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Starring Kirsten O'Brien
Mark Speight
Jay Burridge
Lizi Botham
Marcus Clarke
Country of origin United Kingdom
No. of episodes 50
Producer(s) Chris Tandy
Running time 15 minutes
Original channel CBeebies
Original release February 2002 – January 2008
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SMarteenies was a spin-off of the children's art programme SMart designed for pre-school viewers. It was shown on the CBeebies channel daily until its suspension in January 2008, following the death of presenter Mark Speight's fiancée Natasha Collins, and his subsequent suicide.

The programme started with the four presenters determining who was to do the first piece (with the rhyme: "Eeny, meeny, miny, moe, Smarteenies guess who'll have a go"). After each piece, the programme returned to this screen to select the next presenter.


The presenters were the same as those who presented the original show, SMart:

  • Mark Speight - who often simultaneously produced a normal-sized and large-scale version of the same scene (e.g. using mops instead of paint-brushes for the large version). He also presented another segment where he created art using cut-out shapes from his 'Shape Store'. Speight died in April 2008.
  • Jay Burridge - Jay often appeared as 'Man of Letters', wearing a postman's cap and carrying a messenger bag covered with alphabet letters. This contains items all starting with a particular letter of the alphabet which he then uses to produce a piece of art. He also presented another segment where he demonstrates effective methods to make pictures like coloured pencils, wax crayons and so on.
  • Kirsten O'Brien - who appeared with a puppet dog called Doogy. Doogy normally has to go out in his little blue car called his Doogymobile to get things for Kirsten. She also presented a segment called Pattern Palace, where she uses different art media to create fun and colourful patterns.
  • Lizi Botham (Bizi Lizi) - who either made pictures using fingerprints on the screen or visits a group of children to make something.

Until its suspension Speight and O'Brien were the only remaining presenters of the principal show SMart, as Burridge and Botham had left.

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7 news items

UK Express
Sat, 05 Jan 2008 16:00:00 -0800

In a shock stand-up show called Confessions Of A Children's Presenter at last year's Edinburgh Festival Kirsten, 35, who has hosted programmes including SMart, SMarteenies and Totally Doctor Who, said “everyone at CBBC is either gay or childless and ...
Cambs Times 24
Fri, 25 Mar 2011 09:40:35 -0700

She joins alcohol advice group the Smarteenies, Whittlesey volunteer Sophie Young and youth worker Katie Stone in contention for this month's prize. The winner, who will receive a trophy and £50 worth of shopping vouchers, will be announced in next ...
BBC News
Thu, 03 Jan 2008 00:00:01 -0800

The actress whose body was found in the home she shared with a CBBC host may have taken the wrong medication before she died, her fiance's mother has said. After Natasha Collins' death in London, her partner Mark Speight was arrested on suspicion of ...
BBC News
Thu, 03 Jan 2008 00:00:00 -0800

BBC children's presenter Mark Speight, who was quizzed by police over the death of his fiancee, is said to be "absolutely distraught" by his loss. He denies having had anything to do with Natasha Collins' death, according to a statement released on his ...
BBC News
Mon, 14 Apr 2008 00:00:01 -0700

Repeats of Mr Speight's BBC programmes SMart and SMarteenies were suspended following Miss Collins' death and he stepped down from future editions of the show in February. His appearances on the show are unlikely to be shown again, but the BBC ...
Wed, 26 Nov 2008 16:07:22 -0800

Mark was childless; the children he loved were those he entertained every week for 14 years as a talented presenter of children's shows, among them the art programmes Smart and Smarteenies on the BBC, and the Bafta-nominated Scratchy & Co for ITV.
CBBC Newsround
Sat, 12 Apr 2008 00:00:00 -0700

"I loved you on Smarteenies and my favourite bit was Big Picture Little Picture. You made me want to be an artist! I hope you make lovely pictures in heaven." Jess, 7, Brighton, England. "Mark was my favourite person on TV and I'm really going to miss him.

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