2011 marks the 40th anniversary of the landmark music television series the Old Grey Whistle Test. To commemorate this milestone, WBBC have produced a special 16-part radio series on BBC Radio 2 celebrating & remembering every year of the show. With some outstanding guests making appearances on the show, it is sure to be one of the radio events of the year.
The series went down as a massive success, running for 16 weeks from Wednesday – Wednesday October 5th 2011.
Below you can see a breakdown of each of the shows in the series, along with links to our WBBC photo gallery for each episode.
Thank you very much to all who contributed and listened, we couldn’t have done it without you!
PROGRAMME 1: Alice Cooper & Elton John reminisce about the show, along with classic performances of theirs from the show Yusuf Islam performs live AND MORE
VISIT OUR GALLERY FOR PROGRAMME ONE HERE
PROGRAMME 2: Ralph McTell talks & performs, along with Thijs van Leer from Focus, a memorable
performance from the show from Bob Marley & The Wailers AND MORE
VISIT OUR GALLERY FOR PROGRAMME TWO HERE
PROGRAMME 3: Steve Harley and Roger Daltrey talk and perform, Paul Rodgers chats with Bob, classic archive from Queen AND MORE
VISIT OUR GALLERY FOR PROGRAMME THREE HERE
VISIT OUR GALLERY FOR PROGRAMME FOUR HERE
PROGRAMME 5: Bob interviews Brian May, who reminisces about the incredible success of Queen, Jackson Browne & Emmylou Harris perform live AND MORE
VISIT OUR GALLERY FOR PROGRAMME 5 HERE
PROGRAMME 6: Joan Armatrading plays a lovely live set, with interviews from Stevie Nicks and Peter Frampton as well AND MORE
PROGRAMME 7: Randy Newman plays a brand new live set, along with John Otway Mark Knopfler and Andy Partridge chat with Bob AND MORE
VISIT OUR GALLERY FOR PROGRAMME 7 HERE
PROGRAMME 8: Special new live sessions from some amazing artists- Squeeze, Gordon Giltrap, Ian Anderson AND Thin Lizzy, an archive performance from The Police AND MORE
VISIT OUR GALLERY FOR PROGRAMME 8 HERE
PROGRAMME 9: New live performance from Judie Tzuke and her band, along with Steve Hackett, an interview with Greg Lake and Debbie Harry AND MORE
VISIT OUR GALLERY FOR PROGRAMME 9 HERE
PROGRAMME 10: Hazel O’Connor and Wilko Johnson perform live, an interview from Paul Young and Neil Finn AND MORE
VISIT OUR GALLERY FOR PROGRAMME 10 HERE
PROGRAMME 11: Gang Of Four & Jack Bruce perform live, Chris Rea & David Hepworth talk about their time on the show AND MORE
VISIT OUR GALLERY FOR PROGRAMME 11 HERE
PROGRAMME 12: In a very Scottish show, Edwyn Collins, Rab Noakes and Midge Ure all came in, along with some archive performances from Simple Minds & Eurythmics AND MORE
VISIT OUR GALLERY FOR PROGRAMME 12 HERE
VISIT OUR GALLERY FOR PROGRAMME 13 HERE
PROGRAMME 14: Billy Bragg, Andy Kershaw, Thomas Dolby and John Hiatt are all in the studio with Bob, special archive from The Richard Thompson Band AND MORE
VISIT OUR GALLERY FOR PROGRAMME 14 HERE
PROGRAMME 15: In the penultimate episode of the series, Bob was joined by another Bob in Bob Geldof, as well as Chuck Prophet and Feargal Sharkey, archive performances from Status Quo AND MORE
VISIT OUR GALLERY FOR PROGRAMME 15 HERE
PROGRAMME 16: The final episode of the series featured very special performances from Julian Lennon and Paul Weller, an interview from Led Zeppelin lead singer Robert Plant, classic archive from INXS AND MORE
VISIT OUR GALLERY FOR PROGRAMME 16 HERE
BEHIND THE SCENES: We are also continually taking photos of the team working hard behind the scenes of the Old Grey Whistle Test 40 series, and you can see all of the backstage images in our site gallery here
Stay tuned to this page for more OGWT40 news, and for links to special footage and unheard performances from the show!
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