|Created by||The Foundation|
|Written by||Nic Ayling
|Directed by||Michael Kerrigan
|Presented by||Stephen Mulhern (2001–4)
Fearne Cotton (2001–3)
Naomi Wilkinson (2004, 2008)
Tim Dixon (2008)
|Theme music composer||Ian Porter
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|No. of series||5|
|No. of episodes||120|
|Executive producer(s)||Vanessa Hill
J Nigel Pickard
|Location(s)||The Maidstone Studios|
|Running time||5–17 minutes|
|Original network||ITV (CITV)|
|Picture format||PAL (576i, 16:9)|
|Original release||2 January 2001– 14 December 2008|
Finger Tips was 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 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.
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.
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 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)
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.
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