JACK JACKSON SHOW
TIN PAN ALLEY SHOW
CALL THE TUNE
January 1952 - 18th August 1956
May 1954 - 27th August 1960
May 1955 - 13th March 1958
September 1955 - 17th June 1959
September 1955 - 10th January 1960
February 1956 - 9th July 1956 (fortnightly)
March 1956 - 10th September 1958
May 1956 - 20th October 1956
May 1956 - 1st July 1956
June 1956 - 7th September 1962
June 1956 - 3rd July 1958
September 1956 - 6th April 1957
September 1956 - 27th October 1956
OF THE BILL
JOHNNIE RAY SINGS
3rd November 1956 - 29th December 1956
February 1957 - 27th December 1958
August 1957 - 22nd February 1959
September 1957 - 30th November 1957
January 1958 - 22nd June 1958
June 1958 - 30th May 1959
October 1958 - 19th December 1959
January 1959 - 28th March 1959
April 1959 - 29th August 1959
April 1959 - 19th June 1959
June 1959 - 29th September 1959
June 1959 - 10th August 1959
September 1959 - 23rd March 1960
EUROVISION SONG CONTEST BBC1 3rd March 1957 - every Year
until 2020! Please see specific
page on Eurovision
The Eurovision song contest and it's ancillary UK song-choosing series
'A SONG FOR EUROPE' have been televised
virtually every year since the competition started in 1956 but the UK
applied too late in the first year so did not actually enter the competition
MUSIC SHOP ATV 24th September 1955 - 10th January
A 30 minute show seen at 3:00pm on Saturdays,
hosted by Gerry Wilmot. During 1956 broadcast was alternated with ABC
DISKERY. The first episode featured Patti Lewis, Bert Weedon,
Marion Ryan, Tommy Maxwell / Ted Brennan Group, Lee Lawrence, Tennessee
Ernie Ford and Peggy Lee.
NIGHT AT THE LONDON PALLADIUM ATV 25th September
1955 - 2nd February 1969
Also known as VAL
PARNELL'S SUNDAY NIGHT AT THE LONDON PALLADIUM,
a highly popular variety show which ran for 12 seasons from 25th September
1955, three days after ITV began transmission and eas hosted at various
times by Tommy Trinder, Don Arrol, Bruce Forsyth and Norman (Swinging!
Dodgy!) Vaughan. Although essentially a variety show featuring
high-kicking Tiller Girls and the public participation game 'Beat the
many mainline pop acts were featured including Frankie Vaughan, Dora
Bryan, Russ Conway, Adam Faith, Helen Shapiro, The Bachelors, The Supremes
and Frank Ifield. The
first show featured Gracie Fields and American singing star Guy Mitchell.
The Beatles appeared on 13th October 1963 and The Rolling Stones on
22nd January 1967, causing a furore by refusing to ride the 'turntable'
at the end of the show.
In 1966 the name was changed to The London
Palladium Show. Val Parnell also presented
PALLADIUM PREVIEW ATV 1955, transmitted
earlier the same evening in order to introduce the stars of that night's
show. Other series and specials
by Val Parnell included a show simply called VARIETY
which was broadcast to open the ATV Midlands network on 17th February
1956, VAL PARNELL'S STARTIME ITV
1956-60 (originally called VAL PARNELL'S VARIETY STARTIME),
YOUNG AND FOOLISH ITV 1956, FOLIES
BERGERE REVUE - PARIS BY NIGHT ITV 9th September
1956, VAL PARNELL'S SUNDAY SHOW ITV
25th June 1961 starring Tommy Steele
and many others, some of which are featured elsewhere on these pages,
and NEW LOOK ITV
1958 - 1959 which gave
up and coming talent a chance to be seen on television. Performers included
Roy Castle, Jack Douglas and Bruce Forsyth.
THE ARTHUR HAYNES
SHOW ATV 2nd January 1956 - 30th April 1966
A hugely popular and successful
long-running late-night 30 minute comedy programme that lasted for 158
episodes over 14 seasons, written by Johnny Speight and mainly starring
Arthur Haynes, Dermott Kelly, Tony Fane, Jack Parnell, Freddie Frinton,
Patricia Hayes and Nicholas Parsons.
Hobo Haynes and a collection of other working class characters fought
back against the authorities and anybody else who might look down on
show always included an entertainment interlude in which virtually all
the current chart stars appeared at one time or another, as well as
a huge number of famous guests. see
BILLY COTTON BAND SHOW BBC 29th March 1956 - 20th
168 episodes of the television version of
The Billy Cotton Band Show was first seen on 29th March 1956 as a pilot
show. The next went out on 22nd May, followed by a series of fortnightly,
or sometimes monthly (depending on Cotton's tour commitments) episodes
produced by Brian Tesler. Cotton was a somewhat reluctant TV star, but
was persuaded to join in with dance numbers by The Leslie Roberts Silhouettes,
a troupe specially assembled for the series. Regular guests were Russ
Conway, and later Mrs Mills. Other guests included comedians like Tommy
Cooper, Harry Secombe and Ted Rogers, and new pop singers such as Adam
Faith and Cliff Richard. In 1957 Cotton’s son, Bill Jnr, took over the
series production, later becoming Managing Director of BBC Television.
1958 brought a new format to the show, the regular show alternating
with one coming from the ‘Wakey Wakey Tavern’. At Christmas 1958 the
show provided one of the segments of the first CHRISTMAS
NIGHT WITH THE STARS. In February 1959 the series celebrated
its 50th edition. One 1961 edition featured Hollywood legend Bob Hope.
In autumn 1962 producer Bill Cotton Jnr left the programme to be replaced
first by Johnnie Stewart and, soon after that, by Michael Hurll who
would remain as producer for the rest of its run. In 1965 the show was
renamed BILLY COTTON'S MUSIC HALL
and, in November 1966, the 150th edition of the show went out from the
Talk of the Town night club by Leicester Square. The last show was on
20th July 1968. Cotton made one
more show, THE COTTON CLUB, for
BBC2 on 27th October 1968, his only colour TV broadcast.
PARNELL'S SPECTACULAR ATV 10th November 1956 -
18th November 1961
A 60 minute show originally titled SATURDAY
SPECTACULAR (which has led to the series commonly being known
as VAL PARNELL'S SATURDAY SPECTACULAR),
which usually focussed on a single star per broadcast. The series started
with The Gracie Fields
Show (10th November 1956). After the appearance
of jazz singer Mel Tormé, the following weeks failed to produce the
international stars promised by Parnell failed to materialise and more
'British' stars like Tommy Steele, Dickie Valentine and Lonnie Donegan
were featured. The show mixed live comedy and sketches with the musical
performances so other guest hosts and headline stars included Johnnie
Ray, David Whitfield, Cliff Richard, Connie Francis, Bob Monkhouse,
The Beverley Sisters, Shirley Bassey, Arthur Haynes, Lionel Blair, Kenneth
Connor, George Formby, Pat Coombs, Irene Handl, Anthony Newley, Nicholas
Parsons, Arthur Askey, Roy Castle, Gracie Fields, Hughie Green , Frankie
Vaughan, Nat ‘King’ Cole, Guy Mitchell, Sammy Davis Jr, Sid James, Peter
Sellers, Tony Bennett, Bernard Bresslaw, Harry H Corbett, Clive Dunn,
Bruce Forsyth, Pinky and Perky, Kenneth Williams, Alma Cogan, Jim Dale,
Diana Dors, Benny Hill, The Shadows, Petula Clark, Duane Eddy, Billy
Fury, Adam Faith and Morecambe & Wise.
of the episodes produced as VAL
PARNELL'S SPECTACULAR (Sundays
from 10th November 1956 - 1961) were billed as THE
CLIFF RICHARD SHOW, featuring Cliff, The Shadows and others,
supported by Jack Parnell and his Orchestra with singer Peter Eliot
and the George Carden dancers. Saturday 19th March: Alfred Marks, Maureen
Renè, Peter Crawford Trio, Dave Sampson & The Hunters. The theme for
the first half of this show was about Cliff Richard and The Shadows
returning to England from their recent European tour with the second
half featuring Cliff and The Shadows performing several songs. The show
closed with Cliff singing a solo 'goodbye' to viewers.
Saturday 21st May: Monica Zetterlund, David Kosoff, Janette Scott, Al
30th July: Cherry Wainer, Don Storer, Norrie Paramor, Tito Burns, Bernie
ATV 1956 - 1960
Also known as VAL PARNELL'S STARTIME
and VAL PARNELL'S VARIETY STARTIME,
an eclectic, periodically shown variety series of 'specials' which included
stars such as Alma Cogan, Petula Clark, Russ Conway, The Clyde Valley
Stompers, Helen Shapiro, Ronnie Hilton, The King Brothers and Jackie
produced a number of variety series for ITV including simply VARIETY
which opened the ATV Midlands network on 17th February 1956, and
VAL PARNELL'S SUNDAY SHOW 25th June 1961 starring
FOR CATS ASSOCIATED REDIFFUSION 31st December
1956 - 27th February 1961
One of the first programmes dedicated to popular
music, five shows were initially planned and it was shown
in the London area at 7.15pm on Mondays (later changed to Thursdays),
presented by journalist Ker Robertson who also chose the records. There
were few live appearances, usually one guest per week, but consisted
of dancers performing enthusiastically to the sound of the latest records.
Among the dancers who appeared on the show were Una Stubbs, Amanda Barrie
and Patsy Rowlands. It also contained a curious theatric clip shown
over some music in a sequence called 'Cats on the Tiles'. After a short
time Robertson was replaced by a younger presenter to appeal to the
youthful audience, Kent Walton, but continued to select the records.
The 15-minute, twice weekly show (the second a repeat) increased in
popularity, was later expanded to half an hour and, by
June 1957, it was being nationally networked twice a week.
On its 100th edition, in May 1958, the show played its 1,000th record.
Among its directors were Joan Kemp-Welch, the show's creator, and Brian
Squires commented "The show communicated itself to audiences young and
old. Television camera tricks abounded - superimpositions, mirror shots...
if it was new trickery, and available, we did it - live!".
Y GAN TWW 14th January 1958 - 1964
'Land of Song' was a weekly television series
made in Cardiff by Television Wales and the West (TWW) and networked
to ITV stations. Broadcast
live from the Pontcanna studios, it attracted audiences of up to 10
million people. It featured
traditional Welsh music and song, with costumed performers and choreography,
and starred Welsh baritone Ivor Emmanuel, aiming to celebrate Wales
within Wales and beyond. Broadcast in Welsh (with bilingual captions
and voice-overs) it was broadcast initially for forty minutes, at 6.15pm
on Sunday evenings, later extended to an hour. Its signature tune was
the traditional Welsh folk-melody Llwyn Onn (The Ash Grove) and each
show had a theme such as the countryside or the seaside. Ivor Emmanuel
led the larger set-pieces and, in between, were scenes for other soloists,
duets or quintets, encompassing the rich musical tradition of Wales,
from choral numbers to gentle folk ballads, humorous songs and , normally
ending with a Welsh hymn tune.
SUNDAY BREAK ABC 16th March 1958 - 28th August
The Sunday Break was presented on three Sundays
out of four. Described as “a magazine programme for young people”, it
was originally set in a youth club and included jazz, dancing, discussions
and competitions in such a way as to promote the positive side of the
activities which young people normally enjoyed. In 1960 the format was
brought closer to that of a magazine programme, and discussions and
documentary films on the problems of young people began to play a larger
part in its content.
