Multi-Coloured Swap Shop

Multi-Coloured Swap Shop, more commonly known simply as Swap Shop, was a UK children's television programme. It was broadcast on Saturday mornings on BBC1 for 146 episodes in six series between 1976 and 1982. It was ground-breaking in many ways: by being live, sometimes up to three hours in length, and using the phone-in format extensively for the first time on TV.

Its creation was thought by many to be the BBC's response to the growing success of ITV's Tiswas.

Show Info

Airs on: United Kingdom BBC One (1976 - 1982)
Schedule: Saturdays at 09:30 (180 min)
Status: Ended
Show Type: Variety
Genres: Children
Episodes ordered: 25 episodes

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Previous Episode

Episode 25

Episode 6x25; Mar 27, 1982

It's a party today as Swap Shop celebrates its 146th edition. There are cards, presents and entertainers. Barry Took is coming, so is B. A. Robertson. Richard Stilgoe is there and so is Bert. There are cartoons, the best in pop, and an end-of-seas

Previous Episodes

Episode NameAirdateTrailer
6x25: Episode 25Mar 27, 1982
6x24: Episode 24Mar 20, 1982
6x23: Episode 23Mar 13, 1982
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