Art Attack

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Art Attack
GenreArts & Crafts
Children's television series
Created byNeil Buchanan
Tim Edmunds
Written byNeil Buchanan
Tim Edmunds
Nic Ayling
Helen Evans
Driana Jones
Louise Lamb
Andy Prendergast
Directed byTim Edmunds
Nick Bigsby
Jeremy Cross
Peter Eyre
Claire Michel
Richard Bradley
Jeremy Swan
Fernando Berreta
Presented byNeil Buchanan (1990–2007)
Jassa Ahluwalia (2011)
Lloyd Warbey (2012–2015)[1]
Theme music composerMr Miller & Mr Porter
Opening theme"Art Attack"
Ending theme"Art Attack"
Country of originUnited Kingdom (1990–2007, 2011–2015)
Original language(s)English
No. of seriesCITV: 19 (1990–2007)
(Spin-off series) (1996–97, 2003)
Disney Junior: 4 (2011–2015)
No. of episodesOriginal:
(5 Christmas specials 1994–97, 2003) (25 episodes from spinoff series: 1996–97, 2003)
Executive producer(s)Neil Buchanan
Tim Edmunds
Nigel Pickard
Sandy Ross
Elizabeth Partyka
Adrian Edwards
Producer(s)Neil Buchanan
Tim Edmunds
Helen Dawson
Thomas Sheard
Nic Ayling
Louise Lamb
Production location(s)Maidstone, Kent (CITV)
Southampton (CITV)
Buenos Aires, Argentina (Disney Junior)
Running time15 minutes (Series 1–6)
20 minutes (Series 7–19)
Production company(s)TVS (1990–1992)
The Media Merchants (1993–2007)
STV Studios (1993–2007)[2]
The Walt Disney Company (2011–2015)
DistributorGullane Entertainment (United Kingdom, Original series, 2000-2002)
HIT Entertainment (United Kingdom, Original series, 2002-2007)[3]
Disney Media Distribution (2011-2015)[4]
Original networkITV
Disney Junior
Picture format4:3 (1990–2001)
16:9 SD (2002–2007)
16:9 HD (2011–2015)
First shown inUnited Kingdom
Original release15 June 1990 (1990-06-15) –
12 June 2015 (2015-06-12)
Related showsSMart (1994–2009)
External links, Website

Art Attack is a British children's television series revolving around art, currently hosted by Lloyd Warbey on Disney Junior, and originally airing on CITV hosted by Neil Buchanan from 1990 to 2007.

The original series aired on CITV between 15 June 1990 and 26 May 2007, and was presented by one of its creators, Neil Buchanan, throughout. Buchanan also wrote and produced the series, and came up with a majority of the creative ideas.

A new series launched on Disney Junior (UK & Ireland) on 6 June 2011 and was presented by Jassa Ahluwalia. Each show involved Ahluwalia voicing-over footage of an artist producing three works of art, taking the viewer through the various stages of production step by step. Ahluwalia was later replaced with Lloyd Warbey at the start of the British second revived series.


The programme was originally a TVS production, devised by two TVS employees, Neil Buchanan and Tim Edmunds. Buchanan and Edmunds met each other at Southern Television in 1978, and worked together on No. 73 and Do It!.

The first Art Attacks were a strand within No. 73, and this segment proved so popular, Nigel Pickard, the executive producer of children's programming at TVS, green-lit the pilot. The Art Attack pilot was shot on location at a disused swimming pool in Gillingham, Kent in 1989, and the series began the following year.

When TVS lost its franchise, Edmunds and Buchanan bought the rights to the show and produced Art Attack through their company, The Media Merchants. The Media Merchants used STV Studios (then known as "SMG Productions"), as the ITV company to get the series onto the network: this was partly down to the fact that Nigel Pickard had moved to Scottish Television. In 1993 another ex-TVS employee, Peter Urie set up a production management company, Television Support Services. Television Support Services managed all of the Media Merchants productions.

For the vast majority of its run, the show was filmed at The Maidstone Studios, Maidstone, Kent. In 1998, Disney bought the rights to produce foreign-language versions of Art Attack. Each version had a different local host for each territory, and was made in Maidstone, on a similar set to the original version. Neil Buchanan's Big Art Attacks were retained in the international shows, as was The Head, who was dubbed by relevant local voice artists. Buchanan also produced the artwork for the foreign versions - footage of his hands creating the pieces would be voiced over by the local host, who would show the artwork in-between stages and explain what to do next.[5] Disney ended production of the foreign shows in 2005.

