Broadcast live from Southern's studios in Southampton the Saturday Banana opportunistically
hoped to capture Swap Shop's audience while it was off the air. There were phone-
The show would be interrupted throughout the morning by stunts, guests and one of
The show extensively used the whole of the building with almost as much going on
outside in the car park as there was in the studio inside. In fact, Southern allowed
a large (about fifteen foot) model of a half-
The first series was also broadcast by some other ITV stations, but they would drop the show when Tiswas returned, which was lucky for them as the show was entering its classic phase.
The show must have proved popular with both the public and station managers as in August 1978 Southern announced that the show would get an extension up to Christmas, rather than come off the air in October as was expected.
Pop guests included Mud, Darts, X-
Despite Oddie's Goodies fanbase the show never attracted an older audience as Tiswas had and, judging by the little evidence we have of the show, it never pitched itself beyond a kids' audience.
After concluding the first series in December 1978 it would be a long old wait until the next show, 3rd November 1979 to be exact, since the starting date of the proposed second series fell during the long ITV strike of autumn 1979. The show lasted another few editions before being cancelled, with only Anglia the only other ITV station sticking with the show. Bill Oddie had The Goodies to go back to, and Southern chose not to replace him. Like so many other ITV stations they couldn’t resist Tiswas any further.
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