Kick Start

(Key moments)
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== Broadcast ==
== Broadcast ==
White Rabbit Productions for BBC1
White Rabbit Productions/BBC Midlands for BBC1
''Kick Start'', 6 August 1979 to 1 June 1988
''Kick Start'', 6 August 1979 to 1 June 1988

Revision as of 18:26, 12 May 2009



Dave Lee Travis (original host)

Peter Purves


John Lambkin (commentary - he had also been a winner in at least one of the adult series)

Jack Stites (commentary)


White Rabbit Productions/BBC Midlands for BBC1

Kick Start, 6 August 1979 to 1 June 1988

Junior Kick Start 1980 to 17 August 1992


Young kids churning up the South Downs on motorbikes during the half-term holidays. It could only be Kick Start, the programme that must have been the precursor to other shows like You've Been Framed in using human suffering for entertainment.

Jimmy, aged 12, from Coventry would drive his mini Yamaha 50cc lurve cycle around an intricate obstacle course of slalom poles, see-saws, ramps, bunny hops and trouser-fillingly steep hills.

While everyone remembers Junior Kick Start, there was just Kick Start too - the main adult version. In fact, there were 13 series in all! Does the BBC own shares in Peter Purves or something?

Originally presented by Dave Lee Travis as a summer replacement while Nationwide was off our screens.

Key moments

The oft-repeated clip of first an attendant, then the St. John Ambulance man falling down a hill to rescue a hurt competitor - namely Mark Schofield. Peter Purves's main comment was, "One shouldn't laugh - the poor lad took a nasty knock there - but this is like something out of the Keystone Cops!"

Theme tune

Its infinitely hummable showdy-de-dow theme tune was called Be My Boogie Woogie Baby by Mr. Walkie-Talkie, composed by Renate Vaplus.


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