Sound and Video Gallery:
Multi-Coloured Swap Shop


Swap Shop - Original Version

[1976]

This is the original version of the theme used (with the telephone ring and guitar at the start), and was written by Mike Batt (he of Wombles fame!) - who incidentally gave away the largest 'swap' on the show's history - a large cardboard-cut-out camel!

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Swap Shop - Second Version

[1979]

This is the second version of the theme which was also used on the first Multi-Coloured Music Show.

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Swap Shop - Second Version (no vocals)

[1979]

A version of the second theme less the 'Swap Shop' vocals was also produced. This was used on the later Music Shows.

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Swap Shop - Series 6 Theme - 'Hello, Hello'

[1981]

This theme was used for the sixth and final series of Swap Shop. It was written by B.A. Robertson, who would go on to provide the theme for SuperStore.

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Swap Shop - 'Hello, Hello' Full Version

[1981]

The theme was on the B side of the Brown Sauce record 'I Wanna Be A Winner', which B.A. co-wrote with Noel Edmonds, and the full length version is below.
Thanks to David Henderson for supplying this file.

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I Wanna Be A Winner - Brown Sauce

[1981]

Brown Sauce (which was of course Noel, Keith and Maggie) was formed to provide the musical interlude for the fourth Swap Shop Star Awards. Released as a single, it peaked at number 15 in the charts!

• Incidentally, this track was originally called 'I Want To Win An Award' when it was first aired on the Swap Shop Star Awards in 1981.
Thanks to David Henderson for supplying this file.

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Spring Has Sprung - The Saucers

[1982]

This is the follow-up single to 'Winner' but without Noel, so 'Brown Sauce' became 'The Saucers'. Not a lot of people seem to remember this one, and its not surprising!

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Noel Catches Cheggers Out

[1976]

One of the little tricks that Noel liked to pull on Cheggers was to cross over to him suddenly at the Swaparama early in the programme - and nearly always caught him out!

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Rock Garden Party - The Goodies

[1978 - Broadcast 2004/2005]

Here's a collection of 3 short clips of The Goodies performing 'Funky Gibbon' at the Swap Shop Rock Garden Party held at the Jubilee Gardens on London's south bank on Spring Bank Holiday Monday 1978.

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Trailer Trouble: Keep It Simple

[1978 - Unbroadcast]

...and know what you're supposed to be doing! A trailer outtake that never made it to air.

This clip came off the 1979 BBC Christmas Tape (hence the BBC VT logo) and the 'Merry Christmas VT' reference is because Noel knew that's where the clip would turn up!

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Trailer Trouble 2: Slow Down Noel!

[1978 - Unbroadcast]

Noel's trying to fit a lot of things into a trailer for the special 1978 FA Cup edition of Swap Shop - and well...

This clip came off the 1978 BBC Christmas Tape.

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Trailer Trouble 3: And Maggie Will be Visiting...

[1979 - Unbroadcast]

Here's another previously unbroadcast trailer for Swap Shop that didn't quite go to plan... Just watch out for the camera work, and Noel's quick thinking that turns this into an absolute classic outtake.

This clip came off the 1979 BBC Christmas Tape (hence the BBC VT logo)

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Trailer Trouble 3 - Take 2: If At First...

[1979 - Unbroadcast]

...you don't succeed, probably a good time to give up and go home! Noel gets his tongue in a twist very quickly.

This clip came off the 1979 BBC Christmas Tape (hence the BBC VT logo) and the 'Merry Christmas VT' reference is because Noel knew that's where the clip would turn up!

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Swap Trek - Mr Speck's Entrance

[1979]

Here's a short extract from Swap Trek featuring the entrance of Mr Speck (John)

Could things really be that desperate that Grandstand will have to start early?

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Multi-Coloured Music Show Titles

[1980]

Here are the titles from the Multi-Coloured Music Show broadcast in 1980.

The clip starts with the BBC1 globe and goes into a feast of video trickery that was new and amazing at the time.

This comes from a complete VHS recording of the show.

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Swap Shop Titles - 6 December 1980

[1980]

Here are the titles from the earliest complete recording of Swap Shop that we have in our archive.

This happened to be the programme where Noel was sporting a plaster cast on his leg, hence the continuity announcer's reference!

