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Tyne Tees
2nd June 1981 - 2nd January 1987

The last great tea-time pop show, recorded in Newcastle and networked from the beginning. Tyne Tees had already begun to make a significant name for itself in pop with local shows like The Geordie Scene, Check It Out and All Right Now, but the national network was the target for this outing. Hosted by editor Alistair Pirrie who had among his various female co-hosts the then fourteen year old Lisa Stansfield.

The show had outdoor location numbers as well as indoor clips, either straight performance shots like Top Of The Pops, or little video-ettes with a few visual effects.

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.