The 8:15 from Manchester
|The 8:15 from Manchester|
Barry Foy (Series 1)
Dianne Oxberry (Series 2)
|Theme music composer||Inspiral Carpets|
|Opening theme||"Find Out Why" (reworked), Inspiral Carpets|
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|No. of seasons||2|
|No. of episodes||43|
|Location(s)||Manchester, England, UK|
|Running time||140 minutes|
|Picture format||4:3 (576i SDTV)|
|Original release||21 April 1990 – 14 September 1991|
Broadcasting from Manchester, and taking its name from the train departing from Manchester Piccadilly station for London Euston, which was, and still is at 08:15. It was presented by Ross King and Charlotte Hindle. The first edition was broadcast on 21 April 1990. It was produced by Martyn Day. BBC Radio 1 (and now BBC North West) weathergirl Dianne Oxberry joined for the second series, which began on 20 April 1991.
The format was very similar to Going Live!, with imported cartoons (Rude Dog and the Dweebs, The Jetsons and Defenders of the Earth) punctuating items, such as games, music performances and interviews. A regular segment was The Wetter The Better, a game show based in a swimming pool (filmed in Blackpool) and hosted by Ross King. A weekly drama was shown, in which the short episode ended in a dilemma of some sort (e.g. should x tell her sister that y has been cheating on her). Two endings had been filmed and viewers telephoned to vote which ending would be shown.
The theme tune was by Inspiral Carpets: a rewrite of their single "Find Out Why". An early edition had a feature of how the theme was recorded.
The first series came out of studio C in BBC Manchester (on Oxford Road), which was really the scene dock between the main network studio (A), and the regional studio (B). On Thursday evening all the scenery and sets were wheeled out into studio B and everyone moved into the space left to rehearse on Friday mornings. Studio A was eventually used for the second series.
In total, there have been 43 editions of The 8:15 from Manchester.
|Series||Began||Ended||Number of episodes|
|Series 1||21 April 1990||15 September 1990||22|
|Series 2||20 April 1991||14 September 1991||21 *|
- "The Wetter the Better". ukgameshows.com.
- Saturday Mornings - Summer Shows including The 8.15 From Manchester
- UK Game Shows - about the Wetter the Better segment
- Ross King Official website
- 8:15 from Manchester theme tune - a rewritten version of Find Out Why by Inspiral Carpets
- The 8:15 from Manchester at the Internet Movie Database