Sam & Mark's TMi Friday

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Sam & Mark's TMi Friday
Starring Sam Nixon
Mark Rhodes
Caroline Flack (2006-2008)
Theme music composer Dan McGrath
Josh Phillips
Country of origin United Kingdom
No. of series 8
No. of episodes 82
Production
Producer(s) BBC
Location(s) Series 1:
Leicester Square
Series 2-5:
BBC Television Centre
Camera setup Multiple
Running time Series 1:
2 hours 45 minutes
Series 2-4:
1 hour 30 minutes
Series 5:
1 hour 20 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel BBC Two (2006-2009)
CBBC Channel (2010)
Picture format 16:9
Original run 16 September 2006 (2006-09-16)  – 17 December 2010 (2010-12-17)

Sam & Mark's TMi Friday (originally TMi) is a British children's entertainment programme that was produced for five series by the BBC and aired from 16 September 2006 to 17 December 2010.

Format[edit]

TMi launched on 16 September 2006 as a Saturday morning show, airing in the autumn/winter months on BBC Two, replacing former occupant Dick and Dom in da Bungalow. Former Pop Idol contestants turned presenters Sam Nixon and Mark Rhodes, better known as Sam & Mark, were joined by Caroline Flack for a mix of cartoons, competitions, games, music videos and celebrity guests. The first series had a reality theme to the proceedings, which had never been done before on a children's Saturday morning show. This consisted of Sam and Mark living in the 'TMi flat' throughout the week, mainly rehearsing or practicing for their weekly head to head challenges in the studio. In 2007, it had been reported that TMi had used a fake phone-in caller during the game, Birthday Bingo, on the first show.

The show had some dramatic changes from the second series in 2007, which included the demise of the TMi flat and a new format that saw the presenters encouraging viewers to be their 'friend' on the website (or 'web space' as they called it). Sam, Mark and Caroline would go through a series of challenges (mostly involving gunge) in the hope of gaining new friends, although once the viewers had picked a presenter, they could only change on a Saturday between 9am and 9pm. This series also saw a change of studio location from MTV in Leicester Square to TC9 at BBC Television Centre, a reduced time slot from the original 165 to 90 minutes, and a repeat at 5pm on the CBBC Channel. At the end of this series, Caroline was crowned 'queen of TMi' after receiving the most amount of friends, with Sam coming in second and Mark facing a messy forfeit for coming last.

The third series in 2008 had no particular theme and was also the last to feature Caroline, who left to concentrate on prime-time projects. Caroline's departure was not officially announced until the start of the fourth series in 2009, which saw the show starting at an earlier time and three editions being recorded 'as live' for no official reason. This was also the last that aired on Saturday mornings.

In 2010, the show was re-launched as Sam & Mark's TMi Friday and aired on Friday evenings on the CBBC Channel. Apart from these changes, the format remained the same as the last three series, where teams of children called the 'TMiers' would participate in games to win prizes and/or 'SMarks' in a bid to become the mightiest TMiers in the land at the end of the series. This was also the final series, with the last edition airing on 17 December 2010.

Series Guide[edit]

Series Start date End date Episodes
1
16 September 2006
3 February 2007
25
2
8 September 2007
22 December 2007
16
3
27 September 2008
13 December 2008
12
4
26 September 2009
19 December 2009
13
5
10 September 2010
17 December 2010
15

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