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This documentary shows that even the weaker Tube moments are preferable to the hapless hackwork of the expensive haircuts dominating youth TV today

Newcastle. Home of Brown Ale, Viz, Tim Healy, Michael Caine's strange lack of a geordie accent in Get Carter … and, for a spell in the 1980s, television's most daring music programme. This was The Tube, which nabs an hour-long retrospective, Rewind The Tube (Friday, 11.05pm, C4), as part of the channel's 80s Night. Launching in the very first week of Channel 4's existence in 1982, The Tube spilled from the teatime tellies of Thatcher's Britain with a remit of appealing to young adults by giving them something they'd never seen before. This was no Nozin' Aroun' pander to a TV exec's idea of "the yoof". To a certain generation for whom Tiswas was about as daring as telly was allowed to get, The Tube was like »

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