Get It Together (TV series)

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Get It Together
Genre Music Children's
Created by Muriel Young
Starring Roy North
Linda Fletcher
Megg Nichol
'Ollie Beak'
Mike Moran
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 7
No. of episodes 87
Production
Producer(s) Muriel Young
Running time 25 minutes
Production company(s) Granada
Distributor ITV
Broadcast
Original channel ITV
Picture format 4:3 ratio
Audio format Monaural
First shown in April 1977 - December 1981
Original airing 6 April 1977
Chronology
Related shows Lift Off with Ayshea
Shang-A-Lang

Get It Together is a British children's television series, produced by Granada Television for the UK ITV network between 1977 and 1981. The series followed an almost identical format to the earlier Lift Off with Ayshea, also created by series producer Muriel Young.[1]

The series was presented by former 'straight man' to Basil Brush, Roy North, initially with Linda Fletcher and then later with Megg Nichol. Whereas Lift Off had been originally designed to showcase viewer's pop music requests by guest artists, Get It Together relied more on the presenters and resident band and singers. Mike Moran was the show's musical director, leading the studio band on camera, with singers including Victy Silva and Kim Goody.

According to the BFI database, the first show was televised on 6 April 1977 and the last on 22 December 1981. It is possible that the first transmission was in fact earlier.[clarification needed] One of the first guests on the series were that year's British representatives in the Eurovision Song Contest Lynsey de Paul & Mike Moran, but that episode is not listed in the BFI credits.

According to BFI, Series 1 ran from 6 April - 6 July 1977, consisting of 12 episodes. The show then returned later that year for a Christmas special on 27 December, entitled Get It Together with The Bay City Rollers.

Series 2 ran from 10 January - 21 March 1978, featuring 11 shows.

Series 3 ran from 19 September - 19 December 1978, followed by a Christmas Special on 26 December, for a total of 15 shows.

Series 4 ran from 10 April - 15 May 1979, for just 6 episodes.

Series 5 ran from 27 November 1979 – 6 March 1980, including the Get It Together Christmas Bonanza on 26 December 1979, for a run of 13 shows.

Series 6 ran from 23 September - 23 December 1980, featuring 14 shows.

The final series 7, ran from 1 September - 22 December 1981, featuring 14 shows, with Megg Nichol replacing Linda Fletcher as co-presenter to North.

Guests that featured throughout the series run included: The Bay City Rollers, Squeeze, Sally Oldfield, Chas & Dave, Showaddywaddy, Berni Flint, The Glitter Band, Billy Ocean, Shakin' Stevens, T.Rex, Eddie & The Hot Rods, The Strawbs, The Real Thing, Lynsey de Paul & Rocky Sharpe And The Replays.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Get It Together[17/10/78] (1978) | BFI". Ftvdb.bfi.org.uk. Retrieved 2014-07-03.