Jangles – ITV drama in a rock club
ITV decided it needed to get down with the kids in early 1982 and launched a drama series called ‘Jangles’ set in a fictional night club. The main actor was an eighteen year old Jesse Birdsall – good looking cockney geezer who would go to play Marcus Tandy in Eldorado and Ron Gregory in The Bill. Thirty years ago, he was the force behind Jangles.
The resident act at the club was none other than Hazel O’Connor but each episode – I think seven went out in the end – had a guest band that included Fun Boy Three and Haircut 100. The ethos behind Jangles was to show that under-employed youth of the time could have fun while having no money. Well, that was the idea anyway.