Where Are They Now?
Jason Crawley has been trawling the internet for information on the great and the good of both Satkids and CBBC (also, admittedly, the not so great and good). The results are a fascinating reminder of how fickle Fame can be...
Noel Edmonds (Swap Shop) - Has apparently retired from television after the non-success enjoyed by his half-hearted 'Hidden Camera Show' on the BBC in 1999.
John Craven (Swap Shop, Saturday Superstore) - Has made the BBC rural affairs programme 'Countryfile' his own in the last ten years or so; has held rather a higher profile recently due to the Foot and Mouth outbreak.
Keith Chegwin (Swap Shop, Saturday Superstore) - He now broadcasts morning, noon and night from his bedroom at cheggersbedroom.com, the website of which was hacked twice in recent months by Japanese opportunists; he's probably got another series of 'It's A Knockout' in the pipeline too.
Maggie Philbin (Swap Shop, The Saturday Picture Show) - After seemingly retiring from TV in the mid 90s, she's now on the corporate speech/seminar circuit, as well as writing the odd screenplay. Last seen on the Chris Moyles UK Play show and I Love The 80s.
Peter Powell (Get Set For Summer) - After managing Anthea Turner's career until their messy separation, is now the man behind the popular music website Worldpop.com.
Mark Curry (Get Set For Summer, The Saturday Picture Show) - Last seen on mainstream TV presenting the BBC's DIY roadshow programme 'Change That', but has now progressed (for want of a better word) onto the rest home for old TV presenters, the TV Travel Shop. He also does a bit of acting on the side, and is a qualified tennis coach.
Mike Read (Saturday Superstore) - He presents the Breakfast Show on the North West franchise of Jazz FM, and also writes; questions for Michael Barrymore's 'My Kind Of Music', songs for artists including Cliff Richard, David Essex and Gene Pitney, six successive stage musicals (most recently an adaptation of 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'), and the biography of poet Rupert Brooke. Can be seen on TV either on Challenge TV's 'Karaoke Challenge', or telling us how he didn't ban Relax on various nostalgia shows.
Sarah Greene (Saturday Superstore, Going Live!) - After keeping a fairly low profile after the end of 'Going Live!', she's returned to TV sporadically on C4's 'Collectors Lot', as well as popping up on the Carlton Food Network and flogging Sun Life Insurance on a regular basis.
Cheryl Baker (The Saturday Picture Show, It's Wicked) - Unknown, after being forced out of Record Breakers in 1998 when Linford Christie ruined it. Probably on some Bucks Fizz reunion tour or something.
Jake Abraham (It's Wicked) - Is an actor, he most notable role being in Sean Bean's 'Sharpe' drama.
Carolyn Marshall (It's Wicked) - She's a 'nationally renowned wedding planners', based on the East coast. May not be the same one though. ;)
Philip Schofield (CBBC 85-87, Going Live!) - Has recently returned to television by presenting BBC1's 'National Lottery Winning Lines' Saturday night show. Previously had toured the country playing the lead role in the stage production of Dr Doolittle, and made sporadic appearances on 'City Hospital' when Gaby Roslin was doing Children In Need.
Trevor and Simon (Going Live!) - Unknown; last appearances were hosting Sky One's 'Games Republic', and appearing on a few Channel 5 shows that weren't very good and speaking about Going Live! on 'I Love 1987'.
Annabel Giles (Going Live! fashion) - Now plies her trade on BBC Radio 4, presenting 'Searle's Girls' and starring in 'Loose Ends' and 'Just Juliette'. She also performed her one-woman show 'Looking For Mr Giles' at last year's Edinburgh Festival.
Philip Hodson (Going Live! agony uncle) - Now writes councelling books and videos, and is a representative of the British Association of Councellors and Psychotherapists.
Emma Forbes (Going Live! cookery, Live and Kicking) - After taking time out from TV to give birth to her second child and look after them both, she's looking to return. She also runs a store for children called Semmalina in Pimlico, London.
