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No. of series  5
Original network  ITV Network (CITV)
First episode date  3 May 1986
Number of episodes  91
Executive producer  Janet Street-Porter
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Production company(s)  Tyne Tees Television
Picture format  4:3
Final episode date  28 August 1988
Networks  ITV, CITV
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Starring  Gareth Jones Charlotte Hindle Gilbert the Alien
No. of episodes  91 (60 Saturday, 31 Sunday)
Genres  Children's television series, Puppet
Similar  Ghost Train, Motormouth, The Saturday Starship, Gimme 5, What's Up Doc?

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Get Fresh was a children's television programme that ran from 1986 to 1988 in the United Kingdom.


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A Saturday-morning kids' TV show, broadcast on the Children's ITV network. The show starred Gareth Jones (aka Gaz Top), Charlotte Hindle, and, for the first year of its run, Gian Sammarco, the British child actor best known for his portrayal of the character 'Adrian Mole'. Sammarco was replaced for the 2nd and 3rd series by a puppet named Gilbert the Alien (voiced by Phil Cornwell). Each week the series would be broadcast from a different UK location and centred on the Millennium Dustbin, a fictional space ship in which the presenters would travel the country. The show invited a live audience to attend and give vox-pop comments, to give presentations on local community activities, and to participate in games and challenges. The show featured a unique play-by-phone challenge, using the Amiga video game Xenon, where viewers would call in and shout "left, left, right, shoot" commands to a blindfolded player. Get Fresh also featured the animated series The Centurions and The Adventures of the Galaxy Rangers.


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Get Fresh Sunday was a pre-recorded Sunday morning edition of the show also presented by Gaz, Charlotte and Gilbert. This spin-off featured The Adventures of Teddy Ruxpin and Gummi Bears and studio-based interviews and features, and was more item-based than the activity driven Saturday live show.

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Gilbert later featured in a further two series for Tyne Tees Television, Gilbert's Fridge (1988) and Gilbert's Late (1990).

Transmission guide

  • Series 1: 20 editions from 3 May 1986 – 13 September 1986 (Saturdays)
  • Series 2: 19 editions from 25 April 1987 – 29 August 1987 (Saturdays)
  • Series 3: 10 editions from 26 April 1987 – 28 June 1987 (Sundays)
  • Series 4: 21 editions from 9 April 1988 – 27 August 1988 (Saturdays)
  • Series 5: 21 editions from 10 April 1988 – 28 August 1988 (Sundays)

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