How 2

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How 2
Presented by

Fred Dinenage
(All series)
Gareth Jones
(All series)
Carol Vorderman
(1990-1996)
Siân Lloyd
(1997)
Gail Porter
(1999)

Gail McKenna
(2000-2006)
Country of origin United Kingdom
No. of series 15
No. of episodes 198
Production
Producer(s) TVS
(1990-1991);
STV Productions
(1992-2006)
Running time 30 minutes
(later 15 minutes)
(including adverts)
Broadcast
Original channel ITV Network (CITV)
Original run 26 September 1990 – 1 September 2006
Chronology
Preceded by How (1966-1981)

How 2 is an informative children's programme produced by TVS between 1990 and 1991, and STV Productions (Scottish Television) from 1992 to 2006.[1]

The original show (How) was produced by Southern Television from 1966 up until 1981 when the company lost its franchise to TVS, which was a regular fixture in the CITV schedules.

History[edit]

The show began in 1966 as How; a series popular in the 1970s. It was designed to provide answers to questions beginning with the word "How". Each episode began with the presenters all raising one hand and saying "How" simultaneously (playing on the stereotypical Native American greeting). Common topics covered included science, history, mathematics, and simple puzzles. The series came to an end in 1981 when Southern Television lost its ITV franchise, but was revived as How 2 in 1990 by TVS. In 2006 the final series was broadcast, having waited more than a year for transmission.

A similar CITV show to appear a few years later was The Big Bang, presented by How 2's own Gareth Jones & Violet Berlin. The Big Bang had a more scientific slant, focusing on performing fun experiments involving simple physics and chemistry. Other similar British television series included Don't Ask Me. Fred Dinenage was the only presenter who never quit the show and presented both shows for a total of 31 years. How 2 is rarely shown on the CITV channel. But on the 6th of January 2013, as part of CITV's Old Skool Weekend (a televised event celebrating CITV's 30th birthday), the first episode of 1995 series was shown.

Transmission Guide[edit]

Series Start date End date Episodes
1
26 September 1990
23 November 1990
10
2
23 September 1991
25 November 1991
10
3
7 September 1992
9 November 1992
10
4
6 September 1993
13 December 1993
15
5
5 September 1994
12 December 1994
15
6
4 September 1995
11 December 1995
14
7
9 September 1996
16 December 1996
15
8
1 September 1997
15 December 1997
16
9
5 January 1999
6 April 1999
13
10
10 January 2000
11 April 2000
13
11
22 January 2001
16 February 2001
20
12
11 February 2002
22 February 2002
10
13
10 January 2003
14 March 2003
10
14
4 June 2004
27 August 2004
13
15
5 May 2006
1 September 2006
13
  • The Best of How 2: 18 August 1997
  • How Goes 2: 8 editions from 25 February 1998 - 15 April 1998

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