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45 / ROCK ON WITH 45

4th April 1974 - 30th August 1975

An attempt, and a reasonable one at that, by Granada to educate the tea-timers into the outer scope of the charts, new releases and forthcoming flops. This could also be construed as an attempt to put on a cheap pop show featuring acts who were, chart-wise, second division. However after an anonymous start the show got into the swing with most people outside of Granadaland viewing the show on a Saturday morning, the day after the station producers had shown it locally.

Produced by the legendary Muriel Young it was hosted by David ‘Kid’ Jensen, then host of Radio Luxembourg's Dimensions programme and later to host Top of the Pops, Tyne Tees’ Razzamatazz and The Roxy in the mid eighties. Zigzag were the resident dance troupe. Jensen would introduce acts from the Hardrock Discotheque set, while others would perform live elsewhere on the set. Young had considered bringing in Emperor Rosko to host the second series.

Talking to Record Mirror in July 1974 Muriel Young claimed "for the past three years we desperately been trying to make the television authorities aware of the need of an adult pop programme. This is just the beginning for bigger and better things."

The first series presented the remains of teen-glam with appearances by Slade, The Bay City Rollers, Geordie, Gary Glitter and the like while the 1975 series kicked off with the likes of Supertramp, Ace and The Pretty Things.

Despite the best intentions the show failed to click with the audience, but was given a long run for its money lasting sixteen months before the plug was pulled by ITV the same time as The Bay City Rollers’ BAFTA avoiding Shang-A-Lang.