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The following details are of GMTV (Good Morning Television)'s current and former programmes.

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Current Programmes

Listed in order of first to last broadcast.

Toonattik

Toonattik
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Official Toonattik logo since September 2005.
Genre Children
Presented by Jamie Rickers
Anna Williamson
Country of origin  United Kingdom
Production
Producer(s) GMTV
Running time 120 minutes (Inc. adverts)
Broadcast
Original channel CITV & GMTV(ITV1)
Original run 5th February 2005 – Present
External links
Official website

Toonattik is the flagship children's strand of GMTV (known as CITV at weekends). It began on 5th February 2005 and is presented by Jamie Rickers and Anna Williamson. The strand airs on Saturdays and Sundays from 7.25am until GMTV's closedown at 9.25am, combining American imported cartoons with studio guests, games and competitions.

History

The slot was a merger between the original Diggin'It and Up On The Roof slots (which ran from 1998 to 2005) combining a mix of cartoons from each shows. For the first six months, Toonattik featured phone-in competitions just like it's predecessor Diggin'It. Since September 2005, the show currently follows a similar format every week and phone/text-in competitions were axed. Each week, Jamie's 'pie boys' (assisting children presenters) will play a series of randomly selected games against Anna and her 'pie girls'. The loser of the show, either the boys or the girls, will be given a pie in the face as a punishment. Each of the games are chosen randomly by spinning the 'Golden Wheel of Twizzle' and whoever is playing these games is determined by the 'Toonattik Twizzler'. Viewers also have the chance to send in games, pulled from a special chest named the 'Challenge Chest'.

As of 12 March 2006, GMTV simulcasts Toonattik on its section of the CITV Channel, allowing younger Sky Digital, Virgin Media and Freeview viewers to access the show through the children's section of the EPG for the first time. Also, for the first time on the EPG it gives details for the programmes broadcast in the Toonattik time slot.

Throughout September 2007, the show was broadcast for three hours on Sunday until 10.20am and was named Super Size Sunday. However, on the day of the 2007 FORMULA 1 Sinopec Chinese Grand Prix, the show was shortened and was named Silly Size Sunday. It can also occasionally be seen on Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

When it started in 2005, the studio was a set at the London studio. It then moved into the house set in 2007. The logo was originally black and white and since September 2005 it has a colour scheme of blue, pink and yellow with the studio also having many minor changes since then. As well as cartoons/live-action series, Toonattik often includes a series of sketches including 'Pie School Musical' (a spin-off to High School Musical) in 2008. Also in 2008 the show released it's own official board game, following the same format as Toonattik itself. The show has been criticized by some parents' groups for its constant use of gross humour.

News

It was announced on 8th March 2010 that Toonattik is facing the axe in May this year, after a review of GMTV's children's department.

Action Stations!

Action Stations!
Genre Children's animation
Country of origin  United Kingdom
Production
Producer(s) GMTV
Running time 135 minutes (Inc. adverts)
Broadcast
Original channel GMTV2 (ITV4),
CITV
Original run 13 March 2006 – Present
External links
Official website

Action Stations! is the flagship children's strand of the British breakfast television station, GMTV2 (branded as part of CITV, and broadcast on the same channel as ITV4). The programme block is simulcast on the CITV Channel. It began broadcasting on 13 March 2006 and it is simulcasted on both the CITV Channel and ITV4.

The slot currently airs between 06.00am to 08.40am on both ITV4 and CITV, although originally the slot was seen on ITV2 before moving to ITV4 on 17 March 2008 2008 as of ITV2 running 24 hours and GMTV2 moving to ITV4. Originally, Action Stations featured the voices of Toonattik presenters Jamie Rickers and Anna Williamson in the form of robots with pre-recorded links in between cartoons. But since 2009, the slot has had in-vision presenters presenting links from the Action Station's 'space base'.

It has recently been said that Action Stations! might be facing the axe along with Toonattik in May this year.

The Fluffy Club

The Fluffy Club
Genre Children
Presented by Mandisa Nakana-Taylor
Country of origin  United Kingdom
Production
Producer(s) GMTV
Running time 85 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel GMTV (ITV1) & CITV
Original run 24th January 2009 – Present

The Fluffy Club is GMTV's current pre-school programming slot which airs every Saturday & Sunday mornings from 06.00 to 07.25am. It is presented by Mandisa Nakana-Taylor and puppet fluffy duckling 'Tiny Little Fluff' (who is seen in the show's logo).

The slot launched in January 2009 replacing Wakey Wakey! and features a combination of both home-grown and American imported programmes, which some had already been seen on CITV a few years before.

And it also features on CITV during the week between 08.40am and 09.25am.


