The Clothes Show

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The Clothes Show
Genre Factual
Created by Jeff Banks
Starring Louise Redknapp
Caryn Franklin
Brendan Courtney
Theme music composer

Five Star[1] (season 1)

Pet Shop Boys (season 2 onwards)
Opening theme

Find the Time (Shep Pettibone Remix) (season 1)

In the Night (season 2 onwards)
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
Executive producer(s) Roger Casstles
Original network BBC1
Original release 13 October 1986 – present
External links

The Clothes Show is a British television show about fashion that can currently be seen weeknights on Really. It was formerly broadcast on BBC One from 1986 to 2000.[2][3][4]

BBC series (1986-2000)[edit]

The Clothes Show was first broadcast on 13 October 1986, with Breakfast Time's Selina Scott and designer Jeff Banks as its first hosts. The show combined reports from the catwalks with items on how to achieve a catwalk-type look on a reasonable budget. Selina and Jeff were later joined by Caryn Franklin (a former Fashion Editor and co-Editor of international style magazine i-D), who took over as Banks' main co-host after Scott left.

Such was the success of the show that in 1989 the annual Clothes Show Live event was launched at Birmingham's NEC, and later a magazine was produced to accompany the programme. The programme continued on the BBC until the late 1990s, with other presenters over the years including Margherita Taylor, Tim Vincent, Richard Jobson and Brenda Emmanus. Series producers included Collette Foster and Jane Lomas, who had been a presenter on the earliest shows. James Strong, Mike Prince, Mark Westcott and Ann Wilson were among the directors. The Clothes Show Live event continues to be held annually at the beginning of each December.

Theme tune[edit]

The show's original theme music in 1986 was the Shep Pettibone remix of Five Star's then-recent hit "Find the Time".[5][6] From 1987 onwards the theme tune was an excerpt from the Arthur Baker remix of the Pet Shop Boys' song "In The Night", which can be found on the 1986 Disco album. The original version of the song was on the b-side of the 1985 single "Opportunities (Let's Make Lots of Money)".

In 1995 Pet Shop Boys were asked by the BBC to remix the theme tune for a revamped version of the show. This new version appeared as a b-side to the 1996 single "Before", and can now be found on the 2001 re-issue of their 1996 album Bilingual, and on their Format b-side compilation album.

Saint Etienne were also asked to produce a theme tune for the show, but it was turned down.[7] Their theme was eventually released on the fanclub-only album Built on Sand.

UKTV Style/Really series (2006–present)[edit]

On 7 August 2006, The Sun newspaper reported that The Clothes Show was to be resurrected after six years and would be shown on UKTV Style, hosted by Louise Redknapp, Caryn Franklin and Brendan Courtney. The programme moved from UKTV Style to a new channel called Really (formerly UKTV Gardens up to 19 May 2009), after UKTV Style was rebranded Home on 30 April 2009.


  1. ^ "BBC One - The Clothes Show 1986 - YouTube". Retrieved 2016-03-30. 
  2. ^ "The Clothes Show returns - Telegraph". Retrieved 2013-09-15. 
  3. ^ Francesca Craggs (2013-01-10). "The Clothes Show: A whole new genre for TV". Chronicle Live. Retrieved 2013-09-15. 
  4. ^ "New fashion series for BBC | News | Broadcast". 2001-08-03. Retrieved 2013-09-15. 
  5. ^ "BBC One - The Clothes Show 1986 - YouTube". Retrieved 2016-03-30. 
  6. ^ "Five Star - Find The Time (Shep Pettibone Remix) - YouTube". Retrieved 2016-03-30. 
  7. ^ "BBC - Cult - Classic TV - The Clothes Show". Retrieved 16 June 2010. 

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