Archive for the ‘Television’ Category

The Old Grey Whistle Test Live: BBC iPlayer

February 25th, 2018

Watch Friday night’s mammoth three-hour 30th Anniversary edition of The Old Grey Whistle Test at BBC iPlayer. A fantastic retrospective programme packed with great music, interviews and memories - Catch Toyah’s appearance, alongside Chris Difford, at approximately 2hrs 22m in.


Top Of The Pops: 1982 – Brave New World

February 24th, 2018

There’s another chance to see one of the greatest pop images in modern music history – brought to life in Toyah’s iconic Brave New World 1982 promo videovery soon on BBC4′s re-airing of classic editions of Top Of The Pops.

Top Of The Pops: BBC4: Tuesday 6h March: 1.30am
17/06/1982. Simon Bates presents the weekly pop chart show, first broadcast on 17th June 1982. Includes appearances by Natasha, Roxy Music, Echo and the Bunnymen, Duran Duran, ABC, Bow Wow Wow, Queen, Toyah and Adam Ant.


Music Week: The Old Grey Whistle Test – BBC4 TONIGHT!

February 23rd, 2018

ogwt18a‘It’s going to be a huge reunion’: Bob Harris reveals live line-up for Old Grey Whistle Test

BBC Music is reviving The Old Grey Whistle Test for a one-off live special at 9pm tonight (February 23) on BBC Four. The revival marks 30 years since the legendary music TV show ended – it ran from 1971 to 1988 – and former host Bob Harris will be back at the helm.

Harris presented the show with that famous “whispering” delivery from 1972-78 and his spell included UK TV firsts including the performance from Bob Marley & The Wailers. Forty-six years since he first hosted, Harris will be back for the live three-hour special, which has generated huge excitement among music fans of a certain age.

“I know, it feels very exciting at this end too – the interest has been absolutely incredible,” the Radio 2 presenter told Music Week.

• Continue reading at Music Week. NB: Toyah will feature in a live interview having just come off stage from a performance of Jubilee at Lyric Hammersmith – Further info at

BBC Breakfast: Toyah Talks Jubilee

October 30th, 2017

40 years since Toyah starred in the cult punk film ‘Jubilee’, she’s back in a new stage version“. Watch a short clip of Toyah discussing Jubilee at BBC Breakfast‘s Twitter.


Toyah Filming for Sky Arts

August 7th, 2017

Toyah has recently been filming a new programme for Sky Arts, with Scott Millaney and Brian Grant, who produced some of her early 80′s promo videos. (Photo © Toyah Willcox)


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Wright Stuff: Toyah Opens Up About Her Relationship With Media

February 27th, 2017

Toyah guested on The Wright Stuff this morning, on Channel 5. Here’s a short clip from the appearance, uploaded to the programme’s You Tube channel earlier today.

Pop Quiz: Newsy Bits & Pieces!

December 29th, 2016

popquiz16lThe Comeback: The original Pop Quiz returned to the BBC last night with a great episode.

Bring it Back!: Reaction to the first of two new episodes has been overwhelmingly positive, with some already calling for a full series. There’s also been a a number of press reports on the revival.

ITV/Good Morning Britain: Mike Read and the pop quiz comeback: Mike Read was live in the studio this morning talking about bringing back his iconic Pop Quiz with a host of 80s pop stars. Mike looked back on his 40-year career as a DJ on Radio 1, host of the 1980s Saturday morning children’s show Saturday Superstore and the original 1980s music panel game Pop Quiz which he’s bringing back – Continue reading…

• Classic Pop Magazine: Toyah thought last night’s Pop Quiz was a whole heap of fun. Hopefully BBC Four will commission a full series - Continue reading…

Scottish Daily Mail: Music Show Revived: Pop Quiz – The Comeback, 9.30pm, BBC4: The delight of Mike Read’s Eighties series was that it brought together so many famous musicians who loved talking about music. The delight is intact for this revival, for which Read returns as host along with former conteestants Toyah Willcox, Nick Heyward and Cheryl Baker.

