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The Beat Goes On: Look! Hear! Discoveries

THREE episodes from early Eighties regional music show Look! Hear! have been returned to the BBC archives.

Look! Hear! Three episodes featuring bands such as The Beat have been returned to the BBC.

Look! Hear! Three episodes featuring bands such as The Beat have been returned to the BBC.

Look! Hear! was a  teen-orientated music show that screened on BBC Midlands between 1977 -81. Along with reports on what was hot in the worlds of entertainment and fashion, Look! Hear! featured a number of influential bands.

The three returned episode are from the eight-part 1980 series and fill the only archive gap in the programme’s entire run. They were loaned to BBC producer and Doctor Who Restoration Team member Paul Vanezis by former Look! Hear! presenter John Holmes, who co-hosted with fellow Radio Wolverhampton DJs Ann Butler, Liz Cotton and Chris Phipps, and punk-pop icon Toyah Wilcox.

The recovered episodes feature important groups from the 2-Tone, melodic rock and heavy metal movements. Details are as follows:

Episode No. Date Featuring/Tracks
Four 29/01/1980 Diamond Head (‘Streets of Gold’, ‘Helpless’)

The Selecter (‘Three Minute Hero’, ‘Every Day’, ‘Too Much Pressure’)

Five 05/02/1980 Delegation (‘Heartache #9’, ‘You and I’)

The Beat (‘Big Shot’, ‘Mirror in the Bathroom’; ‘Ranking Full Stop’)

Seven 26/02/1980 Magnum (‘If I Could Live Forever’, ‘Invasion’, ‘Changes’)

The Swinging Cats (‘Never on a Sunday’, ‘Away’)

The recordings were made directly from the quad TX masters before the tapes were wiped and are, according to Paul Vanezis writing on the Missing Episodes forum, “in very good playable condition on VHS”. They have now been transferred onto high-quality video.

Here are two performances by Diamond Head from the recovered episode four:

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