GMTV

GMTV
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Titles, first introduced 5 January 2009.
Genre Breakfast magazine
Presented by Andrew Castle
Emma Crosby
Kate Garraway
Ben Shephard
Penny Smith
John Stapleton
Country of origin  United Kingdom
Production
Producer(s) GMTV
Running time 145 minutes
(Monday-Thursday)
205 minutes
(Friday)
Broadcast
Original channel GMTV (ITV)
Original airing 05 January 2009–Present
External links
Official website

GMTV is the flagship strand of GMTV, first airing on 5th January 2009, as part of a new look.

It airs Monday to Thursday from 06:00–08:35 (145 minutes) and Friday 06:00–09:25 (205 minutes). The strand replaced previous programme titles GMTV Newshour and GMTV Today.

Including news, weather, human-interest stories, entertainment, showbiz and lifestyle features.

A new remixed theme tune was introduced on Monday 9 March, along with a large sized bezel-less screen in the GMTV News area.

As of 2007, GMTV began airing on Bank Holidays. Previously, children's programming aired from 06:00-09.25, however due to low ratings this was dropped, with all kids' shows airing as normal at weekends.

Each Friday, summer periods and other holidays, the running time of the programme changes, as GMTV With Lorraine does not air, meaning GMTV broadcasts from 06:00–09:25.

The programme runs many special features, two of which are listed.

  • From 2004 to 2008, former presenter Fiona Phillips has been sponsoring a child, whilst progress has been made in many African countries towards achieving universal primary education, Phillips visits the country each year, with the project being called Finding Neema.[1]
  • GMTV has a dedicated award for the Pride of Britain titled GMTV's Emergency Services Award.[2]


GMTV With Lorraine

GMTV With Lorraine
Image-GMTVwithLorraine2009.jpg
Titles, introduced 5 January 2009.
Format Lifestyle
Presented by Lorraine Kelly
Country of origin United Kingdom
Production
Producer(s) GMTV
Running time 50 minutes (Inc. adverts)
Broadcast
Original channel GMTV (ITV)
Original airing 1994 -

GMTV With Lorraine is the programme aired weekdays on GMTV, after the flagship 'GMTV' strand finishes.

The programme is a 50 minute broadcast. Including celebrities, fashion, lifestyle, shopping and daily horoscopes. It airs Monday to Thursday from 08:35.

Due to Lorraine living in Scotland, Monday and Tuesday episodes are broadcast live, with Wednesday and Thursday pre-recorded.

During the programme's run, it has gone under other names such as LK Live, Nine O'Clock Live and LK Today.

Before Nine O'Clock Live began in 1994, the slot was known as Quarter to Nine, and before that Top Of The Morning which ran from 8:50 a.m. to 9:25 a.m.

Current experts on the show include Mark Heyes and Sarah Tankel for fashion. Liz McClarnon for cookery skills, Helen Hand for make-up and beauty, plus Richard Arnold, as a TV critic and for soap gossip.

The show's target audience is women, therefore during events such as Fashion Week, the programme broadcasts from location with fashion expert Heyes.

In January 2009, as part of an overhaul of GMTV branding, the previous title LK Today was renamed to GMTV with Lorraine with the programme keeping its own titles, though sharing the main GMTV studio. From June GMTV With Lorraine will start after 9am after the a news update a bit like After Nine from TV-AM A few more steff who work with Lorraine will lose their jobs



Former programmes

Listed in order of airing.

Diggit/Diggin' It

Diggit/Diggin' It
Genre Children
Country of origin  United Kingdom
Production
Running time 2hr 15 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel GMTV (ITV)
Original run 19982005

Diggit/Diggin' It was one of GMTV's weekend children's programmes, which began in 1998 and replaced Saturday Disney. It also replaced Disney Club on Sunday mornings. It was broadcast on GMTV (ITV).

It aired from 7:10am to 9:25am on Saturdays and 8:00am to 9:25am on Sundays. On Bank Holidays/Summer Holidays it was on shown under the name Diggit Extra. Initially the show was presented by Paul Ballard (known on screen as Des) and Fearne Cotton. On Des's weekends off, the show would often be co-presented by Reggie Yates.

In September 1998, they launched a search for a new presenter (similar to the one that discovered Fearne a few years earlier). Viewers had the chance to vote for a winner in December 1998 and the winner was Jack Stratton. Jack co-presented with Des and Fearne on both shows for a time, before becoming a solo presenter of pre-recorded inserts on the Sunday show. He was asked to leave the show due to end of contract, and in 2000 Fearne also left to concentrate on her other CITV series, the reins being handed over to Laura Jaye and Victoria Hickson.

Des left the show in 2002 and GMTV relaunched the show as Diggin' It in January 2003, including a giant puppet named "It". Laura and Victoria had also left and were replaced with Liam Dolan (previously a presenter on CBBC) and Abbie Pethullis, with voice-overs from Phil Gallagher. And from 2003 for the first time, Diggin'It were allowed to have the presenters discussing the weekend's line-up on CITV every Friday afternoon. Liam Dolan was seen sending a Happy Birthday message to CITV on 3rd January 2003 on behalf on the Diggin'It team. The show was dropped on 30th January 2005 because of both Diggin' It and Up on The Roof merging to make Toonattik with a mixture of cartoons from all other different brands and not just Disney's.

