The original series of HOW ran from 1966 – 1981 and then brought back as HOW2 from 1990 – 2006. The series was then rebooted by CITV in 2020, highlighting more amazing facts, science and historical stories.
The rebooted series was fronted by Vick Hope, Sam Homewood and Frankie Vu, with the legendary Fred Dinenage back in the studio. It featured more large scale demonstrations, as well as small traditional HOWs in the HOW Hub.
It's now been revealed that the series will not return following the closure of CITV as a linear TV channel this Autumn. CITV is closing to make way for a new ITVX Kids service, which will only be available via streaming.
Launching in July 2023, and rolling out across the school summer holiday period, the new consolidated children’s offering will also see ITV taking its approach to 6-12s content, streaming-only, from early Autumn 2023.
The curated collections will feature a wide range of titles, including brand new programmes dropping monthly on the service, from July 2023. This new content will span a wide-range of genres and subjects including comedy, gameshows, live action, animation and sport and sourced from a broad spectrum of distributors from small Independents as well as regional UK suppliers.
As a consequence of this new streaming approach, and responding to the changing ways children and their parents are increasingly accessing content, the CITV broadcast channel will close in early Autumn, once the new streaming destination for kids has been rolled out across platforms and devices, over the summer holidays.
However, ITV will maintain the LittleBe pre-school segment on ITVBe and will offer some children’s content in the early mornings on ITV2 from September with strong cross promotion to ITVX.
HOW airs on CITV. The next series will comprise of 10x30 minute episodes.