to interact all morning – quizzing pop stars and playing games on the CBBC digital platforms.
“My team will deliver a life extravaganza and will cause great excitement for our audience. We have been using new technology to connect with the six-12’s for some time now and I’m proud to be in a position to offer unique live participation opportunities which will make CBBC an even more special destination on Saturdays.”
The show will be broadcast from MediaCityUK in Salford, Greater Manchester, and the full presenting team will soon be revealed.
‘Going Live!’ ran from 1987 until 1993 and was hosted by Phillip Schofield and Sarah Greene, although it was puppet Gordon the Gopher who was the viewers’ favourite.
That was followed by ‘Live & Kicking’ which was aired from 1993 to 2001 and contained many of the same elements that made ‘Going Live!’ popular, such as phone-ins, games, celebrity guests and competitions. Although different stars took on hosting duties Zoe Ball and Jamie Theakston were considered to be the definitive duo.
‘Swap Shop’ – which ran from 1976 to 1982 – is a Saturday morning TV classic and made household names of presenters Noel Edmonds, John Craven, Maggie Philbin and Keith Chegwin.

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