Saturday mornings were not for sleeping in as a kid. They were also not for doing anything such as housework, homework or any other type of work. Saturday mornings were for grabbing the biggest cushion you could find and parking your butt four inches from the T.V. for the next three hours till Grandstand or World of Sport Came on.
The Multi-coloured Swap shop was the first show to pop up that I paid attention to. Noel Edmonds, Maggie Philbin, Keith Chegwin and John Craven were the regulars of this (what they call) Magazine style show. Little bit of this, little bit of that, cartoons, music, humour and prizes to win!
You could always swap things. I always wanted to swap my sisters roller skates but never got picked. The show was always popular, no matter what happened. Even when it ran into some stiff competition from Tiswas.
Tiswas, ah Tiswas, this was where kids shows changed forever. Each Saturday morning was a riot. Buckets of water , Chris Tarrent, custard pies, Lenny Henry, sketches, cartoons, more pies, John Gorman, a cage in which to put people to throw water and pies, and Sally James! Tiswas did what Swap Shop couldn’t, it pulled in an adult audience. Mainly due to the humour that kids thought was funny but didn’t get and the adults got and still had Sally James to ogle at. As Jasper Carrott once said, “come on kids, come and watch Tiswas. We don’t want to watch Tiswas, You’ll bloody well watch Tiswas!”
For me I loved Tiswas. Its crazy antics always gave it the edge over Swap Shop.
What was your favorite?
For those who don’t want to click the links above I’ll leave this entry with a reason why I watched Tiswas.