ATV Choice: Neil McCormick’s Needle Time

Vintage TV launch a musically focused talk show fronted by Neil McCormick today, the first guest is music and television legend Jools Holland.

Neil McCormick with Jools Holland for Vintage TV

Neil McCormick opens his brand new talk show series in style, with legendary composer, pianist, broadcaster and undisputed master of The Boogie Woogie, Jools Holland as his guest.

In this first episode, Neil probes the UK’s favourite bandleader about his musical influences and his proudest memories. Jools holds the unique status of a man who has performed with legends from every decade of the 20th century. There should be plenty to chat about…

Born in 1958 Holland played as a session musician before finding fame in 1974 with band Squeeze. He began issuing solo records in 1978, releasing an album and several singles through to 1984. By this time he had also joined Tyne Tees Television in Newcastle to co-host the groundbreaking music and comedy series The Tube for Channel 4.

In recent years television has continued with his own BBC Two series Later with Jools Holland… and music wise he continues to perform with his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra.

Jools Holland hosts The Tube, 1982

Above: Jools presents a 1983 edition of Channel 4’s infamous The TubeLeslie Ash and Jools Holland present The Tube from New York USA

Above: Leslie Ash and Jools Holland present a sequence for The Tube from New York, USAThe Tube, Paula Yates and Jools Holland, 1982

Above: The familiar pairing of the late Paula Yates and Jools Holland at the Tyne Tees TV studiosJools Holland and Paula Yates at The Tube sign, Tyne Tees TV

Above: Jools and Paula outside Tyne Tees TV where The Tube was produced for Channel 4Jools Holland interviews Mick Jagger for The Tube

Above: Jools chats to Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger for The Tube, one of many interviewsThe Tube crew, 1985, including Paula Yates and Jools Holland (bottom)

Above: The Tube crew in 1985, Jools and Paula front left with producer Malcolm Gerrie

Neil McCormick’s Needle Time Tuesday 7th May, 10pm and 7pm Saturday 11th May

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