Keith Chegwin in the 70s and 80s
Firstly, there are eight nostalgic video clips in the playlist above all featuring Keith Chegwin inc. Cheggers Plays Pop, Swap Shop, Saturday Superstore, interviews with Ocean Software and Morten Harket from A-ha, and also the hit song by Brown Sauce which you can read more about below.
Keith is the younger brother of DJ Janice Long, and started out as a child actor for the Children's Film Foundation and starred in two films. In 1973, he appeared in the first episode of the classic comedy Open All Hours and also had small roles in The Adventures Of Black Beauty, The Liver Birds, Z Cars, My Old Man and The Tomorrow People.
It seems that Keith was a busy guy in the 70s as he was also a singer and released a number of singles with Pye Records. He also worked as a DJ for 194 Radio City and spent around four years working with Tony Blackburn on Radio 1.
Now, I do remember I Wanna Be a Winner by Brown Sauce which was released in December 1981. This novelty band featured the Swap Shop team inc. Cheggers, Noel Edmonds and Maggie Philbin, and the song actually reached #15, as dreadful as it was!
Keith Chegwin became a household name during the 70s and 80s
presenting children's programmes such as Multi-Coloured Swap Shop (with Noel
Edmonds and Maggie Philbin who he was once married to), Cheggers Plays Pop and Saturday
For those who can't remember it, Cheggers
Plays Pop was a BBC kids TV game show (hosted by Keith Chegwin, of course!) and was
broadcast from 10 April 1978 to 7 November 1986 for nine series.
In 2011 Keith starred in the comedy horror film Kill Keith.
In 2013 he took part in series 8 of ITV's Dancing On Ice and also The Chase: Celebrity Specials.
In 2015 Cheggers took part in Celebrity Big Brother UK, which turned out to be a very dark and controversial series full of sexism, racism and foul-mouthed rants.