"The Hit Man And Her was a British television
dance music show hosted by Pete Waterman
and Michaela Strachan
. The programme was produced by Granada Television
in Manchester, Clear Idea Productions and Music Box and it ran almost continuously for over four years and three months September 1988 until December 1992.
The programme presented a taste of late-night clubbing, with long segments showing crowds dancing to popular hits, occasional celebrity performances, and party games — with Waterman and Strachan acting as masters of ceremony.
The show toured various nightclubs. The first show came from Mr Smiths in Warrington on 3 September 1988, and the final show aired on 5 December 1992 from The Discothèque Royale in Manchester. The programme was often recorded on a Saturday night, edited on-the-fly, and shown a few hours later in the early hours of Sunday morning, the second half of the Saturday/Sunday version being repeated during the following night. The earlier shows were split into two halves: the first at 1am and the second at 4am, with the LWT's Night Network magazine show sandwiched in between. During 1988 The Hit Man And Her was moved to 2am in some areas, while London still broadcast the show at 4am. The Hitman and Her remained at the 2am slot from April 1989 until its very last broadcast. A special edition of The Hit Man And Her was broadcast as part of the ITV Telethon in 1992.
The programme was sponsored by Eric Baskind's Ultimate Response group between 1989 and 1991.
Clubbers would arrive at the featured club hoping to have their moment of glory on television. Often members of the crowd would be plucked out to participate in games such as "Pass The Mic!", "Showing Out", and "Clothes Swap". It was produced for Granada Television at first by Music Box Productions, then by Granada TV itself, and later by Clear Idea Productions through to the final edition. The original on-screen title of the show was "The Hit Man And Her", but is nowadays more commonly spelt "The Hitman And Her".
In I love 1988
, Pete Waterman said that the idea for The Hit Man And Her came to him when he turned on the TV late one night and the only TV station still on-air was featuring guest Elvis Costello
talking about Irish politics
was a regular dancer on the show, and thus was invited to later join famous boy band Take That
. Another boy band, 911
, included former "Hitman" dancers Jimmy Constable
, Wayne Stokes, Clive and Simon Dawbarn