August 29, 1998: SM:tv Live and CD:UK first broadcast on ITV

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SM:tv LIVE (1998-2003)

SMTV Live (an abbreviation of Saturday Morning Television Live), is a British Saturday morning children’s television programme broadcast on ITV from August 29, 1998 to December 27, 2003.

On the surface, the programme did not seem to stray away from the format of other Saturday morning output, featuring an audience of children, competitions and cartoons, though it constantly won in ratings battles with the BBC‘s Live & Kicking and became ITV’s most successful children’s programme since Tiswas. The major success of SMTV Live has been attributed in equal parts to Ant & Dec‘s original presenting partnership with Cat Deeley, its use of thinly veiled comedic innuendo aimed at older viewers, and its broadcast of the Japanese anime series Pokémon. At the height of its popularity, SMTV Live regularly attracted 2.5 million viewers.

During the final episode of the 14th series of Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway in 2017, Ant & Dec asked Deeley if she would be up for an SMTV reunion in 2018 to mark the show’s 20th anniversary, to which she accepted. After the 2017 British Academy Television Awards, Ant & Dec confirmed that ITV had green-lit the revival and the show would air in August 2018. It was postponed to 2019 in March 2018.

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Selected sketches:

  • “Chums” (parody of Friends)
  • “Fartbeat” (parody of Heartbeat)
  • “F’art Attack” (parody of children’s art show Art Attack)
  • “SMTV 2099 (parody of Star Trek and sci-fi in general)
  • “The Vicar of Dribbley” (a parody of The Vicar of Dibley)
  • “The Beautiful Corrs” (a parody of Irish pop group The Corrs)
  • “Casually” (a parody of BBC‘s Casualty)

Selected games:

  • Wonkey Donkey (similar to Catchphrase but guessing phrases containing rhyming words)
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cd:uk (1998-2006)

After each programme, CD:UK (an abbreviation of CountDown United Kingdom) was broadcast, with the same presenters as SMTV Live. This was also presented live, and featured bands in the UK Singles Chart, music videos, and interviews with famous music stars. Ant & Dec originally presented the show with Cat from 1998 to 2001 and Cat continued to present until 2005. It was the replacement for The Chart Show, which had been airing on the network for nine and a half years. CD:UK was axed in April 2006 due to budget cuts and financial difficulties.

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August 29, 1958: “King of Pop” Michael Jackson born

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Michael Jackson (1958-2009)

Michael Jackson (August 29, 1958 – June 25, 2009) was an American singer, songwriter, and dancer. Dubbed the “King of Pop”, he was one of the most popular entertainers in the world, and was the best-selling music artist during the year of his death. Jackson’s contributions to music, dance, and fashion along with his publicised personal life made him a global figure in popular culture for over four decades.

The eighth child of the Jackson family, Michael made his professional debut in 1964 with his elder brothers Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, and Marlon as a member of the Jackson 5. He began his solo career in 1971 while at Motown Records. In the early 1980s, Jackson became a dominant figure in popular music. His music videos, including those of “Beat It”, “Billie Jean”, and “Thriller” from his 1982 album Thriller, are credited with breaking racial barriers and transforming the medium into an art form and promotional tool. The popularity of these videos helped bring the television channel MTV to fame. He continued to innovate with videos such as “Black or White” and “Scream” throughout the 1990s, and forged a reputation as a touring solo artist. Through stage and video performances, Jackson popularised a number of complicated dance techniques, such as the robot and the moonwalk, to which he gave the name. His distinctive sound and style has influenced numerous artists of various music genres.

Thriller is the best-selling album of all time, with estimated sales of over 66 million copies worldwide. Jackson’s other albums, including Off the Wall (1979), Bad (1987), Dangerous (1991), and HIStory (1995), also rank among the world’s best-selling albums. He is one of the few artists to have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice, and was also inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Dance Hall of Fame as the only dancer from pop and rock music. Jackson won hundreds of awards, making him the most awarded recording artist in the history of popular music. Jackson is also remembered for his philanthropy and pioneering efforts in charitable fundraising in the entertainment industry. He travelled the world attending events honouring his humanitarianism.

