The Multi-Coloured Swap Shop [1976 to 1982]
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It Started With... Swap Shop - The Media Clips

These are the media clips from our coverage of the 30th anniversary programme 'It Started With... Swap Shop' broadcast in 2006.

It Started With Swap Shop Trailer
[2006]

This is the trailer featuring Noel, a host of clips from across the years, and one stubborn member of the team...
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Programme Opening
[2006]

The show opened with a set of original titles (in their original 4:3 aspect) which were edited to include the 'ISWSS' logo at the end.

Then a rather excited Noel makes his entrance on to the show he last presented in 1982.
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Back In Time
[2006]

Let's go back in time...

Moving from TMi to Dick and Dom in da Bungalow to The Saturday Show to Live & Kicking to Going Live! to Saturday SuperStore to our starting place for the show - the Multi-Coloured Swap Shop...
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Swap Shop
[2006]

Noel sets the scene for Swap Shop with a compilation of many great Swappie moments.

Incidentally, listen out at 17 seconds for a shout of 'Oh shut up!' in the background. This was Noel 'having a go' at the audience for laughing at his 1970s hair styles..!
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Top Ten Board
[2006]

Here's Noel introducing an old friend to the programme - the Top Ten Board.

A quick run down shows off the current swaps on offer...
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Top Ten Music
[2006]

The first of the programme's Top Ten boards featuring Music.

A bit of trivia... On the board 'The Pretenders' were mis-spelt as 'The Prenteders'...!
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Top Ten Star Guests
[2006]

The second Top Ten was that of Star Guests.

Remember the tough time that Mrs Thatcher got from an inquisitive Alison Standfast on Saturday SuperStore..?
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Top Ten Ghastly Moments
[2006]

The final Top Ten featured those bits we would rather have forgotten - the Ghastly Moments.

When Noel refers to these being 'your favourite ghastly moments as voted by you on our website' he of course means THIS website!

Warning: This clip contains strong language.
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1976
[2006]

John tells us about 1976, the year of Concorde's maiden flight, and the impact that the launch of Swap Shop made to the world of children's television.
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Delia's Best Bits
[2006]

Delia Smith first bought cooking to Saturday morning television way back in 1976...

...and Noel played the part of the hopeless assistant many years before Phillip Schofield!
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Email...
[2006]

Here's Noel reading out an email that came in from Matthew Arnold telling about his experience of calling Swap Shop...
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1982
[2006]

1982 was the year that Channel 4 came to the screens (and brought a whole pile of controversial programming too...). The year also saw the end of Swap Shop and a new programme - Saturday SuperStore.
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Saturday SuperStore
[2006]

The cosy little Swap Shop was replaced in 1983 by the huge Saturday SuperStore.

Noel tells us about the show, and the change from 'Swaps' to 'Bargains'.
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1987
[2006]

1987 was the year that saw the hurricane that battered the south of the country - and was also the year that the SuperStore closed its doors for the last time. Come the Autumn we were Going Live!
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Going Live!
[2006]

Going Live! was the third programme to adorn the Saturday morning slot and homed one of the strand's greatest stars - Gordon the Gopher.

Noel tells us about the show and the innovations that it brought with it.
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1993
[2006]

1993 was the year that the doors of Buckingham Palace were opened to the public for the first time. And, after six years, Going Live! made way for the new Live & Kicking.
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Live & Kicking
[2006]

The fourth generation show Live & Kicking had a tough act to follow in Going Live!, but it succeeded in speeding up the pace and cramming so much in to three hours!

Mitch (who else..!) tells the story behind L&K.
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Up To Date
[2006]

We've taken our journey through the first four generations of the BBC Saturday morning shows, so it's time to come right up to date.

Starting in 1996 we venture forward the ten years we need to bring us to TMi.
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The Final Word
[2006]

The final word went to Swap Shop's very first star guest - Tom Baker.

Happy days indeed...
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Tribute Sequence
[2006]

One of the best moments being at the recording of It Started With Swap Shop came right at the end of the show when this tribute sequence was shown.

It wasn't a case of watching the sequence, but actually watching Noel, Keith, John and Maggie watching a sequence that they hadn't seen during rehearsals, which was confirmed when Keith asked the others whether they had seen it before.

A fabulous half-minute!
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Programme Closing
[2006]

Here's Noel ending the programme and the very last ever Swap Shop surrounded by the evening's guests.

Look at the credits carefully and you'll see the 'With thanks to' section contains the Saturday Mornings Webmaster's name...

To say that we were proud to have been part of the programme is an understatement!
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BBC Four Introduction
[2007]

It Started With Swap Shop was repeated on 28 May 2007 on BBC FOUR as part of the channel's 'Children's Television On Trial' season.

Here's the continuity introduction, with the specially commissioned ident, along with the show's opening titles - BBC FOUR 'DOG' and all...
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