The show came about when "The Big 5" ITV companies of the time, London
Weekend Television, Yorkshire, Granada, Thames and Central decided not
to bid for the new Saturday morning kids' TV slot. Instead, a first for ITV,
the show would be made in co-operation by all the remaining smaller ITV
regional franchise holders, those companies were: Grampian Television,
Scottish Television, Border Television, HTV West, HTV Wales, TSW, Anglia,
Ulster Television and Tyne-Tees Television.
TVS also made one episode during the second series.
Channel Television supplied Get The Joke comedy and wildlife inserts
for the programme.
Anglia Television also supplied: The Vicious Boys' game show Get Lost and
later Charlotte's game show Get Mucky.
Tyne-Tees TV also had the responsibility of managing the show,
shooting the pilot and providing the base for the "Get Fresh Central
"which was based at the T-TTV offices in London.
||Royston Mayoh, Leslie Oakden, Malcom Dickinson
||Harry King, Paul Corley
||Anne Mason, Dermot McQuarry
||Sally Frazer (now Sally Boutswood)
Those in Charge
Janet Street-Porter was given the job of creating a live Saturday morning
show that would be cool, stylish, a little anarchic and made by a different
TV company every week!
Tim Edmunds was the man given the job of turning Janet's wild ideas
into a reality, he did a fine job and set the mould for all future episodes.
Mike Forte was instrumental in Get Fresh evolving, apart from being the producer of series
2 & 3 he was the man who invented Gilbert.
Some of the key players in the show were:
Commissioning editors (i.e. head of the Children's ITV regional
committee): Anna Home, Trish Kinane, Paul Corley
At the central unit:
Series #1 (1986)
Janet Street-Porter: Series Producer
Tim Edmunds: Producer
Series #2 (1987)
Mike Forte: Producer
Ben Robinson: Associate Producer
and Janet Street-Porter in an advisory role as Assosciate Producer
Series #3 (1988)
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Mike Forte (now promoted to) Series Producer
Ben Robinson Associate Producer
and Janet Street-Porter in an advisory role as Associate Producer