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 -
Talking to the Evening Times in late 1965 producer Bell confessed "It's a 'half-
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 Senate with Sol Byron, and two dance troupes The Stramashers (a six piece all woman troupe who had previously appeared on the Kenneth McKellar Show), and The Lindella Movers.
Lulu and The Luvvers performed in the pilot show in August 1965 and made themselves available for the first five shows after it had been commissioned.
One English act who appeared regularly was piano player and singer Peter London (looking
a lot like Elton John mid-
The show was intended to run for 13 weeks, but in early December it was extended for another six, and its budget increased to help attract international acts. Despite finishing on 11th February 1966 bookings seem to have been made for an 18th February 1966 show including The Fortunes, but the show had come to an end the week before, replaced by Folk In Focus.
This is another one of the great lost pop TV shows with no known editions existing.