Thanks to Ian Norman for supplying the recording that this clip came from.

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Lucky Numbers Titles

[1980]

Lucky Numbers, presented by Noel, started off life in October 1978 as a Saturday Tea-Time 'phone-out' quiz show. A second series was broadcast in early 1979 on Wednesday evenings just after Nationwide.

The show's concept was absorbed into Swap Shop offering two contestants a chance to win some prizes, and the jolly title sequence came along too.

Thanks to Ian Norman for supplying the recording that this clip came from.

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Harry Copter's Collectors Spot

[1981]

Here's the most unusual collector that Swap Shop ever featured - none other that Harry Copter.

This sequence comes from the 7 March 1981 edition where Noel meets Harry.

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Swap Shop - AM-UK Titles

[1981]

A couple of years before Breakfast television hit our screens, Swap Shop took a special look at the idea with a whole themed morning called AM-UK.

The clips starts with the BBC1 clock and continuity announcer.

This comes from a complete VHS recording of the show.

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Swap Shop - AM-UK Credits

[1981]

..and about two and three quarter hours later AM-UK comes to its conclusion.

Here's Noel winding up the show, and the credits follow.

This comes from a complete VHS recording of the show.

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Swap Shop Star Awards

[1981]

1981 saw the fourth Swap Shop Star Awards, and these are the titles from that year.

Noel introduces the show from the Swap Shop set, and the titles use 'I Wanna Be A Winner' as the music - little did we know what was to come in the shape of Brown Sauce...

This comes from a complete VHS recording of the show.

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Brown Sauce - I Want To Win An Award

Swap Shop Star Awards [1981]

Here is the complete Brown Sauce video from the 1981 Star Awards.

It comes complete with Noel's Introduction and Keith and Maggie's 'award acceptance'...

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Lamb's Debut

[1981]

Things go a little wrong at the Swappie, and whilst Noel tries to find out what's going on a certain wooly animal makes his first appearance.

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Multi-Coloured Music Show

[1981]

The second Music Show was broadcast in May 1981, and again featured lots of specially recorded sessions for Swap Shop by some of the biggest names in music.

This comes from a complete VHS recording of the show.

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Swap Shop - Series 6 Titles

[1982]

These titles come from series 6 of the show - in particular from the last but one Swap Shop which featured the Euroswap in Bruges.

The clips starts with the BBC1 clock and continuity announcer.

This comes from a complete VHS recording of the show.

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Ten O'Clock News

[1982]

Forget Huw and Fiona, it was John Craven who first presented the 10 O'Clock News - on Swap Shop!

Shock news - pocket money has gone down on average to 95 pence a week, oh and there's something about Mount St Helens erupting too...

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Swap Shop Top Ten Swaps Board

[1982]

At around 11am each week, it was time for the Top Ten Swaps Board.

One of the guests of the week (this time it was Snooker's Steve Davis) would read down the board, then the viewer was given more time to view with clips from the current top ten singles played over them.

Here's the whole board from 20 March 1982 - the week of the EuroSwap in Bruges.

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Last Swap Shop Opening

[1982]

The 146th Swap Shop broadcast on 27 March 1982 was the last show, and to start the programme, Noel blew out the candles on a rather large 'cake'.

Thanks to Ian Norman for supplying the recording that this clip came from.

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Maggie's Lucky Dip

[1982]

Maggie took some stick over the years from Noel and Keith, and this clip shows that even on the last show they didn't let up one bit!

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Last Swap Shop Closing

[1982]

...and some 2¼ hours later it all came to an end. Sob!

Here's Noel closing things down and everyone celebrating the programme that changed the face of children's television.

Thanks to Ian Norman for supplying the recording that this clip came from.

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Multi-Coloured Music Show - Part One

[1982]

For the third year running (and shortly after the final Swap Shop), they do the music show again - this time a two parter. Here's the rather smart looking set of titles from part one of the Music Show 1982.

This comes from a complete VHS recording of the show.

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Hair Piece?

[1996]

From the 1996 Multi-Coloured Saturdays programme, comes this short clip where Noel reminds John about the constant interest in his hair...

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Maggie talks about Brown Sauce

[2004]

Here's Maggie talking about the greatest pop group ever to have a top 15 chart record about awards - yes, the mighty Brown Sauce!

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