PRIDED ITSELF on being the only place on television you’d be likely to see the Sensational Alex Harvey Band, which was probably a good thing too. PETER PURVES’s favourite programme. BOB HARRIS claims chief association with the thing, but it was actually started with IAN WHITCOMB and RICHARD WILLIAMS calling, or rather mumbling, the shots. Despite the noise, it always felt like you had to watch it in silence. Flourished during the years when “a pop song” could be 20 hours long. ELP, Yes and ELO turned up every week, either in the studio or “on film, midway through their latest rekkerd-breaking world tour”. Then punk came along and Sir Bob looked a little lost, so ANNIE NIGHTINGALE, DAVID HEPWORTH, MARK ELLEN, RICHARD SKINNER and ANDY KERSHAW took over, perching on monitors to introduce Gang of Four and Spizz Oil. The whole gang got put in charge of Live Aid, because they were the only people who the Beeb thought “knew how to introduce live music” – hence footage of Ellen, Skinner and co beaming their way into the homes of millions of bemused Duran Duran fans.