|Genre||Art & Crafts|
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||
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|No. of series||16|
|No. of episodes||199 (list of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||Joe Godwin|
BBC Pebble Mill|
BBC Television Centre
|Original release||5 October 1994 – 4 April 2009|
SMart on the Road|
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. 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.
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.
|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|
|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||Editions||Start Date||Finish Date|
|Series 1||6||5 October 1994||9 November 1994|
|Series 2||12||5 October 1995||21 December 1995|
|Series 3||11||3 October 1996||19 December 1996|
|Series 4||12||2 October 1997||18 December 1997|
|Series 5||11||1 October 1998||17 December 1998|
|Series 6||12||7 October 1999||23 December 1999|
|Series 7||12||5 October 2000||21 December 2000|
|Series 8||13||13 November 2001||27 December 2001|
|Series 9||13||November 2002||1 January 2003|
|Series 10||10||October 2003||23 December 2003|
|Series 11||14||October 2004||20 March 2005|
|Africa Week Special||1||4 July 2005||4 July 2005|
|Series 12||15||29 November 2005||22 December 2005|
|Series 13||15||18 November 2006||16 January 2007|
|Series 14||16||12 September 2007||23 December 2007|
|Series 15||13||29 June 2008||21 September 2008|
|Series 16||13||3 January 2009||4 April 2009|
Smart on the Road series guide
|Series||Editions||Start Date||Finish Date|
|Series 1||12||8 January 1999||26 March 1999|
|Special||1||9 April 1999||9 April 1999|
|Series 2||13||10 January 2000||27 March 2000|
|Specials||2||28 March 2000||29 May 2000|
|Series 3||12||5 January 2001||23 March 2001|
|Special||1||30 March 2001||30 March 2001|
|Series 4||13||28 December 2001||22 March 2002|
|Series 5||13||14 January 2003||25 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.
- "Presenter Speight hanged himself". BBC News Online. 20 May 2008. Retrieved 28 May 2008.
- "TV presenter left suicide notes". BBC News Online. 16 April 2008. Retrieved 16 April 2008.