Andrew O'Connor (On The Waterfront) - Unknown; last seen presenting the ITV quiz shows 'Talkabout' and 'Chain Letters', and that was years ago.
Bernadette Nolan (On The Waterfront) - Is an actress; she plays Diane Murray in Brookside. Also starred in Michael Flatley's dance spectacular 'Lord Of The Dance'.
Kate Copstick (On The Waterfront) - Now an occasional stand-up comedienne, and produced the Carlton TV late-night comedy show 'The Warehouse' a couple of years ago. She's also one of the co-founders of the Children With AIDS charity and has produced a number of documentaries and short films for them.
Terry Randall (On The Waterfront) - Unknown
Anthea Turner (UP2U) - Unknown; last seen finishing 4th in Celebrity Big Brother, presenting the BBC family gameshow 'The Kids Are In Charge' with her sister Wendy, and her infamous 'chocolate bar wedding' to Grant Bovey.
Tony Dortie (UP2U) - Unknown, unfortunately.
Jenny Powell (UP2U, Gimme 5) - Makes occasional appearances on the ITV lifestyle show 'LiveTalk', after a couple of years as John Leslie's assistant in 'Wheel Of Fortune'.
Ross King (The 8.15 From Manchester) - He now acts for a living, starring in the LA feature film 'Do It For Uncle Manny' (which he co-wrote) and making his own film 'Twists And Turns'. He's also played lead roles in the musicals 'Dick Whittington', 'The Rocky Horror Show', 'Guys and Dolls' and 'Macbeth'.
Charlotte Hindle (Get Fresh, The 8.15 From Manchester) - Is the General Manager of Lonely Planet UK, a company that makes guidebooks to world holiday destinations.
Richard Waites ("Mercator", Parallel 9 94; "Hamilton Dent", No. 73 87-88) - Unknown, although probably still acting.
Lucinda Cowden (Parallel 9 93-94) - Now a theatre actor, most recently starring in 'The John Wayne Principle'. Since her P9 days she's also been a stand-up comedian, formed The Blue Tongue Theatre Company, and was last seen on TV presenting the BBC's 'Soap Fever'.
Andi Peters (CBBC 90-93, Live and Kicking) - Is the Commissioning Editor of Youth Programming at Channel 4, and was largely responsible for the creation of the T4 strand at weekends and also the discovery of Dermot O'Leary.
Zoe Ball (Fully Booked 95, Live and Kicking) - Presents the C4 show 'The Priory' with Jamie Theakston, and enjoying married life with Fatboy Slim.
Jamie Theakston (Live and Kicking) - What doesn't he do?
Steve Wilson (Live and Kicking, CBBC 96-99) - Unknown; a planned music programme he was supposed to be presenting for the BBC has seemingly fallen through and his last appearances have been as a panellist on Channel 5's 'Night Fever'.
Emma Ledden (Live and Kicking) - Curiously, also unknown; went back to MTV UK to present 'Weekend Edition' but that show has been dropped from their schedules. Her name also doesn't figure on the list of presenters at the MTV site.
Grant Stott (Fully Booked 95-97) - Now in radio, he presents the Breakfast Show on Forth One FM.
Tim Vincent (Fully Booked 98-99) - Has returned to his first love, acting, playing Adam Forester in 'Emmerdale' and appearing in Brit-flick 'Sorted'. He also presents his own show on London's Capital FM.
Chris Jarvis (CBBC 97, Fully Booked 98-99) - Again, now in radio; he hosts a weekend show on London talk station LBC. Does a bit of voiceover work too (Catchphrase, the Domino's Pizza sting before The Simpsons on Sky One), and also makes cameo appearances on 'Chucklevision'.
Kate Heavoner (Fully Booked 99, FBi) - Is seemingly 'surplus to requirements' after the end of Fully Booked and related programmes, only being able to land appearances on 'Night Fever'.
