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B A IN MUSIC

BBC1
19th July 1982 - 30th August 1982

Singer-songwriter Brian Alexander 'B A' Robertson had unsuccessfully recorded albums for the famed Ardent Records in Memphis and Arista in London before finally making it  as a pop star at Warner's Asylum label in the late seventies. His cheeky, chirpy hits made him look like a novelty-song nightmare, but this belied a talent that would take him from writing hits for Cliff like Carrie and Wired For Sound to worldwide number ones like Silent Running and The Living Years with Mike Rutherford, even working on a musical with Burt Bacharach in the early nineties.

He proved a multi-media talent appearing on many other shows, even hosting Top of the Pops. In 1982 he was given the chance to host a weekly, late-night show which looking at different aspects of the music business.

The first show focused on songwriting with guests Roger Cook, who together with Roger Greenaway had written many hits from the mid-sixties for nearly a decade and Andy Hill, who had been responsible for many of Bucks Fizz's recent hits. Classical music, blues, soul, producers and women in rock were looked at. It would be this final show that would give anyone a reason to remember the show at all. Starting with a close-up of Bow Wow Wow's Annabella Lewin's lips, the host’s sexist introduction angered the participant, responding that she thought the show was "shit" before walking off the show. The show had been pre-recorded, so both the offensive introduction and her response to it could have been cut.

B A In Music never made it to a second series.