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Pop Music on British Television 1955 - 1999

Loosely named after the Free song, All Right Now, co-written by Middlesbrough's Paul Rodgers. Where ATV's Revolver was set in a nightclub, Alright Now was set in a coffee bar, bringing back memories of much earlier shows like TWW's Discs-A-Gogo.

The host for the first series was Darts' singer Den Hegarty, replaced by guest presenters for the second series including Billy Connolly, Suzi Quatro, Bill Oddie, Mickie Most and Phil Lynott. In addition to the host here was a resident group of customers, referred to as the Krazy Koffee Bar Kidz. The pilot show was shot in January 1979 starring The Steve Gibbons Band, and was considered successful enough for Tyne Tees to commission an eight part series.

Alright Now was a kind of sequel to The Geordie Scene, giving exposure to new and established acts from the north east of England, alongside acts from the rest of the country. Among the 'before they were famous' bands given early exposure were The Police and Dire Straits, both featuring Geordies.

The Clash requested to play on the show as it had a live music only policy "you can plug in and play" claimed Joe Strummer, while Elvis Costello, Rockpile, Phil Lynott among others also took the train up to Newcastle to appear. The music policy was pretty much like The Old Grey Whistle Test and Revolver, with anyone from Rory Gallagher to new wavers invited up. The Only Ones' Another Girl Another Planet was used for the opening credit sequence which also featured the jukebox used in the cafe set design.

The show featured Tyne Tees production names which would become more familiar and prominent in the eighties, Andrea Wonfor, Malcolm Gerrie, and director Gavin Taylor, all of whom would work later work on The Tube.


Tyne Tees

6th February 1979 - 19th December 1980