Finger Tips

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Finger Tips
Finger Tips logo.jpg
Genre Children's television
Created by The Foundation
Written by Nic Ayling
Vanessa Amberleigh
Directed by Michael Kerrigan
Jason Garbett
Presented by Stephen Mulhern (series 1–4)
Fearne Cotton (series 1–3)
Naomi Wilkinson (series 4–5), Jen Pringle (series 6)
Tim Dixon (series 5)
Opening theme Mr Miller & Mr Porter
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 5
No. of episodes 120
Production
Executive producer(s) Vanessa Hill
J Nigel Pickard
Producer(s) Nic Ayling
Vanessa Amberleigh
Location(s) The Maidstone Studios
Running time 5–17 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel ITV (CITV)
Picture format PAL (576i, 16:9)
Original run 2 January 2001 (2001-01-02) – 14 December 2008 (2008-12-14)

Finger Tips is a British children's television series produced by RDF Media's children's production division, The Foundation. It was made primarily for CITV and was broadcast from 2 January 2001 to 14 December 2008.

The Finger Tips presenters were Stephen Mulhern and Fearne Cotton (later replaced by Naomi Wilkinson in series 4–5 and Tim Dixon for series 5). The show is about creating things out of household items and aimed at a child audience. The programme manager was Wendy Larkin.

It was recorded at The Maidstone Studios in Kent, former home to TVS Television and countless other children's programming.

Format[edit]

There are different categories:

  • Finger Tips Top Make: A major project, normally at the start of the show
  • Food Finger Tips: Easy cooking and baking recipes
  • Fun Finger Tips: Self-made games
  • Little Finger Tips: Items made for making over odds and ends from around the home
  • Makeover Finger Tips: Basically the same as "Little Finger Tips"- replaced it in later shows

"Top Make" and "Little" or "Make-Over Finger Tips" featured in every show, and "Fun" and "Food Tips" were usually in alternate shows. There were also more specialised categories which ran briefly, they were:

  • Fizzics Finger-Tips: Fun science experiments
  • Cryptic Finger-Tips: A special series on code-breakers
  • Green Finger-Tips: Plant-related projects
  • Techno Finger-Tips: Projects using a computer
  • Let's get Finger-Tipping: Computer stuff

Special challenge is the "One-Minute-Make". In this game one of the presenters tries to make something with only a few things in less than 60 seconds. This featured in every show, with one presenter making the project, and the other timing it, alternating in each episode.

2008 revival[edit]

Although the programme was de-commissioned in 2004, when ITV axed children's programming, it was revived for 2008 and a new series of 30 programmes were aired from September to December 2008.

Series guide[edit]

  • Series 1: 13 x 17′ (3 September 2001 – 26 November 2001)
  • Series 2: 20 x 15’ / 7 x 10’ / 3 x 5’ (2 September 2002 – 27 September 2002)
  • Series 3: 20 x 15’ / 5 x 12’ (2 June 2003 – 27 June 2003)
  • Series 4: 13 x 15’ / 7 x 5’ (10 June 2004 – 2 September 2004)
  • Series 5: 30 x 15’ / 30 x 11’ (6 September 2008 – 14 December 2008)

International broadcast[edit]

The show has also been broadcast in Austria, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany (Super RTL since September 2004), Greece, Hong Kong, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey and Vietnam.

External links[edit]