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6th April 1977 - 22nd December 1981

More of a successor to Lift Off than any other of Granada's tea-time pop shows. It was squarely aimed at a younger audience and included Lift Off's Fred Barker and Ollie Owl. Described by TV Times as "A pop and quiz show for kids"  it was hosted by Roy North (Mister Roy from the Basil Brush Show) and Linda Fletcher, later joined by Megg Nicol.

The show was produced by Granada's Muriel Young, while Mike Moran was the Musical Director, responsible for the songs sung by the hosts.

British pop stars both big and small appeared on the show over the years, but they would also include the odd promo clip, supplied by record companies.

T Rex appeared on the 27th April 1977 show performing Soul of My Suit and probably gave the producer the idea of approaching Marc Bolan for his own show later in the year.

The first series finished, giving way to repeats of the Bay City Rollers' Shang-A-Lang, which in turn gave way to Marc.

The show returned in December 1977 and although the show wasn't expected to feature anything like punk, it still gave time for Eddie & The Hod Rods, The Radio Stars and The Motors.

Shows like this were never intended to break bands into the mainstream but on 11th November 1980 Britain got it's first look at U2, later to become the world's biggest band.