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
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.