ITV announced the cancellation of the series in July 2007.[6] Until January 2014, the show was regularly repeated on CITV, usually on weekend afternoons. After the programme's demise, many of the production team transferred to Finger Tips and Mister Maker, both recorded at The Maidstone Studios.

In 2010, Disney announced a new version of the series would air on Disney Junior around the world. Production was moved to Disney's studios in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Once again, several versions were made for each market; these were produced in a similar manner to the previous international versions. The first series of the new UK version was presented by Jassa Ahluwalia. Local artist Alexiev Gandman was brought in to create the Big Art Attacks.

In December 2012, Buchanan was featured in a segment dedicated to the programme's original run in the one-off documentary special 30 Years of CITV: a 1992 episode was broadcast on the CITV channel shortly after the above was broadcast, as part of its Old Skool Weekend marathon.


The Head, was a puppet stone bust who would humorously recap the steps needed to produce the last art piece made. After doing this, he would usually show his creation of the previous Art Attack, most times however getting it comically wrong and usually bursting into tears. However, on occasion, by accidentally doing part of the instructions incorrectly, he would create a different effect to that desired and be proud of his work. He would sometimes tell jokes after the Big Art Attacks. In series one, 'The Head' was played by Jim Sweeney, in series 2, Andrew O'Connor; and from series 3, having been redesigned as a puppet, he was voiced and operated by Francis Wright. 'The Head' did not appear in series 12 or 13, or in series 18 and 19.

In the revived series, The Head was replaced by a talking palm tree called Vincent Van Coconut, voiced by Tim Hibber. The name is a parody of Dutch painter Vincent Van Gogh.

Series guide[edit]

Original series[edit]

Series Episodes Start Date End Date Length
1 7 15 June 1990 27 July 1990 15'
2 7 1 April 1991 13 May 1991 15'
3 7 17 March 1992 12 May 1992 15'
4 7 17 September 1992 22 October 1992 15'
5 7 7 May 1993 25 June 1993 15'
6 10 14 February 1994 14 March 1994 15'
7 10 9 January 1995 27 March 1995 20'
8 10 8 January 1996 9 February 1996 20'
9 12 6 January 1997 17 March 1997 20'
10 13 12 January 1998 30 March 1998 20'
11 16 7 September 1998 14 December 1998 20'
12 30 6 September 1999 13 December 1999 15'
13 30 4 September 2000 18 December 2000 15'
14 20 26 March 2001 9 July 2001 20'
15 15 9 September 2002 23 December 2002 20'
16 15 8 September 2003 17 November 2003 20'
17 18 30 August 2004 13 December 2004 20'
18 26 26 September 2005 12 December 2005 20'
19 26 16 October 2006 29 June 2007 20'

Note: two episodes aired each week during series 12 and 13. Five episodes aired each week during series 14.

Christmas specials[edit]

Entitle Aired Length
Xmas special 1 13 December 1994 20'
Xmas special 2 12 December 1995 20'
Xmas special 3 18 December 1996 20'
Xmas special 4 17 December 1997 20'
Xmas special 5 22 December 2003 20'
Xmas special 6 21 December 2005 20'


Series Episodes Start Date End Date Length
Best of Art Attack 2 23 August 1996 30 August 1996 20'
Art Attack Scrapbook 8 22 October 1997 10 December 1997 20'
Art Attack: Mini Makes 15 31 August 2003 Late 2003 5'

Revived series (2011)[edit]

Series Episodes Start Date End Date Length
1 26 30 May 2011 28 November 2011 23:30'
2 21 25 June 2012 29 October 2012 23:30'
3 24 1 July 2013 14 November 2014 23:30'
4 26 9 January 2015 12 June 2015 23:30'

(Source: ITV/Hit Entertainment/BFI/Disney)

Video releases[edit]

