Tiswas (1974–1982)

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A Saturday morning kids program, whose title was variously an acronym for "This Is Saturday, What A Show!", "Today Is Saturday, Wear A (or Wake-up And) Smile!", and "This Is Saturday, Watch... See full summary »

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Chris Tarrant ...
 Himself - Presenter / ... (15 episodes, 1974-1981)
Sally James ...
 Herself - Presenter / ... (12 episodes, 1977-1981)


A Saturday morning kids program, whose title was variously an acronym for "This Is Saturday, What A Show!", "Today Is Saturday, Wear A (or Wake-up And) Smile!", and "This Is Saturday, Watch And Suffer!". Classic cartoons were interspersed with wild, anarchic skits about Flan, and special appearances by then-hot pop stars. Written by Mike Konczewski

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Today Is Saturday, Watch and Smile  »

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A five-year-old child regularly appeared on the show in 1980 and 1981, singing "Bright Eyes" while dressed up as a rabbit. The child was Matthew Butler, selected by producer Chris Tarrant from an audition of various "talented children" acts simply for the comedy value in his incompetent style of singing. After a family dispute, Matthew Butler changed his surname to Lewis, and is known to make the odd media appearance relating to his unusual claim to fame. See more »


Referenced in The Thick of It: Episode #3.7 (2009) See more »

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3 December 2009 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

This is what you want: between the satire boom and the Alternative scene, before the Irony years and the comedy of Cruelty, Tiswas - it stood for 'Today is Saturday Wear A Smile' (among other acronyms) - roared into LWT like a coachload of Midlands monkeys and kids' telly was never the same again. Where would SMTV or Going Live be without Tiswas? (You can't really blame Tiswas for Noel's House Party though).

Every Saturday morning a still-cool Chris Tarrant and co-host, saucy Sally James, borough flan-flying anarchy to the box, while bemused children stood around crying with fear, and grown men and women, who knew this programme was really for them, clambered into cages for a violent drenching. (Later, the Tarrant-fronted OTT attempted the formula for an adult audience, but they needn't have bothered.) In my day, you were either a 'Swap Shop' person or a 'Tiswas' person. 'Swap Shop' was on a the same time on BBC1, and was for nice middle-class kids with 'hobbies', whose idea of fun was exchanging Mousetrap for a gonk or making pen-pals with a buck-toothed girl from Luxembourg. No contest.

One of this reviewer's favourite moments was when Lenny Henry's Trevor McDoughnut is surprised by the real Trevor McDonald, invited on set for a laugh. A stunned Henry is momentarily lost for words. Then, regaining his composure, embraces the newsreader, and in Trevor's own clipped tones remarks, "Well... good morning, Daddy."

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