Genre Art & Crafts
Presented by Mark Speight (1994–2007)
Jay Burridge (1994–2003)
Zoë Ball (1994–1996)
Josie d'Arby (1996–1998)
Kirsten O'Brien (1999–2009)
Lizi Botham (1999–2004)
Susan Ribeiro (2002–2003)
Mike Fischetti (2007–2009)
Various Guest Presenters (2007–2009)
Theme music composer Kjartan Poskitt
Steve Brown
Matt Thomas
Country of origin United Kingdom
No. of series 16
No. of episodes 199 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s) Joe Godwin
Production location(s) BBC Pebble Mill
BBC Television Centre
Running time 25 minutes
60 minutes
Original network BBC One
CBBC Channel
Original release 5 October 1994 (1994-10-05) – 4 April 2009 (2009-04-04)
Related shows SMart on the Road
External links

SMart was a British CBBC television programme based on the subject of art, which began in 1994 and ended in 2009. The programme was recorded at BBC Television Centre in London, previously it had been recorded in Studio A at BBC Pebble Mill in Birmingham. The format is similar to the Tony Hart programmes Take Hart and Hartbeat. The show was revamped into an hour-long show in 2007; from 1994-2006 it was previously a 25-minute show. From 1994–2005, the show also featured Morph, originally from Take Hart. It has 199 episodes. CBBC last aired SMart on 11 August 2011.


The original theme tune was composed by Kjartan Poskitt, famous for the Murderous Maths series of books. From 2003, a different tune was used, written by Steve Brown (known as the fictional musical director Glen Ponder in Knowing Me, Knowing You with Alan Partridge). In 2007, this was remixed by Matt Thomas of Mosquito Music in line with the new format.

In 2007, the new autumn series had a new format mixing some of the old segments with new ideas. It was aired on Sunday, and repeated on Wednesdays. It involved more child participation in games and celebrity guests. This new format also allowed for episodes of The Fairly OddParents to be aired halfway in. One of the segments displayed art that had been sent in by viewers, to the backing music of 'Give It Away' by Zero 7.

The format was utilised again when a new series began with a new timeslot on Sunday 29 June 2008, airing on CBBC on BBC Two, still presented by Kirsten O'Brien and Mike Fischetti. A special tribute to Mark Speight was also broadcast. Along with this new format, guest presenters appear each week to assist the two presenters.

Following the death of presenter Mark Speight's fiancee Natasha Collins in January 2008, repeats of the show and its CBeebies spin-off SMarteenies were suspended. Speight left the programme, saying his "tragic loss" had left him unable to continue; he later committed suicide.[1] The BBC indicated that there would still be a new series of SMart in the autumn, but editions featuring Speight are unlikely to be repeated.[2]

Series 16 began airing on 3 January 2009 in the same style to the series before. The major change was that the original airings moved to the CBBC Channel rather than BBC Two. Kirsten O'Brien and Mike Fischetti both returned to host the show and the show continued to have guest presenters. The games involving children in the studio were dropped and instead children participated via webcam or pre-recorded on location. The show also added segments on fun aspects of digital photography.


The success of SMart allowed it to spawn various spin-off series. The first was SMart on the Road where either Mark Speight or Kirsten O'Brien, with the help of Lizi Botham, would travel around the country helping people with major projects, for example decorating a room or making a fun garden. It starred Kirsten O'Brien, Mark Speight, Jay Burridge and Lizi Botham.

SMarteenies was the second spin-off, where Kirsten, Mark, Jay and "Bizi Lizi" went through fun makes for younger viewers, including man of letters and shapes and Kirsten's Household Makes with Doogie the Dog. This programme was specifically aimed at a younger demographic, roughly from 3–6 years old on was aired on CBeebies. It starred Kirsten O'Brien, Mark Speight, Jay Burridge and Lizi Botham.

A special episode, SMart Africa, was made by the BBC to coincide with Africa Week. The episode contained easy ways to make things. This episode, with Kirsten O'Brien and Mark Speight, was aired as part of the 2003 series.


Zoë Ball19941996
Josie d'Arby19961998
Jay Burridge19942003
Susan Ribeiro20022003
Lizi Botham19992004
Mark Speight19942007
Kirsten O'Brien19992009
Mike Fischetti20072009

Guest presenters


9 September 16 September 23 September 30 September 7 October 14 October 21 October 28 October 4 November 11 November 18 November 25 November 2 December 9 December
Lil' Chris Ross Lee Anne Foy James Phelps & Oliver Phelps Lizo Mzimba Stephanie McIntosh Barney Harwood Bill Turnbull Dani Harmer Jake Humphrey Andy Akinwolere Edith Bowman Ed Petrie Iwan Thomas
16 December
Anthony Horowitz


29 June 6 July 13 July 20 July 27 July 3 August 10 August 17 August 24 August 31 August 7 September 14 September 21 September
Sam Nixon & Mark Rhodes Melvin Odoom Ed Petrie Ortis Deley Lizo Mzimba Andy Akinwolere Michael Absalom James Mackenzie Ben Hanson & Ciaran Joyce Ted Robbins Rani Price Sam Nixon & Mark Rhodes Zöe Salmon


3 January 10 January 17 January 31 January 7 February 14 February 21 February 28 February 7 March 14 March 21 March 28 March 4 April
Barney Harwood Arlene Phillips & Bruno Tonioli Ben Major Carol Kirkwood Johny Pitts Martin Offiah Konnie Huq Phillips Idowu The Saturdays Michael Absalom Helen Skelton & Joel Defries Andy Akinwolere Bill Oddie

Series guide

SeriesEditionsStart DateFinish Date
Series 165 October 19949 November 1994
Series 2125 October 199521 December 1995
Series 3113 October 199619 December 1996
Series 4122 October 199718 December 1997
Series 5111 October 199817 December 1998
Series 6127 October 199923 December 1999
Series 7125 October 200021 December 2000
Series 81313 November 200127 December 2001
Series 913November 20021 January 2003
Series 1010October 200323 December 2003
Series 1114October 200420 March 2005
Africa Week Special14 July 20054 July 2005
Series 121529 November 200522 December 2005
Series 131518 November 200616 January 2007
Series 141612 September 200723 December 2007
Series 151329 June 200821 September 2008
Series 16133 January 20094 April 2009

Smart on the Road series guide

SeriesEditionsStart DateFinish Date
Series 1128 January 199926 March 1999
Special19 April 19999 April 1999
Series 21310 January 200027 March 2000
Specials228 March 200029 May 2000
Series 3125 January 200123 March 2001
Special130 March 200130 March 2001
Series 41328 December 200122 March 2002
Series 51314 January 200325 February 2003


In March 2011, CBBC started to air Deadly Art which followed a very similar format to SMart and also stars Mike Fischetti. They look to the wild for inspiration (to tie in with the "Deadly" series e.g. Deadly 60). Then CBBC aired Totally Rubbish and their current art series is Art Ninja, whose presenter Ricky Martin said he watched SMart religiously as a child.[3]


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