Art Attack

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Art Attack
Logo-Art-Attack.gif
GenreArt & Crafts
Created byNeil Buchanan
Tim Edmunds
Written byNic Ayling
Neil Buchanan
Tim Edmunds
Helen Evans
Driana Jones
Louise Lamb
Andy Prendergast
Directed byNick Bigsby
Jeremy Cross
Tim Edmunds
Peter Eyre
Claire Michel
Richard Bradley
Jeremy Swan
Fernando Berreta
Presented byNeil Buchanan (1990–2007, Series 1-20)
Jassa Ahluwalia (2011, Series 21)
Lloyd Warbey (2012–, Series 22-)[1]
Theme music composerMr Miller & Mr Porter (All Versions and International)
Opening themeArt Attack
Ending themeArt Attack
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of series20 (ITV)
3 (Disney Junior)
No. of episodes291 (+ 'Scrapbooks' & 'Mini Makes')
Production
Executive producer(s)Nigel Pickard
Sandy Ross
Elizabeth Partyka
Neil Buchanan
Tim Edmunds
Adrian Edwards
Producer(s)Tim Edmunds
Neil Buchanan
Helen Dawson
Helen Evans
Nic Ayling
Louise Lamb
Location(s)Maidstone, Kent (ITV)
Southampton (ITV)
Buenos Aires (Disney Junior)
Running time20–30 minutes
(inc. adverts)
Production company(s)Television South (TVS)
(1990–1992)
The Media Merchants
(1993–2007, 2011–present) & STV Productions
(1993–2007)
The Walt Disney Company
(2011–present)
DistributorDisney Channel Original(1997-2007)
Broadcast
Original channelITV Network (CITV)
(1990–2007)
Disney Junior UK and Ireland
(2011–present)
Picture format4:3, 16:9
First shown inUK, 1990-2007 (Series 1-20)
Original runOriginal series
15 June 1990 (1990-06-15) – 26 May 2007 (2007-05-26)
Revived series
6 June 2011 (2011-06-06) – present
Chronology
Related showsSMart (CBBC) Tony Hart and Morph (BBC)
 
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Art Attack
Logo-Art-Attack.gif
GenreArt & Crafts
Created byNeil Buchanan
Tim Edmunds
Written byNic Ayling
Neil Buchanan
Tim Edmunds
Helen Evans
Driana Jones
Louise Lamb
Andy Prendergast
Directed byNick Bigsby
Jeremy Cross
Tim Edmunds
Peter Eyre
Claire Michel
Richard Bradley
Jeremy Swan
Fernando Berreta
Presented byNeil Buchanan (1990–2007, Series 1-20)
Jassa Ahluwalia (2011, Series 21)
Lloyd Warbey (2012–, Series 22-)[1]
Theme music composerMr Miller & Mr Porter (All Versions and International)
Opening themeArt Attack
Ending themeArt Attack
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of series20 (ITV)
3 (Disney Junior)
No. of episodes291 (+ 'Scrapbooks' & 'Mini Makes')
Production
Executive producer(s)Nigel Pickard
Sandy Ross
Elizabeth Partyka
Neil Buchanan
Tim Edmunds
Adrian Edwards
Producer(s)Tim Edmunds
Neil Buchanan
Helen Dawson
Helen Evans
Nic Ayling
Louise Lamb
Location(s)Maidstone, Kent (ITV)
Southampton (ITV)
Buenos Aires (Disney Junior)
Running time20–30 minutes
(inc. adverts)
Production company(s)Television South (TVS)
(1990–1992)
The Media Merchants
(1993–2007, 2011–present) & STV Productions
(1993–2007)
The Walt Disney Company
(2011–present)
DistributorDisney Channel Original(1997-2007)
Broadcast
Original channelITV Network (CITV)
(1990–2007)
Disney Junior UK and Ireland
(2011–present)
Picture format4:3, 16:9
First shown inUK, 1990-2007 (Series 1-20)
Original runOriginal series
15 June 1990 (1990-06-15) – 26 May 2007 (2007-05-26)
Revived series
6 June 2011 (2011-06-06) – present
Chronology
Related showsSMart (CBBC) Tony Hart and Morph (BBC)

Art Attack is a British children's television series revolving around art hosted by Lloyd Warbey on Disney Junior. The original series was one of CITV's longest running programmes, running from 1990 to 2007, and was presented throughout by Neil Buchanan.

The new series launched on Disney Junior (UK & Ireland) on 6 June 2011 and was presented by Jassa Ahluwalia. Each show involved Ahluwalia voicing-over footage of an artist producing three works of art, taking the viewer through the various stages of production step by step.

The show's latest series is hosted by Lloyd Warbey.

History[edit]

The programme was originally a TVS production, devised by two TVS employees, Neil Buchanan and Tim Edmunds. Buchanan and Edmunds met each other at Southern Television in 1978, and worked together on No. 73 and Do It!.

The first Art Attacks were a strand within No. 73, and this segment proved so popular, Nigel Pickard the executive producer of children's programming at TVS green lit the pilot. The Art Attack pilot was shot on location at a disused swimming pool in Gillingham, Kent in 1989, and the series began the following year.

When TVS lost its franchise, Edmunds and Buchanan bought the rights to the show and produced Art Attack through their company, The Media Merchants. The Media Merchants used STV Productions (then known as "SMG Productions"), as the ITV company to get the series on to network. This was partly down to the fact Nigel Pickard moved to Scottish television. The rights to the STV shows have since reverted to the copyright holder.

