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 »


Featured in The Story of Light Entertainment: Radio Stars (2006) See more »

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Tiswas and O.T.T.
27 March 2005 | by psyduck-psyduckSee all my reviews

I enjoyed watching Tiswas, but felt that O.T.T. was unfairly treated. Tiswas was a great programme and I don't care what people say about Dick and Dom, you cannot compare it to Tiswas. The thing about Tiswas is it had few if any rules, which is what made it so great. I cannot in a million years imagine Dick and Dom grabbing kids and pulling them from behind the desk by their ears, within five minutes it would be taken off the air. Tiswas is a classic children's show and will never be repeated or bettered by Dick and Dom or anyone. I can say this because, the world has become so stupid, what with political correctness and various other things. Half the things done on Tiswas were just great fun, now they would be close to child abuse. Tiswas was a reflection of how the world of Saturday morning kids TV should have stayed, if it hadn't been for political correctness idiots and people who watch programmes so they can write in and complain about them hence (O.T.T.) It was Tiswas, with semi naked ladies, if you knock O.T.T. your knocking Tiswas

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