Gilbert the Alien
|No. of series||5|
|No. of episodes||91 (60 Saturday, 31 Sunday)|
|Production company(s)||Tyne Tees Television|
|Original channel||ITV Network (CITV)|
|Original run||3 May 1986– 28 August 1988|
Get Fresh was a children's television programme that ran from 1986 to 1988 in the United Kingdom.
Broadcast on the Children's ITV network, the show starred Gareth Jones (aka Gaz Top), Charlotte Hindle, and, for the first year of its run, Gian Sammarco, the British child actor best known for his portrayal of the character 'Adrian Mole'. Sammarco was replaced for the 2nd and 3rd series by a puppet named Gilbert the Alien (voiced by Phil Cornwell). Each week the series would be broadcast from a different location and centred around the Millennium Dustbin, a fictional space ship in which the presenters would travel the country. The show featured the animated series The Centurions and The Adventures of the Galaxy Rangers.
Get Fresh Sunday was a pre-recorded Sunday morning edition of the show also presented by Gaz, Charlotte and Gilbert. This spin-off featured The Adventures of Teddy Ruxpin and Gummi Bears and studio-based interviews and features, and was more item-based than the activity driven Saturday live show.
Gilbert later featured in a further two series for Tyne Tees Television, Gilbert's Fridge (1988) and Gilbert's Late (1990).
The series was produced chiefly by Tyne Tees Television in conjunction with several ITV regional stations including Border Television, Television South West, Ulster Television, Channel Television and Grampian Television.
The Sunday edition of the programme was produced solely by Border Television.
The theme music for the programme was written by Mick Jones of The Clash and Big Audio Dynamite fame.
- Series 1: 20 editions from 3 May 1986 - 13 September 1986 (Saturdays)
- Series 2: 19 editions from 25 April 1987 - 29 August 1987 (Saturdays)
- Series 3: 10 editions from 26 April 1987 - 28 June 1987 (Sundays)
- Series 4: 21 editions from 9 April 1988 - 27 August 1988 (Saturdays)
- Series 5: 21 editions from 10 April 1988 - 28 August 1988 (Sundays)
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