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The Arrows Show

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This show was broadcast on the Granada-ITV network for two full 14 week seasons in 1976-77. The series was produced by British television legend Muriel Young, and directed by Peter Walker (first series) and Nicholas Ferguson (second series), both to a terrific response. The Arrows Show came about in this fashion. Producer Muriel Young had the Arrows guest on her show "Disco 45" in 1975, doing their single "I love rock 'n roll", and Young thought they were so good on screen that she suggested to Granada that they have a TV series of their own. Granada executives agreed, and The Arrows then took over the Bay City Rollers 1975 series "Shang-A-Lang", settling into their time slot . The Arrows band members were lead singer Alan Merrill, guitarist Jake Hooker, and drummer Paul Varley. The Arrows had already had three hit singles by the time they got the series. The titles were "Touch too much", "My last night with you", and "I love rock 'n roll" in 1974-75. The format of the show was that The Arrows performed three songs of their own, and they had two guests, one up and coming act, and one well known star name. They also had a dance troupe called Him and Us, which was choreographed by Teresa Scoble. They danced to hits of the day. Also of note. For the second 14 week series The Arrows added a new member, guitarist Terry Taylor, who is currently with Bill Wyman's Rhythm Kings band. The Arrows did introduce each act as hosts of the show, and they also did short interviews with guests. However, what makes The Arrows Show so unusual is that although the band had hit singles before their TV series, their last record release (the 45 rpm single "Once Upon A Time"), was issued two months before the first show of the first series. They never released another record. The Arrows had no recordings released at all during the full run of their TV series. This was due to a legal wrangle between their record company and management. It is totally unique in the history of televised pop music. The Arrows are the only band to have not one, but two weekly TV series of their own, and no records released during the run of either series. It's probably not something the Arrows band members were happy about, but it's a historical fact now. Still, in spite of the oddity that there were no record releases to promote the shows, the band had the highest rating in history for the time slot, and the sponsors were happy !moreless
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    01. The ARROWS[02/03/76] (02/03/1976) DVD

