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Keith Chegwin: a born entertainer with natural likability

From huge early success, to an adult entertainment blip, to a late career comeback, Cheggers was almost a family member to viewers

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The career of Keith Chegwin, who has died aged 60, is characterised by having presented both one of the most popular children’s TV shows in history and a contender for the medium’s most notorious adult entertainment.

Viewers saw the best of him in Multi-Coloured Swap Shop (BBC1, 1976-82) and its successor, Saturday Superstore (1982-87), on which Chegwin became an honorary big brother to several generations of goggle-eyed British children, through his cheeky grin and giggle, high-pitched Liverpudlian-accented enthusiasm, and psychedelic knitwear.

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TV presenter Keith Chegwin dies aged 60 – video obituary

The TV presenter Keith Chegwin, best known for fronting the popular children's programmes Cheggers Plays Pop and Multi-Coloured Swap Shop in the 1970s and 1980s, has died at home after a battle with a lung condition. He was known in recent years for appearances on Celebrity Big Brother, Dancing on Ice and the Ricky Gervais sitcom Extras

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Keith Chegwin obituary

Ebullient television presenter best known for Saturday Superstore, Cheggers Plays Pop and Multi-Coloured Swap Shop

Keith Chegwin, who has died aged 60 after suffering from the lung disease idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, was a child actor whose boyish looks and infectious enthusiasm were the perfect ingredients for children’s television. He was first seen as a presenter playing up his persona as a cheeky scouser alongside Noel Edmonds in the Saturday-morning show Multi-Coloured Swap Shop, which ran for six series from 1976 to 1982.

He was invited to join the programme after having his idea for a children’s chat show turned down by the BBC. In a live broadcast, Edmonds presented a mix of cartoons, celebrity interviews and a children’s phone-in to swap their toys, while Chegwin honed his interviewing style by leaving the studio to chat with the public in the Swaparama element of the show.

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Keith Chegwin, TV presenter, dies aged 60

Keith Chegwin began his career as a child actor, starring in Robin Hood Junior, various sitcoms, and – weirdly – Roman Polanski’s ultra-violent take on Macbeth. More typical was this none-more-70s chopper-bike caper, Betcher!, featuring a cameo from Herman’s Hermits frontman Peter Noone (“I know he’s a singer, you nit!”).

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Keith Chegwin, TV presenter, dies aged 60

Television star most famous for Multi-Coloured Swap Shop and Cheggers Plays Pop dies from a progressive lung condition

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The television presenter Keith Chegwin, who made his name presenting the popular children’s shows Cheggers Plays Pop and Saturday Superstore, has died aged 60.

He had a progressive lung condition and died at home surrounded by his family.

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Stage and Television's Keith Chegwin Dies Following Battle With Lung Condition

Stage and television entertainer Keith Chegwin has died following a long term battle with a 'progressive lung condition.' He was 60 years old. Chegwin was a regular in pantomime, most recently starring in a pantomime tour of Beauty and the Beast in March last year. He also appeared in West End shows including Tom Brown's School Days and The Good Old Bad Old Days. He starred as Fleance in Roman Polanski's Macbeth in 1971.
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Keith Chegwin: 1957-2017

Simon Brew Dec 11, 2017

Keith Chegwin has died, it's been announced, aged just 60 years old.

Some very, very sad news to report. Keith Chegwin has died at the age of 60. He had been suffering from a lung illness from some time.

I grew up in an era when Chegwin was omnipresent on children’s television, courtesy of his lively work on the likes of The Multicoloured Swap Shop and Saturday Superstore. In truth, I was a bit of an avid Cheggers Plays Pop fan, a show that the man himself admitted came with an often quite 'lively' audience.

He came to television after his early days in acting, and would take to it quickly. Furthermore, he was a man brimming with ideas of his own, and keen to push formats and ideas.

For me personally, he was also the first person I ever interviewed for this site. I’ve never had
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When Noel Edmonds troubled the Oscars

Simon Brew Sep 14, 2017

At the height of its early success, Noel's House Party got in trouble with the organisation behind the Academy Awards...

Amongst the pantheon of television stars who found fame on Saturday morning childrens’ television programmes in the 1980s, there aren’t too many movie trivia stories to uncover. Keith Chegwin was in a Roman Polanski movie, of course, so there’s that. But then there’s the small matter of Noel Edmonds, who managed to get on the wrong side of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences – AMPAS – in the Us.

That’d be the same AMPAS who dish out the Academy Awards. And it was an Oscar-related issue that they weren’t happy about.

It all centred on Noel’s House Party, the Saturday evening light entertainment show that for some time was an absolute ratings juggernaut. All concerned have freely admitted that it
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Blind Date 2017: is dating TV still innocent enough?

Jamie Andrew Jun 16, 2017

Can lovely, innocent Blind Date really exist in the same tawdry world as Take Me Out?

