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Starring Gareth Jones
Charlotte Hindle
Gian Sammarco (Series 1)
Gilbert the Alien (Series 2-3 & Get Fresh Sunday)
Theme music composer Mick Jones of Big Audio Dynamite
No. of series 5
No. of episodes 91 (60 Saturday, 31 Sunday)
Producer(s) Janet Street-Porter
Tim Edmunds
Mike Forte
Production company(s) Tyne Tees Television Central Unit & 6 episodes
Border Television 11 episodes & Get Fresh Sunday
HTV Wales 4 episodes
HTV West 4 episodes
Scottish Television 9 episodes
Grampian Television 5 episodes
Ulster Television 5 episodes
Television South West 9 episodes
Anglia Television 6 episodes
Television South 1 episode
Original network ITV
Picture format 4:3
Original release 3 May 1986 (1986-05-03) – 28 August 1988 (1988-08-28)

Get Fresh is a children's television programme that ran from 1986 to 1988 in the United Kingdom.


Gareth Jones & Gilbert the Alien.

A Saturday-morning kids' TV show, broadcast on the Children's ITV network. The show featured Gareth Jones (aka Gaz Top), Charlotte Hindle, and, for the first year of its run, Gian Sammarco, the British child actor best known for his portrayal of the character 'Adrian Mole'. Sammarco was replaced for the 2nd and 3rd series by a puppet named Gilbert the Alien (voiced by Phil Cornwell).

Each week the series would be broadcast from a different UK location and centred on the Millennium Dustbin, a fictional space ship in which the presenters would travel the country. The show invited a live audience to attend and give vox-pop comments, to give presentations on local community activities, and to participate in games and challenges. Pop stars would also appear to perform on the show.

The weekly music strand of the show featured musical guest interviews and pop gossip. The segment was hosted each week by Nino Firetto and David 'Kid' Jensen.

The show featured a unique play-by-phone challenge, using the Amiga video game Xenon, where viewers would call in and shout "left, left, right, shoot" commands to a blindfolded player. Get Fresh also featured the animated series The Centurions and The Adventures of the Galaxy Rangers.


Get Fresh Sunday was a pre-recorded Sunday morning edition of the show also presented by Gaz, Charlotte and Gilbert. This spin-off featured The Adventures of Teddy Ruxpin and Gummi Bears and studio-based interviews and features, and was more item-based than the activity driven Saturday live show.

Gilbert later featured in a further two series for Tyne Tees Television, Gilbert's Fridge (1988) and Gilbert's Late (1990).

Transmission guide

  • Series 1: 20 editions from 3 May 1986 – 13 September 1986
  • Series 2: 29 editions from 25 April 1987 – 29 August 1987
  • Series 3: 42 editions from 9 April 1988 – 28 August 1988
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