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4th October 1965 - 3rd January 1966

Stramash! (emphasis on the second syllable) means riot, and was broadcast from the home of the phrase, Glasgow. Producer David Bell told The Stage that it would be "an organised musical riot. The tumult will will include songs from a wide field of programmes - rhythm and blues, spirituals, jazz, folk music, potential chart material and so on. It will compliment rather than take the place of Top Of The Pops".

The show relied on available local talent like Lulu and The Luvvers, The New Faces, Peter Cooke (fresh from BBC1's Gadzooks), Chris McClure (from group The Fireflies), The Stramashers (a six piece all woman group who had previously appeared on the Kenneth McKellar Show), The Senate with Sol Byron, and dance troupe The Lindella Movers. This is another one of the great lost pop TV shows with no known copies existing.

One English act who appeared regularly was piano player and singer Peter London (looking a lot like Elton John mid-nineties). Paul Simon, in his solo folk days, also appeared on the show.