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Saturday Morning Children's TV Shows in the 70s and 80s

The Style Council and Keith Chegwin on Saturday Superstore

The Style Council on Saturday Superstore

Colin Baker as Doctor Who taking phone calls with Mike Reid on Saturday Superstore

Doctor Who (Colin Baker) on Saturday Superstore

The Wide Awake Club
The Wide Awake Club with Timmy Mallett
Cheggers Plays Pop

Cheggers Plays Pop

BBC Swap Shop Opening Titles and Clips

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.

Keith Chegwin


Grange Hill Kids TV Show
Grange Hill
John Craven's Newsround
John Craven's Newsround
The Chart Show on ITV
The Chart Show (ITV)


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 for further info on this old and much missed British TV Saturday morning series.



Tiswas DVD


Tiswas Annual 1980

Frankie Goes to Hollywood on BBC1 Saturday Superstore

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!

Saturday Superstore paperback book from 1986

Captain Sensible appears Drunk on Saturday Superstore

Now this isn't sensible at all! Here is Captain Sensible on Saturday Superstore, and he appears to be rather intoxicated! 

Gary Moore Visits No.73

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.

An episode of No.73 from the eighties

 A snippet from No.73 - series 3 - episode 15, just to bring back a few memories. Includes the TVS TV Ident at the start!

Going Live Visit Alton Towers in the 80s

See the fresh-faced Philip Schofield and Sarah Greene visiting Alton Towers.




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TV Cream book


I Grew Up in the 70s MP3 album


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80's Karaoke Party DVD