DOWNBEAT SCOTTISH (STV) 1958 - 1963
Billed as 'a jive and twist contest among
Scottish clubs', the show was presented by Raymond Boyd and was a huge
favourite with teenagers, regularly featuring special guest stars including
Clinton Ford, Shane Fenton and Don Spencer. The musical director was
George Keenan. The latest fads in fashion that presenter Ray Boyd demonstrated
helped popularise the show, and he said of it: "I love it, it allows
me to keep in touch with my many pop star friends". In the early
1960s, Lionel Blair joined the programme to judge the dancing in what
was STV's top-rated pop and jive show and he said: "Scottish kids have
got the talent to be the swingest kids in Britain. Glasgow's a swinging
city but the kids need more places to dance. Glasgow ought to open 'discettes'
where young people can jive and twist to records!". To celebrate five
years on air in 1962, Gerry le Grove produced TELETHON,
at that time 'unique in British television'. Three STV studios were
linked up to broadcast a continuous stream of local programmes including
STUDIO DOWNBEAT, a special evening
edition of The One O'Clock Gang, plus a 70 minute edition of Here and
Now. The evening ended with STV managing director Noel Stevenson taking
part in the final Epilogue.
CONWAY BBC 20th May 1959 - 8th September 1961
Pianist and composer Russ, who had a string of piano hits in the late
fifties and early sixties, starred in 18 episodes of his show for the
BBC. Three series, from 20th May 1959 to 8th September 1961, produced
by James Gilbert, Yvonne Littlewood and Billy Cotton. He also performed
regularly on The Billy Cotton Band Show.
ON THE DONEGAN ATV 26th May 1959 - 5th June 1964
Seven series of 30 minute shows that featured the skiffle superstar
Lonnie Donegan, with The Raindrops and Jackie Lee. It was produced /
directed by Albert Locke and Rita Gillespie, with the
first show being seen on 30th June 1959. The sixth series in 1963 had
the title DONEGAN'S ON AGAIN, reverting
to the original title for the seventh series which ended on 5th June
One or possibly two 'specials' were also shown on 10th and 25th August
BOX JURY BBC1 1st June 1959 - 27th December 1967
Please see specific page on Juke Box Jury
IT EASY SOUTHERN 6th July 1959 - 16th March 1960
series introduced Jim Dale as host. Original director Helen Standage
left the station and the new director was Canadian Lorne Freed (from
STV's One O'Clock Gang). The first show went out on July 6th 1959 at
12.47pm and was shown three times weekly (Mon-Wed) with ATV's Lunch
Box being shown Thursdays and Fridays. With a script by Dick Vosburgh,
singers featured included Janie Marden and Joyce Clark. Other regulars
were the Malcolm Mitchell Trio, and Dany Clare, who took over from Janie
Marden during December 1959. The Liddell Triplets also made several
appearances in 1959. The final programme was on Wednesday 16th March
MEETS GIRLS ABC 12th September 1959 - 5th March
Directed by Rita
Gillespie, 26 episodes of BMG were the successor to the Fifties programme
'Oh Boy!' which had finished a fewmonths earlier and, like the previous
show, was again produced and presented by Jack Good, Cherry Wainer and
Don Storer, sax star Red Price, and now with occasional assistance from
Marty Wilde. Resident vocalists were Joyce Smith and Maggie Stredder.
Most episodes were broadcast live each week from ABC's Manchester Studios.
Regular performers were 'Jack Good's Firing Squad' and The Vernons Girls
with the show introducing a multitude of famous acts. This was, in turn,
succeeded by WHAM!!
BBC 8th October 1959 - 25th December 1961
A 50-minute musical variety show presented by singer Joan Regan that
ran for 28 episodes over five seasons, supported by The George Mitchell
Singers - series 2 and The Polka Dots for 19 episodes series 3 to 5.
Produced by John Street (16 episodes, 1960-1961) Albert Stevenson (6
episodes, 1961) Francis Essex (3 episodes, 1959) Russell Turner (3 episodes,
ABC 12th March 1960 - 16th April 1960
Also known as THE ERNEST MAXIN SHOW,
he had already enjoyed a long career in show business and had produced
over 200 TV variety shows by 1960 when ABC asked him to host his own
6-episode music and variety series. Although Maxin was the producer
of the show, he also performed in front of the cameras to act, sing,
dance, conduct a 42-piece orchestra supported by the Cedrik Monarch
Dancers, and hosted many guest stars who included Charlie Drake, Petula
Clark, Craig Douglas, Adam Faith, Alma Cogan, Michael Holliday, Dave
King and Anna Neagle. Maxin also produced the sitcom 'Our House' (1960),
THE KATHY KIRBY SHOW (BBC 1964)
and the comedy show Miss Adventure (1964).
LUNCHTIME SHOW SOUTHERN 30th March 1960 - 1st
Dale moved on to The Lunchtime Show which began on Wednesday March 30th
1960, running three times weekly, Wednesdays to Fridays, at 1.05pm.
It included regularly weekly items by Julie Harris (fashion), Gerald
Campion (food) and Roy Rich as a DJ in an 'On Record' spot. Musical
backing was provided by The Art Jones Quartet. Special guests included
Max Geldray, Shirley Sands, Victor Soverell, puppeteers Joan and Paul
Sharratt, Russ Conway with his new record 'Lucky Fives' (4 May), Nat
Gonella, Rosemary Squires, Ray Allen, Terry Burton, Mike Preston, Tim
Field, Dean O'Brien, Allan Bruce, Valerie Masters, Victor Feldman, Eddie
Falcon and Shirley Norman. Dec 23rd week had guest Marion Williams.
Lunchtime programmes on Southern were scrapped from 1st April 1961.
IS BOBBY DARIN ATV
23rd April 1960 Please
see specific page on Bobby
This edition of Val Parnell's Spectacular saw Bobby Darin hosting the
show assisted by DJ Pete Murray, performing and introducing other artists
including Duane Eddy and the Rebels, Rosemary Squires and Clyde McPhatter.
Darin performed 'Guys and Dolls', 'The Gal That Got Away', 'La
Mer (Beyond the Sea)', 'Clementine' and
'Mack the Knife'. Duane Eddy performed 'Shazam' and 'I'm Just A Country
Boy'. Clyde McPhatter performed 'Think Me a Kiss' and, with Bobby playing
piano, 'Have Mercy Baby'. Rosemary Squires sand 'Solitude' with dancing
by Irving Davies and Frances Pidgeon. Darin was interviewed by Pete
Murray followed by a short dance lesson from Irving Davies. Rosemary
Squires joined Darin to sing 'Crazy Over You'.
ABC 23rd April 1960 - 18th June 1960
at the ABC Television Studios in Manchester, a Jack Good show which
brought Keith Fordyce to the fore as a television pop presenter. As
in his previous two series, the Vernons Girls were the resident dancers
and artists appearing included the top names of the time, including
Jess Conrad, Dickie Pride, Billy Fury and Johnny Kidd and the Pirates
although in this series Good guaranteed he would feature at least one
new act in each show.The first show on 23rd April 1960 featured Billy
Fury, Joe Brown and The Bruvvers, Jess Conrad, Dickie Pride, Little
Tony, Vince Taylor and Johnny Kidd and The Pirates. The house band –
a 20-piece brass ensemble – was known as Jack Good’s Fat Noise. Musical
direction was by Syd Dale, dance direction by Leslie Cooper, script
by Trevor Peacock. Directed by Ben Churchill and produced by Jack Good,
each show was just under 30 minutes long and broadcast at 6pm. The series
only lasted for 9 programmes over 8 weeks. No video or audio is known
to have survived. The Sound Of Fury LP by Billy Fury features a front
cover photograph of him in a gold suit, believed to have been shot on
the set of Wham!! as he bought the suit especially for the show.
AT HEART TYNE TEES 4th May 1960 - 18th April 1962
This programme was one of Tyne Tees first attempts at targeting a teenage
audience and one of the very first regional early evening pop shows.
Screened at 6:30p.m. it was hosted by Jimmy Saville and Valerie Masters,
with the initial planned series
running for a grand total of eight weeks.
Although the programme was transmitted in black and white, Jimmy presented
each week's show with his hair dyed a different colour each time! Dennis
Ringrowe was the musical director. Only scheduled for an eight week
run the show included music and comedy aimed at the youth audience and
would, according to Disc magazine, feature "an LP record quiz, a teenage
fashion contest and a record request session". Following this first
series, which ran from 4th May 1960 - 22nd June 1960, it was re-launched
the following year. Singer Gary Marshall was hired for the re-launch
which began on 31st May 1961. In the Record Mirror he said "Peter Glover
is directing the series and it looks as if I shall have plenty of scope
over writing the script". By the start of 1962 the show had reached
its fourth series and was featuring a strong line up of international
artists despite not being networked. The Clyde Valley Stompers were
a regular band.
60 BBC 13th May 1960 - 24th June 1960
Originally due to run for 13 weeks, only seven episodes of the show
were broadcast, on Fridays at 7.30pm from the
BBC Television Theatre at Shepherd's Bush, London in front of an audience
of seven hundred
people. Frank Berry fronted the show, with The Tubby Hayes Combo and
Helio Motta and his Orchestra. The designer was Stanley Dorfman with
production by Stewart Morris and appeared to use a similar stage setup
to 'Dig This'. It was an intention of the producer to reunite Tubby
Hayes with jazz saxophonist Ronnie Scott, but other forms of modern
popular music, like Latin-American, were also be included. Although
it was planned for comedian Frank Berry to carry out interviews with
visiting American stars, the British Musicians Union would not allow
them to play.
A way around this ban was investigated with the use of Eurovision in
order to have British acts playing simultaneously with acts playing
in Europe so Stewart Morris visited Paris in order to get acts for the
show. Tubby Hayes commented "I was feeling a bit depressed about the
future recently. But now everything's changed. I'm longing to get cracking.
I've started writing things already". ATV were also proposing a
new jazz show to be broadcast in April just before Tempo '60's debut
but it never materialised, having to wait until 1962 for 'All That Jazz'.
Intended to run until late July, the BBC claimed in late June 1960 "Tempo
60 was an experiment which has not worked to our satisfaction. We are
discontinuing it". Talking to Disc magazine a BBC spokesman claimed
"We had intended to bring over several artists from the Continent and
inject a different atmosphere into the programme. The BBC feel, however,
that the show has not reached the required standard". The intended replacement
for the show was 'SUGAR BEAT', a
more pop music oriented show.
TIN PAN ALLEY SHOW ATV 25th June 1960 - 30th July
Jack Parnell became head of
music for ATV in 1956, a post he would hold for the next twenty years.
He fronted several shows himself including this 6-episode series which
featured many of the popular musicians of that time. Jack presented
singer Emile Ford with a gold disc on the show.
There was an unrelated series of the same name broadcast by the BBC
in 1956. Set in a nightclub, the show looked at the pop world, hosted
by Australian actor Vincent Ball and produced by Josephine Douglas.
It was intended to take Wham’s time slot, but wasn't purely constant
music as many of the guests were journalists, songwriters and disc jockeys
along with the guest artists and a film spot each week. Jack Parnell's
band provided the musical backing. Episode 1 25th June 1960: Lionel
Bart, Emile Ford, The John Barry Seven, The Kaye Sisters. Episode 2
2nd July 1960: Johnny Dankworth, Jack Jackson and others. Episode 3
9th July 1960: Eric Delaney Band, Michael Holliday and others. Episode
4 16th July 1960: No details. Episode 5 23rd July 1960: No details.
Episode 6 30th July 1960: Shirley Bassey, Ronnie Hilton and others.
The NME for 24/6/60 says "The 'Tin Pan Alley' TV series captures
more top names (The King Brothers, Michael Holliday, Roy Castle and
Tommy Bruce)" but doesn't specify appearance dates.
