Perhaps in response to Swap Shop and Brown Sauce's Top ten hit, Saturday Superstore also spawned a single - Two Left Feet. It bombed.
A single of the theme tune, Down At The Superstore, was released by The Assistants - Dave Edmund, BA Robertson, Cheryl Baker, Junior and Suzi Quatro. The B-side was Half Day Closing (Down At The Superstore).
The first Saturday Superstore Search for a Superstar award was presented by Prince Edward. Harbouring showbiz aspirations himself, Edward was probably a tad jealous of the little tykes and did anything to stay on the show, including answer the phones, in order to grab his fifteen minutes of fame.
A constant source of amusement was the running gag involving Mike Reid getting his guitar out and offering to play a tune. Luckily Sarah and co. always managed to shut him up.
Perhaps realising that Crow was very annoying, his nephew Malcolm was introduced. Unfortunately the plan backfired - there were now two annoying puppets on the set.
In the run up to the General Election, the show managed to have all three leaders on consecutive shows. They even got PM Maggie Thatcher onto the pop panel! Later, Keith cheekily told viewers that Maggie had hairy legs, but managed to hold on to his job.
One of the many pop acts making an appearance on Saturday Superstore were the then unknown Wet Wet Wet. But one group that may have regretted their appearance was Matt Bianco who had to endure the shame of being called a bunch of w****** by Simon Roberts on Line 1.
Mike Smith stood in for Mike Reid on Superstore in 1983. The episode was broadcast from the small confines of the Play School studio because of a sceneshifters' strike.
| Cue titles Saturday morning get down to the Superstore.|
| Happy Valentines Mike, Keith, Sherlock and your letters.|
| Bag a Bargain Mike and Keith try blow tops.|
| Prize Pick Rentaghost guests and Dobbin pick the winners.|
| Lookee likee Mike's double, or is it?|
| In the Sports Department Introducing Ike.|
| Slice of life The BBC canteen bread buttering machine.|
| Expert tosser Keith talks to the BBC pancake expert.|