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Saturday Mornings: Website Timewarp

Since Saturday Mornings was first launched on the unsuspecting web back in 2000 there have been several different version of the website.

The very first version that had a black background (although that didn't last very long), through the 'frames' era, the first PERL scripted version, and through to the PHP and MYSQL we use today.

We decided back in 2012 when the current version of the site was retired to keep an archive version on line, the same happened back in 2016 when that version was retired too (although it has to be said that one hasn't been one of our favourites..!)

Both of these sites are still available today for your viewing pleasure, although as time passed things may not work anymore or be out of date.

Click on either of the two site page images to visit that archived site.


This version was developed in 2006 to accommodate some major changes needed to prepare the site for the 'It Started With... Swap Shop' co-operation we had with Unique Television for their BBC TWO programme that Christmas. The 'It Started...' sub site still uses this format today!

This was the last of the 'column menu' based sites that had been used since the second version of the site and played a major influence in the current version's overall design.


We though we'd try something a little different for the 2012 revision, and work on this lasted well over 18 months thanks to a lot of things going on away from the site. This version was the first with a MYSQL database driving the content.

Although the scrolling menus were very much of the time, on the whole the site really never felt quite right or worked just the way we intended, although the animated publicity cards banner proved quite popular.

The underlying engine that drove the content was recycled into the current version with minimum change.