Saturday arcade

Saturday, February 18, 2006 by

Not sure why the imminent ending of Dick and Dom in Da Bungalow has become news all of a sudden, expecially when it was announced about 12 months ago. However with only a few shows left, I wonder what’s going to replace it come the autumn.

What we don’t want is a second-rate Bungalow rip-off, especially as you can see that kind of thing on ITV1. Dick and Dom had something special about them and it’s going to be hard to replicate that. What I’d like to see is something of a return to the “classic” Saturday morning format a la Swap Shop or Going Live. I’d like to see a heavyweight programme where Huw Edwards can be interviewed in a jumper, because I think every generation of kids deserves the chance to take part in something like that.

It doesn’t have to be a Saturday version of Blue Peter, there’s plenty of scope for fun and silliness in it, but it would be good, I think, to return to the format that served the BBC well for two decades or so. It only fell out of favour because the final series of Live and Kicking were poorly executed and the hosts didn’t work out. Well done, I think the kids would really take to it.

But no doubt we’ll end up with Barney and Jake in The Maisonette or something. And I’ll start getting up later.


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