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Watch: The moment Shakin’ Stevens attacked Richard Madeley on live TV

04 Mar 2024 3 minute read
Shakin’ Stevens goes for Richard Madeley on live TV

With the biggest selling UK artist of the ’80s Shakin’ Stevens today celebrating his landmark 75th birthday, it’s prompted some on social media to revisit the glorious moment when the Welsh legend clashed with not-so-legendary TV presenter Richard Madeley on live television.

The presenter’s most testing moment on TV came more than 40 years ago in 1980, when as a pre-fame, fresh faced, 24-year-old reporter he came face to face with Shakin’ Stevens on Yorkshire TV show Calendar Goes Pop.

Sat on a sofa between Shaky and fellow rock hedonists Status Quo, you can only surmise that that the Prince of Wails had enjoyed the hospitality in the green room a little too much. Mix in Madeley getting the singer’s name wrong and add a dash of poorly worded questions and you have a volatile cocktail.

Unsurprisingly, it’s all too much for the Welshman who with a disdainful sideways glance at the camera which suggests ‘who is this idiot?’ he launches himself at what many people consider is the nearest thing we have on television to a real life Alan Partridge.

Egged on by Francis Rossi and Rick Parfitt who find the whole thing hilarious, Shaky then does something many people have wished they could have done over the years and puts Madeley in a headlock much to the hilarity of the Quo.

This incident crops up in many Shaky interviews over the years and he’s always happy to indulge the interviewer.

“He was shouting: ‘Watch my watch, watch my watch!’ But he just wouldn’t listen. I don’t think he’d done his research,” he told The Independent last year. “He asked what it was like to be a revivalist. He was insinuating that was all I did. And of course the Status Quo guys are naughty, ’cause all they’re doing is giggling away.

“And I said to him: ‘It’s a good job you didn’t have bloody Jerry Lee Lewis on the chair next to you, ’cause he’d have thrown a piano at you!’”

And then in a chat with The Guardian in 2016, he recalled: “I’d been doing endless radio and TV stuff. I’d been there since early in the morning, all the interview questions were really badly researched and I just thought, “This is ludicrous” and leapt on him on the sofa. He was going: “Oh my watch, oh my hair!”

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1 month ago

Ah, yes. 1980. A time when TV was a joy to behold. Innocient times. Not a mobile phone in sight. No antisocial media. Where Shaking Stevens did a public service by attacking Alan Partridge.

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