How 2

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How 2
Presented by Fred Dinenage
Gareth Jones
Carol Vorderman (1990–96, 1998)
Siân Lloyd (1997)
Gail Porter (1999)
Gail McKenna (2000–06)
Country of origin United Kingdom
No. of series 15
No. of episodes 198
Production
Producer(s) TVS (1990–91)
STV Productions (1992–2006)
Lion TV (2004-2006)
Running time 30 minutes (later 15 minutes)
(inc. adverts)
Release
Original network ITV Network (CITV)
Original release 26 September 1990 (1990-09-26) – 1 September 2006 (2006-09-01)
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. The show was rebroadcast on STV in late 2009 as part of their weekend strand Wknd@stv broadcasting series 14 and 15. Repeats of the rebroadcasts on the weekend strand were also shown on the CITV Channel in October Half-Term 2009.

A similar CITV show to appear a few years later was The Big Bang, presented by How 2's own Gareth Jones and 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 to appear in both incarnations of How, presenting the shows for a total of 31 years. On 6 January 2013, as part of CITV's Old Skool Weekend (a televised event celebrating the strand's 30th anniversary), the first episode of 1995 series was shown. Prior to this, a How 2 segment was featured on the 30 Years of CITV documentary that aired on ITV on 29 December 2012 and featured interviews with Dinenage and Jones.

Series overview[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 151
8 1 September 1997 15 December 1997 2163
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
Notes

1 The last episode of the series was a 30th anniversary special.
2 Before that, there was "The Best of How 2" which aired on 18 August 1997.
3 The last episode of the series was a Christmas special.

How Goes 2[edit]

There was no series aired in 1998 but there was a spin-off series called How Goes 2, which aired from 25 February to 15 April 1998.

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