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Pop Music on British Television 1955 - 1999

Shot on location at Alton Towers funfair Stoke-on-Trent, this was one of Granada's last 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 followed the familiar plot with teams of kids representing their school in various quizzes and challenges, but this time the prize was worth winning as the winners got 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 with Bad Manners providing the theme tune. Dexy's Midnight Runners, Toyah, Toto Coelo, Shakin' Stevens were among the first guests. Thankfully, 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, while the 1983 season also saw Musical Youth compete against their old school Duddeston Manor. The 1986 finale show in December saw Hull's forth finest The Housemartins host their own special. Hold Tight came to an end in 1987, probably in response to the Late Late Breakfast Show tragedy the previous winter. For the final series the producers had decided to ditch the games aspect and just re-tool it as a pop-only show. Featuring a new theme by the band Westworld it went out blazing with surprising 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.




HOLD TIGHT!


Granada

13th September 1982 - 4th November 1987