Keith Duffy (FBi) - Now considering a career in movies and has a few UK travel shows in the pipeline as well, after finishing runner-up in Celebrity Big Brother and flopping with his song recorded with his Boyzone cohort Shane Lynch, 'Girl You Know It's True'.
Vernon Kay (FBi) - Presents the TOTP fringe programmes 'TOTP Plus' and 'TOTP@Play'.
Chris Tarrant (Tiswas) - Mr 'Who Wants To Be A Millionaire', as well as presenting his world TV show 'Tarrant on TV' and hosting the Capital FM Breakfast Show for the last 14 years.
Sally James (Tiswas) - Unknown, presumed retired.
Susan Tully (Our Show) - Now a director, programmes she's worked on including 'London's Burning', 'Black Cab' (a series of short TV films set in the back of a taxi), and three episodes of 'Eastenders' in Sep 1998; she turned down the chance to return as Michelle in Eastenders last year to concentrate on her directing career.
Melissa Wilkes (Our Show) - Unknown
Bill Oddie (Saturday Banana) - He's devoted himself to studying bird species, appearing on the BBC in 'Bill Oddie Goes Wild' and co-hosting 'Live From Dinosaur Island'; he also has a couple of new shows in the pipeline too. Also makes plenty of birdwatching-related personal appearances.
Metal Mickey (Saturday Banana) - 'Last I heard, he was in a garage somewhere', quipped Micky Dolenz (the man behind the show) in 'I Love 1980'.
Duggie Brown (Mersey Pirate) - Has played roles in a whole host of popular shows, recently 'The Bill', 'Peak Practice', 'Brookside' and 'Coronation Street', as well as appearing in a film 'Between Two Women' and touring with the Northern Broadsides Theatre Company. He's also on the after-dinner and conference speaking circuit.
Billy Butler (Fun Factory) - Predominantly a radio broadcaster, he hosts the mid-afternoon show on BBC Radio Merseyside.
Gary Crowley (Fun Factory) - Again, a radio broadcaster, presenting weeknight shows on BBC London Live, as well as narrating artist documentaries for them.
Jeremy Beadle (Fun Factory) - Again, on the corporate conference circuit, and makes plenty of personal appearances too, as well as starring in the odd pantomime and fundraising for Norwood Ravenswood and The Foundation for Children with Leukaemia. Last predominant TV appearance was in the C5 gameshow 'Win Beadle's Money'.
Sandi Toksvig (Ethel, No 73) - Now a writer, penning novels and children's books, as well as going to America to track down old schoolfriends and going head-to-head with Alan Coren on BBC1's 'Call My Bluff'.
Nick Staverson (Harry, No 73) - Unknown, probably 'treading the boards' somewhere.
Andrea Arnold (Dawn, No 73, Motormouth) - Unknown, though since 73 has directed various children's TV shows.
Neil Buchanan (No 73, Motormouth) - Mr 'Art Attack', still making the show for CITV and probably earning a fortune from the royalties of the related tie-ins. He also produces shows made by his production company The Media Merchants, and in his spare time is an avid birdwatcher.
Kim Goody (No 73) - Possibly a session singer.
Tommy Boyd (The Saturday Show, Saturday Starship) - Now a successful presenter on TalkSport radio at weekends, in particular with his 'Human Zoo'.
Isla St Clair (The Saturday Show) - Now a singer, she performs traditional Scottish songs on productions including the soundtrack to the film 'When The Pipers Play'. She also runs her own film and music-making production company, Highland Classics.
Bonnie Langford (Saturday Starship) - A singer and performer, she recently released an album entitled 'Bonnie Langford Now' and has been touring to promote it. She also gave birth to her first baby last October.
Nigel Roberts (Saturday Starship) - Unknown
Sue Robbie (TX) - Retired from TV many years ago after settling down.
Tony Slattery (TX) - Suffered badly from depression and exhaustion in his post 'Whose Line...' days in the mid-90s, but now appears in plays on BBC Radio 4, occasionally turns out at The Comedy Store and appeared in a film called 'The Wedding Tackle' last year. He was also made Rector of Dundee University in 1998.