VHS video title Year of release Company Video specials
Art Attack: Over 30 Great Art and Craft Ideas 1992 Future Video Neil shows his favourite craft ideas for Art Attacks on the first series.
Art Attack with Neil Buchanan 1993 Video Class Neil shows his 16 favourite Art Attacks.
Art Attack: Most Wanted 1996 Contender Entertainment Group Neil shows everyone's most requested favourites.
Art Attack: Crazy Cartoons and Dazzling Drawings 1996 Neil shows his tips for drawing cartoons and pictures.
Art Attack Let's Party! 1996 Neil shows his favourite Art Attacks for parties, birthdays and Christmas.
Art Attack: Top 20 1997 Neil shows his 20 favourite Art Attacks.
Art Attack: Scrapbook 1997 Neil shows his scrapbook with all the best Art Attacks.
Art Attack: 10 of the Best 1998 Neil celebrates 10 of the best Art Attacks from the first 10 series.
Art Attack: Christmas Cracker 1998 Neil shows Art Attacks to make 'n' do from the Christmas Specials.
Art Attack: Greatest Tips and Tricks 1999 Neil shows how he put together some of the best tips and tricks.
Art Attack: How to Draw 2000 Neil shows how to do some drawing - the Art Attack way.
Art Attack: How to Paint 2000 Neil shows how to concentrate on painting - the Art Attack way.
Art Attack: Make 'n' Do 2001 Neil shows how to make things made out of old rubbish.
Art Attack Monsters and other Scary Stuff 2002 Video Collection International A collection of Neil's most scary Art Attacks.

No DVD releases have been issued in the UK, except DVDs bundled with Art Attack books and DVDs which came free with newspapers. In India, Art Attack was released in three volumes by Disney DVD in 2010.

Many Art Attack books were also released by Dorling Kindersley.

International broadcast[edit]

Disney Channel and its various offshoots have broadcast Art Attack in most territories since the late 1990s, producing localised versions of the programme for many countries. In Australia, Art Attack was broadcast on ABC from July 1995 to October 1999; later episodes were broadcast on Disney Channel, with the revived series being broadcast on Disney Junior and on various channels of the Seven Network. In Canada, the programme has aired variously on TVOKids, Family Jr. and Knowledge Kids; in the United States, Art Attack was broadcast on WAM! during the 1990s. Art Attack has also aired in several other countries such as SABC2 in South Africa, StarHub and Disney Channel in Singapore, TVB in Hong Kong, KTN in Kenya, Channel 33 in the United Arab Emirates, Fun Channel and Disney Channel in the Middle East and RTB in Brunei.

The original series, hosted by Neil Buchanan, has also been dubbed or subtitled in various non-English speaking countries, having been broadcast in various forms by Dragon Club in China, ET1 in Greece, Disney Channel in Taiwan and TRT in Turkey; in the Middle East, the Turkish version of the revived series has been dubbed into Arabic and broadcast by Jeem TV. In much of Latin America, Art Attack was broadcast on Discovery Kids during the 1990s, dubbed into Spanish and Portuguese. From 2000–2002, localised versions in Spanish and Portuguese were produced by Disney, which aired on Disney Channel Latin America and Disney Channel (Brazil), respectively, and hosted by Rui Torres; in later years, the British version was dubbed and broadcast by Disney in these territories. A Hindi version has been produced for India from 2011 to 2014, hosted by Gaurav Juyal; previously, the UK version was aired, dubbed in Hindi.[7]

The series was also broadcast on armed forces television on BFBS (which broadcasts thousands of television series and films from the UK as well as a number of television series and films other countries) and its defunct channel SSVC Television (which went from 1982 to 1997) as part of their children's blocks Room 785 and Children's SSVC. The channels have aired the show in a number of countries including Germany, Cyprus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Gibraltar, Belize and Falkland Islands.

See also[edit]

  • SMart – another children's art television show, aired from 1994 to 2009.
  • Art Ninja – another children's art television show aired since 2015.


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  2. ^ Known as "Scottish Television Enterprises" from season 5 until season 12
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  4. ^ Disney Media Distribution distributed the original series in some regions as Buena Vista International Television when it was still airing.
  5. ^ "Neil's hands are a media export". Kent Business. KM Group. 28 March 2002. Retrieved 29 December 2016.
  6. ^ Oatts, Joanne (13 July 2007). "Art Attack axed after 18 years". Digital Spy. Retrieved 13 July 2007.
  7. ^ "Art Attack' to premier on Disney this Sunday". 18 September 2010. Retrieved 2 June 2017.

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