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The Wheeltappers and Shunters Social Club was a British television variety show produced by Granada Television from 1974 to 1977. Crompton as Chairman of the club would sit at a small table in the corner watching proceedings with apparent lack of interest. On behalf of the Committee, I should like to tell you we made a mistake in offering the raffle prize of a diving suit. It is in fact a divan suite. On New Year’s Eve a special episode of Wheeltappers and Shunters New Year’s Eve would be broadcast.

The show featured acts regularly seen on the Northern club circuits and often well-established performers who did well in theatres and clubs but not succeed so well on British television, such as 1950s crooner Johnnie Ray. The show was produced by Johnnie Hamp at Granada Studios in Manchester, although it was once filmed at the Layton Institute, Blackpool. For more information, see Wheeltapper and Working men’s club. Wheeltappers and shunters are railway workers. They were commonly employed by steam railways in Britain and elsewhere, but still are found both on British railways and in Eastern Europe. Although often called “working men’s clubs”, most such clubs admitted the wives and other women family of the working man, at least some days of the week.

This is echoed in the programme’s audience being as much female as male, although somewhat stereotypically the women usually drink smaller glasses of alcohol than the men and are rarely seen to smoke. The series was, for at least part of its run, confined to a midnight slot by London Weekend Television and Southern Television, who felt it did not suit their, perceived, more upmarket demographics. July 2010 with the complete third and fourth series being released in February and June 2011. The complete fifth series was released on 23 April 2012. The 100 Club is a music venue located at 100 Oxford Street, London, England, which has been hosting live music since 24 October 1942.

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