Post by markdixon on Dec 11, 2016 15:01:24 GMT
Here’s some information about another obscure Granada regional programme which appears to be missing from the archives.
‘OK’ was an early-evening series which contained news, features, discussion, advice and information for teenagers in the North West. It also featured a performance by a rock band at the start and end of each edition.
There were 12 episodes in total. Series 1 ran from 4th August 1972-8th September 1972 and series 2 ran from 23 July 1973-3rd September 1973. Here’s how the 'TV Times' described the first edition:
OK – it begins and ends with rock ‘n’ roll. There’s a whole lot besides… It’s something special and different – a ‘talk-back’ time for youth that gives them the run of the show with their presenters John Ford, Chris Meredith and Jane Wood - and some music.
A description from a few weeks later indicates that music had become the focus of the show:
With rock… news, films. Rock, events, people. Rock again, information, and more rock.
Here’s a partial list of musical guests:
11 Aug 1972: Brinsley Schwarz
23 Jul 1973: Glencoe
30 Jul 1973: Ducks Deluxe, String Driven Thing
13 Aug 1973: Fumble
I don’t know which guests appeared in the other 8 episodes, but there’s a strong chance there were some rare appearances by bands who still have cult status.
The producer was Andy Mayer (who had previously been part of the production team of ‘Nice Time’) and the director was Peter Walker (who later went on to direct ‘So It Goes’). Series 1 was studio-bound, but series 2 was recorded in various locations in the North West such as Blackpool Airport and Clitheroe Castle. I know very little about most of the presenters, but Trevor Hoyle (who joined in Series 2) went on to be a critically-acclaimed science-fiction novelist.
I hope the appearances by Brinsley Schwarz and Ducks Deluxe have survived somewhere because the pub rock scene isn’t very well represented in British TV archives. I’d like to see ‘OK’ because it would probably turn out to be an interesting time capsule of early 70s youth culture. The programme seems to have been a precursor of BBC-2’s 'Something Else'.
Does anyone have any further information about 'OK'?