Multi-Coloured Swap Shop - Netflix

Multi-Coloured Swap Shop, more commonly known simply as Swap Shop, was a UK children's television programme. It was broadcast on Saturday mornings on BBC1 for 146 episodes in six series between 1976 and 1982. It was ground-breaking in many ways: by being live, sometimes up to three hours in length, and using the phone-in format extensively for the first time on TV.

Its creation was thought by many to be the BBC's response to the growing success of ITV's Tiswas.

Multi-Coloured Swap Shop - Netflix

Type: Variety

Languages: English

Status: Ended

Runtime: 180 minutes

Premier: 1976-10-02

Multi-Coloured Swap Shop - Saturday Superstore - Netflix

Saturday Superstore was a children's television series, broadcast on BBC1 from 1982 until 1987. It was shown on Saturday mornings with presenters including Mike Read, Sarah Greene, Keith Chegwin and John Craven. The show was very similar to its predecessor Multi-Coloured Swap Shop, which had ended the previous October–March season following its presenter Noel Edmonds moving away from children's TV to present his prime time Late Late Breakfast Show. A regular spot on the show was their children's talent show “Search for a Superstar”. The winner of the 1986 search were Claire and Friends spawning the top twenty hit “It's 'Orrible Being in Love (When You're 8½)”. In 1987, the contest was won by Juvenile Jazz, which included future OMD and occasional Stone Roses keyboard player, Nigel Ipinson. For much of its run, Saturday Superstore retained the same famous phone-in number 01-811-8055, as its predecessor. Amongst its most memorable moments were the pop group Matt Bianco being verbally abused by a phone-in caller and The Flying Pickets offering as a competition prize a tea-towel bearing the face of Karl Marx. Other notable guests included Wham!, who answered questions about their lives to callers and read out competition answers and winners. The presenters released a single entitled “Two Left Feet”, though it failed to chart. The theme tune, entitled “Down At The Superstore”, was also released by The Assistants, consisting of Dave Edmunds, B. A. Robertson, Cheryl Baker, Junior and Suzi Quatro. Then Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher appeared in one show in 1987 leading up to that year's election campaign, making the newspaper headlines when she was repeatedly asked by a girl “where will you be if nuclear war breaks out?”. According to Kaleidoscope's 'Lost Shows' website, there are 10 missing and 11 incomplete shows out of a total of 142. All these are from the first two series, with the last show not existing in full being that of 24 March 1984.

Multi-Coloured Swap Shop - It Started With Swap Shop - Netflix

Saturday Superstore had its own section of the BBC's It Started With Swap Shop in 2006. It featured Keith Chegwin chatting to Mike Read and Crow. Mike Read, John Craven and Keith Chegwin took part in the 'Now That's What I Call Saturday Mornings Quiz' for the Saturday Superstore part of the show and a selection of clips from the show were shown.

Multi-Coloured Swap Shop - References - Netflix