The Secret Show (partially lost miscellaneous media from animated show; 2006-2008)


The Secret Show (miscellaneous media)
The Secret Show platformer.
The Secret Show platformer.
Status Partially Lost

The Secret Show was a BAFTA-winnng, independently-produced animation series made for the BBC, by Collingwood/O'Hare. It was about the semi-secret organisation U.Z.Z. and their top agents Victor Volt and Anita Knight, dealing with the dastardly machinations of Doctor Doctor's T.H.E.M. syndicate every second Tuesday, as well as saving the planet several times over from other villains such as The Impostors, Reptogators, and Prince Spong of the Floaty Heads. First devised in 2004, it premiered on CBBC in 2006 (in the UK) and on Nicktoons in 2007 (in the US).

Although the series itself is available online if you know where to look, a considerable amount of media related to it is currently unavailable.

Found/Partially Found Media

The Nicktoons American dub (Partially Found)

Upload of "Booger Ball" showcasing major differences from the original.

Paired with "Wedgie Attack" in the second of the double-billed episodes in Nicktoons broadcasts, the episode "Bogie Ball" had every use of the word "bogie" redubbed into "booger" for all voice lines, and the title-card was changed accordingly. Edited portions of it were uploaded by YouTube User TheSecretShow4You from their own camrip, although in very low quality.

Additionally, the episode "The Z-Ray Goggles Of Power" was redubbed to say "ZEE-Ray Goggles" instead of "ZED-Ray Goggles" when aired on Nicktoons.

It is unknown how many additional episodes were redubbed as only 1 of the 26 Nicktoons double-bills has surfaced.

The Martian Dub of "Super-Vic" (Found)

One of the most famous pieces of lost media from the show, this was exclusive to the Australian release of the Volume 2 DVD - although TV listings suggest it may have briefly aired on Nicktoons. It was a self-satirical in-character commentary on the episode "Super-Vic", showing the main cast supposedly "redubbing the episode into Martian for the benefit of those watching on Mars", seemingly on their first take. Naturally the "Martian" is nonsense and the redub devolves into everyone arguing over what the Martian language supposedly is, and what actually happened during the episode's events. Remaining elusive for many years, it was found and uploaded onto Google Drive and shared on Tumblr in its entirety in late 2016.

The 2004 'Lucky Leo' pilot (Partially Found)

The original number on Leo's plane in the trailer.
Leo's plane as it appears in the final episode.


Before the series was picked up by the BBC, a pilot episode called "Lucky Leo" was fully made in 2004 and later recycled into the series 2 premiere episode of the same name in 2007. As Tony Collingwood explains:

"I wrote Lucky Leo as the pilot episode, and we made it at our own expense to pitch the series. ... Lucky Leo went out as episode 27, with very minor changes. I think we just re-timed the gag at the end when all the meteorites miss the “lucky” Earth. Apart from that – the episode is exactly the same as the pilot. We held the episode back in case we fell behind in production, and could throw that one in to catch up! So we used it half way through to give the crew a breather!"

A few short shots of the original version appear in the 2005 trailer for the show. The only noticeable difference in the clips shown compared to the final version is the number on the bi-plane Leo steals - being "11" in the pilot as opposed to "0207" in the final - otherwise the found footage does indeed look identical to the final cut.

Lost Media

Commentary on "Flick The Switch!"

Previously completely unheard of, this redub was meant to have been released on the cancelled Volume 3 DVD, which never made it to market despite reportedly being complete. It was uploaded by an anonymous affiliate of Tony Collingwood to YouTube in late 2016 but was immediately blocked by the Content ID system, leaving it inaccessible before it caught any public attention.

According to Mr Collingwood himself, “I enjoyed writing [The Martian Dub] – and we had a blast recording it with the actors. We did another episode like that as a DVD extra, where Changed Daily held a post mission briefing, with the entire cast commenting on how they did during the episode. Not sure if that ever made it out into the world?”

The 3rd Behind-The-Scenes featurette

The only proof of the 3rd short's existence, the thumbnail of the blocked video.

Following the production of "Actors Playing U.Z.Z." and "Artists Drawing U.Z.Z.", a further making-of short, of yet unknown title, was made for the ill-fated Volume 3 DVD. Having been previously unheard of, it was uploaded to YouTube with the "Flick The Switch!" commentary and befell exactly the same fate. As such, all that is known is that the Farmer From Devon re-appears, as he is visible in the thumbnail.

There may have been a 4th BTS film made, as evidenced by this quote from Tony Collingwood: "We made a lot of bloopers and four mini mock documentaries. One for each DVD." However, it is unknown if this is referring to the BTS featurettes or the Professor Professor Lectures which also seemed slated to have one on each volume.

The CBBC Platformer

Gameplay demonstration.

