The shows were broadcast live in front of an audience largely of children, originally at the King's Theatre on Hammersmith Road until 1963, then at the BBC Television Theatre (now the Shepherds Bush Empire). The format of the programme included competitive games for teams of children, a music spot, a comedy double act, and a finale in which the cast performed a short comic play, adapting popular songs of the day and incorporating them into the action.
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Its unclear how many of the original live episodes that were recorded and archived still survive as of early 2019, due to a notorious and ruthless near total culling of the BBC Archive's Children's Television section asset holdings, in the early 1990s. Seemingly, the Archive purge was initiated without consultation with the BBC's Children Programming Department, resulting in many other pre-1990s children's programmes being wiped and or destroyed, aka "lost" forever. See more