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All-Electric Amusement Arcade, The

SEASIDE-BASED KIDS’ drama, easily a step up from the salty SEAVIEW, revolving around a rather attractive young girl’s attempts to pep up a rundown shitty arcade with stuff to appeal to Young People. Cue weekly appearance from rock group Electric Arc, the girl’s “mates”, who also supplied the title theme which, in true tie-in tradition, failed to assault the charts.

4 Comments

4 Comments

  1. Damon Rose

    February 27, 2012 at 1:34 pm

    Funny, no matter how much you search on the web about this show, there’s very little about it and I haven’t found one single video or audio clip yet.

    Bella was the name of the girl at the centre of this children’s TV drama. It captured the dark / neon / misty / moody feel of the time and, set in an abandoned amusement arcade at a time when Pac-Man and Space Invaders were sooo cool, hit hit my buttons.

    A bit of a new romantic type, Bella made her own clothes if I recall correctly; she was pretty image conscious as was the way … or as was STARTING to be the way back then.

    The show was punctuated by songs performed in the amusement arcade by the band Electric Arc … which I’m pretty sure Bella was also the lead singer of. I may have had a crush on her …

    It was repeated during the school holidays at around 10.30 in the morning on ITV circa 1985/1986; I remember liking it just as much. And I recall rather liking the music too.

    Unlike Seaview, the main character didn’t then become the face of live paranormal television car crash shows for the easily pleased.

    Twitter me: @damonrose

  2. Tony Kay

    March 3, 2013 at 10:40 am

    I vaguely remember recording one of the songs from this show onto a cassette. If I can find the tape, which is somewhere in my loft, I’ll stick it online somewhere. I can’t find the series anywhere in any format, and I seem to remember enjoying it at the time. I’ve still got the novelization, so I must have liked it enough to buy that!

  3. Gary

    July 20, 2014 at 6:51 pm

    Hey!

    I loved this show and also can’r find anything online. I had the 7″ single with Honky Town Rap and the Main Theme tune. It’s brilliant song even now. I have recorded it to and scanned the record sleeve. If you would like me to send you the files send me an email and I’ll happily send you a download link.

  4. Damon Rose

    March 2, 2016 at 7:49 pm

    Gary, I’d love to hear that. I can’t work out how to email you so could you maybe tweet @damonrose ? Thanks so much.

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