- Saturday Superstore
show_name = Saturday Superstore
runtime = 3hrs 15mins
Mike Read Sarah Greene(series 2-5) Keith Chegwin John Craven Phillip Hodson Maggie Philbin(series 1)
2 October 1982
18 April 1987
num_series = 5
country = UK
"Saturday Superstore" was a
children's television series, broadcast on BBC1from 1982until 1987. It was shown on Saturday mornings with presenters including Mike Read, Sarah Greene, Keith Chegwinand John Craven. The show was very similar to its predecessor " Multi-Coloured Swap Shop".
A regular spot on the show was their children's talent show "Search for a Superstar". The winner of the 1986 search were
Claire and Friendsspawning the top twenty hit "It's 'orrible being in love (when you're eight and a half)". In 1987, the contest was won by Juvenile Jazz, which included future OMD and Stone Roses keyboard player, Nigel Ippinson.
Amongst its most memorable moments were the pop group
Matt Biancobeing verbally abused by a phone-in caller [http://www.bbc.co.uk/cult/classic/saturdaysuperstore/trivia.shtml] and The Flying Picketsoffering as a competition prize a tea-towel bearing the face of Karl Marx.
The presenters released a single entitled "Two Left Feet", though it failed to chart. The theme tune, entitled "Down At The Superstore", was also released by The Assistants, consisting of
Dave Edmund, B. A. Robertson, Cheryl Baker, Junior and Suzi Quatro.
Then Prime Minister
Margaret Thatcherappeared in one show in 1987 leading up to that year's election campaign, making the newspaper headlines when she was repeatedly asked by a girl "where will you be if nuclear war breaks out?".
The team were regularly joined by a large puppet called Crow, with his much smaller nephew Malcolm appearing in later series.
In later series agony uncle
Phillip Hodsonjoined the team.
It Started With Swap Shop
Saturday Superstore had its own section of the BBC's "It Started With Swap Shop" in 2006. It featured
Keith Chegwinchatting to Mike Readand Crow. Mike Read, John Cravenand Keith Chegwintook part in the 'Now That's What I Call Saturday Mornings Quiz' for the Saturday Superstore part of the show and a selection of clips from the show were shown.
Claire and friends
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* [http://www.screenonline.org.uk/tv/id/442916/ British Film Institute Screen Online]
* [http://www.saturdaymornings.co.uk/superstore Saturday Superstore] at Saturday Mornings
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