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Episode 11

Bob Harris celebrates the 40th anniversary of the classic music TV show with guests Clare Grogan and Chris Rea, plus music from Gang of Four, Nils Lofgren and Jack Bruce.

Bob Harris continues to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the classic music TV show, this week looking back to the series which ran from November 1981-June 1982.

Clare Grogan joins Bob in the studio to talk about her appearance with Altered Images on the programme, as does Chris Rea, who discusses his initial success in America with Fool If You Think It's Over and his individual approach to releasing music in the 21st Century.

There is live music from Gang Of Four, Nils Lofgren and Jack Bruce. And David Hepworth talks about his years as presenter of Whistle Test, the programme's legacy and introduces one of his favourite archive performances.

First broadcast on Radio 2 in 2011.

57 minutes

Music Played

  • Max├»mo Park

    Brain Cells

    • Daylighting.
  • Last Train Home

    Stone Fox Chase

  • Gang of Four

    Not Great Men (Old Grey Whistle Test 40 session)

  • Altered Images

    A Day's Wait (Old Grey Whistle Test archive session)

  • Altered Images

    Insects (Old Grey Whistle Test archive session)

  • Nils Lofgren

    Long May You Run (Old Grey Whistle Test 40 session)

  • R.E.M.

    Old Man Kensey (Old Grey Whistle Test archive session)

  • Jack Bruce

    Milonga (Old Grey Whistle Test 40 session)

  • Chris Rea

    Guitar Street (Old Grey Whistle Test archive session)

  • Chris Rea

    Goodbye Little Columbus (Old Grey Whistle Test archive session)

  • Gang of Four

    Do As I Say (Old Grey Whistle Test 40 session)

  • Last Train Home

    Stone Fox Chase

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