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HOLD TIGHT!

Granada
13th September 1982 - 4th November 1987

Shot on location at Alton Towers funfair, this was one of Granada's many tea-time pop shows. It was a part of the Children's ITV strand, replacing Granada's popular Get It Together.

Running from late summer to early autumn this one featured teams of kids representing their school in various quizzes and challenges with the winners getting the run of the park for free.

The first shows were hosted by ex-Selecter singer Pauline Black, accompanied by Bob Carolgees and Spit The Dog and featured Bad Manners (who provided the theme tune), Dexy's Midnight Runners, Toyah, Toto Coelo, Shakin' Stevens and many others.

Unlike earlier Granada tea-time pop shows this one didn't feature new up and coming talent in an attempt to save money.

The following summer saw indie favourites like Paul Haig and The Farmers Boys in amongst The Thompson Twins, Musical Youth and the like. The 1983 season also saw Musical Youth compete against their old school Duddeston Manor.

The 1986 season came to an end in December with a special starring The Housemartins.

The 1987 season would be the last. Probably in response to the Late Late Breakfast Show tragedy the previous winter they decided to ditch the games aspect and just re-tool it as a pop show. It featured a new theme by the band Westworld and featured appearances by Iggy Pop (his first kids' show since his Number 73 incident a year earlier) and Public Image Limited.

The show had hosted a full range of representative pop and indie from the mid-eighties and is worth tracing shows or clips for.