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1 9 7 8 (UK)
8 x 45 minute episodes

Producer Mickie Most devised a fictional setting for his new live music show – a rundown ballroom in the Midlands that had lost its traditional revenue streams and had turned to rock music as a way of staying afloat: it was either that or Bingo.

Peter Cook basically played himself as the bow-tied manager of the converted ballroom – “once one of the most sophisticated ballrooms in the Midlands” – who now had to present the music he hated to an audience he hated in this short-lived new wave style pop and rock show broadcast from Studio 1 at ATV Birmingham – previously the home of New Faces for four years and Crossroads for ten.

Cook appeared, dressed in a tuxedo, on a large video screen in front of a very boisterous live audience (who often booed him and chanted “off, off, off”) and was helped on the ballroom floor by assistant manager Les Ross (a Birmingham DJ) who, in addition to selling junk food, presented bands and a nostalgia spot.

To rev the audience up, DJ Chris Hill was involved as a professional heckler.


Although piloted in an early evening slot, the 45-minute show ended up confined to late Saturday night, ideally timed for pub leavers perhaps but clearly not attractive enough for most viewers because just one series was produced.

The artists who performed live on Revolver were:

Episode 1
XTC, Steel Pulse, John Dowie, Rich Kids, Kate Bush, Ricky Cool & The Icebergs (who?), and The Tom Robinson Band

Episode 2
The Autographs, Hi Tension, The Lurkers, The Stranglers, The Boyfriends, Kandidate, and The Boomtown Rats

Episode 3
The Vibrators, Roy Hill Band, Bonnie Tyler, Buzzcocks, Siouxsie & The Banshees, Sore Throat, and Ian Dury and The Blockheads

Episode 4
The Rezillos, Matumbi, The Motors, Nick Lowe, Brent Ford & The Nylons, and Elvis Costello

Episode 5
The Fabulous Poodles, Dire Straits, The Boomtown Rats, Julie Driscoll and Brian Auger (video Clip), Heatwave, Jab Jab, and The Jam

Episode 6
The Motors, The Shirts, Ian Dury and The Blockheads, Steve Gibbons Band, Goldie, Patrick Fitzgerald, and Suzi Quatro

Episode 7
Eddie Kidd, X-Ray SpexLindisfarne, Merger, CGas 5, and Eddie & The Hot Rods

Episode 8
David Coverdale & Whitesnake, The Tourists, Rich Kids, The Only Ones, The Showbiz Kids, The Roy Hill Band and Darts.