The first truly interactive media made for the show, this game was available on the CBBC website between roughly 2006 and 2009. Predating the TheSecretShow.com website, it was the first game made by Complete Control for Collingwood/O'Hare. A video showcasing parts of it was uploaded to the developer's Dailymotion channel. The game's original filename was "framework.swf" in the "spies" directory on the site.

The original promo advert for the game when it first launched.




Screencap of the single capture the Wayback has of the platformer's homepage on the CBBC site.

Comments


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Anonymous user #1

1 months ago
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I loved this show
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Jsgobble

1 months ago
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very unlikely the old cbbc games will ever be found, good luck though
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MKInst

1 months ago
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I actually contacted Complete Control, the makers of the game and the website. They're incredibly pleased I've shown such an interest in the show and say that they have a complete backup and archive of everything. They're happy to send me a copy so long as BBC WW gives their approval, which is what we're currently waiting on. ;-D
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Anonymous user #2

1 months ago
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Don't worry folks, I'll contact Tony Collingwood about the lost media!
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MKInst

1 months ago
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Already done! He's quite happy that people still remember the show, and he's the one who tried to share the "Switch" Commentary and BTS 3.
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MKInst

1 months ago
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A lot of the information on this page actually comes from my email correspondence with him. ;-)
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Markiegee50X

1 months ago
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i love this show when it first premiered on nicktoons in 2006
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Liamkasbar

1 months ago
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I'm 75% sure I played the CBBC game when I was young. I don't remember much about it, though.

I remember on the homepage there were "fluffy" bunnies on the homepage, and you had to click on them. Don't take my word on this, but I think that if you clicked them all, you unlocked some bonus content on the site.

I'm American, so I have no knowledge of anything that was UK exclusive.
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Anonymous user #3

1 months ago
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You're probably thinking of the TheSecretShow.com site, it opened with Ray using a huge mouse to click-delete all the bunnies. XD I have a working copy of the flash file that that is from, (in fact, I have working flash files for almost the entire site, bar two) but we havn't been able to properly rehost it so it works again yet.
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MKInst

1 months ago
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Bother, I keep forgetting to sign in - that comment was mine. XD

Also, the .com site wasn't UK exclusive, it actually even had an option on the homepage to select which country you were from - you got an easter-egg if you listed it as 'Martian'....
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MLF

1 months ago
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I remember when this played on Nicktoons Network.
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Anonymous user #4

1 months ago
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me too
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Anonymous user #5

1 months ago
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I will contact Tony Collingwood to open up a Collingwood & Co. (The people that made the show) YouTube channel and upload the lost stuff, okay?
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MKInst

1 months ago
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The problem is is that the account that uploaded the Flick The Switch Commentary and the 3rd BTS short WAS a Collingwood & Co channel - the BBC copyright-blocked it anyway!
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Anonymous user #5

1 months ago
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I know a other piece of The Secret Show that is lost media, the Spiderbike Attack game.
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MKInst

1 months ago
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I'm planning on making a separate article just for the TSS Website, which will certainly include a section on the Spiderbike game among many other things. ;-D
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Anonymous user #5

1 months ago
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BBC Copyright really is crazy now these days.
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Anonymous user #5

1 months ago
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They could just do it with the YouTube Channel name Collingwood & Co. and just add the Verified symbol then upload the lost stuff, that way the BBC would notice it was actually them, right MK?
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Anonymous user #5

1 months ago
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This is a question for you to ask, because tomorrow I am going to contact Collingwood & Co. about what I said, what is your advice, do you think it will work?
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MKInst

25 days ago
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Sorry for the late reply, for some reason I haven't gotten any comment notifications - I say there's no harm in trying, although you could ask them to put the files on Google Drive or something instead/as well. Good luck!
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Anonymous user #6

25 days ago
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i may be wrong, but this was definitely a show on television.
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MKInst

22 days ago
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It most certainly was! Aired on CBBC, BBC TWO, and Nicktoons. Funnily enough, Disney XD in Germany aired almost the entire first series all through last august, so it's still around - although before that it hadn't been aired anywhere since 2014. Last //english// airing of it was in about 2010 I think.
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Anonymous user #7

24 days ago
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i guess it was so secret they had to hide it
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Anonymous user #8

22 days ago
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The show's name is oddly fitting
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Anonymous user #9

19 days ago
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apparently there was another game called "return of the secret thing". I know nothing else about it, other than the fact that is was on thesecretshow.com front page according to the wayback machine.
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MKInst

2 days ago
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Ah, that has actually been found. It's sometimes referred to as the "Skybikes" game, and was accessible from the Control Room on the TSS website after plugging in the batteries in The Lab. It too was thought lost for a while until my friend "Ray" recovered it - which reminds me, I really must get around to writing the article on the website at some point....
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