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Wide Awake Club (often abbreviated to WAC) was a highly successful children's television series broadcast in the United Kingdom on ITV's breakfast franchise TV-am between 1984 and 1989. It was presented by Timmy Mallett, Michaela Strachan, Tommy Boyd, James Baker and Arabella Warner - all newcomers to television, except Boyd who had previously presented Magpie. Childrens television shows are television programs designed for and marketed to children, normally aired during the morning and afternoon hours, mainly before and after school. ... Independent Television (ITV) is the name given to the original network of British commercial television broadcasters, set up to provide competition to the BBC. In England and Wales the channel was recently rebranded ITV1 by ITV plc who own the regional broadcasting licences for the regions. ... TV-am was a breakfast television station that broadcast in the United Kingdom from 1983 to 1992. ... 1984 is a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1989 is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Timmy Mallett is a former childrens TV presenter and broadcaster who achieved cult status in the UK during the 1980s. ... Michaela Strachan Michaela Strachan (born in Essex, April 7, 1966) is a British television presenter. ... Timothy Leslie Boyd (born December 1952), better known as Tommy Boyd is a radio presenter and former childrens television presenter. ... Magpie was a childrens television show shown on ITV from the late 1960s and throughout the 1970s. ...


Wide Awake Club was broadcast on Saturday mornings. It was devised by producer Nick Wilson to be TV-am's flagship children's programme, replacing Data Run. The live programme combined comedy, games, celebrity guests, competitions and viewer interaction. There were also more educational features, including visiting experts such as Carol Vorderman for the science slot, as well as attempts to explain historical and contemporary events like the Cold War. A spelling contest, 'Bonk and Boob' was praised by teachers for encouraging children to learn to spell properly. The show also launched the career of Mike Myers, who made monthly guest appearances as part of the 'Sound Asleep Club'. Carol Vorderman with Countdown co-host Richard Whiteley Carol Jean Vorderman MBE, also previously known by her first married name Carol Mather, was born December 24, 1960 to a Dutch father and a Welsh mother. ... For the generic term for a high-tension rivalry between countries, see cold war (war). ... Michael Myers (born May 25, 1963 in Scarborough, Ontario, Canada) is an actor, comedian, screenwriter, and motion picture producer. ...


The programme was so successful that it launched two spin-offs: Wacaday, a programme for holiday mornings presented soley by Timmy Mallett that became even more successful than its parent, and WAC Extra, a Sunday morning version of the show. Wacaday was a childrens television series that ran in TV-ams school holidays slot from 1985 until 1992 and was hosted by Timmy Mallett. ...


Meanwhile, Wide Awake Club continued for many years with only minor changes to the format. However, in 1990 it was relauched as WAC '90, a longer programme broadcast from Granada's studios in Manchester (as opposed to TV-am's in London). The programme ran until the end of 1990, when it was replaced by Hey, Hey, it's Saturday!. However, that was not the end of the Wide Awake Club franchise as Wacaday continued until 1992. 1990 is a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Granada TV logo, used from 1956 to 1968. ... Manchester is a city in the north-west of England. ... St. ... 1990 is a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Hey Hey its Saturday ran on TV-am from August 1990, until September 1991, when it was replaced by TV Mayhem. ... 1992 is a leap year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


See Also

Wacaday was a childrens television series that ran in TV-ams school holidays slot from 1985 until 1992 and was hosted by Timmy Mallett. ... TV-am was a breakfast television station that broadcast in the United Kingdom from 1983 to 1992. ... Timmy Mallett is a former childrens TV presenter and broadcaster who achieved cult status in the UK during the 1980s. ... Michaela Strachan Michaela Strachan (born in Essex, April 7, 1966) is a British television presenter. ... Timothy Leslie Boyd (born December 1952), better known as Tommy Boyd is a radio presenter and former childrens television presenter. ...

External Links

  • Page at Timmy Mallett's website
  • Page at Watched It!

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She was a club member in the 1940s, never dreaming that someday she would be editor of the page.
The Wide Awake Club gives the opportunity for children to express their feelings, talents and sometimes to inspire, for their family, peers and teachers — and 100,000 or more Journal readers — to see.
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Wide Awake Club - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (307 words)
Wide Awake Club (often abbreviated to WAC) was a highly successful children's television series broadcast in the United Kingdom on ITV's breakfast franchise TV-am between 1984 and 1989.
However, in 1990 it was relauched as WAC '90, a longer programme broadcast from Granada's studios in Manchester (as opposed to TV-am's in London).
However, that was not the end of the Wide Awake Club franchise as Wacaday continued until 1992.
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