Spin Off Shows

There were a number of Spin Off programmes that were broadcast mainly during the runs of Swap Shop and Saturday SuperStore.

Probably the most remembered spin off was the Swap Shop Star Awards (1979-1981), this of course had a musical interlude and in its fourth outing brought the almighty pop outfit Brown Sauce to the world! Much more on the Star Awards can be found on it's own page accessed from the Swap Shop menu and the title sequence from 1981 lives in the show's Sound and Video section.

It was a hot May Bank Holiday in 1978 when the Multi-Coloured Swap Shop Rock Garden Party was broadcast. This came from a stage set up in the Jubilee Gardens on the South Bank of the Thames – next door to County Hall, just down river from where the London Eye is today.

A great line up was paraded in front of the crowd – Showaddywaddy, Darts, Patti Boulaye and The Goodies (remember we were easily pleased in those days!) and was a great success. A montage of really brief clips of The Goodies in action can been see in the show's Sound and Video section.

Swap Shop had a reputation of getting the major pop stars and acts of the era to come into the studio and perform their hits especially for the show. These were actually recorded in advance on what were known as Nights Out in front of an audience made up of children from groups, clubs and competition winners. These recordings were then broadcast during Swap Shop.

Following a response to the music broadcast on the show, the Multi-Coloured Music Show made it's first appearance in 1980. The exercise was repeated in 1981 and again 1982 when a two-part programme was assembled. The premise was quite simple; music videos of favourite performers were linked together by Noel in a studio.



The first Music Show came from a black studio full of audio and video equipment of the day – which looks quite clunky and primitive by today's digital broadcasting standards.

Remember, Noel was a popular Radio 1 DJ at the time, so it gave the appearance that he was putting the show together as it went along – a nice idea.

Although a lot could be said about his choice of a jacket and tie for the programme..!

On to May 1981, and a similar looking set, this time though Noel had a door to enter the 'studio', a blinded window and the start of a video wall too!

It's interesting to note that it was on this show that Noel introduced us to both the CD and the VideoDisc - one of which did slightly better than the other in the consumer world...





The 1982 Music Shows, broadcast after the last Swap Shop had aired, had a far more casual look with Noel linking the clips from, initially, a huge leather armchair in front of a wall of video monitors that looked as if it had fallen off Kenny Everett's show!

You can see the title sequences from the shows in the Swap Shop Sound and Video section.

During the run of SuperStore, the idea was brought out for another airing. This time in 1983 it was a two-part Mike Read's Replay Selection, and the set was made to sort of resemble a giant jukebox – the video wall made another appearance as well.

Mike could sit on the giant spindle in the middle of the record, and even on one occasion, a video was selected by 'pressing' a button!

The jukebox theme extended to the title sequence too, which you can see in the SuperStore Sound and Video section.





A second set of two programmes followed a year later (1984), with a different set (no spindle seat this time!)

The title sequence for these two programmes used a slightly different version of the SuperStore theme tune from the first set of two shows.

There were a few other Swap Shop programmes that sort of span-off, including Swap of the Pops (which replaced the show during Christmas 1976), 2 FA Cup specials (1978 and 1979), a couple of compilation shows (Multi-Coloured Picture Show, 1980 and Swap Shop Summer Stock Taking, 1981). A mention should also go to the edited 1977 show that featured as part of a programme called Festival 77.

Additionally, a couple of Swap Shop: On the Road With... programmes were also made featuring 10cc and Adam Ant, and were broadcast in the gap between the final Swap Shop and the first Saturday SuperStore.

There were a number of sequences from Live and Kicking that made a reappearance on BBC TWO in the week following the show. You might remember the repackaging of Hit, Miss or Maybe and Trev and Simon's Transmission Impossible into short stand alone programmes.

The final spin-off show came from the final year of Live and Kicking which had a series of half-hour Wednesday programmes called L&K Castaway. This was where two teams (3 boys and 3 girls) were packed off to a remote Scottish island to compete in a number of tasks and challenges. The main Saturday programme had a live update and announced the week's winners.

