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LOOSE TALK

C4 / RPM Productions
11th April 1983 - 8th November 1983

An awful style, arts and music-based chat show hosted by Steve Taylor, live from the Albany in Deptford, South London with guest co-hosts including, on one memorable occasion, Private Eye's Ian Hislop.

A selection of uninteresting and un-interested pop stars turned up to plug their new discs, but the regular host didn't know what to do to make anyone say anything interesting, while Hislop got lumbered with mumbling imbeciles. He would later choose his encounter with Tom Waits on the show as a candidate for entry into Room 101. The only other notable memory would be actor Peter Capaldi introducing singer Sade Adu for the first time on TV.

Loose Talk was another Channel 4 show which employed backroom boy Jonathan Ross.

Chart stars like Aztec Camera, Difford & Tilbrook, Elvis Costello, Howard Jones and others appeared, but it wasn’t enough to rescue it.

A disaster which ran for two series.