Blind Date is coming back this weekend. So much has changed since the 1980s, both on TV and in society itself, that what returns to our screens may not be a straight-forward, fully-intact teleport of the format, but rather a mutant mish-mash: a half-fly Jeff Goldblum of a show just begging to be put out of its misery. The truth of this inevitable transformation can be seen in the steps already taken up the light-entertainment evolutionary ladder, most notably in the DNA of ITV's long-running post-Blind Date offering, Take Me Out.

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Where shows go to die and then don't – why we should all celebrate Channel 5's birthday

The channel that gave us comedy budgies, Keith Chegwin naked and Touch the Truck is turning 20. But it hasn’t all been bad – and these days Five’s even making money

It’s one of those birthdays destined to shock, like the infant child of a distant cousin suddenly turning 16. Where did the time go?

So brace yourself: Channel 5 is 20 years old. I know – how did that happen? True, it spent much of that time being called Five, but apart from the rebranding – and the subsequent de-rebranding – it’s been with us, all day, every day, since Easter Sunday 1997. You might think that congratulations are in order, but where would you send the telegram? Do you even remember who owns Channel 5 these days?

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Swap Shop and Saturday morning kids' TV 40 years on

Alex Westthorp Oct 3, 2016

It's 40 years since Multi-Coloured Swap Shop made its television debut and kick-started the Saturday morning kids' TV slot...

Imagine the excitement - it's just before 9.30am on Saturday 2nd October 1976. It's almost like Christmas has come early, such is the anticipation. The nation's kids, who hitherto got their kicks at the Saturday morning pictures, settle in front of their television screens and press the button marked 'BBC1'. Those who read their parents' Radio Times know a new show is about to start with Radio 1 Breakfast Show DJ Noel Edmonds at the helm. 28 year old Noel is cool and down with the kids. Tom Baker and Elisabeth Sladen - the Doctor and Sarah Jane from Doctor Who - are to be the first star guests, and you can actually speak to them live by telephone! The TV set warms up and the familiar blue and yellow BBC
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The hot summer 2016 TV quiz

How well do you know your Fleabags, Sons of a Bitch and Crazy Ex-Girlfriends? Find out with our goggle-eyed multiple-choice quiz

Film quiz | Politics quiz | Sports quiz | News quiz | Music quiz

Which culturally redundant celebrity was removed from the Celebrity Big Brother house this year?

Bob Carolgees

Keith Chegwin

Christopher Biggins

Michael Barrymore

What is Channel 4’s new nude dating show called?

Bare Necessities

Naked Attraction

Love in the Buff

Randy and Raw

What killed everyone in King’s Landing on Game of Thrones?



White Walkers

Structural mismanagement

Which bafflingly complicated daytime gameshow is about to come to an end?


The Chase

Tipping Point

Deal or No Deal

Where is Crazy Ex-Girlfriend set?

West Covina, California

Corvallis, Oregon

Cape Coral, Florida

Clemson, South Carolina

HBO’s The Night Of is based on which BBC show?

Happy Valley

The Line of Duty

Criminal Justice

Mrs Brown’s
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Is nude dating show Naked Attraction a public service?

Critics may dismiss Channel 4’s new programme as titillation or objectification – but it does also champion body diversity

“Have you ever been faced by six penises?” the presenter asked. This turned out to be a first for the contestant on Channel 4’s new dating show, Naked Attraction, and probably a novel experience for the show’s 1.4 million viewers.

Not since a clothes-free Keith Chegwin donned a safari helmet and led a bunch of naturists through Channel 5’s Naked Jungle 16 years ago have viewers been given such a warts-and-all close-up of the human body.

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Keith Chegwin: CBB mates have deserted me

Keith Chegwin is no longer in touch with the other contestants he starred with in 'Celebrity Big Brother'. The 58-year-old presenter was part of the series earlier this year which saw Perez Hilton go to war with Katie Hopkins and have bust-ups with Calum Best, Michelle Visage and Kavana among others. Jeremy Jackson was also thrown out for inappropriate behaviour towards glamour model Chloe Goodman and Ken Morley booted out for offensive language. Keith was hoping to stay in touch with the contestants he did get on well with but he's not shocked everyone has gone their own ways due to the relentless
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12 TV shows that weren't invented by Alan Partridge - honest

It's been 18 years since Alan Partridge first mooted the notion of Youth Hostelling with Chris Eubank - and as of last week, the project is a dream no longer.

Eubank's team-up with Hostelworld is, of course, a deliberate tip of the hat to Steve Coogan's comic creation - but too often the telly schedules are plagued with examples of #AccidentalPartridge.

Behold, 12 shows that sound like they sprang straight from Alan's fertile mind - this little lot are on a par with Inner City Sumo or Arm Wrestling with Chas 'n' Dave.

1. Flockstars

Celebrity shepherding - Lesley Joseph goes from Birds to sheep and Fazer from N-Dubz lends livestock some street cred.

No-one makes a pun on Amanda Lamb's name, though. Missed opportunity.

