TV Pop Diaries
Popular Music on British Television
2nd June 1981 -
The last great tea-
The show had outdoor location numbers as well as indoor clips, either straight performance
shots like Top Of The Pops, or little video-
The show started off courting anyone who had a record to plug, but eventually it managed to persuade the likes of Paul McCartney, Mick Jagger and Kate Bush. It also gave valuable airtime to foreign acts who wouldn’t get a chance on Top Of The Pops like Rick Springfield, Inxs and Berlin. In 1983 they gave space for Seona Dancing, a late blooming New Romantic act featuring singer Ricky Gervais.
In 1985 Capital Radio disc jockey Dave Jensen took over the host’s job, but the show format remained the same with guest celebrity hosts, an interview or two and four or five acts appearing live (although miming). As the show became more popular the promo clips were dropped to make room for more live acts.
The series was dropped by Tyne Tees so they could devote more time to developing a network early evening pop show based on the ILR top forty. It would be remembered for taking more chances than most pop shows and was much respected and the last of its kind.