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Theme music composer
Mr Miller & Mr Porter

Program creator

art & Crafts

First episode date
15 June 1990


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Created by
Neil BuchananTim Edmunds

Written by
Neil BuchananTim EdmundsNic AylingHelen EvansDriana JonesLouise LambAndy Prendergast

Directed by
Tim EdmundsNick BigsbyJeremy CrossPeter EyreClaire MichelRichard BradleyJeremy SwanFernando Berreta

Presented by
Neil Buchanan (1990–2007)Jassa Ahluwalia (2011)Lloyd Warbey (2012–present)

Neil Buchanan, Jassa Ahluwalia

CITV, ITV, Sony Pictures Networks

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Art Attack is a British children's television series revolving around art, currently hosted by Lloyd Warbey on Disney Junior and ABC in Australia (3 July 1995 - 8 October 1999).


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The original, best-known series aired on CITV between 15 June 1990 and 26 May 2007, and was presented by one of its creators, Neil Buchanan, throughout. Buchanan also wrote and produced the series, and came up with a majority of the creative ideas.

A 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.

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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!.

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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.

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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 onto the network: this was partly down to the fact that Nigel Pickard had moved to Scottish Television. 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.

For the vast majority of its run, the show was filmed at The Maidstone Studios, Maidstone, Kent. In 1998, Disney bought the rights to produce foreign-language versions of Art Attack. Each version had a different local host for each territory, and was made in Maidstone, on a similar set to the original version. Neil Buchanan's Big Art Attacks were retained in the international shows, as was The Head, who was dubbed by relevant local voice artists. Buchanan also produced the artwork for the foreign versions - footage of his hands creating the pieces would be voiced over by the local host, who would show the artwork in-between stages and explain what to do next. Disney ended production of the foreign shows in 2005.

ITV announced the cancellation of the series in July 2007. Until January 2014, the show was regularly repeated on CITV, usually on weekend afternoons. After the programme's demise, many of the production team transferred to Finger Tips and Mister Maker, both recorded at The Maidstone Studios.

In 2010, Disney announced a new version of the series would air on Disney Junior around the world. Production was moved to Disney's studios in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Once again, several versions were made for each market; these were produced in a similar manner to the previous international versions. The first series of the new UK version was presented by Jassa Ahluwalia. Local artist Alexiev Gandman was brought in to create the Big Art Attacks.

In December 2012, Buchanan was featured in a segment dedicated to the programme's original run in the one-off documentary special 30 Years of CITV: a 1992 episode was broadcast on the CITV channel shortly after the above was broadcast, as part of its Old Skool Weekend marathon.

The Head

The Head, was a puppet stone bust who would humorously recap 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 occasion, by accidentally doing part of the instructions incorrectly, he would create a different effect to that desired and be proud of his work. He would 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, or in series 18 and 19.

Vincent Van Coconut

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.

Original series

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

Revived series

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

Video releases

No DVD releases have been issued in the UK, except DVDs bundled with Art Attack books and DVDs which came free with newspapers. In India, Art Attack was released in three volumes by Disney DVD in 2010.

Many Art Attack books were also released by Dorling Kindersley.


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