Posts Tagged ‘The Old Grey Whistle Test’

Toyah on the Radio: 6 Music Live Hour

August 20th, 2018

bbcr6cAnother chance to hear highlights from Toyah’s 1981 Christmas Eve Drury Lane concert, originally broadcast on The Old Grey Whistle Test on BBC2 on Christmas Eve 1981, at the end of the month on BBC 6 Music’s Live Hour.

6 Music Live Hour: BBC 6 Music
Wednesday 29th August: 2.30am
Toyah in concert at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane in London in 1981, plus a session recorded by the Quads on this date (29th August) in 1979 and one from Stereophonics (22/1/1997). Presented by Chris Hawkins. Duration: 1 hour. (Available at BBC iPlayer after airing)


Toyah and The Moondogs: Chris Hawkins presents recordings from the BBC’s archive of live music. Tonight including Toyah recorded at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane in London in 1981, plus The Moondogs in session.

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.


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

Toyah on TV: The Old Grey Whistle Test Live

February 20th, 2018

Toyah will be an interview guest on the “For One Night Only” anniversary edition of The Old Grey Whistle Test on Friday. Toyah appeared on the series performing Danced & Indecision, March 1980 and live in concert from Drury Lane Theatre Royal as the Whistle Test special on Christmas Eve 1981. This special is airing to mark 30 years since the legendary series was last broadcast.

The Old Grey Whistle Test Live: BBC Four: Friday 23rd February: 9pm
For One Night Only. Hosted by Bob Harris, this live studio show features music, special guests and rare archive footage to mark the 30 years since the legendary series was last broadcast. Featuring performances from Peter Frampton, Richard Thompson, Albert Lee and more. Bob also chats to Whistle Test alumni, including Dave Stewart, Joan Armatrading, Ian Anderson, Chris Difford and Kiki Dee, as well as fans Danny Baker and Al Murray.


Christmas Countdown: GMU @ Drury Lane, 1981

December 24th, 2015

It’s the final day of the Dreamscape Christmas Countdown… I hope you’ve enjoyed the Christmas Toyahfest over the last 24 days.

On Christmas Eve 1981, exactly 34 years ago tonight, Toyah played the final date of the Good Morning Universe European Tour, at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, London. This was, famously, broadcast live on BBC2 on The Old Grey Whistle Test. Toyah later recalled: I spent one Christmas in complete euphoria after doing the Drury Lane Whistle Test. I can remember driving home to Birmingham that night and it was snowing. Everything was just wonderful and I remained on a high after doing that show for about ten days.


Christmas Countdown: Christmas Eve, 1981

December 4th, 2015

christmas14bWe’re counting down to Christmas at Dreamscape…

Christmas Eve, 1981. Toyah play to millions (figures mentioned sometimes suggest over 10 million viewers) on The Old Grey Whistle Test on BBC2, beamed live from the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. Toyah was in top form this night and no wonder as it was the end to a hugely successful year: hit singles, an album that reached number 2 and stayed on the chart for the rest of the year, three sell out tours, topping year-end music polls, magazine covers, numerous television appearances… Here are screen caps from the original BBC2 Christmas trail for their 1981 Christmas Eve schedule.


Toyah Newsy Bits & Pieces!

December 16th, 2013

The Old Grey Whistle Test: New to Dreamscape’s You Tube channel, a rare clip from Toyah’s 1981 Christmas Eve concert, televised live on BBC2′s The Old Grey Whistle Test. This is the final song of the concert, ‘I Want To Be Free’, but it’s from the TV version not the BBC Video that was released in 1982, so a slightly different ending (Thanks to Andy) – Watch here…


Toyah’s Digital Advent: We are being spoiled this Christmas by The Official Toyah Willcox Website. Already there’s been live footage from the Love Is The Law & More Tour, great audio from 1981, rare photos from the late 70s, and today a treat from the 90s - Visit the Advent…

Nottingham Post: Celebrity signed book by Nottingham care assistant auctioned for charity: Care assistant Victoria Harwood is hoping to raise funds to save endangered animals – by drawing animals… The famous signatures include Richard Kiel and singer Toyah Willcox – Continue reading…

Robert Fripp’s Diary: A selection of great festive photos have been posted to Robert’s online diary – View here…

Official Discography: There is more content being added almost daily. Great info on Toyah;s many releases over the years – View here…

Toyah 1987 – 2003: Great news that Toyah’s back catalogue from 1987 to 2003 will be made available digitally next year. Desire, Prostitute, Ophelia’s Shadow, Take The Leap!, Dreamchild, Velvet Lined Shell – all fantastic albums that will hopefully reach more people in years to come!