Ep 267: Saturday Morning Showdown Part One

For kids of the 1970s through to the late 90s, Saturdays were defined by their morning children’s TV programming. Whether it was BBC or ITV, you could expect 3 hours of cartoons, interviews, games, prizes, sketches and all kinds of edutainment. This week on CheapShow, Paul & Eli decide to find out which of the early, classic shows was the best. After scouring charity shops and auction sites, the Cheap Chaps have collated a collection of Saturday Morning TV tat, from books to novelty records! Based on the quality of this merchandise, they’ll decide which show reigns supreme. However, there is a problem… There is TOO much to talk about and investigate, so they’ve decided to split this quest into two parts. In Part One, Paul & Eli will look at the pioneers of those early broadcasts, Tiswas (from ITV) and Swap Shop (from the BBC) and see what they had to offer. As they will find out, there are surprises in store, quaint old practices to admire, weird stories to gawp at and dull tales to tolerate from a young Noel Edmonds. It’s a show packed with nostalgia, stupidity, and the usual upsetting and vulgar tangents.

Tiswas Vs Swap Shop

Tiswas Vs Swap Shop

Eli and his Noodle Hat

Eli and his Noodle Hat

Tiswas Book

Tiswas Book

Welcome to Tiswas Book

Welcome to Tiswas Book

Who is Chris Tarrant

Who is Chris Tarrant

Who is Sally James

Who is Sally James

Who is Bob Carolgees

Who is Bob Carolgees

The Dying FLy

The Dying FLy

Chris and John Gorman

Chris and John Gorman

How to Hop

How to Hop

The Village Idiot Song

The Village Idiot Song

Tiswas Random Madness

Tiswas Random Madness

Tiswas Book Back

Tiswas Book Back

Bucketeers Album Front

Bucketeers Album Front

Bucketeers Album Back

Bucketeers Album Back

Swap Shop Books

Swap Shop Books

Swap Shop Book 03

Swap Shop Book 03

Young Noel

Young Noel

Young Maggie Philbin

Young Maggie Philbin

Swap Shop Top of the Pops

Swap Shop Top of the Pops

Noel and a Big Dog

Noel and a Big Dog

My Lady Cow Friend

My Lady Cow Friend

Mike Batt Article

Mike Batt Article

Swap Shop Outside Broadcast

Swap Shop Outside Broadcast

Puzzle Cushion

Puzzle Cushion

David Prowse Article

David Prowse Article

Brown Sauce Vinyl Singly

Brown Sauce Vinyl Singly