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Get It Together

1 9 7 7 – 1 9 8 1 (UK)
92 x 30 minute episodes

Get It Together was a weekly TV pop show –  filmed in Manchester for Granada TV – featuring groups miming to their hits in front of a studio audience of kids, presented by Roy North (fresh from The Basil Brush Show) and Linda Fletcher (and eventually, Megg Nicol). The musical director was Mike Moran.

Guests were generally of the Cliff Richard/Showaddywaddy/Shakin’ Stevens/Suzi Quatro ilk despite the prevalence of punk rock in Britain at the time, although the more acceptable face of new wave was represented by acts such as The Boomtown Rats, Squeeze, Elvis Costello, U2 and Adam & The Ants.

As was the norm for the day, the show had its own dance group, called The Teri Scoble dancers (containing the stunning Teri and her equally stunning twin Lisa), who had originally appeared on Shang-A-Lang.

Get It Together was created by Muriel Young, who had hosted Small Time and The Five O’Clock Club on TV in the 50s and 60s, before moving on to produce many successful children’s television programmes at Granada.

The house band in the studio included Mike Moran (keyboards), Laurence Juber (guitar), Kevin Peek (guitar), Nigel Jenkins (guitar), Ray Russell (guitar), Ritchie Close (keyboards), Brian Ibbetson (keyboards), Alan Jones (bass), Barry de Souza (drums) and Dave Hassell (percussion). Backing singers included Val Stokes, Victy Silva, Lynn Garner, Susie Lynch and Lavinia Rodgers.