Art Attack (ITV, June 15, 1990 – May 26, 2007)
Originally airing on Britain’s ITV, the original Art Attack was created by Neil Buchanan and Tim Edmunds and hosted by Buchanan. All the art created on the show by Buchanan was easy for children to recreate and most of the materials for the projects were readily available at home. (Buchanan very rarely ever used store-bought materials.)
The show was well known for its “messy Art Attacks,” which Buchanan did a small version and a giant version in every episode.
The program also starred The Head, a puppet stone bust who recapped the steps to make the art project. He would then display a version of the project that he did, which often was not quite right. In the first series, The Head (a live person version) was played by Jim Sweeney; Andrew O’Connor in the second series; then from series three and beyond was redesigned as the puppet and voiced by Francis Wright. The Head was absent from series 12, 13, 17, 18 and 19.
Art Attack aired for 20 seasons before being cancelled in July 2007.
In 2010, Disney Junior revised the series to air in Mexico and the UK. In 2011, the show was hosted by Jassa Ahluwalia for 26 additional episodes. In 2012, Lloyd Warbey became the new host for 21 episodes.