April 10: Television

40 years ago today: Cheggers Plays Pop

Cheggers_Plays_PopCheggers Plays Pop was a British children’s game show broadcast on BBC1 from April 10, 1978 to November 7, 1986 hosted by Keith Chegwin, who was commonly known to the British public as “Cheggers”. The show’s format consisted of a series of physical and mental challenges undertaken by two teams of children representing their respective schools, together with studio performances by contemporary pop music acts.

There were two teams. Reds and Yellows. Team captains were popular based celebrities of the time. Games involving balls and inflatables were played by the teams and a pop quiz too.

The beginning game was always quite eyecatching. For a while the first game was called Space Invaders. At the end of the show, Cheggers would always blow his whistle and jump onto the inflatable that the final game had been played on; he led the children who all jumped on it in mayhem style to end the show.

Also first appearing this day in TV history…​​

1971The Two Ronnies


1994The Knock






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