THIS WAS...

"TODAY IS SATURDAY - WEAR A (OR WAKE-UP AND) SMILE!"
alternatively - "THIS IS SATURDAY, WHAT A SHOW! "
or - "THIS IS SATURDAY, WATCH AND SUFFER!"

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THE TITAN of Saturday morning television was Tiswas. Its shadow fell over everything else that followed in the much-prized but frequently 'difficult' Saturday slot. Oh, to switch over from the fair-to-middling first half hour of the earlier-starting SWAP SHOP (the Beeb's regular scheduling of John Craven's too-sober-for-Saturday News Swap segment at this time can't have helped their case) to see that ITV clock - "And now, with the time coming up to ten o'clock, let's go over to studio one to see what's happening," quoth the announcer in none-more-understated manner. This didn't give any clue (or indeed warning) to the madness to follow. As chairman CHRIS TARRANT maintained, "This is what they want!" Did Swap Shop have John Peel and Buster Bloodvessel in a cage?* Did Noel Edmonds have the joys of Wunda-Gloo at his disposal? No.

THE 'WAS STORY - From humble regional beginnings to a national institution - the evolution of a disaster.

THE 'WAS ROLL CALL - People, objects and bits of business that made The 'Was what it was.

NO WONDER WE'RE OUT OF WORK! - Way, way back in the '90s, when we set this page up, there was a staggering dearth of Tiswas-related bumph on the net. Now, there's the magnificent Tiswas Online, which delves into the Saturday titan more thoroughly than we can, or dare to. It's one of the finest TV-related sites we've seen in a long time, and it's expanding all the while.

GET ON WITH IT! - and go there now!