ITV had made the decision to tie two new Saturday morning shows together, both to
be hosted by Ant & Dec. One would be their own comedy based show SM:TV (Saturday
Morning TV) and CD:UK (Count Down United Kingdom) which would be an hour long version
of Top Of The Pops, but without the chart run-
Made to replace the Chart Show, it utilised the talents of co-
Featuring live appearances from six live acts on the plug, the look was nothing more
than a complete mirror image of TOTP, right down to the hiring of Ric Blaxill, ex-
After Ant & Dec left in 2001 several other presenters came and went until the show was cancelled in 2005. Sponsor Tizer had ended its association with the show and Ribena would then take over until the show was dropped. It was later suggested that the show was too expensive to produce.
A proposed fifteen week replacement show produced by Done & Dusted would in time
be cancelled as sponsor O2 pulled out. The show would have had a MySpace-
Channel 5 had been in talks with show producers Blaze for a revival of the show in
2007 with new presenters Caroline Flack and Dave Berry along with a new time slot
on Saturday evening, but a new management re-
It was also about this time that the decision was made to drop Top Of The Pops.