SHUFFLE ABC 6th August 1960 - 27th August
by Ben Churchill,
a short 4-show 30-minute saturday jazz series
made at ABC's Teddington studios and filmed on a specially-constructed
100ft replica Mississippi riverboat named Cottontail. The series featured
Kenny Baker and The Swamplanders (a specially formed 11-piece band)
as the resident group with vocalist Peter Elliott. Other
bands and artists featured were Humphrey Lyttelton, Acker Bilk, Alex
Welsh, Kenny Ball, Mike Daniels, the Al Fairweather and Sandy Brown
All Stars, Bob Wallis and the Storyville Jazzmen, Cy Grant, Chas McDevitt,
Shirley Douglas, Dickie Pride, Don Rennie, Joanne Scoon, Kenny Lynch,
Maggie Fitzgibbon, Marion Williams, Elaine Delmar and Doreen Beatty.
BBC 16th September 1960
This series was originally due to succeed Tempo 60, planned to begin
5th August at 7.30pm, but the late-night 'Music for Moderns' was transmitted
instead. Talking to Disc magazine, the show's producer, Russell Turner,
said "'Sugar Beat' is to be a fast moving show. I am not seeking another
'new sound' - I intend to produce a distinctive one, with the appeal
on quality, both in the numbers selected and the musicians. I will use
the world's great standards and the best of the current pops. The orchestration
will consist of eighteen pieces, fronted by Johnnie Spence, and I will
include two vocalists, Paul Hanford, who has recently signed to Parlophone,
and Sheila Southern. At present, I do not intend to regularly use any
guest artists, but top stars may be invited from time to time. My basic
aim is to try and create my own stars from the series".
The pilot show was broadcast but the BBC were unsure about the future
of the show. The week after the show was broadcast, Turner claimed in
Disc magazine "I'm happy, but not completely satisfied with the sound
of the band" and was later to admit it was abandoned "because the
new, original sound which we wanted has not yet been found". The pilot
show was hosted by Paul Carpenter. The Radio Times entry for Friday
16th September 1960 stated: BBC Television 19.30 - 20.00 pm The sweetest
of old and new popular music presented in the modern manner. Introducing
Sheila Southern, Paul Handford, Ray Noon, Kenny Lynch, Sandra Gale,
The Brook Brothers and Danny Martin with your host Paul Carpenter and
The Sounds of Sugar Beat directed by Johnnie Spence. Production: Russell
DICKIE VALENTINE ATV 1961
unknown transmission dates
This series for the popular fifties and early sixties singer was also
produced by Colin Clews. Dickie Valentine (born Richard Maxwell) sang
and introduced guests such as Petula Clark, Roy Castle, Cleo Laine and
Dennis Lotis. The regular team on the show included The Malcolm Goddard
Dancers, Douglas Squires, Ronnie Curran, Alex Morrow, Hal Chambers and
The Jack Parnell Dance Band.
KIND OF GIRL ATV 1961
unknown transmission dates
Produced by Jo Douglas, the series featured Alma Cogan, 'the girl with
a laugh in her voice', with musical backing by the Alyn Ainsworth orchestra.
Alma appeared prolifically on television in the late fifties and early
sixties, sadly dying of cancer at the age of 34 on 26th October 1966.
She had already had a 30-minute six-episode series on the BBC in 1957,
THE ALMA COGAN SHOW, produced by
Douglas Moodie, and an ATV show in 1959 ALMA
KINDS OF MUSIC ATV 1961
unknown transmission dates
This was a series of shows organised by Val Parnell featuring a selection
of artists including Kenny Ball and his Jazzmen, Nina and Frederick,
Adele Leigh and Janie Marden.
unknown transmission dates
This was a series of 60-minute music shows produced by Alan Morris and
set outdoors, with The Johnny Dankworth Orchestra joined by guests such
as Cleo Laine, Dennis Lotis, Lynn Cornell, Craig Douglas, Matt Monro
and Dudley Moore. A
dance sequence filmed by Anglia at Winterton in July 1959 was included.
No broadcast dates.
STARTIME BBC1 January 1961
unknown transmission dates
Cabaret-style variety music show starring Frankie Vaughan. In December
1960 Billboard magazine announced this as 'There will be a weekly series
in the New Year called "International Startime"; This already
has shows promised by Connie Francis, Frankie Vaughan and Gracie Fields
and the BBC is negotiating with several Americans'. There was a 'Startime'
show featuring Frankie and Cilla Black at The London Palladium and a
radio show of that name starring Gracie Fields.
RUSS CONWAY SHOW ATV January 1961
unknown transmission dates
After a couple of successful seasons for the BBC this was his first
series for ITV.
The producer was Colin Clews. On
25th January 1961 it was the top rated TV show. He returned to the BBC
for another series in August 1961.
ANGLIA 10th January 1961 - 25th May 1961
by June Howson, this short-lived series was Anglia's only real contribution
to TV pop history. It appears to have been a thirty minute early evening
show and was partially networked from Anglia to STV, Southern, and TWW.
Backing music was provided by the Johnny Dankworth Band, with Roy Allen's
dancers also appearing. The 9th March edition featured Bobby Rydell
and Sheila Southern.
CLIFF RICHARD SHOW ATV 16th February 1961
- 23rd March 1961
Cliff's first television series of his own, the 1961 series consisted
of six half-hour shows starting 16th February and produced by Dinah
Thetford. It was made for a family audience, featuring Cliff Richard
supported by The Shadows, Jack Parnell's Orchestra and The Vernons Girls
dancers. Guests included Petula Clark, Marty Wilde, Dickie Valentine
and Alma Cogan. This
first series ended 23rd March 1961 but subsequent series were produced
by Jon Scoffield and in 1967 by Dicky Leeman. The 1965 season was broadcast
as CLIFF AND THE SHADOWS.
Cliff also made several shows and series for the BBC.
NIGHT OUT ABC 25th March 1961 - 10th April 1965
A variety entertainment show with 54 x 50-minute episodes, shown over
5 series, which was broadcast once or twice monthly (mainly from various
seaside resorts) and quite eclectic in content. The first six-episode
series had various hosts and included the first NME Poll Winners Concert
to be televised and a 'circus spectacular'. Peggy Lee was the subject
of another one-off 'spectacular' on Saturday 26th August 1961. The second
season was hosted by Paul Andrews and, from the third season onwards,
mainly Mike and Bernie Winters. Regularly featured were The Lionel Blair
Dancers and Bob Sharples with The ABC Television Showband while guests
included Don Arrol, Billy Dainty, Jackie Trent, Kathy Kirby, Lionel
Blair, Russ Conway, Diana Dors, Dickie Valentine, Bob Monkhouse and
The Beatles (7th September 1963 and 29th February 1964). Most of the
top performers of the time appeared on one or more of the shows. The
producer was Philip Jones.
YOUR LUCKY STARS ABC 1st April 1961 - 25th
June 1966 Please
see specific page on Thank Your Lucky Stars
FOR THE BIRDS SOUTHERN
15th May 1961 - 6th November 1961
Strictly for the Birds was a jazz series that commenced on 15th May
1961 and ran throughout that summer. This was a late night 30 minute
series directed by Peter Frazer-Jones, of special interest because the
Dudley Moore Trio were resident guests, along with Bobby Sansom. Alex
Orgar, the roving jazz reporter, linked the series. Special guest on
the first programme was Cleo Laine.
ANGLIA June 1961 - 19th September 1961
Showdate was a 13 week series, the last being shown on Tuesday 19th
September. Screened from 8:00pm to 9:00pm it included a talent contest,
which over a thousand local acts entered, auditioning at the Theatre
Royal, Lowestoft. It also gave beauty queens the chance to become Miss
Anglia 1961, the finals being filmed on 17th September at the Britannia
Theatre, Great Yarmouth, with the winner also going on to compete in
the national finals for the title of Miss TV Times. Hosted by Sheila
Buxton, a guest singer was introduced each week, including Tony Brent,
Billy Fury, Humphrey Lyttelton, and Russ Hamilton. In the final show
Sheila was joined by Marty Wilde and Derek Roy. The success of this
series led to a 60 minute show GLAMOUR '62
and further shows in subsequent years until 1968.
ADAM FAITH SHOW ASSOCIATED
REDIFFUSION 21st June 1961
Directed by Grahame Turner, this was Adam's first prime time 'special'
with guests Adele Leigh, Richard Wattis and Dick Charlesworth and his
City Gents. Special guest star was Tony Bennett and musical backing
was by the Tony Osborne orchestra.
TRAD FAD BBC
1st July 1961 - 23rd September 1961
Produced and directed by Johnnie Stewart, this series of 13 x 30
minute late night episodes featured all the top jazz bands and singers
of the time. Excerpts from the series were used to make the short film
'Trad Fad And All That Jazz'.
JO STAFFORD SHOW ATV
9th September 1961 - 18th August 1963
9 x 60 minute series of 'specials' was mainly produced by Associated
Television at the Borehamwood Studios in Hertfordshire. Jo Stafford
was an American singer of traditional pop music and jazz standards whose
career ran from the late 1930s to the early 1960s, by which time she
had sold in excess of 25 million records. At Stafford's personal request
she was accompanied on stage for the series by the British vocal group,
The Polka Dots. This series of variety specials aired periodically over
a 2 year period starting on 9th September 1961. The shows were later
syndicated to AmericanTV in 1963 / 1964. Each show had its own 'theme'.
The first show dealt with the basic differences in the English language
as spoken in America and the UK. Guests in this show included Graham
Stark and Peter Sellers.
One show dealt with the subject of love and Stafford was joined by Ella
Fitzgerald for a musical medley while Claire Bloom recited verse and
Kathleen Harrison and George Benson performed in a sketch. Another show
on travel starred Kenneth More who brought with him the vintage motor
car ‘Genevieve’ as seen in the movie of the same name. Other guests
included Roy Castle, Peter Lawford, Edd Byrnes, Rosemary Clooney, Peggy
Lee, Bob Hope, Benny Hill, Harry Secombe and Mel Torme. Other themes
included the four seasons, chivalry and big bands. One show was recorded
at the London Palladium and starred Robert Morley, Stanley Holloway
and Morecambe and Wise. 1. The Language
of Language 2. Transportation 3. The Language of Love 4. The Four Seasons
5. The Jo Stafford Christmas Show 6. The Age of Chivalry 7. The Great
All-Star Show 8. The Swing Era 9. At The London Palladium
RENDEZVOUS ASSOCIATED REDIFFUSION 12th September
1961 - 24th September 1963
This was a childrens entertainment show which evolved from SMALL
TIME in 1955 and LUCKY DIP
in 1958 and was transmitted on Tuesdays
and Fridays, presented by Howard Williams, guitarist Bert Weedon (periodically)
and the almond-eyed Muriel Young ably assisted by glove puppets Pussy
Cat Willum and Fred Barker. The shows had many segments in a 'Blue Peter'
style and also included a pop spot called Star Record Guest, featuring
virtually all the chart-topping artists and groups at one time or another
- not bad for an 'under 12' show. It originally filled the 'children's
hour' from 5:00pm - 5:55pm but was changed to just a 25 minute slot
in summer 1963.
The last show was on 24th September 1963 but Young and Williams returned
the following week with THE FIVE O'CLOCK CLUB,
by which time another puppet character, a Liverpudlian owl called Ollie
Beak, had joined the show. From 1965 the show was known as OLLIE
AND FRED'S FIVE O'CLOCK CLUB
with Muriel Young as the sole presenter. This show finished on 2nd September
1965 to be replaced by FIVE O'CLOCK FUNFAIR,
hosted by Marjorie Sigley, and lasted until 2nd December 1965.
