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Alright Now

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Running for two seasons between 1979 and 1980, Alright Now was an ITV music series featuring the very latest top rock, pop and punk bands performing live in the Tyne Tees television studios in Newcastle, intercut with interviews, music-related location reports and archive film clips.

The first series was hosted by Darts‘ bassist (and future Tiswas star) Den Hegarty, aided and abetted by a group of local youngsters called the Krazy Koffee Bar Kidz, as the show combined music with youth access programming ideas.

The outcome was successful enough for the show to be granted a second series, this time with guest hosts, including Billy Connolly – who conducted a notorious interview with Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham, in which Bonham responded to all questions in monosyllables – and Mickie Most.

A smokier, clubbier atmosphere pervaded the new series.