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12th September 1964 - 14th December 1972

With BBC2's debut a ten-minute teaser show titled Line-Up broadcast at the beginning of the evening showed samples of the following evening's output.

It was decided that a new late night arts review show with the station's output at its centre would be broadcast Monday to Saturday. Line-Up's presenter Denis Tuohy would be joined by journalist Joan Bakewell for the new venture which in time would go beyond the boundaries of Line Up and review ITV shows, art, cinema, music and literature.

Granada's Scene at 6.30 had expanded its range by commissioning an arts companion show the year before, so this wouldn't be new territory.

Among the musical guests were The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Tim Buckley, Julie Felix, Richie Havens, Donovan, Deep Purple, Marianne Faithfull,

The show would also launch a few spin-offs. The Look of the Week, Colour Me Pop which would invite a band in to play (or mime) songs from their new album, while One Man's/Woman's week would follow a celebrity, similar to What Do Artists Do All Day? in 2016.

It was brought to an end in December 1972 after eight years, but was brought back for one week in 1986 to help commemorate BBC TV's fiftieth anniversary, plus another one-off show for Permissive Night on BBC Parliament in 2008.