Live and Kicking 30th anniversary: Where are the presenters now?

Find out which co-presenters of the BBC kids Saturday morning show got married and who was embroiled in a scandal.

The Live & Kicking logo (BBC)
The Live & Kicking logo (BBC)

The BBC is celebrating the 30th anniversary of Live and Kicking, the children's Saturday morning magazine show that launched on BBC One on 2 October, 1993.

Live and Kicking, which made stars of many of its presenters including Jamie Theakston and Zoe Ball, replaced Going Live! on the Saturday morning BBC slot, and ran for eight years until September 2001.

Since the show ended two of the presenters of Live and Kicking have married each other and one's career has hit a bump in the road after they were caught up in a scandal.

So who were the faces of Live and Kicking and where are they now?

Andi Peters

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Andi Peters and Edd the Duck interview Take That for Children's BBC. (Getty Images)

Andi Peters was already a familiar face to Children's BBC viewers along with hand puppet Edd the Duck sidekick.

They moved out of the Broom Cupboard to the Live and Kicking studio when the morning show replaced Going Live! in 1993 and played host to popstars, performed sketches and introduced competition.

Peters, 53, went on to work as a producer as well as a presenter on a number of hit shows, including Top Of The Pops, The O-Zone and Channel 4 reality show Shipwrecked.

When he moved to Channel 4 in 1998 he is credited with creating T4, the successful weekend morning TV show aimed at young people.

He can now be seen as a regular guest host on TV weekday morning show This Morning.

Emma Forbes

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Emma Forbes, TV presenter, was one of the hosts of Live & Kicking. (PA Images via Getty Images)

Emma Forbes joined Peters as co-host of the new kids breakfast show, having hosted the cooking slot on predecessor Going Live!.

Her TV success in the 90s landed her the role as the face of Head and Shoulders shampoo.

She left Live and Kicking in 1996 and went on to co-host the breakfast show on Heart Radio, and has hosted shows on BBC Radio 2, including co-presenting Saturday evening show Going Out With Alan Carr until 2010.

Forbes, 58, was a presenter on The Alan Titchmarsh Show until 2014 and the mother-of-two has voiced Mummy Hippo on Peppa Pig.

Zoe Ball

British TV Presenter Zoe Ball New presenter of the BBC Childrens series 'Live & Kicking'.   (Photo by Avalon/Getty Images)
Zoe Ball when she joined Live and Kicking. (Avalon/Getty Images)

Zoe Ball was already known for presenting Top Of The Pops and The Big Breakfast when she was announced as the new co-host of Live and Kicking in 1996.

The daughter of kids TV presenter Johnny Ball, she went on to become the first female host of the Radio One Breakfast show.

Ball, 52, competed in Strictly Come Dancing in 2005 and then landed the job as host of Strictly: It Takes Two from 2011 to 2021.

She has been the host of the Radio 2 Breakfast show since 2019 and stars on Celebrity Gogglebox with her son Woody.

Jamie Theakston

Jamie Theakston in 1998. (PA Images via Getty Images)

Jamie Theakston had presented BBC music show The O Zone and Top Of The Pops before he was signed up as Zoe Ball's co-host on Live and Kicking.

He has since DJ-ed shows on Radio One and Radio 5 and presented Channel 4 reality TV show The Games with Kirsty Gallacher.

Theakston, 52, even did a stint presenting This Morning briefly in the summer of 2013 with Emma Bunton.

Since 2005 he has co-hosted radio morning show Heart Breakfast and his current co-presenter is Amanda Holden.

Steve Wilson

Steve Wilson hosts the gadget slot on This Morning. (Getty Images)
Steve Wilson hosts the gadget slot on This Morning. (Getty Images)

Steve Wilson, 49, co-hosted Live and Kicking with Irish presenter Emma Ledden between 1999 and 2000.

He went on to co-present on CITV with Holly Willoughby and is now known to This Morning viewers for hosting the gadget slot.

Ortis Deley

Ortis Deley at the The British Academy Games Awards 2016. (Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)
Ortis Deley at the The British Academy Games Awards 2016. (Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)

Ortis Deley, 52, began his career on CBBC and joined Live and Kicking in 2000 as one of four new co-presenters.

At this time ratings were starting to plummet due to the popularity of ITV rival SM:TV Live hosted by Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly.

Deley has gone on to have a successful presenting career in TV and radio and has had several minor acting roles including in Kidulthood and The Bill.

He has co-presented on The Gadget Show since 2009.

Katie Hill

Former Big Breakfast presenter Zoe Ball (left) joins Blue Peter presenter Katy Hill at the launch of the BBC Children's 1996 Autumn programmes. Zoe, daughter of Johnny Ball, is presenting Live & Kicking with Jamie Theakston.   (Photo by Adam Butler - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images)
Katy Hill with fellow Live and Kicking presenter Zoe Ball in 1996. (Getty Images)

Blue Peter presenter Katy Hill joined Live and Kicking in 2000. She has since worked on coverage of the Eurovision Song Contest and the 2012 London Olympic Games for the BBC, as well as presenting on ITV breakfast show Daybreak.

She has also been a presenter on regional Heart radio.

Hill, 52, married her Live and Kicking co-host Trey Farley, 50, and they have two children together.

Sarah Cawood

Sarah Cawood
Sarah Cawood used to host Live and Kicking. (Getty Images)

Sarah Cawood started out in kids TV on Nickelodeon and rose to fame as co-host of popular late night Channel 4 show The Girlie Show.

She joined Live and Kicking in 2000 and went on to host Top Of The Pops, present on Richard and Judy's Channel 4 show, and appear on the Loose Women panel.

Cawood, 51, revealed in September 2022 that she had been diagnosed with breast cancer.

She now describes herself as a cancer survivor and runs her own cosmetics business.

Trev and Simon

Trevor Neal and Simon Hickson Appear on the Children's BBC Saturday morning programme Live And Kicking
Trevor Neal and Simon Hickson performed comedy sketches on Live and Kicking. (Getty Images)

Comedy duo Trevor Neal and Simon Hickson met when they both studied drama at Manchester University and were signed up by BBC producers to perform on kids TV. They started out on Going Live! in 1987, and moved over to Live and Kicking when it launched in 1993.

Trev and Simon continued to make children laugh with their comedy sketches and songs on Saturday morning TV until 1997, alongside comedy puppets The Leprechauns and Mr Blobby.

Since then the duo have become writers in kids TV, working behind the scenes on shows including My Parents Are Aliens.

Trev has been a member of two bands, and Simon has sung in a choir.

In 2016 they teamed up on crowdfunded comedy drama podcast, Strangeness In Space, which found them stuck on a broken down spaceship, orbiting the Planet Mirth.

John Barrowman

John Barrowman speaks onstage during the 2022 Fandemic Tour at Georgia World Congress Center on March 19, 2022 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images)
John Barrowman was a presenter on Live and Kicking when it launched. (Getty Images)

John Barrowman is best known for playing Captain Jack Harkness in Doctor Who spin-off Torchwood. But early on in his TV career the actor and singer was a presented on Live And Kicking. Barrowman hosted a regular phone-in game and reviewed technology for the morning show between 1993 and 1994.

The former former Dancing On Ice judge Barrowman made a public apology after he was accused of sexual misconduct on the set of Torchwood.

The actor claimed he exposed himself as a prank and said he did it to put people at ease, but apologised for any offence caused.

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