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C4 always set out to create the odd programme that would ‘drive mum and dad out of the room’. And with ‘The Tube’, they certainly managed it – although the odd dad might have stuck around to get a look at the show’s co-host Paula Yates. This doc is full of cracking tales – expect the Jools Holland ‘groovy fuckers’ scandal, the successful launch of Frankie Goes to Hollywood and an appearance from a striking miner with the implausibly brilliant (and yet actually real) name Norman Strike.
But expect a few regrets too – chief among them being the desperate need for something vaguely similar now. As Glenn Gregory of Heaven 17 pleads: ‘We need a new one.’ Well, C4. Are you content to just pat yourself on the back? Or might you consider obliging?