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.
5 January 1974 (UK)
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Also Known As:
Today Is Saturday, Watch and Smile
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Aspect Ratio: 1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?
There is still some debate over the meaning of the title. When the show was first shown by ATV it was known simply as "Today is Saturday", and this became expanded to "TISWAS" when it was televised nationally. Although "Today Is Saturday Watch and Smile" is often suggested (and is referred to as such in a recent Chris Tarrant
biography) most fans and assorted websites tend to favor "Today is Saturday Wear a Smile". To date the question remains unanswered. Another version is that the show was called 'Today Is Saturday' and at the end of the show, when the credits would run, they would start with "appearing on TIS was..." hence people would say "did you see so-and-so on Tiswas?". See more