In 1993 another ex-TVS employee, Peter Urie set up a production management company, Television Support Services. Television Support Services managed all of the Media Merchants productions. The show was filmed from The Maidstone Studios, Maidstone, Kent. In 1998, the series began airing on the Disney Channel. However, the programme still runs on TVO in Canada and has since 1995. Since the programme's demise, many of the production team have transferred to Finger Tips and Mister Maker (both recorded at The Maidstone Studios).

ITV announced the cancellation of the series in July 2007.[2] As of August 2013, the show is still regularly repeated on CITV each year, usually on weekend afternoons.

In 2010, Disney announced a new version of the series would air on Disney Junior in Mexico and the UK. The first series of the new version was presented by Jassa Ahluwalia.

Characters[edit]

The Head[edit]

The Head, was a puppet stone bust who humorously recaps the steps needed to produce the last art piece made. After doing this, he would usually show his creation of the previous art attack, most times however getting it hilariously wrong and usually bursting into tears. However on one occasion, by accidentally doing part of the instructions incorrectly, he creates a similar effect than desired and is proud of his work. He can sometimes tell jokes after the Big Art Attacks.

In series one, 'The Head' was played by Jim Sweeney, in series 2, Andrew O'Connor; and from series 3, having been redesigned as a puppet, he was voiced and operated by Francis Wright. 'The Head' did not appear in series 12 or 13 and from series 17 to 19.

Vincent Van Coconut[edit]

In the revived series, The Head was replaced by a talking palm tree called Vincent Van Coconut, voiced by Tim Hibber. His name, Vincent van Coconut is a parody of the famous Post-Impressionist painter Vincent van Gogh.

Series guide[edit]

Original series[edit]

SeriesEpisodesStart DateEnd DateLength
1715 June 199027 July 199015'
274 April 199116 May 199115'
3716 March 199211 May 199215'
4710 September 199222 October 199215'
5710 May 199328 June 199315'
61010 January 199414 March 199415'
7109 January 199513 March 199520'
8108 January 199619 February 199620'
9126 January 199717 March 199720'
10135 January 199830 March 199820'
11167 September 199814 December 199820'
12306 September 199915 December 199915'
13304 September 200013 December 200015'
14205 November 200130 November 200120'
15156 September 200213 December 200220'
161510 September 200317 December 200320'
171812 August 200414 December 200420'
18267 September 200521 December 200520'
19263 March 20065 May 200620'
201517 February 200726 May 200720'

Note: two episodes aired each week during series 12 and 13. Five episodes each week during series 14.

Christmas specials[edit]

EntitleAiredLength
Xmas special 113 December 199420'
Xmas special 212 December 199520'
Xmas special 318 December 199620'
Xmas special 417 December 199720'
Xmas special 522 December 200320'

Other[edit]

SeriesEpisodesStart DateEnd DateLength
Best of Art Attack223 August 199630 August 199620'
Art Attack: Scrapbooks822 October 199710 December 199720'
Art Attack: Mini Makes1531 August 2003Late 20035'

Revived series[edit]

SeriesEpisodesStart DateEnd DateLength
1266 June 201128 November 201123:30'
2212 June 201220 October 201223:30'
3TBC29 June 2013201423:30'

(Source: ITV/Hit Entertainment/BFI/Disney)

Video releases[edit]

VHS video titleYear of releaseCompanyVideo specials
Art Attack: Over 30 Great Art and Craft Ideas1992Future VideoNeil shows his favourite craft ideas for art attacks on the first series.
Art Attack with Neil Buchanan1993Video ClassNeil shows his 16 favourite art attacks presented by him.
Art Attack: Most Wanted1996Contender Entertainment GroupNeil shows his video about everyone's most requested favourites. Including The Head was seen on the video.
Art Attack: Crazy Cartoons and Dazzling Drawings1996Neil shows his drawings and cartoon comic strip and dazzles.
Art Attack Let's Party!1996Neil shows his celebrations of parties, Christmas and wrapping up presents.
Art Attack: Top 201997Neil shows his 20 favourite art attacks he had put together a gallery.
Art Attack: Scrapbook1997Neil shows his scrapbook with all the best art attacks.
Art Attack: 10 of the Best1998Neil is celebrating the 10th of the best art attacks from the last 10 series.
Art Attack: Christmas Cracker1998Neil shows his Christmas art attacks to make n do from the Christmas Specials.
Art Attack: Greatest Tips and Tricks1999Neil shows how he put together some of the best tips and tricks.
Art Attack: How to Draw2000Neil shows how to do some drawing on papers the Art Attack way!
Art Attack: How to Paint2000Neil shows how to concentrate on painting the Art Attack way!
Art Attack: Make 'n' Do2001Neil shows how to make things made out of old rubbish.
Art Attack Monsters and other Scary Stuff2002Video Collection InternationalNeil shows his Art Attack Monster video of how to make n do or drawing to spook people.

No DVD releases have been issued, except DVDs that come with Art Attack books and DVDs which come free with newspapers; including an Art Attack episode taken from CITV Favourites VHS (released in 1999).

However, in India, Art Attack was released in three volumes by Disney DVD in 2010. It is unknown whether there are any plans to release the volumes in the UK.

Many Art Attack books were also released by Dorling Kindersley.

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