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The Old Grey Whistle Test Story

Jo Brand narrates a profile of the BBC's first flagship live music programme, The Old Grey Whistle Test, which ran from 1971-1987.

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.

40 minutes

Last on

Fri 14 May 2021 22:00

Music Played

Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

  • 00:05

    Bob Marley & The Wailers

    Stir It Up

  • 00:22

    Sex Pistols

    Anarchy In The U.K.

  • 00:25

    None

    Deleted Record

  • 00:31

    Tv Themes

    The Young Ones

  • 00:33

    Area Code 615

    Stone Fox Chase (The Old Grey Whistle Test Theme)

  • 00:35

    Jools Holland

    Bird Cage Walk (Doing The)

Credits

Role Contributor
Narrator Jo Brand
Producer Dione Newton
Director Dione Newton
Participant Bob Harris
Participant Annie Nightingale
Participant Jools Holland
Participant Mark Radcliffe
Participant Jarvis Cocker
Participant Paul Morley
Participant Charles Shaar Murray

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