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Basil and Barney's Swap Shop
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Genre Children's
Presented by Basil Brush
Barney Harwood
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 3
No. of episodes 51
Running time 60 minutes
Original network BBC Two (2008-10)
CBBC Channel (2010)
Picture format PAL (576i, 16:9)
Original release 5 January 2008 (2008-01-05) – 25 September 2010 (2010-09-25)
Related shows Multi-Coloured Swap Shop

Basil and Barney's Swap Shop (known as Basil's Swap Shop in the first two series) is a British children's television series that was produced for CBBC and ran on Saturday mornings on BBC Two and CBBC Channel from 5 January 2008 to 25 September 2010. Based on the original BBC children's Saturday morning show Multi-Coloured Swap Shop, which ran on BBC One from 1976 to 1982, it was hosted by Barney Harwood, along with veteran puppet character Basil Brush, from whom the show takes its title.

New format

The new version of Swap Shop was broadcast live, and featured games and comedy sketches, as well as the "swap shop" itself (the studio audience brought items to exchange for this feature). Unlike the original series, this new format regularly features gungings for those taking part in the games. A total of three series were produced. In series 3, the name of the programme was changed to Basil and Barney's Swap Shop.

Basil's Game Show

A spin-off to the main Saturday morning show, this show consisted of only the games and some comedy from the previous Saturday broadcast; this show did not feature any swaps, or the celebrity interviews.

Dunk Beds

Dunk Beds was a regular game on the show, in which one member of a team had to push a bed along a track with each part of it scored depending on how far it went. If the contestants pushed too hard, the bed would fall into a pool of green gunge. George Sampson was a contestant on the game before he was known as a contestant on the second series of Britain's Got Talent. Winner of BBC's Election (CBBC) Quincy Washington was also on Basil's Swap Shop competing against George Sampson. It returned for series 2 under the name "Dunk Beds: Dunk Harder", with contestants pushing a bunk bed.

Comedy Sketches

  • What? Nothing!
  • Graveyard of Terror
  • Dr. Why the Ultra Inquisitive Time Fox
  • Zeroes
  • Serious Back Garden
  • Disastermind
  • Fox News
  • Dinnerladies
  • Fox's Den
  • At Home with the Vampires
  • Snout to Nose with Basil and Barney
  • Under the Sea
  • Toilet Humour
  • Just Basil
  • Tea Break
  • Barnabee and Bzzzl
  • I Love...
  • Big Parrot Little Pirate
  • Nursery Grimes
  • Barnstorming Barney
  • Quiz Show Colin


Series Start date End date Episodes
1 5 January 2008 29 March 2008 13
2 10 January 2009 28 March 2009 12
3 3 April 2010 25 September 2010 26
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