Tonight and for one night only, The Old Grey Whistle Test returns to its original home at Television Centre at White City, in a huge celebration of the iconic music television broadcast. Presented by broadcasting legend Bob Harris, who fronted the series between 1972-1978, the show will be a unique trip down memory lane, with live performances from some of the show’s favourite musicians.
Broadcast between 1971 and 1988, OGWT played host to artists including David Bowie, The Smiths, Led Zeppelin, John Lennon, Sex Pistols and Talking Heads. Bob will be welcoming back a host of guests including backroom team members, musicians who featured through the years and fans who built their music taste around the show’s stars.
According to the BBC Media Centre, “other former presenters - including Annie Nightingale, Richard Williams, David Hepworth and Andy Kershaw - will also feature, sharing stories of their time on the series”. As well as archive footage of some of the most adored performances and chats with Dave Stewart, Joan Armatrading, Ian Anderson, Kiki Dee, Chris Difford and Danny Baker, there will be music from Peter Frampton, Richard Thompson and Albert Lee.
It wouldn’t be a Bob Harris show without a feature dedicated to the finest rising artists; fast-growing folk trio Wildwood Kin also join the shows lineup, alongside underground UK Americana Awards winner Robert Vincent. With over 9 million total artist playlist followers on Spotify and 328,000 monthly listeners, the Exeter relatives are likely to be a hit with a crowd across the generations (TalentAI).
Old Grey Whistle Test Live: For One Night Only broadcasts tonight (Friday 23rd February) from 9pm on BBC Four.