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SWITCH

C4 / Silent Partners
25th March 1983 - 2nd September 1983

The first spring/summer replacement for The Tube, the hosts Yvonne French and Graham Fletcher-Cook were invited to appear on the final Tube of the season to promote the show.

Filmed at CTVC Studios in Watford it had many acts play live, together with interviews and filmed reports. Pretty much like The Tube, but without the atmosphere and humour.

The first show kicked off with a strong line-up with The Respond/Style Council Tour live in the studio, plus The Specials in Bristol and The Fun Boy Three. The show tended to target chart artists like Smash Hits, rather than break anyone new like the NME.

A worthy replacement, but the low-key presentation style wasn't popular and the producers weren't invited back to tender for a second series.