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Level Up was a UK children's TV programme broadcast by the BBC on CBBC 2 and the CBBC Channel.  It was launched on 3 April 2006 and replaced X-Change.  The show was a hour long and during the school holidays broadcast at 7.30 am until 8.30 and during the school holidays and Bank Holidays between 9.30 am and 10.30 am.

The show (which was infact live) was presented by Sam, Mark and Ayesha Asantewa.  The first series completed its four month run on 1 September 2006.  A second series was initially planned, although this eventually became Do Something Different.

FEATURES OF THE SHOW

INFOBURST

Where Sam and Mark researched the answer to questions sent in by viewers and answered them on the show.

THE TECHNO TIMELINE

Which took Sam & Mark back in time and explains about the technology of the time.  There is also information about new technology that is likely to be seen in the future.

HAVE-A-GO

Where a viewer sent in a short video about one of their skills (eg musical instruments, sport etc), and if chosen, is asked to come into the studio and let Sam and Mark have a go.  The have-a-goer has to choose who was the best out of Sam or Mark and produces a small video of their tips and tricks for their skill which was then uploaded to the Level Up website.  Sam was the overall winner.

60 SECONDS OF NEWSROUND

The CBBC new programme was aired at around 7.15 am and again 8.15 am during the show to keep the viewers up-to-date on the latest news.

INSTANT MESSAGE

Where a particular question was answered on the show and some of the answers were read out on the show.

BILLION THINGS

Short humerous video clips of ideas what to do if you're bored.

R8 YOUR M8

Where two friends are 'mates' were given the choice of several 'missions' to earn points.  Six points won a VIP visit to the Level Up studio.  The missions included feeing a giraffe, cleaning up elephant faeces and running around with a silly costume on whilst dancing to music.

THE CHEAT BROS

Where Sam & Mark gave 'advice' on a particular subject, such as acting, moving to secondary school, football, etc.

PLAYER 2 READY

Was a feature of the show where a viewer sends in a video about their interest, such as a club, sport etc

THE NEXT LEVEL

Which allowed viewers interested in a certain job to enter into a competition, the winner of which is given the opportunity to work in a real life environment eg marine biology or sport commentary.

THE EXPERTS

Sam and Mark were aided by experts from particular field.  An integral part of the show, they occasionally presented a section of the programme live in the studio with Sam & Mark, explaining how viewers could get involved, ie, the environmental expert, Sarah encouraged viewers to be more eco-friendly or Rishi, the technology expert, who informed the viewers about the technological developments.

THE GAMERS

On each programme, three of the twelve gamers were contacted at home via a webcam using Skype, although the connection was often temporarily lost.  They joined in with the discussions, set challenges, tryand help with 'glitches and fixes' and make videos of special events/trips/holidays they go on.

THE GAMER WEEKEND

This was a special weekend aranged by Level Up of fun and challenges and a chance for all the gamers to meet up.  The weekender included several logical, team and competitive challenges with prizes at the end.  For each team challenge they passed the gamers would receive two or three 'creds' (heavy weights) which they use to try and raise up a water level in transparent cylinger.  In the end, if the gamers didnt quite raise the water level enough they were given another chance and if they managed to do it they won the prize of a ride in a limousine, a helicopter or a barbecue prepared by Sam & Mark.

GLITCHES AND FIXES

This was the part of the show where Ayesha sorts through the 'glitches' and 'fixes'.  'Glitches' were problems which the viewers sent in, either asa  plain text message or a vieo.  Fixes were the other viewers suggestions to these problems which they phone, text in or email in.  The best were published on the programme's website for other viewers to vote on the top five.

GROUP GLITCHES

These were glitches which were sent in by a group (friends, club etc) that would require more effort to fix than normal glitches.  Group glitches were fixed by sending along a pro-gamer - someone who specialised in the field of the glitch - eg a girls football club sent in a group glitch and Level Up sent along one of the England's top women;s football players to help them.

WEBSITE

The Level Up website remains accessible and features:

Two (regularly update) gamer blogs

A video player for watching:

The Level Up Titles

Weekly web shows, consisting of two or three minute mini-episodes

The 'Billion Things' videos

Tips from viewers who have come in do a 'have-a-go' on their skill

The profile 'stats' of seven of the gamers

Games

Make your own avatar

Poll

Message board

and A Contact Level Up Page

 To coincide with Level UP HOT magazine regularly published a Sam & Mark 2 page cartoon strip.  They also have a star therapy features which are part of TOTP mags agony aunt pages.