7th December 1965 saw the return of the FIVE
O'CLOCK CLUB, in its Tuesday and Friday slots, with Muriel
Young returning, along with ex-Viper Wally Whyton
(who was Ollie Beak's voice!) and another regular, Tommy Quickly. Other
'guest' comperes included Gerry Marsden, Una Stubbs, Mitch Murray, Bill
Boyle and Joe Brown. This sequence of related programmes ended on 23rd
ALONG WESTWARD 12th September 1961
An early 30-minute programme for young people was Spin Along, a regional
pop music programme presented by disc jockey Alan Freeman and host Leslie
Hoare. The first edition was broadcast on Tuesday 12th September 1961
at 6:15pm, in place of Westward Diary and was broadcast until 30th November
1961. A second series began on 24th September 1962 at a later time of
A GO-GO TWW 14th September 1961 - 15th December
213 episodes of this classic show were hosted by Kent Walton, later
better known for his Saturday afternoon wrestling commentaries. The
show's theme was 'Starfire'
by The John Barry Seven, composed by Jerry Lordan.
Tony Prince hosted 3 episodes of
the show before joining Radio Caroline as a deejay.
Paul Raven (Gary Glitter)
also appeared in the first show. Unusually,
for this time, the regular dancers on the show were a husband and wife
team of mixed race, selected
by producer Chris Mercer.
it was taken by some stations (STV, Ulster, TTT, Anglia (from Mar 12th
1962), Border, Westward periodically, and briefly WWN), although it
was never screened by the London region as its format was considered
to be too similar to RSG!. Each act was set up in different locations
on small boxed stages and during each performance acts were herded by
floor managers, with instruction boards, to each location to be recorded.
The show was recorded for later transmission, with many of the acts
miming. Malcolm Goddard staged the dances, early programmes also included
a puppet created by Frank Mumford.
Many of the episodes featured a sequence of cartoons, an early version
of the 'pop video'. David Hoey recalled some of these cartoons, "one
of which was 'The Girl from Wolverton Mountain' by Jo Ann Campbell (1962),
another was 'Do You Hear What I Hear?' by Bing Crosby (1963), this one
being shown for two consecutive weeks. Three other songs I remember
were 'Starfire' by The John Barry Seven (1961), 'Bambino' by The Springfields
and 'Sound of Silence' by Simon and Garfunkel (1965)". A Discs a Gogo
badge was presented to audience members who came to dance on the show.
The regular dance troupe were The Gojo's, choreographed by Jo Cook.
Two of the regular dancers were Carol Rogers and Dudley Canvin. The
last show on 15th December 1965 featured Major Lance, and Johnny Tillotson,
although one further show called 'Gogos' was made to mark the channel
TWW's demise on Saturday 2nd March 1968, produced by Peter Dulay and
directed by John Scriminger, with host Tony Blackburn introducing The
Symbols, Paul & Barry Ryan, Tomorrow & Keith West, Solomon King, Samantha
Lee, accompanied by Bob Miller and the Millermen, with an interview
with Englebert Humperdinck.
DAVIS MEETS THE GIRLS ATV 18th November 1961
The 'girls' included Mandy Rice-Davies and Wendy Richard who made her
first television appearance on this show.
SHADOWS SHOW ATV 1962
unknown transmission date
Produced by Dicky Leeman. Apparently a one-off show featuring the music
of the phenomenally successful instrumental group, along with guest
'62 ANGLIA 1962 - 1968
unknown transmission dates
A successful SHOWDATE
series in 1961 led to this annual offering
of a 'beauty contest' with musical entertainment content.
22nd August Shaw Taylor was the host, with Joan Ward, the 1962 winner
as hostess. In
GLAMOUR '64 the
programmes were introduced by McDonald Hobley, assisted by Susan Denny.
Some of the contestants achieved wider fame, including Jennifer
Cresswell and Angela Daniels
who became hostesses on Sale of the Century.
GLAMOUR '65 was
hosted by Pete Murray and Elizabeth Fox, where stars appearing included
Helen Shapiro, Anita Harris, Jenny Johnson, Valerie Masters, and The
was compered by Dennis Lotis, again assisted by Elizabeth Fox. GLAMOUR
featured Pete Murray, with Bob Minkhouse, Barbara Law and Allan Smethurst
'The Singing Postman'. The
GLAMOUR '68 Grand
Final featured the winners from twelve heats, introduced by the regular
Bob Wellings. Also appearing were Joe Brown, Madeline Bell and the announcer
Earle Bailey. The judges were The Marchioness of Tavistock, Danny Blanchflower,
Clifford Davis, Tania Mallet, and Dick Joice. The producer for this
final was Bill Perry. Janie Marden appeared in the 18th July heat at
Lavenham, and went on to make several (unsuccessful) records during
the Sixties, as well as appearing as an actress in several television
unknown transmission dates
This Canadian CBC series ran in Canada from 1959 to 1964 and was presented
by ITV in 1962 as a series of special shows each showcasing a different
singer. The series featured Canadian artists such as the Canadian Opera
Company, Maynard Ferguson, Oscar Peterson, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra
and the Billy Van Four.
HANDFUL OF SONGS SOUTHERN TV 1962
unknown transmission dates
was a 30 minute late night (11.10pm) series of six shows in Autumn 1962
starring Rosemary Squires.
THAT JAZZ ATV 5th January 1962 - 29th June 1962
× 30 minute episodes in black and white were broadcast from 5th January
to 29th June and shown on Fridays at 10.30pm. Producers: Dicky Leeman,
Jon Scoffield, Orchestration: Jack Parnell and his Orchestra, Set Design:
Henry Graveney, Inigo Monk, Michael Eve, Richard Lake, Bill McPherson,
Alan Pickford, Director: Rita Gillespie.
ATJ was a series of shows that actually had very little to do with Jazz
but featured a wide variety of mainstream acts such as Karl Denver and
Frank Ifield. Billy Fury, Johnny Dankworth and his Orchestra, The Brook
Brothers, The Eric Delaney Band and Valerie Masters appeared on the
first show and later guests included Chris Barber, Kenny Ball, Emile
Ford and The Checkmates, The Dallas Boys, Cleo Laine, Frank Ifield,
Roy Castle and Eden Kane. Producer Jon Scoffield stood in for Dicky
Leeman for a couple of episodes midway through the show's run.
TRAD WITH A TWIST GRANADA 17th January 1962
Broadcast on a Wednesday between 8.00pm and 9.00pm it was introduced
by Gary Marshall and directed by Philip Casson. Much of the content
is thought to have been taken from recordings of various performances
and featured: Chris
Barber's Jazz Band, Ronnie Scott, Ottilie Patterson, Betty Smith, The
Viscounts, Tommy Whittle, Linda Scott, Chubby Checker, Terry Lightfoot
and his New Orleans Jazzmen, The Galliards, Kathy Stobart, The Back
O' Town Syncopaters, The Original Downtown Syncopaters, Peter Knight
and his Orchestra.
IN THE BORDER BORDER 31st January 1962 - 11th
A 30 minute music and interview series broadcast about 6.15pm on Wednesdays
from various locations. It ran for 47 episodes from 31st January 1962
to 11th December 1963. Presented by Rodney Warr, later Tom Edwards.
OF A KIND SOUTHERN 12th February 1962 - 18th June
episodes of this 30-minute show marked the debut of Jon Pertwee's long
running association with Southern TV - on this occasion playing a guitar.
This was essentially a guitar-based series with resident hosts Dorita
y Pepe and Wout Steenhuis. Directed by Peter Frazer-Jones, the series
did well in the Southern TAM ratings, and was also networked to Grampian
ALONG GRANADA 20th March
1962 - 19th June 1962
Directed by Phil Casson, the programme featured popular tunes sung each
week by Marion Ryan, The King Brothers and Des O'Connor, supported by
Johnny Spence conducting The Peter Knight Orchestra. The show was extended
to fourteen editions from 8th May onwards when it was moved to a 7.00
pm transmission time.
vs. PARIS TWIST ASSOCIATED
REDIFFUSION 9th May 1962
Producer Daphne Shadwell followed Twist dance competitions held in both
capital cities, with David Frost introducing the 'heat' winners who
competed for the grand prize and medals.
AND LENNY BBC 10th May 1962 - 6th June 1963
was a music-based follow up to THE LENNY THE
LION SHOW (1957-1960). Lenny The Lion and his ventriloquist
partner Terry Hall were amongst the most popular characters of early
British children's television. Hall was one of the first ventriloquists
to use an animal rather than a little boy as his dummy and Lenny was
also one of the first to be given the ability to move his arms (he was
prone to burying his head in embarrassment). One of Lenny's endearing
qualities was his inability to pronounce his 'R's. Apart from the original
series, there was LENNY'S DEN (1959
- 1961) and this 14-episode foray into the music world. Pops and Lenny
is notable for the episode in which The Beatles made their second appearance
on national BBC television. On Thursday 16th May 1963 the group arrived
at Television Theatre in London at 1.30pm for a rehearsal, and the show
was broadcast live in front of an audience from 5-5.30pm. The Beatles
performed From Me To You and a short version of Please Please Me. At
the end of the show they joined host Terry Hall and Lenny the Lion,
plus regular cast members The Raindrops, Patsy Ann Noble and musicians
The Bert Hayes Octet, for a one-minute rendition of the 1929 standard
After You’ve Gone.
IS SINATRA! ABC 2nd June 1962
On June 1st 1962, British television captured Sinatra during a midnight
performance at London's Royal Festival Hall. The concert was part of
Sinatra's World Tour for Children and his first personal appearance
on British television. The taped program was broadcast a day later in
an abbreviated form, introduced by David Jacobs.
MATCH ASSOCIATED REDIFFUSION 15th June 1962 -
11th September 1962
Elkin Allan moved into the disc judging business rather late with this
somewhat over-elaborate show which would only last three months. Other
'disc review' shows such as Juke Box Jury, Dad You’re A Square and Spin-A-Disc
had already been popular shows, but it was a comparatively cheap format
to produce so AR decided to give it a try. Each week eleven members
were selected from the audience (all from overseas) to vote on two record
releases, one British and one American and would wave flags if they
liked the disc. The person counting the votes was David Frost (just
months before hosting the hugely successful That Was The Week That Was).
The first pilot was filmed in late May, with a second pilot made on
31st May 1962 and the chosen host was Keith Fordyce. As the TV Times
described it ''The big fight in the music world is between British discs
and the American invaders. Now you can judge the state of the battle
in this exciting programme which has the fun of a new game, plus the
thrill of dazzling dancing, plus a first chance to hear the new record
Each record was visually supported by a team of dancers directed by
Malcolm Clare. The British records were introduced by Oliver Reed (later
replaced by Wally Whyton) and the American discs by Canadian David Gell.
Keith Fordyce acted in the role of presenter and referee with Caterine
Millinair as the International Jury Judge. No artists actually performed
live on the show, but each week a guest star would appear to give their
opinion on the new releases. There was also an audience participation
section where excerpts from two records were played anonymously and
the audience were asked to vote on either 'X' or 'Z'. The six records
chosen each week would be played against each other by musical type,
ballad vs ballad, jazz vs jazz etc. The show did not prove to be particularly
popular and, according to reviews in the Daily Mirror, there were many
viewer complaints. The Stage magazine's review of the first show commented
'the disc programme was not only ragged and under-rehearsed, but involved
so many people that it was almost impossible to keep track of who-did-what-and-why'.
TWIST ON THE RIVIERA ASSOCIATED REDIFFUSION
20th June 1962 Please
see specific pages on Sixties
Rollo Gamble directed this 'follow up' programme
with David Frost introducing another 'special' on 'The Twist' dance
craze, this time from the trendy South of France.