Presenters
  • Paul Ballard (nicknamed 'Des', 1998-2002)
  • Fearne Cotton (1998-2000)
  • Jack Stratton (1998-2000)
  • Victoria Hickson (2001-2002)
  • Laura Jaye (2001-2002)
  • Liam Dolan (2002-2005)
  • Abbie Pethullis (2002-2005)
  • Phil Gallagher (2003-2005)

The Disney Club

The Disney Club was one of GMTV's children's programmes, broadcast on Sunday mornings from 1989–1998. Between 1989–1992, it was on CITV and produced by Scottish Television, but from 1993–1998, it was broadcast on GMTV and co-produced by Scottish and GMTV. It was replaced by Diggit in 1998.


Saturday Disney

Saturday Disney was one of GMTV's children's programmes, broadcast from 1993 to 1998 on Saturday mornings.

Initially presented by Stuart Miles and Pippa Ford-Jones, with other presenters including Tara Lynne O'Neill, was a mixture of Disney cartoons old and new, celebrity guests, games and features.

The set featured a wonky house, an 'outside' area (which was in fact still the studio), a jail cell, and an area known as 'The splatter dome'. The entire set was deliberately cartoon-like in appearance.

After around 5 months into the series, Pippa was suddenly dropped from the show. The reason's surrounding her departure are not clear. At first Stuart told the audience that "Pippa isn't here this week" and introduced Carmen Ejogo as a stand-in. But Pippa never returned and was soon removed from the opening title sequence. However, some pre-recorded location items featuring Pippa were shown over the weeks after her departure. This would perhaps indicate that she was originally expected to still be part of the presenting line-up during the time which they aired. Carmen then remained as the female presenter on a permanent basis, and after the departure of Stuart, become the sole presenter until the show's demise.

Disney cartoons were the main staple, of which the show was built around. Other features included; The splatter dome.

GMTV were criticised for extending the shows running time in early 1993. After just 3 months, GMTV replaced Teen Win Lose Or Draw which ran from 8.50 - 9.25am with a newly imported cartoon Darkwing Duck which ran under the Saturday Disney strand. It was said that GMTV were putting ratings and advertising revenue's before educational values.


Up on the Roof

Up on The Roof
Genre Children
Starring Jamie Rickers
Country of origin  United Kingdom
Production
Running time 1hr 10 mins
Broadcast
Original channel GMTV (ITV1)
Original run September 2002 – 30th January 2005

Up on the Roof was one of GMTV's children's slots, presented by Jamie Rickers, broadcast from September 2002 to February 2005 on Saturday mornings. It was regularly broadcast on Sundays only from around 8:15 am straight after Diggit/Diggin' It until 9:25 am when GMTV would hand over to CITV. The cartoon series that were shown were mainly those that featured action like Spiderman and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Up on The Roof came to an end on Sunday 30th January 2005 and was replaced by Toonattik from 5th February, broadcast on both Saturdays and Sundays.


Wake Up in the Wild Room

Wake Up in the Wild Room was one of GMTV's children's programmes, broadcast from 1996 to 1998 on Saturday mornings. Produced in partnership with Disney, it was presented by Dave Benson Phillips.

The grand finale at the end of the show had a game where contests had to pick a number from the Big House (e.g. number 5 was a window, number 9 was a roof) but would have to watch out for traps which could result with a pie being thrown in their face.


The Sunday Programme

The Sunday Programme
TheSundayProgramme.JPG
Format Political
Country of origin United Kingdom
Production
Producer(s) GMTV
Running time 60 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel GMTV (ITV),
GMTV2 (ITV2)
Original run 19952008
External links
Official website

The Sunday Programme was GMTV's political programme. Together with The Sunday Review (a 60-minute signed review of the week's news), it was launched in 1994 as a replacement for Sunday Best, which was GMTV's original Sunday morning magazine.

The programme was on for one hour, including news updates. It aired at various times on GMTV and GMTV2 during its run, but was usually broadcast at either 6:00 a.m. or 7 a.m. on Sundays.

From 1995–2001, the programme was called Alastair Stewart's Sunday Programme, however this was changed when Alastair left in 2001.

In 2008, the programme was quietly axed and was replaced with children's programming.


Entertainment Today

Entertainment Today
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Format Entertainment
Country of origin United Kingdom
Production
Producer(s) GMTV
Running time 45 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel GMTV (ITV)
Original run 20002008
External links
Official website

Entertainment Today was GMTV's entertainment round-up show on Fridays, designed to replace LK Today at the end of the week. It would air at 8:40 am.

