Shang-a-Lang (TV series)

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Directed byDave Warwick
Mike Mansfield
StarringBay City Rollers:
  Eric Faulkner
  Derek Longmuir
  Leslie McKeown
  Stuart 'Woody' Wood
Big Jim Sullivan
Him and Us Dancers
Country of originUnited Kingdom
No. of episodes20
Producer(s)Muriel Young
Running time25 minutes
(including a commercial break)
Original networkGranada for ITV
Original release1 April 1975 –
Late 1975
Followed byThe Krofft Superstar Hour

Shang-a-Lang was a children's pop music TV series starring the Scottish band, the Bay City Rollers. It was produced in Manchester by Granada Television for the ITV network and ran for one 20-week series in 1975.

It featured the band in comedy sketches and performing their songs to a live studio audience made up of their teenage fans. This resulted in chaotic scenes at times as some members of the audience attempted to run onto the studio floor to meet their heroes, resulting in security officers having to forcibly restrain or even eject them from the studio.

Guest stars performing their latest releases and hits included Cliff Richard, Marc Bolan, Lynsey de Paul, Lulu, David Cassidy, Linda Lewis, Gary Glitter, Olivia Newton-John, Slade, Sparks, Alvin Stardust, Showaddywaddy, The Rubettes, Alan Price and Gilbert O'Sullivan and The Marionettes.[1]

The show's theme song "Shang-a-Lang", was a hit single for the group, peaking at number 2 in 1974 in the UK Singles Chart.[2]


  1. ^ "Shang-a-Lang (TV Series 1975–)". Retrieved 4 January 2018.
  2. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 45. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.

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