Secrets of CBBC Bamzooki show revealed as host Jake Humphrey shares nostalgic clip


The kids designed Pokemon-style creatures that were then rendered by computer before two teams faced off in a series of games as part of Bamzooki – and although the setback is 2020, it was still a shock to find out what really stood on the table.

It’s no surprise that the animated creatures weren’t actually on the table – but as kids watching the show, it’s understandable that this came as a shock to the system.

Presenter Jake Humphrey has now admitted that the “secret is out” regarding the show, with one person responding to what really happened.

As Jake shared a nostalgic clip on Twitter, writing, “I hosted the greatest TV show you’ve ever watched,” one user commented to Spill Tea.

They wrote: “Maybe we could have seen colored lights on a table, but it was still great when we won!”

The competition was fierce

Jake immediately replied, “The secret is out” as the truth behind the famous game was revealed.

Running on CBBC from 2004 to 2006 and with a format called Bamzooki Street Rules from 2009 to 2010, the show was hosted by Jake Humphrey.

Feeling nostalgic, Jake recently tweeted an image of Bamzooki to his 891,000 followers, with the caption: “The streets will never forget …”

One elated fan shared a photo of himself as a young boy with three friends on the show, writing, “Me and the guys who won this in 2004 made my childhood! “

Another said: “Hours upon hours spent doing the worst Bamzook moments ever !!”

CBBC Bamzooki's secret unveiled
Inside to win it

The show featured an arena where kids could “fight” with their own custom creatures called Zooks, which were created with a Windows computer program called the Bamzooki Zook Kit.

The free software allowed users to learn to simulate locomotion and create all kinds of creatures and then test them in various scenarios like obstacle courses.

Jake was delighted to hear fans of the show, tweeting again on October 2: “The answers to that made my day. Whatever else I do, I’m the guy from Bamzooki.”

CBBC Bamzooki's secret unveiled
Have you created a better one than this?

Jake has also hosted programming for CBBC’s Fame Academy. He then moved on to sports presentation after Bamzooki, working on Match of the Day, hosting the BBC’s Formula 1 coverage before becoming the face of BT Sport’s Premier League cover.

Jake, 42, now co-hosts the popular High Performance podcast with author professor Damian Hughes. The show “offers an intimate glimpse into the lives of high performing and successful individuals.”

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