Jackson became a figure of controversy in the 1980s due to his changing physical appearance, his relationships, and behaviour; the controversy intensified due to a 1993 child sexual abuse scandal when a family friend accused him of sexually abusing his son; the case led to an investigation but was settled out of court for an undisclosed amount. While preparing for his comeback concert series, This Is It, Jackson died of acute propofol and benzodiazepine intoxication, after suffering from cardiac arrest.

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August 29, 1958: British comedian Lenny Henry born

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Lenny Henry (1958-)

Lenny Henry is a British stand-up comedian, actor, singer, writer, and television presenter, known for co-founding charity Comic Relief, and presenting various television programmes, including the comedy Chef!, and The Magicians for BBC One. He is currently the Chancellor of Birmingham City University.

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  • The Fosters (TV, 1976-1977), “Sonny Foster”
  • Tiswas (TV, 1974-1982), presenter
  • Three of a Kind (TV, 1981-1983), performer, co-writer
  • The Lenny Henry Show (TV, 1984-1985, 1987-1988, 1995, 2004-2005), performer, co-writer
  • Coast To Coast (TV, 1987), “Ritchie Lee”
  • True Identity (1991), “Miles Pope”
  • Bernard and the Genie (TV, 1991), “Josephus”
  • Chef! (TV, 1993-1996), “Gareth Blackstock”
  • Hope and Glory (TV, 1999-2000), “Ian George”

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August 29, 1928: English actor Charles Gray born

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Charles Gray (1928-2000)

Charles Gray (August 29, 1928 – March 7, 2000) was an English actor who was well known for roles including the arch-villain Blofeld in the James Bond film Diamonds Are Forever, Dikko Henderson in a previous Bond film You Only Live Twice, Sherlock Holmes‘s brother Mycroft Holmes in The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and as the Criminologist in The Rocky Horror Picture Show in 1975.

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  • You Only Live Twice (1967), “Dikko Henderson”
  • The Devil Rides Out (1968), “Mocata”
  • Mosquito Squadron (1969), “Air Commodore Hufford”
  • Cromwell (1970), The Earl of Essex
  • Diamonds Are Forever (1971), “Ernst Stavro Blofeld”
  • The Beast Must Die (1974), “Bennington”
  • The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975), “The Criminologist – An Expert”
  • The Seven-Per-Cent Solution (1976), “Mycroft Holmes”
  • Julius Caesar (TV, 1979), Julius Caesar
  • An Englishman Abroad (TV, 1983), Michael Redgrave, playing Claudius

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August 29, 1938: American actor Elliott Gould born

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Elliott Gould (1938-)

Elliott Gould (born August 29, 1938) is an American actor who began acting in Hollywood films during the 1960s. In addition to his performance in the comedy Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice (1969), for which he received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, Gould is perhaps best known for his significant leading roles in Robert Altman films, starring in M*A*S*H (1970), The Long Goodbye (1973), and California Split (1974).

More recently, he has gained recognition for his recurring supporting roles as Jack Geller on Friends (1994–2004), as Reuben Tishkoff in the Ocean’s Trilogy (2001–2007), and as Ezra Goldman in Ray Donovan (2013–2015). Until its cancellation, he had a leading role in the 2017 TV series Doubt.

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  • Bob & Carol& Ted & Alice (1969), “Ted Henderson”
  • M*A*S*H (1970), “Capt. John Francis Xavier ‘Trapper John’ McIntyre”
  • Getting Straight (1970), “Harry Bailey”
  • The Long Goodbye (1973), “Philip Marlowe”
  • California Split (1974), “Charlie Waters”
  • A Bridge Too Far (1977), “Col. Robert Stout”
  • Capricorn One (1977), “Robert Caulfield”
  • The Silent Partner (1978), “Miles Cullen”
  • Escape To Athena (1979), “Charlie Dane”
  • The Lady Vanishes (1979), “Robert Condon”
  • The Devil and Max Devlin (1981), “Max Devlin”
  • E/R (TV, 1984-1985), “Dr. Howard Sheinfeld”

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