BBC Television 7th July 1962
- 11th August 1962
Six episodes of this 30 minute series, also known as TWIST!
MUSIC WITH A BEAT were
produced by Johnnie Spence and hosted by David Jacobs. It was launched
as a summer filler show for late night Saturdays, attracting an unusually
adult audience considering the dance's teenage origins. Each week two
teams of twisters from popular BBC TV shows would compete for a trophy,
judged by a different pair of celebrities each week. In addition, two
or three singers would appear each week. Tony Osborne and His Mellowmen
and Don Lang and his Twisters were the resident bands. An extract from
the final show is thought to be all that exists from the series.
The Radio Times television listings state the following: Saturday 7th
July 1962 BBC Television 22.45 - 23.15pm Twist! with David Jacobs and
a host of friends. Music with a beat from Don Lang and his Twisters,
Tony Osborne and the Mellowmen. Guests stars, Petula Clark and The Viscounts.
Twist Competition: Compact v. Juke Box Jury Judges: Helene Cordet and
Peter West. Saturday 14th July 22.50 - 23.20pm Guest stars, Eden Kane
and The Brook Brothers. Twist Competition: Sid James team v. Denis Lotis
team Judges: David Jacob and Louise Cordet. Saturday 21st July 22.50
- 23.20pm Guest stars, Helen Shapiro, Mike Sarne and Wendy, Sandra Scott
Twist Competition: Z Cars v. The Archers (judges not listed). Saturday
28th July 22.30 - 23.00pm Guest stars, The Polka Dots, Kenny Lynch,
Carol Deene. Twist Competition: Freddie Mills Team v. Raymond's Team
Judges: Sonnie Binick and Sally Brock. Saturday 4th August 22.35 - 23.05pm
Guest stars, Alma Cogan, Jimmy Justice, Ronald Chesney. Twist Competition:
Television Announcers team v. Alan Week's Sports team (judges not listed).
Saturday 11th August 22.40 - 23.10pm Guest Stars Ronnie Carroll, Susan
Maughan, Mike Berry. Twist Competition: Singing Summers team v. Sing
It Again team (judges not listed).
STORY OF TRAD ASSOCIATED REDIFFUSION
1st August 1962
A one-off show produced by Geoffrey Hughes which featured Stirling Moss
investigating the history of Trad Jazz with the help of Kenny Ball,
The Storeyville Jazzmen and George Melly.
CHUBBY CHECKER SHOW ATV 7th September 1962
A special featuring the 'King of Twist' Chubby Checker with guest stars
The Brook Brothers and Valerie Masters, supported by the Red Price Orchestra.
was Dicky Leeman.
FAITH SINGS SONGS OLD AND NEW BBC 19th September
1962 - 24th October 1962
six-episode series in which, according to the Radio Times, Adam 'sings
old and new'.
Supported by The Roulettes, The Kestrels, Sheila O'Neill (usually a
dancer) and, on occasion, The Ross Taylor Dance Group, guests included
Helen Shapiro, Chance Gordon, a 16 year-old Clodagh Rodgers, Betty Marsden,
Chris Barber, Don Arroll, Dilys Watling, Julie Grant and Kenneth Connor.
The series was produced by Graeme Muir and Ross Taylor. Johnny
Keating was musical arranger BBC Orchestra directed by Harry Rabinowitz
MAX BYGRAVES SHOW THAMES 1963 - 1966
unknown transmission dates
"I wanna tell you a story . . " The ever-popular middle of the road
entertainer with backing from the Jack Parnell orchestra. Max had many
chart hits during the Fifties and Sixties but his best known recordings
are probably the L.P. 'SingalongaMax' series and the wonderful 'Fings
Ain't Wot They Used T'Be'. They're certainly (and sadly) not.
NIGHT OUT ABC 1963 - 1964
unknown transmission dates
A series of variety shows presented by the comedy duo Mike and Bernie
Winters. The shows frequently starred top pop artists as the headline
act, who not only performed their hits but also took part in comedy
sketches with the hosts.
This series was followed by BLACKPOOL NIGHT
OUT in 1964. Mike and Bernie went on to have their own long-running
show on ABC/Thames, MIKE AND BERNIE'S SHOW,
from 1966 to 1971.
DES O'CONNOR SHOW ATV 1963 - 1973
unknown transmission dates
Later considered almost a national institution and hard to believe it
began this early, Des's long run of variety series were an annual event
up to the middle of the seventies, when the show continued under
the name of DES O'CONNOR TONIGHT.
Despite Eric Morecambe's opinion of his singing he had many high-ranking
chart hits during and after the Sixties and his television career is
one of the longest and most successful of all time.
Virtually everybody in the business appeared on at least one of these
shows at some time or other.
CHANNEL 1963 - 29th December 1965
Channel was the smallest of all the ITV franchises, yet it preserved
its independence until 2017 when it was purchased by ITV. Their only
real contribution to pop television history being this beat group entry.
Hosted by John Rothwell the programme interviewed pop stars visiting
the islands, many of whom would have played at ballrooms like The Springfield
in Saint Hellier. From surviving footage made available by ITV on You
Tube interviews were done on location, but there was a studio set with
other interviewers and contributors, so it's likely that live performances
were recorded for transmission. Despite the small locale the studio
were having trouble getting fans to the studio on time, so in October
1964 the producers hired a bus to pick up fans and bring them along
to the studio. Similarly, trains had been hired to take fans of Oh Boy!
from the north of England down to London back in 1958.
6-25 SHOW BBC 1st January 1963 - 24th December
A show in which Jimmy
Young presented new talent. The first show featured The Three Bachelors,
The Belltones, The Eagles, The Honeys, Zack Laurence, Gay Pursue, Verne
Rogers and the Hi-Fi's, The Sunrays and Cas Turewicz. The 16th April
episode was The Beatles’ debut on the BBC, giving them a nationwide
audience for the first time, performing 3 songs. Also on this show were
singers Rolf and Tino, Bobbi Carrol, Hank Locklin, guitarist Wout Steenhuis,
a four-piece classical ensemble, pianist Johny Pearson and conductor
Edwin Braben. The show was recorded at the BBC’s Lime Grove Studios
in Shepherd’s Bush, West London.
IN ACTION GRANADA 7th January 1963 - 7th December
Not generally known for its contribution to the world of Pop Music,
a May 1964 episode was a serious documentary program on the 'pop
pirates' of Radio Caroline and Radio Atlanta. It included rare location
shots from the port at Greenore, the Atlanta recording studio and footage
of the ships. Session musicians were used to overdub background music
from the recording studio due to objections from the music regulating
MATCH ANGLIA 9th January 1963 - 1965
The fore-runner to this long-running
30-minute music quiz was a short-lived show produced by Anglia in 1960
called DISC QUIZ. Peter Fenn, best remembered later as the organist
in Anglia's biggest quiz, the 1970s Sale of the Century, provided the
music for a 'name that tune' show where people were asked to name a
song after only two notes.
It started on 9th January 1963 at 9.45pm with hosts Pete Murray and
Muriel Young. "Contestants will be able to win up to £100 in this quiz
show". They had to guess the twenty tunes Peter Fenn played, often
heavily disguised. That top prize was not won until 1964 (by an American
airman's wife) yet in 1965 the top prize was still a mere £100. David
Gell hosted the show from October 1965. Dick Graham was the unseen announcer.
Guest artists appeared each week, including The Honeycombs (October
1965), Carol Deene (24th November 1965). The show was revived briefly
in October 1970 to the end of the year with Pete Murray as host.
Peter Joy, who produced the original version, was now back and introduced
a cabaret spot in each show. Carol Dilworth and Jennifer Cresswell were
COME THE GIRLS ASSOCIATED
27th February 1963 - 23rd October 1963
A 13-episode series that started 27th February, directed by Robert Fleming
featuring Alan 'Fluff' Freeman talking to, and showing performances
from, various female singing stars and groups. Amongst the “girls” featured
on the show were Petula Clark (27th Sept 1963, 9.15pm), Alma Cogan,
Billie Davis, Carol Deene, Aretha Franklin, Julie Grant, Kathy Kirby,
Brenda Lee, Millicent Martin, Susan Maughan, Helen Shapiro, Dusty Springfield,
and The Vernon Girls.
ABC 4th May 1963, 29th June 1963 - 27th July 1963
Directed by Geopff Ramsey, the show was originally broadcast as
a one-off, returning for an
additonal four-show short series later the following month.
It appears to have been a straightforward magazine programme about the
fads and fashions of youth culture, with the TV Times describing it
as "a new attempt to show viewers what's new. It's purpose is to dissect
the trends, the fads, the fashions and the crazes that have either just
materialised or are just about to come along". A later listing from
the TV Times Northern edition states: David
Mahlowe looks at the world of ‘with it’ people. Rave Fashions! Rave
Dances! Rave Language! The ‘in’ side turned out. Designed by Patrick
Downing. Edited by Roy Bottomley and Tom Brennard.
It originally appeared in a late-night Saturday slot hosted by actor
Tony Tanner and Sheila Falconer and was one of the first shows to take
account of the new wave of youth music and fashion in the wake of Merseybeat
and might have featured an article on The Cavern club in Liverpool.
It was re-named plain RAVE! in June
and also seemed to have had a musical guest artist each week. The show’s
script writers were Mike Hodges (later to become a noted TV and film
director with The Tyrant King, Get Carter, Flash Gordon, The Croupier)
and Ken Hoare. A review in 'The Stage'
magazine of 4th July 1963 states:
first show of ’63 trends moved from the inevitable dance spot, Twist
to Bossa Nova, with Sheila partnered by Johnny Greenland, to instruction
on the care of aspidistras, a Jessie Matthews number Tony’s In Town,
a snatch of film of Divorce Italian Style, to Tom Swifties, and a visit
to a Hot Gospel Club. Sandwiched somewhere in between was one incongruously
serious item on acupuncture'.
CLIFF RICHARD SHOW BBC Sunday 28th April
The first of Cliff's BBC 'specials', shown at
7:25pm and produced by Neville
Wortman under the musical direction of Harry Rabinowitz. There was
apparently a series of such specials planned for 1963, but only this
one was actually filmed. The book 'The Complete Chronicle' describes
this show stating that Cliff performed his latest single, Summer Holiday,
and several tracks from the Holiday Carnival EP. Some sources also state
that he sang Bachelor Boy. Guests included The Shadows, Millicent Martin
and Sid James.
AND GARTERS ASSOCIATED
31st May 1963 - 3rd January 1966
Tons of stars but far too few garters - this was an extremely popular
traditional pub entertainment series featuring the more middle of the
road chart artists among its guests. Hosted by Ray Martine, resident
acts were Clinton Ford, Kathy Kirby, Tommy Bruce, Julie Rayne and Vince
Hill. The show was re-titled 'THE NEW STARS
AND GARTERS' for a few weeks in 1965 when it was introduced
by actress Jill Browne assisted by William Rushton.
YOU'RE A SQUARE SOUTHERN 21st June 1963 - 13th
This was a show similar in
concept to Juke Box Jury, described hopefully by Roy Rich as "a disc
show with a difference". Hosted
by DJ Barry Langford, a panel of six (three teenagers opposed by three
'square' adults) commented on a record, casting votes whether to 'buy'
or 'break' the disc. If the latter vote was recorded, a machine instantly
caused the unfortunate record to shatter by rolling a cannon ball into
it. Directed by Angus Wright, the scheduled starting date was 13th June
1963, with the panel including 19 year old pop singer Garry Mills. However,
a couple of test programmes were made before this. The first two series
in 1963 were studio-based and networked to Tyne Tees, Border and Grampian.