Alison Dowling (TX) - Plays Elizabeth Pargetter in 'The Archers'.
Gaz Top (Gareth Jones) (Get Fresh) - Still makes regular appearances on CITV, with Fred Dinenage and Gail McKenna on 'How 2', and with his partner Violet Berlin on 'The Big Bang'. He also makes educational shows for Channel 4 and programming shown on Virgin Atlantic flights. Him and Violet also had their first child, called Tycho, last July.
Gilbert the Alien (Get Fresh) - Unknown, probably residing with his creator, John Ecclestone.
Tony Gregory (Motormouth 88-90) - Unknown
Steve Johnson (Motormouth 89-92) - Unknown; last seen hosting CITV's 'Terror Towers' four or so years back.
Gaby Roslin (Motormouth 89-92) - Hosts a string of medium-to-high profile BBC shows, including 'City Hospital', 'Watchdog Healthcheck', as well as the forthcoming 'Question of TV' and Children In Need every November.
Andy Crane (CBBC 87-90, Motormouth 90-92, What's Up Doc) - Occasionally appears on Challenge TV filler-shows, and the poor man's QVC, Shop! Also recently hosted the Century FM Breakfast Show in the North West.
Frances Dodge (Ghost Train) - Unknown
Angelo Abela (Ghost Train) - Now a director, his recent programmes including the Channel 5 action gameshow 'The Mole', and CITV's 'In The House With Cleopatra'.
Paul J Medford (Ghost Train) - Has an acting career, most recently playing Nick Shay in alien sci-fi show 'Invasion Earth' in 1998.
Nobby the Sheep (Ghost Train, Gimme 5) - Probably in the loft of his owner, Simon Buckley.
Pat Sharp (What's Up Doc) - DJing on London's Heart 106.2FM, and also does voiceovers for adverts.
Yvette Fielding (What's Up Doc) - Now a presenter of 'Girls Talk' on lifestyle channel Wellbeing TV, and also presents programmes on Meridian TV and Living.
Lewis MacLeod (Gimme 5) - Now develops computer games, believe it or not.
Paul Leyshon (Gimme 5) - Acting, his most notable role being that of Ollie Benson in 'Hollyoaks'. Was also made a Millennium Volunteer Ambassador for a DfEE scheme of some sort.
Mark Speight (Scratchy and Co) - CBBC mainstay, presenting 'Insides Out' and 'SMart/SMart On The Road'.
Gail Porter (Scratchy and Co 97) - Hosts 'Top Of The Pops' (although not for much longer, it's rumoured) and Channel 5's 'The Movie Chart Show'.
Sophie Aldred (Wow!) - Now does personal appearances at Doctor Who conventions, as well as recording audio story tapes and a bit of voiceover work.
Simeon Courtie (CBBC 96, Wow!) - Presents 'The Week On Newsround' on British Forces TV, and fronted an Inland Revenue information video for students called 'Income Tax - who needs it?'.
Debbie Flint (CBBC 86) - Another home shopping presenter, this time at Paul Lavers' Ideal World channel.
Simon Parkin (CBBC 88) - Now the Breakfast DJ at Bath FM.
Toby Anstis (CBBC 93-95) - Presents live continuity at Challenge TV, and DJs on Friday and Monday at Heart 106.2FM, and in person at various universities.
Phillipa Forrester (CBBC 93) - Presents BBC1's 'Tomorrow's World' with Peter Snow, and regularly appears on C5's 'Night Fever'.
Josie D'Arby (CBBC 94-97) - Like Vernon Kaye, appears and conducts interviews on the TOTP peripheral shows after a less than successful period at Channel 5.
Kirsten O'Brien (CBBC 96-99) - A member of the CBBC SMart team, but other than that, unknown.
Richard McCourt (CBBC 96-99) - Still in children's TV, he presents CITV's 'On Safari'