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Thursday, 23 August, 2001, 13:28 GMT 14:28 UK
Behr challenges Ant and Dec
TV presenter Dani Behr
Dani Behr acted in the Brit flick Rancid Aluminium
Presenter Dani Behr has been chosen to co-host the BBC's new Saturday morning show to replace Live and Kicking.

Behr, best known as a host on the Channel 4 music show The Word, will pair up with Joe Mace to host the Saturday Show.

They will have the task of taking on Ant and Dec's highly successful SM:TV Live on ITV1.

The BBC announced in March it was dropping Live and Kicking, after the programme lost viewers to the rival show.

Joe Mace
Joe Mace will co-host the Saturday Show
Behr came into youth television as a youngster herself.

The 26-year-old was a teenager when she was picked as one of the presenters of the controversial late-night show, The Word.

She stayed in the tabloid headlines due to high-profile relationships with the likes of footballer Ryan Giggs and Five's J Brown.

She took a detour into acting, starring in the British movie Rancid Aluminium, which flopped.

She fared better with the well-received Goodbye Charlie Bright.

"They met her and thought she was great for the job," said the agent of Behr's appointment to the BBC show.

Behr's co-host Mace currently fronts TOTP Plus. He has also worked for the TV channel UK Play.

"These are great signings. They will be brilliant for Saturday mornings," said a BBC spokesman.

New format

The new programme will go out from 22 September.

Unusually it has been booked for a year-long run. Live and Kicking had a 30-week run, replaced by other shows during the summer months.

The Saturday Show is expected to move away from its predecessor's format.

It has already launched a Popstars-style search for a young group to appear each week as the house band.

Ant and Dec
Ant and Dec have proved popular with young audiences

Live and Kicking's most recent team of presenters failed to come close to the winning formula of Zoe Ball and Jamie Theakston.

Ratings started falling when the pair quit the show and for the first time in years the BBC found its Saturday morning show falling behind its rival.

A spokeswoman for the new series said: "It's going to be a really new, fresh and funky format with a completely new style of set."

"It will be a complete departure from what has been on before."

See also:

08 Sep 00 | Entertainment
Live & Kicking gets new look
29 Jul 01 | TV and Radio
'Fresh' show for Saturday mornings
04 Jul 00 | Entertainment
Live & Kicking duo depart
20 Mar 01 | TV and Radio
Live & Kicking gets boot
07 Nov 00 | Entertainment
Ant and Dec leave BBC
20 Mar 01 | TV and Radio
Saturday morning's wake-up call
17 Mar 00 | Entertainment
Blue Peter's Katy quits
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