A third series in 1964 saw the show becoming an outside broadcast. The
26th February 1964 edition came from Salisbury, and featured Rosemary
Squires. 29th April came from Petersfield Town Hall with Paddy Roberts
(director Bill Perry) and on 6th May from Chatham Town Hall.
A regular 'square' on the programme was Ken Chaplin who went on to manage
pop group 'The Untamed'. Wendy Richards also appeared on the programme.
SWINGIN' TIME BBC1 25th July 1963 - 2nd July 1964
There were 17 episodes of this musical variety show produced
Wortman with musical
direction by Les Reed. Season
1 (9 shows) ran from 25th July to 19th September 1963 and Season 2 (8
shows) ran from 14th May to
2nd July 1964. Rolf
Harris presented, with guests that included
Gerry and The Pacemakers, Stubby Kaye, Chris Rayburn, Shirley and Johnny,
Cilla Black, Freddie and The Dreamers Singers and The Hendon School
Folk Song Choir.
TEENAGERS ONLY ATV MIDLANDS 8th August 1963 -
1st October 1964
show called UP AND DOING made in
June 1963 led to this 20 minute programme series produced by Reg Watson
and broadcast on Thursdays at 6.40pm. Resident band was Steve Brett
and The Mavericks. Made at the Alpha studios in Aston, Birmingham, it
featured many established stars and also showcased local West Midlands
talent. The show was also networked to Southern Television.
STEADY GO! ASSOCIATED REDIFFUSION 9th August 1963
- 23rd December 1966 Please
see specific page on Ready Steady Go!
FRANK IFIELD SHOW ATV 1st September 1963
A collection of general entertainment series and 'specials' were made
by ATV under the 'The xxx xxx Show' This particular one starring the
highly popular 'Australian' singer (he was actually born in Coventry)
and special guests. The show was produced
by Albert Locke and broadcast
live from the Prince of Wales Theatre, London.
AND THAT ULSTER 25th September 1963 - 17th December 1963
This 13-week series was Roger
Whittaker's first television series and the first
local Ulster programme sold to the ITV network.
ABC 28th September 1963 - 4th January 1964
Hosted by Rory McEwen, with other 'assistant'
presenters such as Martin Carthy, Iain Campbell, Cyril Tawney, Davey
Graham, and Alex McEwan, Hullabaloo was a weekly half-hour ABC TV folk
and R&B showcase, recorded at ABC's Teddington Lock studios, that ran
for 11 shows. The series was broadcast late night, 11:15pm, Saturdays
to the North of England only and featured British and American folk
and blues artists. Along with regular band The Cyril
Davies All Stars, guests included Long
John Baldry, Peter, Paul and Mary, The Spinners, The Velvettes, Sonny
Jack Elliott and Carolyn Hester. A live edition of the show was presented
at the Royal Festival Hall, featuring Rory McEwen, Isla Cameron, The
Ian Campbell Folk Group, Bob Davenport, Martin Carthy, Lisa Turner and
The Malcolm Price Trio. Directed
by Ben Churchill, ABC
sold the series to both America and Australia.
MERSEY SOUND BBC1 9th October 1963
A 30-minute documentary, produced by Jim Casy and narrated by Michael
Barton, about the early 60s Liverpool scene and pop phenomenon which
includes a Beatles interview and a privately-recorded session on which
the audience sounds were later over-dubbed as it was not possible to
record live audio due to crowd noise. The
production includes interviews with club owners and footage from inside
the Iron Door Club - a Cavern 'rival'.
Also appearing are The Undertakers and Group One.
SCENE / LATE SCENE EXTRA GRANADA 18th October
1963 - 20th March 1964
Produced by Granada in Manchester,
SCENE AT 6.30 (1963 - 1966) was
a regional magazine programme for the North of England that always
started at 6.35pm. Although mostly a current affairs show, it incorporated
a segment called Police File (copied from ATV’s Police Five) and also
featured entertainment guests every night of the week where it was often
able to get established and new bands into the studio before their record
had hit the charts, including The Beatles.
Presenters included Gay Byrne, Mike Scott, Peter Eckersley, James Murray,
Brian Truman, Bill Grundy, Michael Parkinson, Bob Greaves and Chris
Kelly. An additional late night show lasting about 30 minutes was broadcast
around 11.30pm hosted by Bill Grundy and Michael Scott, produced by
Johnny Hamp and Michael Parkinson, which featured many of the big current
names in the music business, was titled LATE
and LATE SCENE EXTRA. Friday 20th
December 1963 brought an additional edition, shown at 11.25pm to 11.55pm,
under the title LATE SCENE GRANADA.
27th November 1963saw an extra late episode at 11.45pm featuring Ken
Dodd and The Beatles, interviewed by Gay Byrne.
OVER DAD WESTWARD 19th October 1963
- 21st December 1963
The Beatles had to
be smuggled into Derry's Cross through a tunnel to record a 6'41"
interview with continuity announcer Stuart Hutchison for the programme,
due to the number of fans outside the studios.
SOLD A MILLION ASSOCIATED
30th October 1963 - 10th February 1965
Each program in this 15-2-
minute part-music part-documentary late night series featured a pop
star or group who had sold a million or more records, including: 30th
October 1963 Alan Freeman talking to Gerry and The Pacemakers, 15th
April 1964 Gordon Williams talking to Freddie and The Dreamers, 10th
February 1965 Alan Freeman talking to Cilla Black.
An edition with singer Joe Brown was due to be shown on 20th November
1963, but due to the inclusion of his recording of 'Little Ukulele',
a song which was banned by both the BBC and ITV, it was cancelled and
replaced by Kenny Ball on Tuesday 24th December 1963 11:10 - 11:25 pm.
15-20 minute programme
ABC OF JAZZ SOUTHERN 5th November 1963 - 28th
on Tuesdays, this thirteen week series, produced by Peter Frazer-Jones,
saw host Steve Race taking the alphabet, two letters per week, showcasing
personalities of the jazz world.
THE BEATLES BBC1 7th December 1963
A live performance televised from the Empire Theatre, Liverpool as the
second half of a two-part show, containing 10 of their hits and live
The first half of the show featured the Fab Four as the panelists in
a special edition of Juke Box Jury.
HEAR THE BLUES GRANADA 18th December 1963
A 38-minute 'blues' special, featuring Muddy Waters, Memphis Slim, Willie
Dixon, Matt Murphy, Sonny Boy Williamson, Lonnie Johnson, Victoria Spivey
and Big Joe Williams. A DVD recording of this show was released on the
Shout! Factory label on April 26th 2005.
STARS ON MERSEYSIDE 'SPECIAL' ABC 21st December
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A special edition of the 'Thank Your Lucky Stars' programme which featured
The Beatles and other Liverpool acts.
24th December 1963
broadcast at 9.10pm on Christmas Eve 1963, this
was a documentary directed by Charles Squires and
presented by Daniel Farson, examining the phenomenon of Merseybeat,
with contributions from Gerry and The Pacemakers, Rory Storm and The
Hurricanes, Faron's Flamingos, Earl Preston & The T.T.'s, The Chants,
Chick Graham backed by The Coasters, The Spinners, Jacqueline McDonald,
Bridie O'Donnell, Billy Kielty, Paul Cunningham and other Liverpool
groups including The
Undertakers. Farson journeys from London to
Liverpool to discover why this 'hard-drinking, hard-fighting' north-western
area has become the epicentre of the 1960s music scene. His brief tour
takes in all the Merseybeat landmarks, including The Blue Angel, The
Jacaranda and the Cavern club where youths twist and shout to the likes
of Gerry and The Pacemakers and Rory Storm and The Hurricanes. It features
close-up shots of the musicians and crowd by cameramen Ron Osborn and
25th December 1963
Broadcast on Christmas Day 1963 this was a selection of music for Christmas
Day performed by Cliff Richard, The Shadows, Edmund Hockridge, Joan
Regan, The King Brothers, Kenny Baker, Tommy Whittle and Don Lusher.
STARS SUMMER SPIN ABC 1964
- 1965 Please
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In addition to the Winter scheduling, a Summer season version of 'Thank
Your Lucky Stars' was introduced in 1964 from the Teddington Studios
which kept more or less to the same format and featured Billy Fury as
a regular guest performer.
The 'Spin-A-Disc' segment was replaced in July 1964 during the Summer
Spin months by 'The Pop Shop' with Janice Nicholls becoming the DJ/counter
Assistant. Talking to TV Times about the summer replacement show Philip
Jones said "This is a pop show featuring big name stars, so it's a natural
step to use stars as comperes. Different stars will act as host each
week, both boys and girls". Talking about the 'Pop Shop' segment, Jones
said "The idea is this: We'll have about twenty youngsters in the studio,
listening and dancing to the week's American discs. When we've played
the quota - it might be three or four - they will go to the counter
of our Pop Shop, where they can pick their favourite of the releases
After the show's Summer Spin outing the regular show returned on 3rd
October 1964, but it was announced that the Pop Shop item would be dropped
in favour of "a show within a show" feature, meaning Janice Nicholls
would have to find new employment. However, it would return a few weeks
later with Janice back in her rightful place. A new look was introduced
for the 27th March 1965 show, with the theatre style stage and facing
audience disappearing, replaced by a floor stage with the audience sitting
in rows around them. Brian Matthew was replaced by Jim Dale for the
summer series in 1965. The
summer version of the show went on location, with the ambition to record
two numbers outdoors for each show. Talking to The Stage's 'Television
Today' section an ABC source claimed "before every summer season we
have discussed whether to rest Lucky Stars but in the past we have decided
to continue the show - usually under the title of 'Lucky Stars Summer
Spin'. This year we came to the conclusion that we should drop it at
last and start afresh. The pop music scene has changed so much recently
that we felt it was better to do this than alter the format of Lucky
Stars yet again".
KNOCK THE ROCK
This was a Compilation of material from two Granada music specials from
1964, IT'S LITTLE RICHARD and WHOLE
LOTTA SHAKIN' GOIN' ON with Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard,
Gene Vincent, Sounds Incorporated, The Shirelles, The Animals, the Nashville
BEAT TIME BBC2 1964
The Oxfam National Beat Group
Competition finals at The Prince of Wales Theatre in London featured
12 'unknown' bands in a contest decided by a panel of judges. It was
hosted by Don Moss with David Jacobs chairing a jury that included Beatle
Ringo Starr, Brian Epstein, Cilla Black and Alan Freeman.
The second half of the show was broadcast live from 9:45 to 10:35.
OF THE POPS BBC1 1st January 1964 - 30th July
see specific page on Top Of The
BBC1 6th January 1964 - 15th June 1964
This 25-minute show was broadcast on Mondays at about 6:35pm after the
news and regional programmes. Recorded in Edinburgh, the series appeared
to be set in a folk club. 22 episodes were broadcast, featurung guests
which included .
Corrie Folk Trio and Paddie Bell, The
Dubliners, Julie Felix and The Spinners, along
with regulars Archie Fisher, Ray Fisher and Nadia Cattouse.
Director: David Bell, Producers: W. Gordon Smith and Travers Thorneloe.
LITTLE RICHARD GRANADA 8th January 1964
Produced by Johnny
Hamp and directed by Philip Casson. A TV movie featuring Little Richard
with The Shirelles and Sounds Incorporated.
YEAH! YEAH! GRANADA 12th February 1964
Producer: Dick Fontaine. A
74 minute documentary film made for television by Albert and David Maysles
about The Beatles U.S. Tour,
especially the hysterical fans at the airport.
Also known as WHAT'S HAPPENING! THE BEATLES IN THE U.S.A.
NEW YORK MEETS THE BEATLES.
