The first and best Saturday morning kid’s show on British television. Originally
shown locally it was eventually co-hosted by producer and school’s television presenter
Chris Tarrant along with Sally James who joined in September 1977 after leaving London
Weekend’s Saturday Scene, along with Bob Carolgees with notorious punk glove puppet
Spit The Dog, Lenny Henry, fresh from summer season and ex-Scaffold member John Gorman.
The mixture of Saturday morning pictures misbehaviour and pop clips soon made it
a necessity to watch. The series finally went networked in 1979 attracting names
as wide as Paul and Linda McCartney, Elvis Costello, the Two-Tone brigade, Genesis,
Staus Quo, members of Led Zeppelin, among others. The unpredictable nature of the
children-only audience mixed with adult asides whispered under the breath by the
hosts, laughter and comments from the technical crew made this a must-see, first
attracting a college audience, then adults.
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