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RIVERSIDE

BBC2
4th January 1982 - 7th November 1983

An arts and style show, probably targeting readers of The Face, broadcast from the studios by Hammersmith Bridge, which had previously been used for Top of the Pops on occasion and later on TFI Friday.

The Executive Producer was Michael Appleton, whose other show The Old Grey Whistle Test was also broadcast from the same venue in early 1982.

The original presenting team was Steve Blacknell, Mike Andrews and Nicky Picasso.

As a show it's an interesting piece of history showing a post New-Romantic, pre-Rave Britain. A piece on newly opened Manchester club The Hacienda showed just what it was, an empty warehouse, before it became Rave Central a few years' later.

The music pretty much reflected the darker end of the indie scene at the time, Bauhaus, The Sex Gang Children, APB, The Mystery Girls, The Glove and others, while The Smiths gave an early appearance.