The programme was broadcast for 45 minutes, and included interviews with actors/actresses from upcoming movies and music performances.

In 2008 the show was replaced by The Richard Arnold Show in July, which aired for six weeks. After the show's run, Entertainment Today didn't return, and instead the main 'GMTV Today' show extended to 9:25 am.


The Richard Arnold Show

The Richard Arnold Show
TheRichardArnoldShow.JPG
Format Entertainment
Country of origin United Kingdom
No. of series 2
No. of episodes 12
Production
Producer(s) GMTV
Running time 45 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel GMTV (ITV)
Original airing 2007, 2008
External links
Official website

The Richard Arnold Show first aired in the summer of 2007, as a replacement for Entertainment Today whilst it took a six-week break. It aired in the same slot as 'Entertainment Today'; Fridays at 8:40 am.

The programme was broadcast for 45 minutes, and included TV related guests and entertainment features.

The show returned again in the summer of 2008, due to the popularity, for another six-week series. The following week, GMTV Today extended its on-air time to 9:25 am, as it was decided Entertainment Today would not return.


GMTV Newshour

GMTV Newshour
NewsHour2006.jpg
Titles used from September 2006 - January 2009
Format News
Country of origin United Kingdom
Production
Producer(s) GMTV
Running time 60 minutes (Inc. adverts)
Broadcast
Original channel GMTV (ITV)
Original airing March 4 1994 - 02 January 2009

Newshour was GMTV's weekday news-oriented breakfast programme, broadcasting for an hour from the start of GMTV's weekday broadcast at 6:00 am. It was launched shortly after the channel went on air in 1993 and, as a joint-partnership between GMTV and Reuters, it was originally called The Reuters News Hour.

The programme included national and international news stories, regional news, weather and newspaper reviews, plus various guests, designed to be more serious than the lighter and more tabloid GMTV Today programme which followed it.

From January 2009, this programme title was scrapped, and merged with GMTV Today to create one GMTV name again. The same presenters from Newshour continued to present the 6:00 am to 7:00 am slot.


GMTV Today

GMTV Today
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Titles used from September 2006 - January 2009
Format News
Country of origin United Kingdom
Production
Producer(s) GMTV
Running time 100 minutes (Inc. adverts)
Broadcast
Original channel GMTV (ITV)
Original airing 03 January 2000 - 02 January 2009

GMTV Today was GMTV's flagship weekday breakfast programme, comprising national and international news stories, regional news, weather, human-interest features and competitions. It was also designed to be more lighter and friendly than Newshour which preceded it.

From January 2009, this programme title was scrapped, and merged with Newshour to create one GMTV name again. The same presenters from Today continued to present the 7:00 am to 8:40/9:25 am slot.


GMTV

GMTV
Gmtv 1993a.jpg
Titles used from January 1993 - December 1996
Format News
Country of origin United Kingdom
Production
Producer(s) GMTV
Running time 100 minutes (Inc. adverts)
Broadcast
Original channel GMTV (ITV)
Original airing 01 January 1993 - 02 January 2000

GMTV was the original brand for GMTV's weekday breakfast magazine programme from 6:00 am.

It included national and international news stories, regional news, weather, interviews, cookery and health features, human-interest and showbiz stories, and competitions. In spring 1993, shortly after the channel's launch, a separate programme, The Reuters News Hour, was introduced between 6:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m.; in the later 1990s, the main GMTV slot became GMTV Today.


Top of the Morning

Top of the Morning was GMTV's female-orientated lifestyle strand at the channel's launch in 1993 and was broadcast at 08:50 a.m. on weekdays, as a predecessor of programmes such as LK Today and Lorraine Live. Its original presenter was Lorraine Kelly. However, when the main GMTV programme relaunched in April 1993, Lorraine Kelly moved to become a presenter on that programme.[3] Thereafter, Top Of The Morning was hosted by Fern Britton and Amanda Redington. Top Of The Morning was produced by an independent production company,[4] but in 1994 it was replaced with the GMTV-produced Quarter To Nine which in turn was replaced by Nine O'Clock Live, both presented by Lorraine Kelly.


Sunday Best

Sunday Best was GMTV's original Sunday magazine programme at launch in 1993. It was originally intended to be a Sunday edition of the regular weekday programme, featuring the regular lifestyle and human interest stories, interviews, and news bulletins, and was hosted by Eamonn Holmes and Anne Davies. However, as part of the station's relaunch in April 1993, Eamonn Holmes moved to become the main anchor of the weekday GMTV programme and Anne Davies became a newsreader on that programme. Sunday Best then moved from being a general magazine programme to become a weekly political programme, and was hosted by former TV-am presenter Mike Morris. It was replaced in 1994 by The Sunday Review (a 60-minute signed review of the week's news), and The Sunday Programme.

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