Swap Shop at 40: How much do you remember about the Saturday morning show?

Saturday morning telly would never be the same after Swap Shop began on October 2, 1976. How much do you remember? Answers on a postcard...

Saturday October 2, 1976, marked the start of a telly revolution. Saturday mornings, for so long a TV wasteland of badly dubbed black and white serials and old films, was suddenly a riot of colour - multi-colour, no less - with the launch of the Multi-Coloured Swap Shop.

Hosted by Radio 1 breakfast DJ Noel Edmonds, ably assisted by kids' TV current affairs guru John Craven, chirpy scouser Keith Chegwin and actress-turned-reporter Maggie Philbin, Swap Shop was a mix of celebrity interviews, pop music, consumer spots and chats with youngsters about collections which ranged from football programmes to Nazi memorabilia.

As its name suggests, Swap Shop also gave viewers the chance to swap old items for new. Wanted rid of those David Cassidy posters? Why not call in and offer to swap them for 'Anything to do with David Soul'? Grown out of Buckaroo? How about exchanging that old mule for a skateboard or some roller skates? If you were lucky, Chegwin could even be making an appearance in your home town so you could make that swap in person!

It may not have been as memorable as its ITV rival, the madcap and messy Tiswas, but Swap Shop laid the foundations for Saturday morning TV for the next 30 years, until producers decided that kids could be left to their technology and what viewers wanted was chefs competing to cook the fastest omlettes sandwiched in between repeats of cookery shows.

Their loss. For a generation Saturday morning telly will always be Swap Shop (or Tiswas - but never both). But how much do you remember about Noel's original house party? Take our quiz to find out...


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