Alright Now

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This article is about the TV show. For the Free song, see All Right Now. For the Pepsi & Shirlie album, see All Right Now (Pepsi & Shirlie album).

Alright Now is a British rock music television series made by Tyne Tees Television for ITV in 1979–1980.The show was named after the song "All Right Now" by the band Free. the series showcased both established and up-and-coming acts, with a focus on those from North East England; among them were Dire Straits and The Police, both enjoying their first chart successes. (In contrast, Lindisfarne were given an entire show to themselves.) The show ran for one season and was not renewed. In 1982, Tyne Tees produced the similar music show The Tube for the then-new Channel 4.


The show was initially hosted by former Darts singer Den Hegarty, but he was dismissed from the show for "outrageous" behaviour,[1]—he later became the host of the children's show Tiswas, which also aired on Tyne Tees and most of the ITV network.

Alright Now was notorious for an interview by guest host Billy Connolly of Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham, in which Bonham responded to all Connolly's questions in monosyllables.[2]

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  1. ^ "Times of Slime". Tiswas Online. Retrieved 3 November 2010. [Den Hegarty] found work in television, fronting a music programme called 'Alright Now', but was fired by producers Tyne Tees Television for being too outrageous. 
  2. ^ Wonfor, Sam (12 August 2006). "JournalLive: Top of the shocks". ncjMedia Limited. Retrieved 3 November 2010. 

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