    Music Performance Arrows

    Music Performance Glyder

    Music Performance GREEN, Jesse

    Music Performance NOONE, Peter

    Dancers Him and Us



    02. The ARROWS[09/03/76] (09/03/1976) DVD

    `Once Upon a Time' Arrows

    `Back Home' Bilbo Baggins

    `Let's Call it Quits' Slade



    03. The ARROWS[23/03/76] (23/03/1976) DVD

    Music Performance Arrows

    `Star Studded Sham' Hello

    Music Performance Scottie



    04. The ARROWS[30/03/76] (30/03/1976) DVD

    Music Performance Arrows

    Paul Nicholas

    Dana



    05. The ARROWS[13/04/76] (13/04/1976) DVD

    Music Performance Arrows

    `Hello Happiness' Drifters

    `Concrete and Clay' EDELMAN, Randy

    Dancers Him and Us



    06. The ARROWS[20/04/76] (20/04/1976) DVD

    Music Performance Arrows

    `Crazy Legs' Butterflies

    Music Performance Frank Jennings Syndicate

    Dancers Him and Us Plus One



    07. The ARROWS[27/04/76] (27/04/1976) DVD

    Music Performance Arrows

    Music Performance WHITE, Louisa Jane

    Music Performance Sheer Elegance

    Music Performance Flintlock

    Dancers Him and Us Plus One



    08. The ARROWS[04/05/76] (04/05/1976) DVD

    `Feeling This Way' Arrows

    `Doing What I Know' O'SULLIVAN, Gilbert

    `At the Trocadero' Showaddywaddy

    `Never Ever Could I Leave You' MAY, Simon



    09. The ARROWS[11/05/76] (11/05/1976) DVD

    Music Performance Arrows

    `It's a Shame' Bilbo Baggins

    `Wild, Wild Angels' Smokie



    10. The ARROWS[18/05/76] (18/05/1976) DVD

    Music Performance Arrows

    `If I Don't Get You the Next One Will' DE PAUL, Lynsey

    `It's Better To Be Cruel Than Kind' STARDUST, Alvin

    Dancers Him and Us Plus One



    11. The ARROWS[25/05/76] (25/05/1976) DVD

    `Once Upon a Time' Arrows

    `Down Your Street' JONES, Kathy

    `Here I Am' Stevenson's Rocket

    Dancers Him and Us Plus One



    12. The ARROWS[01/06/76] (01/06/1976) DVD

    Music Performance Arrows

    `Requiem' Slik

    Music Performance Geraldine



    13. The ARROWS[08/06/76] (08/06/1976) DVD

    Music Performance Arrows

    `Goodbye' Lieutenant Pigeon

    `Love Me Like a Lover' CHARLES, Tina

    Dancers Him and Us Plus One



    14. The ARROWS[15/06/76] (15/06/1976) DVD

    Music Performance Arrows

    `You To Me Are Everything' Real Thing

    `Walking a Tightrope' Marmalade

    Dancers Him and Us Plus One



    15. The ARROWS[22/06/76] (22/06/1976) DVD

    Music Performance Arrows

    `Don't Make Promises You Can't Keep' Glitter Band

    `Combine Harvester' Wurzels

    Dancers Him and Us Plus One



    16. The ARROWS[28/09/76] (28/09/1976) DVD

    Music Performance Arrows

    Music Performance NICHOLAS, Paul

    Music Performance Real Thing

    Dancers Him and Us Plus Three



    17. The ARROWS[05/10/76] (05/10/1976) DVD

    Music Performance Arrows

    Music Performance Dana

    Music Performance Bay City Rollers

    Dancers Him and Us Plus Two



    18. The ARROWS[12/10/76] (12/10/1976) DVD

    Music Performance Arrows

    Music Performance Drifters

    Music Performance Pilot

    Dancers Him and Us Plus Two



    19. The ARROWS[19/10/76] (19/10/1976) DVD

    Music Performance Arrows

    Music Performance Showaddywaddy

    Music Performance EDWARDS, J. Vincent



    20. The ARROWS[26/10/76] (26/10/1976) DVD

    Music Performance Arrows

    Music Performance O'SULLIVAN, Gilbert

    Music Performance Wurzels

    Music Performance Child

    Dancers Him and Us Plus Two



    21. The ARROWS[02/11/76] (02/11/1976) DVD

    Music Performance Arrows

    `Bye-Bye Mama' Sunshine

    Music Performance T-Rex

    Dancers Him and Us Plus Two



    22. The ARROWS[09/11/76] (09/11/1976) DVD

    Music Performance Arrows

    `Stop Me (If You've Heard It All Before' OCEAN, Billy

    `Senorita' Arbre

    Music Performance FORD, Keeley

    Dancers Him and Us Plus Two



    23. The ARROWS[16/11/76] (16/11/1976) DVD

    Music Performance Arrows

    Music Performance Glitter Band

    Music Performance NEAL, Chris

    Music Performance HURLEY, Red

    Dancers Him and Us Plus Two



    24. The ARROWS[23/11/76] (23/11/1976) DVD

    Music Performance Arrows

    Music Performance NICHOLAS, Paul

    Music Performance Kettle

    Music Performance KRAMER, Billy J.

    Dancers Him and Us Plus Two



    25. The ARROWS[30/11/76] (30/11/1976) DVD

    Music Performance Arrows

    `When I Was a Star' KING, Jonathan

    `Just Wanna Love You' Dodgers

    Dancers Him and Us Plus Three



    26. The ARROWS[07/12/76] (07/12/1976) DVD

    Music Performance Arrows

    `Hold On' PITNEY, Gene

    Choreography SCOBLE, Teri

    Dancers Him and Us Plus Two



    27. The ARROWS[14/12/76] (14/12/1976) DVD

    Music Performance Arrows

    Music Performance Wurzels

    Music Performance CHRISTIE, John

    Dancers Him and Us Plus Two



    28. The ARROWS[21/12/76] (21/12/1976) DVD

    Music Performance Arrows

    Music Performance Bay City Rollers

    Music Performance Slik

    Dancers Him and Us Plus Two

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