Contemporary music show featuring live performances and interviews with an emphasis on album acts.

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Series cast summary:
Bob Harris ...
 Himself - Presenter (29 episodes, 1972-1979)
Anne Nightingale ...
 Herself - Presenter (13 episodes, 1978-1982)


Contemporary music show featuring live performances and interviews with an emphasis on album acts.

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Release Date:

September 1971 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Whistle Test  »

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The series was accused of being slow to catch on to the popularity of punk acts. Host Bob Harris was even physically attacked by Sid Vicious in March 1977 because of his perceived antipathy towards the genre. Harris admits he became "the symbol of everything they hated". In 1978 Anne Nightingale took over from him because she was regarded as more receptive to the new music. See more »


Bob Harris - Presenter: Mock rock...
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Referenced in The Old Grey Whistle Test Story (2007) See more »


Stone Fox Chase
Performed by Area Code 615
(series theme tune)
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The hits just keep on coming...
17 November 2003 | by (Berlin) – See all my reviews

Famous, and rightly so, as the only music programme of its generation to give airtime to obscure, unsigned and alternative bands/artists.

Many a now-famous face were given their first 15 minutes of fame on the "Old Grey Whistle Test" and we have it to thank for introducing vast quantities of quality music to the record buying public.

If you can, get your hands on the special DVD releases celebrating the programme. While the first issue concentrates mainly on famous artists (Meat Loaf, Blondie, Simply Red, Talking Heads) it is the more obscure acts on DVD 2 that are really of interest (Kevin Ayers, Be Bop Deluxe).

So if you can remember Bob Harris, Annie Nightingale, Mark Ellen and David Hepworth first time round then give OGWT another blast. Whereas, if you know nothing about the programme give it a watch any way and ask yourself why we don't have music shows like this anymore!

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