Keith Chegwin in the 70s and 80s

Video Playlist

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.

Early Career

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.

Keith Chegwin in the 1971 Cycling Safety Film
Here's a young Keith Chegwin in 1971 starring in a 12 minute cycling safety film entitled Betcher! You can see the full film in the playlist.
Keith Chegwin - Put Your Head On My Shoulder (1977) - 7
So, who bought this single? I'm damned if I can remember it, and that Pye Records logo is more memorable to me! Put Your Head On My Shoulder was written by the Canadian singer/songwriter Paul Anka, and released in 1977.

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!

Brown Sauce - I Wanna Be A Winner (1981 7
Hmm, Maggie looks like she's taking her role far too seriously here!
Cheggers Plays Pop

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 Superstore.

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.

As well as playing lots of silly games, the show also featured a performance by a well-known pop act . I Don't know about you, but as I grew up Cheggers appeared to become more annoying - possibly because he refused to grow up - although this was the perfect ingredient for being a children's TV presenter!
Cheggers Plays Pop scoreboard
"Let's have a look at the old score board". Oh wait, that was Bruce Forsyth's catchphrase. Never mind.
One videoclip in the playlist features The Wurzels performing The Tractor Song on Cheggers Plays Pop in 1978. I saw this band play live at an agricultural show (I think it may have been The Three Counties Show at Malvern, although I'm not entirely sure) and they really rocked - they could really knock out some decent rock tunes.
Jackie Magazine No.762 (August 1978)
Jackie Magazine No.762 which was published in August 1978 featured Keith Chegwin revealing all, although, not literally as in his cringeworthy Naked Jungle TV game show!
What's he up to these days?

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.

Kill Keith DVD (2011) - comedy horror starring Keith Chegwin
Related Links:

KeithChegwin.com