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The Old Grey Whistle Test Story

Jo Brand narrates a profile which celebrates the life and times of the BBC's first flagship live music programme, The Old Grey Whistle Test, which ran from 1971 to 1987. It looks at the music, the presenters, the TV rivals, the sparse studio and the legacy, finds out why Bob Harris whispered, what Sid Vicious tried to do to him and what Camel did with a woodwind quartet and why. All these questions are answered and many more, followed by loving compilations of those early 70s years, the era that time forgot.

Release date:

40 minutes

Last on

Mon 26 Sep 2011 01:00


Role Contributor
NarratorJo Brand
ProducerDione Newton
DirectorDione Newton
ParticipantBob Harris
ParticipantAnnie Nightingale
ParticipantJools Holland
ParticipantMark Radcliffe
ParticipantJarvis Cocker
ParticipantPaul Morley
ParticipantCharles Shaar Murray