GO ROUND SOUTHERN 19th February 1964 - 20th January
Two series were made of this 30-minute show which was seen on Wednesdays
at 5:25pm, also being seen on Anglia, TWW, Channel and STV. It began
as a children's / young teenage 'magazine' programme, initially including
a children's pop competition for the first few weeks where viewers were
invited to write a pop song, the best of which would be submitted to
record companies. This part of the show was hosted by hit songwriter
Mitch Murray, who explained how to write a lyric, then in week two,
how to compose a tune. On 18th March 1964, the best entry was announced
and played by a group. The series marked the television debut of Fred
Dinenage. presenting with Jane Sinclair and Britt Allcroft. Later presenters
included Carol Binstead, who went on to be an interviewer on “A Whole
Scene Going” and Tony Bastable who went on to co-present 'Magpie'. The
series were directed by Angus Wright.
NIGHT STAND STV 27th
February 1964 - 27th May 1964
of the regional pop shows that sprouted in the wake of Merseybeat, this
one covered beat talent from Scotland. Three amateur or semi-pro bands
would play each week, with a professional band, usually from England
in support. Pete Murray hosted the show which was produced by Liam Hood
and directed by Jack Sampson. Auditions across the country were held
to find thirty groups for the series, with each band allocated six minutes.
Producer Liam Hood explained "It will be a useful experience for the
Scots boys appearing with professional groups, who have been at the
game longer than they have" and the show discovered some real talent
with Lulu and The Luvvers among the acts on the first show. The Gaylords
would evolve into The Marmalade while Peter's Faces would cut several
sought after 45rpms.
14 episodes were recorded in Studio A at the Theatre Royal before an
audience of 600. The Original Checkmates also joined each show.
Starting at 9:40pm on Thursdays, the show moved to 6:30pm slot on 18th
March. It was a prelude to the longer series DIG
THIS which began in July.
Some of the artists appearing were: Thursday 27/02/64 9:40pm to 10:10pm:
Tommy Dene and the Tremors, The 'A'Beats, Lulu and the Luvvers, The
Original Checkmates. Thursday 05/03/64 9:40pm to 10:10pm: The Seven
Sinners Showband, Beat Unlimited, The Golden Crusaders, The Zephyrs.
Thursday 12/03/64 9:40pm to 10:10pm: The Copycatz, Tommy Trousdale and
his Sundowners, Dave Berry and the Cruisers. Wednesday 18/03/64 6:30pm
to 7pm: Dean Ford and the Gaylords, The Falcons, The Crusaders, The
Rockin' Berries. Wednesday 25/03/64 6:30pm to 7pm: The Johnny Hudson
Hi-Four, The Silhouettes, The Athenians, Wayne Gibson and the Dynamic
Sounds. Wednesday 01/04/64 6:30pm to 7pm: The Ramblers Showband, The
Strangers, Helene and the Kinsmen, The Contrasts. Wednesday 08/04/64
6:30pm to 7pm: Mark Dayton and the Honours, Phil and the Flintstones,
The Red Hawks The Big Three. Wednesday 15/04/64 6:30pm to 7pm: The Kwintones,
The Bluenotes, The Meteors, Rob Storme and the Whispers. Wednesday 22/04/64
6:30p to 7pm: The Phantoms, The Swinging Blue Jeans. Wednesday 29/04/64
6:30pm to 7pm: The Erle Blue Stars, Sol Byron and the Impacts, The Original
Soundtracks, The Gamblers. Wednesday 06/05/64 STV 6:30pm to 7pm: Johnny
Campbell and the Clansmen, The Aberdeen Phantoms, The Hawkes, The Trends.
Wednesday 13/05/64 6:30pm to 7pm: Scotlands Dynamic Hornets, The Kimbos,
The Ravens, Sandra and the Jet Blacks. Wednesday 20/05/64 6:30pm to
7pm: The Nighthawks, The P.G.Flintstones, Tony Rivers and the Castaways.
Wednesday 27/05/64 6:30pm to 7pm: The Ardennes, Tommy and the Apaches,
The VIPs, Peters Faces.
ASSOCIATED REDIFFUSION was re-named REDIFFUSION LONDON from 6th April
MAD MOD BALL REDIFFUSION Wednesday 8th April
thirty-sixth episode of season one of READY
STEADY GO was a special featuring the carity event 'Rave
Mad Mod Ball' in a 30 minute show broadcast from the Empire Pool Wembley.
The Beatles, who that week attained the top five records in the U.S.,
did not appear but there were performances from The Merseybeats, Billy
J. Kramer and the Dakotas, Freddie and the Dreamers, Cilla Black, The
Searchers, The Fourmost, Manfred Mann, Kathy Kirby, The Rolling Stones,
Kenny Lynch and Sounds Incorporated. Presenters
were Keith Fordyce, Cathy McGowan, Michael Aldred and dancer Patrick
625 BBC2 25th April 1964 - 20th October 1966
Produced by Terry Henebery and introduced by Steve Race (later, Humphrey
Lyttelton) each program featured a particular aspect of Jazz, starring
such artists as Dizzy Gillespie, Duke Ellington, Henry 'Red' Allen,
Oscar Peterson, Dave Brubeck, Errol Garner, Woody Herman, Tubby Hayes
and Chris Barber. The title, of course, related to the fact that BBC2
was now broadcasting on 625 lines, producing a much improved picture
HOUSE BBC2 25th April 1964 - 5th December 1964
This 2-hour Saturday afternoon
programme was transmitted from the London Riverside Studios at 4pm and
was a mix of fashion, film, current technology and music. It
was hosted by Gay Byrne, assisted by Peter Haigh and Victor Brooks,
produced by Stewart Morris, and was provided as an alternative to the
sport being shown on BBC1. Musical direction was by Tony Osborne. The
music content was provided by stars such as Gene Pitney, The Supremes,
The Beach Boys. Winifred Atwell, Barry Barnett, Catherine Boyle, The
Hungarica Quartet, Al Koran, Millicent Martin, Les Quatre Barbus, The
Searchers, Adam Faith, The Rolling Stones and Brian Poole and The Tremeloes
with Tony Osborne and his Orchestra providing the studio music and some
BEAT BBC2 27th April 1964 - 9th December 1964
This title seems to have covered a wide-spread series of four 45-minute
excerpts from pop concerts filmed at the Royal Albert Hall, London,
each featuring 8 or 9 top groups and artists, directed by Brian Johnson
and produced by Robin Scott. Transmitted on 27th April, 25th May, 11th
November and 9th December, comperes were Jimmy Savile and Alan Freeman.
The early part of the 27th April concert was also broadcast on the BBC
Radio Light Programme.
The 25th May concert was billed as TOP
BEAT POP PROM and featured Kenny Ball and
his Jazzmen, Freddie and The Dreamers, The Hollies, Eden Kane and The
Downbeats, Billy J. Kramer and The Dakotas, Bob Miller and his Millermen,
Dusty Springfield and Brian Poole and The Tremeloes. The 11th November
show was described as 'the first of a monthly series of star-studded
public shows' but although provisional bookings at the Albert Hall were
made for further concerts in 1965, the Record Mirror noted that 'concerts
scheduled for 4th January, 1st February, 8th March and 5th April 5 have
been scrapped', apparently due to low attendances.
BEAT '64 ABC 3rd May 1964
- 10th May 1964
Director: Mark Stuart. This NME poll-winners concert was filmed at the
Empire Pool, Wembley, and introduced by David Jacobs and Jimmy Savile.
Shown in 2 parts, it featured performances from The Beatles, Joe Brown
and The Bruvvers, The Dave Clark Five, Freddie and The Dreamers, Gerry
and The Pacemakers, The Hollies, Big Dee Irwin, Kathy Kirby, Billy J.Kramer
and The Dakotas, Joe Loss, Manfred Mann, The Merseybeats, Brian Poole
and The Tremeloes, Cliff Richard, The Shadows, The Rolling Stones and
The Swinging Blue Jeans.
THE BEATLES REDIFFUSION
May 1964 Please
see specific page on Around
Taped before a studio audience Tuesday 28th April 1964, this was a Beatles
'special' produced by Jack Good which featured 6 full songs and a medley
of 5 other hits. They also took part in a parody of part of a Shakespeare
play in which Paul played Pyramus, George played Moonshine, John was
Lady Thisbe and Ringo was The Lion. The 60 minute production was repeated,
in a slightly edited form, on Monday 8th June (6:08pm - 7:00 pm). Although
it gave the appearance of a live perfomance, they were miming to a pre-taped
soundtrack recorded at the IBC recording studio In London on Sunday
19th April. The songs were: complete versions of Twist & Shout, Roll
Over Beethoven, I Wanna Be Your Man, Long Tall Sall and Can't Buy Me
Love. They also performed a medley of the following tunes: Love Me Do,
Please Please Me, From Me To You, She Loves You, and I Want To Hold
Your Hand, finishing with a version of Shout.
COOL SPOT BBC 7th July 1964
- 1st September 1964
One of the stranger shows to be screened, this early evening offering
was a derivation of a series called HOT ICE
(1961 - 1963) in which professional skaters performed to contemporary
pop records. This show came from the Nottingham Ice Stadium and was
normally hosted by Alan Weeks. The final series was hosted by David
Jacobs who also hosted the nine editions of THE
COOL SPOT in which pop artists performed, with varying degrees
of skill, on the ice itself with the skaters. Artists appearing included
Lulu, Kenny Ball, Kiki Dee, The Migil 5, The Yardbirds, Dave Berry,
Peter Jay and The Jaywalkers, Christine Holmes and The Spencer Davis
Group. The programme's equally bizarre strapline was 'Television's new
Ice-Discery' where you can 'Skate,
Shake or Just Listen'.
MILLICENT ITV 12th June 1964 - 29th June 1966
Made at ATV's Elstree studios, a 3 season, 19 episode song and dance
series which also contained some comedy sketches, starring Millicent
Martin which won her the Light Entertainment Personality of the Year
The first show of the second series, shown on Saturdays at 8:35pm, was
chosen by ITV as its entrant for the 1965 Golden Rose of Montreux competition.
The third series (6 episodes starting 25th May 1966) was merely titled
MILLICENT. Roy Castle made several
appearances on the show, leading to Rediffusion making a 1966 60-minute
special in the same format titled MILLICENT
AND ROY. Other guests during the series were Roger Moore,
Ron Moody, Kenneth Cope, Ronnie Carroll, Denis King, Michael Standing,
Dickie Henderson, Bernard Cribbins, Leslie Crawford, Henry McGee and
ON TOUR GRANADA 23rd June 1964
Dick Fontaine produced this latest documentary on The Beatles, introduced
by Bill Grundy, looking at their life on the road.
SOUTHERN 24th June 1964 - 22nd September 1964
The single series of the programme commenced on Wednesday 24th June
1964, compered by Muriel Young and Tony Hall and produced by Mike Mansfield.
Questions were put to a panel of two teams, made up of three girls versus
three boys, all aged between 15 and 25. Questions ranged from artists
and composers to pop songs. The teams changed each week, the prize...
some LP records.
BEAT ROOM BBC2 6th July 1964 - 25th January 1965
Produced by Barry Langford and hosted by Pat Campbell, the show first
aired on 6th July and was originally billed as '25 minutes non-stop
beat and shake' which was later extended to half an hour. The format
was the standard regular guests and new releases, and the resident dancers
were The Beat Girls. It leaned quite heavily towards R&B music and
included artists such as Sonny Boy Williamson, John Lee Hooker, Little
Walter, Chris Farlowe and Long John Baldry.
WESTWARD BEAT COMPETITION FINAL WESTWARD 9th July
After a series
of shows featured
in 5 minute slots introduced by Russell Turner) introducing each of
the contenders, the 60 minute competition final was transmitted on Thursday
9th July 1964 (7:00pm - 8:00pm), compered by Alan Freeman.