BBC Four: Episode One is repeated tomorrow night, late – at 1.05am on BBC Four…

Pop Quizzing at Dreamscape: Browse all of our news on PQ here…

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Pop Quiz – The Comeback: Screen Caps

December 29th, 2016

Screen captures from last night’s Pop Quiz – The Comeback. Click below to view larger.


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BBC Four @ Twitter: Pop Quiz – The Comeback

December 29th, 2016

BBC Four were tweeting a-plenty last night about Pop Quiz – The Comeback airing, including a couple of retro images of Toyah from previous Pop Quiz guest appearances (in 1981 and 1984).


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The Telegraph: Pop Quiz – The Comeback

December 29th, 2016

popquiz16jReview: a blissfully self-indulgent chance to reminisce for pop-pickers of a certain vintage

Who got a lifetime ban from a Manchester hotel for swinging from a chandelier and stealing a zebra? Ginger diva Toyah Willcox. Who bought an Austin A40 convertible so she could poke her beehive hair out of the roof? Jazz chanteuse Mari Wilson. What did this pair have in common? They were both on Pop Quiz: The Comeback (BBC Four), a revival of the retro gameshow which pitted two teams of Eighties pop stars against each other for no apparent reason other than festive fun.

• Continue reading at The Telegraph.

Pop Quiz: Watch @ BBC iPlayer

December 29th, 2016

Watch Pop Quiz – The Comeback at BBC iPlayer by clicking below.


BBC Four: Pop Quiz: The Comeback

December 20th, 2016

BBC Four’s online schedule now includes details on Pop Quiz: The Comeback, along with a new photo of the cast of Episode 1. See the cast of Episode 2 here.

Episode 1 of 2: It was the Saturday night smash hit music quiz show that ran for four years between 1981 and 1984. Over 30 years later it’s back, with the original presenter Mike Read hosting the first of two special celebration shows where the biggest pop stars from the 1980s go head to head in a test of their 80s music knowledge. Guests include Toyah Willcox, Tom Bailey (Thompson Twins), Andy McCluskey (OMD), Steve Norman (Spandau Ballet), Mari Wilson and Leee John (Imagination).


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The Scotsman: 12 of the Best Christmas TV Shows for 2016

December 17th, 2016

popquiz16eSome years there’s so much good festive telly on offer, it makes your head spin like a Christmas tree bauble crashing to the floor. In 2016, not so much – Still, there are a few gems across the schedules. Here are a few…

Pop Quiz: The Comeback (28 December, BBC4, 9:30pm)
DJ Mike Read (‘Mike Read, 275 and 285, Mike Read, Mike Read, National Radio 1’) revives the Eighties teen show in which pop stars answered questions on pop. How will the likes of Toyah, a Thompson Twin and one of ‘the Spands’ fare in this two-part treat?

• Continue reading at The Scotsman.

Official Charts: Best Music Shows on TV this Christmas

December 17th, 2016

popquiz16dOfficial Charts guide to the best music shows on TV this Christmas

We all love lounging on the sofa with eggnog in one hand and a Chocolate Orange in the other, glued to some of the year’s best TV. But what to choose when you win the battle for the remote and the channel-flicking power is all yours?

If you’re done with present opening, turkey stuffing and The Great Christmas Bake Off (we’ll miss you Mel, Sue and Mary!) – we round up the very best music telly on offer this Christmas.

Wednesday 28 December
Pop Quiz: The Comeback – 9:30pm, BBC4
Mike Read hosts the revival of the 80s music quiz with guests including Toyah Willcox, who is best known for fronting 80s band Toyah. And narrating The Teletubbies, of course.

• Continue reading at Official Charts.

Pop Quizzing with Toyah

December 16th, 2016

Exciting! Mari Wilson, Leee John, Tom Bailey, Steve Norman, Andy McCluskey and Toyah from yesterday’s recording of Pop Quiz, with original BBC host Mike Read. See Toyah’s tweet/photo. The programme airs on December 28th. (Photo © Mari Wilson)