Swap Shop

Remember these classic Saturday morning shows?

Before the internet and before cable or satellite gave us hundreds of channels, we had a handful of TV channels. Saturday mornings in the 80s and 90s were dominated by magazine programmes for kids.

How many of these do you remember watching?

Swap Shop

Noel Edmonds chatted to viewers on the phone, helping them swap things, while Keith Chegwin, Maggie Philbin and John Craven joined in the chatter.

Swap Shop ran on BBC1 from 1976 to 1982, with 146 episodes across six series.


Chris Tarrant, Sally James, Lenny Henry and a cast of guests mucked about. There was silliness, gunge and the Phantom Flan Flinger and we loved it.

Tiswas ran from 1974 to 1982.

Saturday Superstore

Presented by Mike Reid and Sarah Greene, with Keith Chegwin and John Craven. The show was the successor to Swap Shop on BBC1 and it ran from 1982 to 1987.

Going Live!

After Saturday Superstore, BBC1 brought us Philip Schofield and Sarah Greene in Going Live!. A similar format magazine show with a mixture of celebrity interviews, pop videos, cartoons and competitions. The show ran from 1987 to 1993.

Live & Kicking

Live & Kicking had an eight-year run on BBC1. Starting with presenters Andi Peters and Emma Forbes, it was later presented by Jamie Theakston and Zoe Ball, and a string of other presenters joined over the eight year run, between 1993 and 2001.

The Saturday Show (ITV)

After Tiswas on ITV came The Saturday Show. It wasn’t as fun as Tiswas and it had to compete with the top pop guests on Saturday Superstore, so it didn’t last as long.

The Banana Splits

Before all of the 80s shows, the early 70s brought us The Banana Splits – originally called The Banana Splits Adventure Hour when it was broadcast in the USA. The programme was made by Hanna-Barbera and it ran for 31 episodes.


Why Don’t You

We’ve probably saved the best for last. Why Don’t You was short for “why don’t you switch off your television set and do something less boring instead”. The show started in 1973 and ran into the 90s. It was broadcast sometimes on Saturdays but was mainly created for school holidays. The show was presented from different towns in the UK by groups of kids.

Any other memories from your childhood Saturday mornings? Let us know in the comments.


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