Classic rally-cross assault course show for motorbikes. Kick-start was a staple of school holiday morning TV schedules in the UK throughout the 1980's. Was probably best known for the sight... See full summary »
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Classic rally-cross assault course show for motorbikes. Kick-start was a staple of school holiday morning TV schedules in the UK throughout the 1980's. Was probably best known for the sight of men on motorbikes driving over (or often falling off) a battered VW beetle. It also had a well loved theme tune and even a fantastic spin-off computer game for the Commodore C16. Written by greg_whitaker22

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Be My Boogie Woogie Baby
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Performed by Drafi Deutscher (as Mr Walkie Talkie)
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Motorcycle Trials with the best entertainment gained from the spills.
7 June 2008 | by (Nottingham, United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This was a show that sought its entertainment value primarily from the misfortune and risk of physical injury to those who participated in the dangerous (though carefully monitored) motorcycle stunts performed by skillful riders in "Kickstart" and younger, though no less capable enthusiasts in the subsequent "Junior Kickstart" series.

It showcased a genuine talent that hadn't previously been extensively highlighted by television sports programmes.

Presented by Peter Purves, it featured in the early evening schedule and rapidly attracted a dedicated following that encompassed a diverse range of viewers; both male and female from all ages.

One memorable and often repeated clip from the "Junior Kickstart" series showed an unfortunate incident when a young contestant came off his bike while tackling an obstacle; two St. John's Ambulance men raced to his aid but had more problems remaining upright in the mud than the youngster; the young motorcyclist had suffered no major injuries and climbed away leaving his would be rescuers looking ridiculous!


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