2. Gordon Behind Bars

"Cooking in prison" was a format that Alan Partridge actually pitched to Tony Hayers, but it took foul-mouthed foodie Gordon Ramsay to make it a reality.
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9 truly bizarre Noel Edmonds moments, from 'electro smog' to spiritual melons and Throttled Cock

Noel Edmonds baffled TV fans this week when he declared that "electro smog" is a bigger world problem than climate change or even Aids.

This might be a surprising claim, were it not for the fact that Mr Blobby's bearded buddy has had more than his fair share of bizarre moments over the years. Whether you consider him a national treasure, a visionary maverick or just plain wrong, here are 9 of his most memorable moments that will surely leave all but the most hardened fans scratching their heads.

1. He claims to be visited by two melon-sized 'spiritual energy' balls

Noel has spoken openly about his belief in Spiritualism and cosmic ordering, a version of positive thinking in which people can write down their wishes and wait for them to materialise.

After being introduced to the practice by his reflexologist, he went on to write his own book titled Positively Happy:
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Levi Roots turned down I'm a Celebrity: "I've got to be very careful what I'm seen to be doing"

Levi Roots appears to be high on the wish list for I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! producers.

The Reggae Reggae sauce creator has been asked more than once to go into the jungle, but he says that the show is not for him.

Asked if he would ever consider the ITV series, he told This Morning: "Umm no. I've already been approached a couple of times, [but] I don't think it's for me. I've got to be very careful what I'm seen to be doing.

"People are invested in a bit of Levi Roots and not just the sauce."

Meanwhile, his interview with Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford also uncovered his real name... Keith.

Forced into admitting his less exciting birth name, he said to Holmes: "Don't you go there! It was one of the most frightening parts going in Dragons' Den because I'd gone in the show thinking,
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UK TV ratings: Wimbledon coverage peaks at over 6m as Roger Federer beats Andy Murray

UKTV ratings roundup - data supplied by Barb

Wimbledon pulled in a strong audience for BBC One on men's semi-finals day this Friday (July 10), overnight ratings show.

BBC One's coverage averaged 4.29m (43.2%) from 1.45pm on Friday afternoon, as Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer made the final. However, audiences peaked at 6.87m (48.9%) between 5.45pm and 6pm, when Federer broke Andy Murray's serve at the end of the second set on his way to a thrilling 7-5, 7-5, 6-4 victory over the 2013 Wimbledon champion.

Post-match analysis on BBC Two attracted an audience of 1.01m (6.2%) from 6.30pm, while the recently-revamped highlights show Wimbledon 2Day was seen by 1.06m (5.9%) from 8pm.

Back on BBC One, Chris Evans's last edition of The One Show entertained 3.33m (20.3%) at 7pm, while a repeat of A Question of Sport aired to 2.32m (13.6%) at 8pm.

Celebrity MasterChef, featuring Keith Chegwin, former-EastEnders star Scott Maslen, Samira Ahmed
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Celebrity MasterChef 2015: the contestants revealed

Who’ll be wearing the aprons in TV’s toughest celebrity cooking test? Mica Paris, Chesney Hawkes, Arlene Phillips, Keith Chegwin and Sheree Murphy are all lined up in the kitchen with Gregg Wallace and John Torode

The heat is on, the aprons have been assigned, the puns are in the oven … Yes, it’s nearly time to find out which of the 20 celebs with marginal cooking skills will be following in the steps of last year’s Celebrity MasterChef champion Sophie Thompson.

As usual, Gregg Wallace and John Torode will be in charge as the celebs face the invention test, the relay invention test, a mass-catering challenge, a two-course meal for guest judges – past Celebrity MasterChef including 2013 winner Ade Edmondson, 2014 finalist Wayne Sleep, semi-finalist Christopher Biggins, and 2014 reigning champion Sophie Thompson – and that round where they try not to muck things up for actual paying customers in a professional restaurant kitchen.
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Rylan Clark, Sarah Harding and Chesney Hawkes join Celebrity MasterChef

Rylan Clark, Sarah Harding and Chesney Hawkes have been announced for Celebrity MasterChef 2015.

They are joined by Keith Chegwin, Yvette Fielding, Arlene Phillips and others for the tenth anniversary edition of the cookery contest.

12 episodes will air over six weeks this summer. The first four heat weeks will see judges John Torode and Gregg Wallace whittle down the 20 celebrity entrants to eight semi-finalists.

Finals week ends in a 90-minute contest between the three remaining cooks, feeding an all-female Chef's Table hosted by Michelin starred Angela Hartnett.

The full list of 2015 contestants is as follows:

Scott MaslenTish (Patricia) PotterCraig GazeyAmanda DonohueSheree MurphyMica ParisSarah HardingKimberly WyattTom ParkerChesney HawkesSam NixonKeith ChegwinAndy AkinwolereYvette FieldingRylan ClarkSyd LittleArlene PhillipsSamira AhmedNatalie LoweDanny Crates

Past Celebrity MasterChef champions and finalists who will appear through the run include 2013 winner Ade Edmondson, 2014 finalist Wayne Sleep, semi-finalist Christopher Biggins and 2014 reigning champion Sophie Thompson.

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