There were a number of Spin Off programmes that were broadcast
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
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
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
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
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
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
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: