Fully Booked

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Fully Booked/FBiFully Booked_header_cell_0_0_0
Presented byFully Booked_header_cell_0_1_0 Fully Booked_cell_0_1_1
Country of originFully Booked_header_cell_0_2_0 United KingdomFully Booked_cell_0_2_1
Original languageFully Booked_header_cell_0_3_0 EnglishFully Booked_cell_0_3_1
No. of seasonsFully Booked_header_cell_0_4_0 6Fully Booked_cell_0_4_1
ProductionFully Booked_header_cell_0_5_0
Production locationsFully Booked_header_cell_0_6_0 BBC Queen Margaret Drive, Glasgow, ScotlandFully Booked_cell_0_6_1
Running timeFully Booked_header_cell_0_7_0 120 mins (Series 1-2), 150 mins (Series 3-4), 180 mins (Series 5-6)Fully Booked_cell_0_7_1
Production companyFully Booked_header_cell_0_8_0 BBC ScotlandFully Booked_cell_0_8_1
ReleaseFully Booked_header_cell_0_9_0
Original networkFully Booked_header_cell_0_10_0 Fully Booked_cell_0_10_1
Picture formatFully Booked_header_cell_0_11_0 4:3Fully Booked_cell_0_11_1
Audio formatFully Booked_header_cell_0_12_0 StereoFully Booked_cell_0_12_1
Original releaseFully Booked_header_cell_0_13_0 22 April 1995 (1995-04-22) –

23 September 2000 (2000-09-23)Fully Booked_cell_0_13_1

Fully Booked/FBi was a magazine show for children produced by BBC Scotland and broadcast from 22 April 1995 to 19 September 1999, and in revised form as FBi between 22 April 2000 and 23 September 2000. Fully Booked_sentence_0

The show was a summer-time replacement for Live & Kicking, which would normally not broadcast over the summer months. Fully Booked_sentence_1

However, only the first series of Fully Booked and FBi actually went out on Saturdays, with all other series broadcast on Sundays. Fully Booked_sentence_2

Original format, 1995-97 Fully Booked_section_0

The series launched in spring 1995 as a replacement for Parallel 9. Fully Booked_sentence_3

It was presented by Zoe Ball and Grant Stott, and set in a fictional hotel. Fully Booked_sentence_4

The presenters were joined by actor Paul Brophy, who appeared as a series of comic characters (such as 'Jan Van der Vall', 'Les Vegas' and 'Wee Alistair McAlistair'), and by a large puppet, a talking Highland cow named Morag who was the hotel's receptionist. Fully Booked_sentence_5

In 1996, the series returned in its new Sunday morning slot, with Zoë Ball having been replaced by ex-Neighbours star Sarah Vandenbergh, joined by Stott, Brophy's characters and Morag, who were all returning. Fully Booked_sentence_6

This series was not broadcast live but was 'recorded as-live', meaning that it was recorded in one session and broadcast as if it were a continuous live show (though without any live interactivity). Fully Booked_sentence_7

This format was also used for the third series in 1997. Fully Booked_sentence_8

Due to the death of Diana, Princess of Wales in the early hours of 31 August 1997, the edition of Fully Booked recorded for broadcast that morning was postponed, ultimately airing as part of the CBBC morning schedule on BBC Two on 2 September at 7:30am. Fully Booked_sentence_9

Revised format, 1998-99 Fully Booked_section_1

Fully Booked was revamped for its 1998 series. Fully Booked_sentence_10

A new logo, title sequence and set were introduced, along with a remix of the theme music. Fully Booked_sentence_11

The presenters and characters of the show's previous incarnation were all removed, with a new presentation team consisting of Chris Jarvis, Gail Porter and Tim Vincent. Fully Booked_sentence_12

The show continued to use the magazine format, with guests, games, features, inserts and music; however, the 'hotel' gimmick was largely dropped in favour of relatively straightforward magazine presentation. Fully Booked_sentence_13

The 1999 series - the last under the Fully Booked name - continued in this new format, but with Gail Porter having decided to quit kids' TV, Kate Heavenor was brought in to replace her. Fully Booked_sentence_14

Heavenor had previously been presenting programmes for BBC Choice, and was one of the first presenters to graduate from a digital BBC channel to a show on one of the mainstream terrestrial channels. Fully Booked_sentence_15

The show gained a reputation for allowing alternative bands to perform alongside the mainstream pop acts, and booked groups including Electrasy, Shed Seven, Catatonia, The Dandys and St. Etienne to appear during this era. Fully Booked_sentence_16

FBi, 2000 Fully Booked_section_2

In 2000, Fully Booked was replaced by a new live series, which returned to the Saturday morning BBC One slot. Fully Booked_sentence_17

The show was revamped again, with a new name: FBi (Fully Booked Interactive). Fully Booked_sentence_18

A new studio set, title music and graphics were introduced to tie in with the new title. Fully Booked_sentence_19

The show was still hosted by Kate Heavenor, but Chris Jarvis and Tim Vincent were not involved, and were replaced by Vernon Kay (previously a presenter on digital channel UK Play) and former Boyzone member Keith Duffy. Fully Booked_sentence_20

The show had a similar mixed-magazine format to its predecessors, but aimed to increase the level of live interactivity by encouraging viewers to take part in the show via the internet, email, text messaging and telephony. Fully Booked_sentence_21

Viewers were given the opportunity to take part in games and features and submit questions for studio guests. Fully Booked_sentence_22

Saturday Aardvark Fully Booked_section_3

Due to Fully Booked moving to Sundays, displacing BBC Two's Sunday morning sequence of CBBC links, the Saturday morning slot on BBC One was available, but the BBC would not commission another longform programme. Fully Booked_sentence_23

Instead, the CBBC links displaced from Sunday were transported across to the Saturday slot, often airing under the title Saturday Aardvark (in reference to the character Otis the Aardvark, who would present the slot, usually with Kirsten O'Brien). Fully Booked_sentence_24

During summer 1999, the strand was renamed "Planet Saturday". Fully Booked_sentence_25

Children in Need Fully Booked_section_4

BBC Scotland each year produces content for the annual BBC Children in Need telethon, much of which is screened to viewers in Scotland and elements of which are screened as part of the networked show. Fully Booked_sentence_26

Noticeably, for several years in the late 1990s/early 2000s, the Scottish CiN would come from the Glasgow studios and use a re-dressed version of the Fully Booked/FBi set; this was also the case in 2001, when the set used for the Glasgow-produced summer run of Live & Kicking was used in a similar manner. Fully Booked_sentence_27

After FBi Fully Booked_section_5

FBi was the final BBC summer Saturday replacement for several years. Fully Booked_sentence_28

In 2001, Live & Kicking ran across the summer, broadcasting from the Glasgow studios that had previously been home to Fully Booked/FBi. Fully Booked_sentence_29

The autumn of 2001 saw the introduction of The Saturday Show, which in its first two years was a year-round series, and then in 2004 and 2005 was itself the summer replacement for Dick & Dom in da Bungalow. Fully Booked_sentence_30

The BBC's next proper summer Saturday series was Mighty Truck of Stuff in 2006, by which time all Saturday morning children's programmes had been moved to BBC Two. Fully Booked_sentence_31

From 2000, Sunday mornings on BBC Two reverted to a sequence of CBBC links, until September 2002, when Smile moved across from the CBBC Channel, and this show ran in the Sunday morning BBC Two slot near-continuously until August 2007, after which the CBBC sequence was usually broadcast, albeit in truncated form to allow space for Something for the Weekend to broadcast in the mid-morning slot. Fully Booked_sentence_32

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