When we were kids Saturday morning TV was epic! From the mid 70s to the late 90s both BBC and ITV dedicated their entire morning schedule to programmes for us. Not just cartoons and dramas but big production shows with presenters we all wanted to be and features that were both hilarious and serious when they needed to be. Kids viewing habits have changed dramatically since then and it’s unlikely we will ever see the likes of such amazing TV again. So here are the best 11 Saturday Morning TV shows from the last few decades!
Multicoloured Swap Shop (1976-1982)
This is where it all started for the BBC! Noel Edmunds, Keith Chegwin, John Craven and Maggie Philbin presided over a series of features but the main theme of the show was pairing people who had items they wanted to swap with each other. It was said that BBC introduced Swap Shop in answer to ITV’s…….
This is Saturday Watch and Smile or Tiswas as it was known, was really the forerunner of all the Saturday morning shows to come! Headed by Chris Tarrant and featuring Sally James, Bob Carolgees and a young Lenny Henry, it could only be described as chaotic! But we loved it! The phantom flan flinger was a particular favourite
Saturday Superstore was very similar to Swap Shop, it even had the same presenters! But this time Noel was replaced by Mike Read. In one infamous episode the pop group Matt Bianco were called a very rude name in a live phone in!-)
The Saturday Show (1982-1984)
This was the show that replaced Tiswas. It was originally titled ‘Big Daddy’s Saturday Show’ however Big Daddy dropped out at the last minute and Tommy Boyd stepped in to co host with Isla St. Clair!