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CBBC Smile

Smile was a British Sunday morning children's programme created for CBBC, which first aired in 2002 and was originally shown on the CBBC Channel.

It was moved to BBC Two to make way for Dick and Dom in da Bungalow. Although Dick and Dom finished in 2006, Smile never moved back to the CBBC Channel. The final programme was broadcast on 26 August 2007, from 7:30 until 10:00 on BBC Two.

Plot

Primarily a children's magazine programme featuring celebrity guests, Smile also encouraged audience participation through competitions and games. It won an Indie Award for its interactivity, going on later to win two Children's BAFTAs.

A number of cartoons and other programme acquisitions have been transmitted during Smile on a rotational basis. Principally these included: Arthur, Batfink, BB3B, Even Stevens, Jakers and The Likeaballs.

When the show first aired in 2002, it was likened to Saturday morning TV on a Sunday, except without an audience. It had celebrity guests, interviews, performances, games and 'built in' CBBC shows and cartoons.It had a very different feel with Fearne, Reggie and DJ Devstar however once they left the shows style changed and was aimed at the younger end of CBBC audience. Eventually it became rather formulaic. As a result, the programme became more game oriented. To enable the show to evolve, further changes were made. In the revamp, Rochelle Wiseman was lost.

Between 2006 and 2007, Smile began to target the younger audience CBBC wanted to get, and with Barney and Kirsten now the two remaining presenters the show took on a battle of the sexes format. The celebrity guests and some items were dropped, although the cartoons remained, but the main significant change was that children were invited onto the set to take part.

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