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More of my childhood is revived...

December 22nd, 2007 (11:24 am)

The return of Swap Shop! Not, however, as we knew it...

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Posted by: viala_qilarre (viala_qilarre)
Posted at: December 22nd, 2007 12:29 pm (UTC)

Ah yes! Sitting through four hours of jokes and cartoons and lame pop bands on a Saturday morning, hoping that there might be an interview with Mary Tamm and a clip from Androids of Tara.

Isn't Basil Brush dead by now?

Posted by: gervase_fen (gervase_fen)
Posted at: December 22nd, 2007 06:21 pm (UTC)
bbc1

From this week's I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue Uxbridge English Dictionary round:

"Foxglove. Basil Brush."

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: December 22nd, 2007 11:18 pm (UTC)
Tom

Boom! Boom!

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: December 22nd, 2007 11:17 pm (UTC)
Boyandbear

Basil's original performer, Ivan Owen, died in 2000, many years after having retired Basil; but the rights were then sold to Entertainment Rights, who have revived him, updated with a new less sophisticated puppet, in a variety of guises including guest host of Blue Peter and star of (what seems to me, on brief acquaintance, to be) a painful British version of an American early-teen show, with parentless kids hanging out at cafe/diners.

Posted by: daniel_saunders (daniel_saunders)
Posted at: December 22nd, 2007 07:20 pm (UTC)
Outsider

The return of Swap Shop! Not, however, as we knew it...

This time the calls are faked by the producer?

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: December 22nd, 2007 11:23 pm (UTC)
arthurelaineletr

I did once call in with a correct answer to a question, but the production team thought a different answer was right and gave the prize to someone with their wrong answer; I phoned to complain, but someone else had got through first and been given an extra prize for correcting the programme's mistake.

The question was, who was the last emperor of Austria-Hungary? The answer was given as Franz Josef (1848-1916) when the one I gave, correctly, was Karl (1916-1918).

Posted by: wellinghall (wellinghall)
Posted at: December 23rd, 2007 12:11 pm (UTC)

I like it :-)

Posted by: philmophlegm (philmophlegm)
Posted at: December 22nd, 2007 10:11 pm (UTC)
B7

Multi-Coloured Swap Shop is of course the reason for the invention of the television remote control, in that you needed a remote control to swap (pun not really intended) between it and Tiswas whenever something dull came on.

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: December 22nd, 2007 11:28 pm (UTC)

I only had that choice for the first few months of Multi-Coloured Swap Shop in autumn 1976, when we lived in Nottingham in ATV country, before moving back to the realm of Tyne Tees in December. Tyne Tees didn't take Tiswas until the final 1981/1982 series, up against the last of Swap Shop, by which time Chris Tarrant had left, so I missed the entire Tarrant/Sally James era. Tyne Tees made its own Saturday morning programmes until autumn 1981, including Saturday Shake-Up with Alastair Pirrie and Malcolm Gerrie, which inspired the pop series Razzmatazz, which Tyne Tees made for midweek afternoons on ITV, and then The Tube for Channel Four.