Below are the running orders for the four Music Shows and four Replay Selections:

Multi-Coloured Music Show - 1980

The Pretenders – Brass In Pocket
Godley & Crθme – Strange Apparatus
Dollar – Love’s Got a Hold of My Mind
Sad Cafι – Everyday Hurts
The Buggles – Video Killed the Radio Star
Gary Newman – Cars
Barbara Dixon – Caravan
Suzi Quatro – She’s In Love With You
Blondie – Union
10cc – 125
Selecter – On My Radio
Revillos – Motorbike Beat
Dr Hook – When You’re in Love With a Beautiful Woman
Matchbox – Rockabilly Rebel
Darts – Reet Petite
Cliff Richard – Carrie
The Police – So Lonely
The Police – Walking on the Moon
Boomtown Rats – Someone’s Looking at You
Queen – Save Me

Multi-Coloured Music Show - 1981

The Look - I am the Beat
The Pretenders - Talk of the Town
Jona Lewis - Stop the Cavalry
The Stray Cats - The Stray Cat Strut
Ginger - Blind Date
Dire Straits - Romeo and Juliet
The Quick - Young Men Drive Fast
The Police - Da Doo Doo Da Da Da Da
Madness - You're an Embarassment
Roxy Music - The Same Old Scene
Brown Sauce - I Wanna be a Winner
Nick Straker Band - Leaving on a Midnight Train
The G.B. Band - You Can't Catch Me
Elvis Costello - Ode to the Hoover Factory
Adam and the Ants - Ant Music
Shakin' Stevens - The Shooting Gallery
Status Quo - There's Something About You Baby I Like
XTC - Sergeant Rock

Multi-Coloured Music Show - 1982 (Part 1)

J. Geils Band – Freeze Frame
The Jam – Absolute Beginners
Shakin’ Stevens – This ‘Ole House
Sheena Easton – Just Another Broken Heart
Bad Manners – Bueno Serra
Bucks Fizz – The Land of Make Believe
Orchestral Manoeuvers in the Dark – Sovenir
After The Fire – Rich Boys
Tom Tom Club – Genius of Love
XTC – Ball and Chain
Phil Lynott – Yellow Pearl
10cc – Don’t Turn Me Away
10cc – Don’t Ask
ABC – Poison Arrow
The Police – Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic

Multi-Coloured Music Show - 1982 (Part 2)

Altered Images – I Could Be Happy
Haircut 100 – Love Plus One
Human League – Love Action
Adam And The Ants – Prince Charming
Spandau Ballet – Instinction
The Dots – Helen in Your Headphones
Depeche Mode – I Just Can’t Get Enough
Chas Jankel – Questionnaire
Tight Fit – The Lion Sleeps Tonight
Godley and Crθme – An Englishman In New York
Toyah – It’s A Mystery
Bill Wyman – A New Fashion
Duran Duran – Girls On Film
Staus Quo – Rock ‘n Roll

Mike Read's Replay Selection - 1983 (Part 1)

JoBoxers – Boxer Beat
Altered Images – Don’t Talk To Me About Love
Bad Manners – Sampson and Delilah
Sgt. Frog – Butterfly Ball
Blancmange – Living on the Ceiling
Talk Talk - Talk Talk
Haysi Fantayzee – Shiny Shiny
David Bowie – Let’s Dance
Kissing the Pink – The Last Film
Kevin Rowland and Dexys Midnight Runners – Let’s Get This Straight
Duran Duran – Is There Something I Should Know

Mike Read's Replay Selection - 1983 (Part 2)

Tracey Ullman – Breakaway
Orchestra Manoeuvres in the Dark – Telegraph
Madness – Our House
Goofy – You Can Always Be No. 1
Bucks Fizz – Run For Your Life
The Kids From Fame – Friday Night
Bonnie Tyler – Total Eclipse of the Heart
Kajagoogoo – Ooh To Be Ah
Spandau Ballet – True

Mike Read's Replay Selection - 1984 (Part 1)

Cyndi Lauper - Girls Just Want to Have Fun
Eddie Grant - 'Til I Can't Take Love No More
Thompson Twins - You Take Me Up
Wang Ching - Dance Hall Days
Paul McCartney & Michael Jackson - Say Say Say
The Icicle Works - Love is a Wonderful Colour
The Police - Synchronicity II
Savage Process - My Soul Unwraps Tonight
Nik Kershaw - I Won't Let The Sun Go Down
Culture Club - It's a Miracle
Van Halen - Jump
Chris Rea - I Don't Know What it is But I Love It

Mike Read's Replay Selection - 1984 (Part 2)

Tracey Ullman - They Don't Know
Heaven 17 - Crushed by the Wheels of Industry
Slade - Run Run Away
Men Without Hats - Safety Dance
The Style Council - My Ever Changing Mood
Will Powers - Smile
Shakin' Stevens - A Love Worth Waiting For
Queen - Radio Ga Ga
Duran Duran - The Reflex
Howard Jones - New Song
Re-Flex - The Politics of Dancing
Billy Joel - Uptown Girl

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