Lift Off with Ayshea is a British TV show, produced by Granada Television for the ITV network, which ran for 144 editions spanning eight series, between November 1969 and December 1974. Preceded by the show Discotheque which had been hosted by Dianne Greaves, the replacement was originally entitled "Lift Off" and was aired in the children's programming schedule, but was seen by many as ITV's junior answer to the BBC's Top Of The Pops. Ayshea Brough (aka Ayshea) had appeared on the earlier Discotheque in March 1969 and was one of the first women of Asian heritage to front a TV series on British TV, initially co-hosting the show with Graham Bonney and later singer Wally Whyton. The series was produced by Muriel Young, who also produced Clapperboard, Shang-A-Lang and Get It Together for ITV G

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  • Lift Off with Ayshea is a British TV show, produced by Granada Television for the ITV network, which ran for 144 editions spanning eight series, between November 1969 and December 1974. Preceded by the show Discotheque which had been hosted by Dianne Greaves, the replacement was originally entitled "Lift Off" and was aired in the children's programming schedule, but was seen by many as ITV's junior answer to the BBC's Top Of The Pops. Ayshea Brough (aka Ayshea) had appeared on the earlier Discotheque in March 1969 and was one of the first women of Asian heritage to front a TV series on British TV, initially co-hosting the show with Graham Bonney and later singer Wally Whyton. The series was produced by Muriel Young, who also produced Clapperboard, Shang-A-Lang and Get It Together for ITV Granada. The premise of the show was to showcase music requested by viewers writing in to the series. The requests were interspersed with performances of either new releases or current hits. Generally, only two or three guest acts would appear each week; the majority of the songs were performed by Ayshea herself or would be played into the studio and a dance troupe would choreograph the track. The main dance ensemble were known as The Feet; identical twin sisters Teresa and Lesley Scoble, who were concurrently appearing in the ITV children's drama Timeslip throughout the 1970 run. For one series, a resident band known as The Pattern sang selected tracks each week. Series 5 featured Guy Lutman, Lynn Garner and Chris Marlow as the resident singers. Later series featured the puppets Ollie Beak and Fred Barker as co-hosts. During the series' run, Ayshea contributed a column to the children's magazines Look-in and Disco 45. She also teamed up with Roy Wood to record his composition Farewell, which was released as a single and used as the show's theme tune. Wood's band Wizzard often appeared on the series and Brough appeared on Top Of The Pops, backing Wizzard on several occasions. When performing with Wizzard, Wood often sported a white star with the initial 'A' in the centre of his forehead, while Brough wore the same make-up featuring an 'R'. This led to some media speculation that the two were involved in an unconfirmed relationship, with many reports claiming they were engaged. Although the track failed to chart, Ayshea performed the song on Top of the Pops on BBC1. Of the 144 episodes made, it is only confirmed that three have survived in the ITV archives. The show was replaced by a similar format series Shang-A-Lang, hosted by The Bay City Rollers, which in turn was replaced by Get It Together hosted by Roy North, Linda Fletcher and later Megg Nichol; all produced by Muriel Young. (en)
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  • Baz Taylor
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  • Lift Off with Ayshea is a British TV show, produced by Granada Television for the ITV network, which ran for 144 editions spanning eight series, between November 1969 and December 1974. Preceded by the show Discotheque which had been hosted by Dianne Greaves, the replacement was originally entitled "Lift Off" and was aired in the children's programming schedule, but was seen by many as ITV's junior answer to the BBC's Top Of The Pops. Ayshea Brough (aka Ayshea) had appeared on the earlier Discotheque in March 1969 and was one of the first women of Asian heritage to front a TV series on British TV, initially co-hosting the show with Graham Bonney and later singer Wally Whyton. The series was produced by Muriel Young, who also produced Clapperboard, Shang-A-Lang and Get It Together for ITV G (en)
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