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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