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Hitman and Her, The

A bit of decent music sneaks into the Hacienda while Anthony "H" Wilson isn't lookingALMOST UNIQUE nightclub-based Saturday night marathon passing quickly into pub-bound TV legend. At the “helm” were eighties Hit Factory svengali, railway buff and future unofficial Music Tsar of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, PETE WATERMAN, together with ex-Wide Awake Clubber MICHAELA STRACHAN. Invariably broadcast from dress to impress, ladies free B4 11pm-type nitespot, usually Mr Smiths in Warrington. Exactly what was supposed to be gained from broadcasting extensive footage of gawky moustachioed northern chancers (including, tellingly enough, about half of what were to become Take That) dancing appallingly to SAWs Packjammed With The Party Posse, with a live PA from The London Boys if you were lucky, is unclear, and now looks rather like a folly. Still, Pete always treated the occasion with the spirit, if not the spirits, it deserved, and always wore a sober suit while Michaela did her honour-bound best to get some sense out of the baying hordes.

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14 Comments

  1. B B Beyer

    November 22, 2009 at 12:45 am

    Saw Pete Waterman today as it happens, at the Warley model rail show at the NEC. He was promoting his range of ‘O’ gauge loco kits. Rock and roll, eh?

  2. Glenn A

    November 23, 2009 at 11:41 am

    It was of its time, but that Hacienda poster interests me as would Pete Waterman really be welcome in this ultra trendy nightclub and I could imagine the reaction from the ravers if Kylie Minogue was played.

  3. A Half-Naked Dancing Bloke in a Frightwig

    November 24, 2009 at 8:25 pm

    Memorably mentioned by Jerry Sadowitz in The Pall Bearer’s Revue during a sketch spoofing Points of View where he wrote in commending The Hitman and Her because it saved him buying pornography.

  4. Paul Gatenby

    November 25, 2009 at 8:56 am

    One of those late night TV programmes that, when I was a child, never had any description in the listings and as a result I had no idea what they were about. I imagined a crime comedy-drama along the lines of Moonlighting.

  5. Bob Hazard

    November 25, 2009 at 1:54 pm

    I have the Hacienda broadcast on VHS. My favourite bit is when Michaela leaps about excitedly and shouts to Pete the dj’s are putting the records together with no announcing and you cant hear the join. Plus alot of rather wide eyed clubbers and facial chewing, for some strange reason… and the lack of taches and ties re clubs like Mr Smiths. Normally I used to avoid this when coming in from a teenage night out. Especially hated ‘pass the mic’

  6. robbie

    June 2, 2010 at 5:02 am

    My fav moment of the Hacienda night was when Michaela dropped the mic on the floor and lost it due to the fact that someone had spiked her drink with LSD.

    Very funny night, most of the regulars would not join in the usual BS that they liked to do on this show at the Kevin and Tracy clubs….Very funny.

  7. mat

    January 10, 2011 at 8:31 pm

    bob what are the chances of a copy or dvd


    Bob Hazard:

    I have the Hacienda broadcast on VHS. My favourite bit is when Michaela leaps about excitedly and shouts to Pete the dj’s are putting the records together with no announcing and you cant hear the join. Plus alot of rather wide eyed clubbers and facial chewing, for some strange reason… and the lack of taches and ties re clubs like Mr Smiths. Normally I used to avoid this when coming in from a teenage night out. Especially hated ‘pass the mic’

  8. THX 1139

    February 12, 2015 at 2:00 pm

    Incongruously mentioned by John Cooper Clarke on his radio show last Sunday as one of his fondest music TV memories or something. First place he ever saw Sydney Youngblood, apparently. A life of surprises, this.

  9. Glenn Aylett

    June 26, 2021 at 10:55 am

    How nightclubs were in the late eighties, plastic palaces playing SAW rubbish and the sort of place you could end up with a bottle in the face for making eye contact with someone’s girlfriend. I do believe one visit to a provincial club was cut short when a brawl broke out. Also the reference to Kevs makes me laugh, like chav in a more recent era, this was a popular insult in the second half of the eighties for an aggressive poor white male( presumably many were called Kevin).

  10. Richardpd

    June 26, 2021 at 2:23 pm

    In France & Germany Kevin is still considered a chavvy name.

    The Man Behaving Badly book mentions Darrens in a similar contents, with Mandys being their female counterpart, who were worth the effort to date if you could keep away from any potential jealous brothers or ex-boyfriends.

  11. Droogie

    June 27, 2021 at 12:38 am

    Fuzzy memories of seeing this show due to only watching it after getting home from the pub a bit squiffy. A few memories remain though. Pete Waterman always schad a look of an ageing estate agent about him in his dodgy double breasted suits and it was always hilarious watching him attempt a bit of dancing on camera before quickly getting out of puff. There was also a resident dance troupe led by a black bloke who’d wear a bright pink Tina Turner wig. Most bonkers was a feature where Pete and Michaela would read humorous news stories from the morning’s newspapers. Quite who this was for was anyone’s guess.

    • Glenn Aylett

      June 30, 2021 at 8:01 pm

      How mad late night ITV was in those days as through the night broadcasting was introduced. You had The Hitman and Her along with the surreal James Whale Television Show and films like Who Dares Wins. I think nowadays ITV nods off after News At Ten with Chase repeats.

  12. Richardpd

    June 30, 2021 at 10:49 pm

    The introduction of 24 hour broadcasting on ITV lead to some off-beat programming.

    There was even thoughts of making it a separate franchise, but after TV-AM’s struggle for market share I imagine this was idea quickly dropped.

    America’s Top Ten was a good for seeing what British acts were doing on the Billboard charts, along with being the easiest to way to hear of American bands like Guns & Roses months before they made any impact on the other side of the pond.

  13. Droogie

    July 1, 2021 at 4:55 pm

    The first late night ITV shows I recall were Prisoner Cell Block H and a badly dubbed German 70’s cop show called Derrick. A few years later came the yoof tv stylee Night Network that at least included welcome repeats of Batman and The Monkees.

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