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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Series cast summary:
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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5 January 1974 (UK)  »

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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 »


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"This Is Saturday, what a show!"
15 November 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Tiswas is without a doubt one of the greatest ever children's TV show ever made! It was an absolute treat to watch when I was a kid & after recently seeing the 'Best Of' DVD which I purchased, it is still hilariously funny! I badly wanted to be put into the cage & have buckets of water thrown over me every week, but I never managed to get on the show (I even tried getting on via Jim'll Fix It!).

The show itself was total nonsense. No real purpose at all; just lots of people doing very stupid things & getting extremely soaked by many things including, water, custard, semolina & baked beans, but the main one was the Phantom Flan Flinger who got the lucky job of throwing custard pies into the faces of many a big celebrity every week.

Classic scene for me was when Lenny Henry was reading the news as Trevor McDougal (pretending to be the legend, Trevor McDonald) & then the main man himself walked out with Lenny Henry knowing nothing about it!

While many of today's youngsters may not find this funny at all, Tiswas was, without a doubt, one of the best ever children's shows on TV. Had it not been done, a lot of the stuff we see today may not have been brought into existence.

A MUST SEE for anyone that remembers the show but look out, that Phantom Flan Flinger may still be around, so be careful......!!

10/10 classic stuff

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