The Old Grey Whistle Test (1971)

Concept and creative process

Music show titles which created the show's own icon, the Starkicker, to the music 'Area Code 617' by Stone Fox Chase, a Nashville band. Apocryphally the programme derived its name OGWT from a legendary Tin Pan Alley phrase. When music moguls got the first cut of a record, they would play it to the doormen in grey suits, known colloquially as the old greys. Any song they could recall and whistle, after having heard it a couple of times, was deemed to have passed the old grey whistle test and was destined to become a popular hit. The show ran from 1971-1987 and In spite of its late-night slot, acquired a cult following and became a TV legend in its own right, as did its front man from 1972-78 'Whispering' Bob Harris. The titles were made as a simplified animation which was shot on a rostrum camera, using back-lit Kodaliths to create the artwork and pin pricks to create the universe. This version is the title sequence which re-launched the show in 1971 with Bob Harris as the frontman.

Lighting Cameraman - Terry Handley.

Editor - Simon Morice.

Designer/Director - Roger Ferrin.

Winner of a Design & Art Direction Wood Pencil for Television Graphics.