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Series / Get Set For Life

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Get Set For Life was a weekday children's programming block on CBC that ran from January 2000 to September 2003. It featured Alyson Court (of The Big Comfy Couch fame) and Michael Clark as hosts. They would hang out in Alyson's attic, do activities and interact with the viewers. Their segments would frame programming such as Arthur, Clifford the Big Red Dog and The Save-Ums!. The block was named for a partnership between CBC's childrens programming department, the Invest in Kids foundation, and Canadian Living magazine. It's fondly remembered by Canadian late 90's-early 2000's kids, but there's hardly any information at all about it circulating online, let alone any footage from the block.

Get Set For Life provides examples of:

  • Casting Gag: One of the block hosts, Alyson Court, played Island Princess in The Noddy Shop, one of the shows broadcast. Coincidentally, one of the toys seen in the background during some of her segments is a Noddy plush, which is sometimes accompanied by one of Big Ears.
  • Forgetful Jones: On at least one occasion, Alyson played a character named "Mrs. Forgetful." One time she enlisted the viewers' help to make a shopping list.
  • Framing Device: The block took the place of commercials, although sometimes commercials for shows on the block would be shown.
  • Genki Girl: Alyson shows off a few traits from time to time.
  • Limited Wardrobe: Alyson and Michael had their regular outfits and their Space Case outfits.