Multi-Coloured Swap Shop (better known as just Swap Shop) was created by the BBC to challenge the rival kids' TV show on ITV, Tiswas. The show was broadcast live for around three hours every Saturday morning, and ran for six series - a total of 146 episodes.
The main presenter was Noel Edmonds who is better known these days for hosting the Channel 4 game show Deal Or No Deal. Other regular presenters on the show were Keith Chegwin, Maggie Philbin (she joined the team in 1978) and John Craven.
Another regular character on the show was the stuffed dinosaur Posh Paws, which is an anagram of Swap Shop. Many people mistakingly thought that Posh Paws was Swap Shop backwards, but it wasn't as that would be Pohs Paws.
The show was a huge success, but was replaced by Saturday Superstore in 1982 as the presenters agreed that it was time to move on. Although I preferred Swap Shop over Tiswas, like many kids, I would occasionally switch over to ITV when there were any "boring bits" to watch Chris Tarrant and co.
For those of you who didn't grow-up in the 70s or early 80s, Tiswas was a kids TV Show created by ATV, and was aired between January 1974 and April 1982 on Saturday mornings on ITV. It was first shown only on the Midlands TV network ATV, but gradually other ITV regions also aired the show, with Tyne Tees being the last to show it in 1981.
The unscripted show featured regular presenters Chris Tarrant, Sally James, comedian Lenny Henry, Bob Carolgees (usually with his puppet "Spit" the dog and ex-member of the band Scaffold, John Gorman. Occasionally, comedian Jim Davidson would make an appearance, too.
The video clip above features Legs & Co (who used to dance to the songs on Top Of The Pops when an act couldn't perform in the studio, and before videos were invented!) with actor Dennis Waterman when they became yet another victim of the Phantom Flan
Flinger and his family. See also www.tiswasonline.com for
further info on this old and much missed British TV Saturday morning series.
This great clip features Frankie Goes To Hollywood on Saturday Superstore. Look out for a classic moment when Mike Reid tells them it's Mother's Day!
Now this isn't sensible at all! Here is Captain Sensible on Saturday Superstore, and he appears to be rather intoxicated!
Enjoy this rare footage of legendary guitarist and musician Gary Moore paying a visit to No.73 - the 80s Saturday morning kids TV show on ITV.
A snippet from No.73 - series 3 - episode 15, just to bring back a few memories. Includes the TVS TV Ident at the start!
See the fresh-faced Philip Schofield and Sarah Greene visiting Alton Towers.