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The Singing Kettle News
Created by Adrian Edwards
Opening theme Gary Coupland
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 4
Producer(s) Kettle Productions
Running time 10–15 minutes
Production company(s) CITV for STV
Distributor STV
Original network ITV
Original release 11 September 1995 (1995-09-11) – 4 December 2000 (2000-12-04)

The Singing Kettle News is a BAFTA award-winning children's series that run on CITV. The show starred The Singing Kettle, a children's group who are well known for performing traditional children's songs with a distinctly Scottish flair.

About the series

In total, four series were created comprising 37 x 10 min episodes. The aim of the show was to meet the deadline set by 'Mr Editor' and create front-page news. The Singing Kettle had to find lead stories for 'kettle News' by singing songs and telling stories. Each episode contained Two songs, from series Two onwards, the series was performed in front of an audience of children. In series One, the famous rhyme was used at the end shortly before the closing credits in each episode, to retrieve the newspapers that had been put together that episode. In series Two, the opening theme was shortened and the rhyme was re-introduced at the start, panning across the audience. A stage was also introduced for the Singing Kettle to perform on. The tag-line 'Let's Sing all about it' was also introduced and used at the end of each episode before running on to the stage to sing.

From Series Three the series title was shortened to just The Singing Kettle, with new music and theme to the show. The opening titles panned across the audience onto the stage where the team were then introduced. Cilla, Artie and Jane then sung an extended edition of the famous rhyme while Gary played.


  • Series One contained 5 Episodes – 1995
  • Series Two Contained 6 Episodes – 1996
  • Series Three Contained 13 Episodes – 1998
  • Series Four Contained 13 Episodes – 2000

In 2016, the series produced for Scottish Television began airing on STV Glasgow and STV Edinburgh as part of their 'Wean's World' children's programming strand.

Video Tapes

  • The Singing Kettle
  • Sing All About It
  • Daly News
  • The Best Of The Singing Kettle
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