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Having a late career re-boot with I Love To Boogie in 1976 Marc was back in the chart and suddenly TV wanted him again. Mike Mansfield afforded him his own TV special Rollin' Bolan in August, while he could also be found interviewing pop stars on Thames' Today, the show which would see those pesky Sex Pistols get the better of a drunk hack later in the year. It was of course, a false dawn. He wouldn't really bother that charts again and, unbeknown to anyone, the end was in sight.

Marc Bolan was probably approached about hosting his own show when he appeared on Granada's Arrows and Get It Together in April 1977. Both were produced by Muriel Young, who single handedly owned tea-time pop from the mid sixties for over a decade.

Marc re-recorded his songs for the new show with his new version of T Rex, including Herbie Flowers, Dino Dines and Tony Newman. While he was there to play his old hits and introduce new acts he not unreasonably plugged his new 45 Celebrate Summer several times, which despite the plays and his sudden death was still not a big hit.

The dance troupe were Heart Throb, choreographed by Teri Scoble as were many of the Granada shows of the time.

By mid-1977 punk was slowly encroaching into tea-time telly, so The Jam and The Boomtown Rats were invited onto the show as were The Radio Stars, featuring Bolan's old friend from John's Children Andy Ellison. Another old friend appeared on the final edition. David Bowie performed Heroes and an end of show jam which ended abruptly when Marc fell off the stage.

A second series of thirteen shows was discussed with Marc, but his sudden death on the 16th of September, two days after wrapping up the recording of the final show put an end to that. The final two shows which were still to be shown were broadcast as intended.

Many of the shows began with Sing Me A Song and before he signed off he suggested we all "Keep a little Marc in your heart and we'll be back at the same Marc time, the same Marc channel." Consider it done.

A Network DVD featuring only the Marc and T Rex songs was released, while the complete series was released in Japan.



24th August 1977 - 28th September 1977