Anarchic Saturday morning children's fare which starred Chris Tarrant, Sally James, Lenny Henry and Sylvester McCoy.




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Series cast summary:
Chris Tarrant Chris Tarrant ...  Himself - Presenter / ... 15 episodes, 1974-1981
Sally James 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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Release Date:

5 January 1974 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Today Is Saturday, Watch and Smile See more »

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1.33 : 1
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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 »

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My jealous nerd scoundrel evil brother Anthony Smiley Barnes
19 January 2019 | by barnesmorineSee all my reviews

TISWAS Police 5 Shaw Taylor Credit Reference. I Morine Barnes was told to ask TISWAS to pay me back my money my jealous nerd scoundrel brother Anthony Smiley Barnes stashed belonging to me Morine Barnes back over 59 years. Moneytalks layman walks. Money solves problems. Money heals wounds. Money does not grow on trees you cannot just go and pick it. I Morine Barnes pay my bill planner up budget benefits off work sick with Chronic Depression ends do not meet with a job debt. I want my money back from my brother Anthony Smiley Barnes. Thanking you in advance. Morine Barnes 59. Donald 61, Myola 39 & Rommel Edwards 37. Graham 90.

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