A panel of judges included Brian Epstein, Craig Douglas and Russell
Turner and was won by The Rustiks. The finalists were: Chet and The
Triumphs, The Rustiks, The Devonairs, The Barracudas, The Big Four and
10th July 1964
- December 11th 1964
Carrying the name of a 1959 BBC show, and following on in a similar
vein to ONE
this series of 23 shows was also hosted by Pete Murray and featured
Scottish groups alongside British chart acts.. Artists appearing were:
July 10th 6.30pm: The McKinleys, The Leroys. July 24th 6.30pm: The Vernons,
Andy Gray, The Golden Crusaders. August 7th 6.30pm: The Mojos, The Copycats.
August 14th 6.30pm: The Four Pennies. August 21st 7.00pm: The Federals,
The Meteors. August 28th 7.00pm: Peter's Faces, Dean Ford, The Gaylords,
Dick James. September 4th 7.00pm: The Trendsetters. September 11th 7.00pm:
Big Dee Irwin, The Golden Crusaders. September 18th 6.30pm: Lorne Gibson,
The Zombies. September 25th 6.30pm: Alex Harvey's Soul Band, The Trends.
October 2nd 6.30pm: Lulu, Barry St John. October 9th 6.30pm: The Merseybeats,
The Poets. October 16th 6.30pm: The Pretty Things, Vince Martin, The
Kimbos. October 23rd 6.30pm: The Kinks, Jay Anders, The Chevelons. October
30th 6.30pm: The Long and The Short, The Monarchs. November 6th 6.30pm:
Kenny and The Wranglers. November 13th 6.30pm: The Downliners. November
20th 6.30pm: The Cherokees, The Athenians. November 27th 6.30pm: Lulu,
The Dakotas. December 4th 6.30pm: Sounds Incorporated, The Mark Five.
December 11th 6.30pm: Cliff Bennett and The Rebel Rousers.
AND THE SHADOWS ATV 15th July 1964
ATV made a one-off
special with support from Jack Parnell and His Orchestra, The Mike Sammes
Singers and The Pamela Devis Dancers. Running about 40 minutes, it was
transmitted on a Wednesday and primarily promoted the Wonderful Life
film with the Cliff singing many songs from the film as showing some
actual film clips. It is also mistakenly known as The Hank Marvin Story
due to a running joke throughout the show in which Hank Marvin continually
tries to steal the spotlight and calls the show by that name. This show
was also the first UK television appearance for Liza Minnelli. Pre-recorded
on 30th June, it was originally scheduled for broadcast on 1st July,
the night before the Wonderful Life world premiere, but a technician's
strike caused the network's programming to be cancelled on that evening
and it was rescheduled for 15th July.
NIGHT OUT ABC 19th July 1964
A one-off spectacular Summer season edition of Mike and Bernie Winters'
'Big Night Out' show featuring special guest stars The Beatles.
DREAM SINGING REDIFFUSION
Directed by Robert Fleming, this one-off special starred Adam Faith
and Australian singer Patsy Ann Noble, featuring songs with the theme
ROY ORBISON SHOW ATV 5th August 1964
A special from the legendary Big 'O', produced by Albert Locke, with
guests Julie Rogers and Daniel Remy. It also featured the Pamela Davis
dancers with musical backing by the Jack Parnell orchestra. The
American star agreed a £10,000 contract with ITV for two shows.
IN ON . . . ATV 7th August 1964 - 15th December
× 30 minute episodes from 7th August 1964 to 15th December 1965, this
was a collection of mini-series and variety 'specials' under a general
heading featuring a top singer as the main artist with weekly or specially
invited guest stars including Alma
Cogan, Susan Maughan and The Seekers.
They were produced by Victor
Rudolf and Albert Locke and
the music was provided by The Jack Parnell Orchestra conducted by Alan
IN ON WYNTER - Mark Wynter series (6
editions - 6th, 7th and 13th October 1964 and 28th July, 10th November
and 15th December 1965).
IN ON VALENTINE - Dickie Valentine series (3
editions - 20th January, 3rd February and 6th April 1965)
IN ON TOM
- A Tom Jones special
IN ON CARROLL - Ronnie Carroll series
(10 editions: 7th August – 30th September 1964). This
led to a 1965 spin-off series for Ronnie Carroll, also produced by Albert
Locke, with the rather unoriginal title of
IN PERSON BBC2 13th August 1964 - 29th November
There may have been two shows under this title in 1963 - The Limelighters
and Nana Mouskouri 30th January 1963 and Nina and Frederik 17th December
1963 but the series is generally accepted to have started with the two-part
Pete Seeger performance in 1964, advertised by the Radio Times as 'A
new series of weekly programmes presenting folk music from many parts
of the world'. The annual sets of series featured concert performances
in front of audiences from many international stars including Pete Seeger,
Julie Felix, Joan Baez, Peter, Paul and Mary, Buffy Saint-Marie, Judy
Collins, Esther and Abi Ofarim, The Seekers and Tom Paxton among others.
The shows had many producers and directors.
MAN THEY CALL GENIUS REDIFFUSION
A special on the inimitable Ray Charles, recorded on 20th July, with
many famous guests from the world of pop in the studio audience.
LATE SHOW BBC2 12th September 1964 - 14th December
This began as a 10 minute prologue to the evening's viewing but by the
end of its first year had been extended and placed at the end of the
evening schedule as a live late night arts discussion programme in its
own right. There were various arts elements in the show, one of which
was given over to current music and named LATE
NIGHT LINE-UP. The show ran for six or seven nights a week,
a total of over 3000 shows, with its own music slot, dealing mainly
with folk, jazz and progressive rock and is noted here for being the
parent program of COLOUR ME POP
(see 1968). Presenters included Joan Bakewell, Dennis Tuohy, John Stone,
Michael Dean, Nicholas Tresilian, Sheridan Morley and Tony Bilbow.
American ABC 16th September 1964
'What's that doing in here?' I hear you cry. Well… Shindig! (ABC) and
Hullabaloo (NBC) were two Sixties American 'live' pop television shows,
both Jack Good-produced, each lasting about eighteen months and showcasing
a lot of British groups. Shindig started as a half hour show but was
increased to an hour in January 1965. Brian Epstein introduced the acts
on a few of the first NBC shows which started in January 1965. On occasion
the shows were televised live from London and the first Shindig! show
on September 16th 1964 was actually an episode of READY
STEADY GO! with the titles altered for the American market.
Videos of these classic shows are available to buy on the internet.
SCENE ULSTER 28th September 1964 - 23rd December 1964
A short-lived, five nights a week presentation
aired from September to December that featured Irish show bands twice
This was a follow-on from a 1963 pop programme attempt by Ulster called
NOW HEAR THIS.
LOTTA SHAKIN' GOIN' ON GRANADA 30th September
Jerry Lee Lewis gave an unrehearsed performance in Granada's Studio
6, with The Animals and Gene Vincent. Apparently, the audience were
so hyped-up by Jerry Lee that the camera crews had to fight to get any
footage at all.
Director: Philip Casson, Producer: Johnny Hamp.
SPOT ABC 3rd October 1964 - 13th March 1965
A ten minute late-night 'filler' show, directed
by Geoff Ramsey and produced by Mark Stuart (which accounts for its
similar appearance to TYLS), that highlighted one act per week, performing
usually four of their own favourite songs in the ABC Television studios..
Many chart regulars like The Migil Five, Manfred Mann, The Honeycombs,
The Bachelors, Gerry and The Pacemakers, Brian Poole and The Tremeloes,
The Fourmost, The Dave Clark Five, Adam Faith and The Roulettes, Kenny
Lynch, Dusty Springfield, The Merseybeats and The Searchers made appearances.
EAMONN ANDREWS SHOW ABC / THAMES 4th October 1964
- 3rd April 1969
Although essentially a late night,
live, 45-minute variety and chat show, the 179 episodes over 5 series
contained so many pop and music guests, many on several occasions, that
it is worth a mention here. Guests
on multiple episodes included Sandie Shaw, Cilla Black, The Bachelors,
Manfred Mann, Dusty Springfield, Kathy Kirby, Adam Faith, Marianne Faithfull,
The Rolling Stones, Jackie Trent, Petula Clark, Brenda Lee, Paul Anka,
Gerryand The Pacemakers, Gene Pitney, The Searchers, Dionne Warwick,
Joe Brown, Anita Harris, Bing Crosby, Georgie Fame and The Blue Flames,
Tom Jones, Lulu, Engelbert Humperdinck, Acker Bilk, Herman's Hermits
and many others. Bob Sharples, who wrote the theme tune 'Late Night
Special' directed the music for all the shows. There were many directors,
possibly the most notable being Neville Wortman.
KATHY KIRBY SHOW BBC1 16th October 1964 - 12th
making a couple of one-off shows for the BBC, Kathy began a 10-show
first series, later followed by an 8-show second series, appearing roughly
fortnightly, from October 1964, with a summer break. On a special show
on 29th January 1965, KATHY KIRBY SINGS A SONG
FOR EUROPE, Kathy sang the six U.K. hopefuls for the Eurovision
Song Contest : I'll Try Not To Cry, Sometimes, My Only Love, I Won't
Let You, One Day, and the eventual Eurovision entry, I
The first series ended on 12th March 1965 and the second began on
28th August 1965, this time being seen about every 3 weeks. Both
series were produced by Ernest Maxin with musical direction by Eric
Robinson, supported by The George Mitchell Singers. Dancer Peter Gordeno
also appeared in most episodes.
These shows made Kathy one of the highest-paid TV performers of the
time at £1000 a show. Prior to this series Kathy made two 'specials'
on 3rd May and 4th August for the BBC. The first four shows of the series
were recorded and the remainder transmitted live. Maxin said "Kathy
has tremendous potential. In preperation for the show she has been working
twelve hours a day learning dancing and the finer points of comedy,
and I believe it will prove her a top-rank all-round entertainer".
The show was a mixture of song, dance, comedic sketches and special
guest stars, a format that was successfully copied in subsequent shows
for Cilla Black, Lulu and Dusty Springfield. This was the first of three
television series she made for BBC television.
BILLY FURY SHOW ATV 4th November 1964
A special, produced by Colin Clews for Billy, the rock'n'roller turned
ballad king, who never achieved the chart topping success his talent
deserved. Supported by Jack Parnell's orchestra and the Ross Taylor
GIRLS IN MY LIFE REDIFFUSION
Director: Robert Fleming. Adam Faith, interviewed by Ronan O'Casey,
looked back at the girls in his life through conversation and song.
GLAD RAG BALL REDIFFUSION 25th November 1964
A charity fancy dress event recorded at the Empire Pool, Wembley, on
20th November and introduced by Jimmy Savile and Anne Nightingale. Acts
included The Animals, Long John Baldry, Susan Maughan and The Rolling
STARS 'SPECIAL' ABC 5th December 1964
A special edition of the programme recorded on 29th November which featured
The Rolling Stones performing 'Around and Around', 'Little Red Rooster',
'Off The Hook' and 'Empty Heart'.
REDIFFUSION 21st December 1964 - 29th March 1965
Directed by Peter Croft, this was an early evening chat and music show,
presented by Anne Nightingale and Daniel Farson which was transmitted
on Mondays from 6:08-7pm. Guests included: 21.12.64: Judi Johnson, Bruce
Forsyth, Georgie Fame. 04.01.65: Garry Miller, Julie Rogers, Joan Regan.
11.01.65: Twinkle, Stubby Kaye, Harry Fowler. 18.01.65: Mark Murphy,
Julie Felix, Harry Fowler, Elkie Brooks. 25.01.65: Johnnie Kennedy,
Jessie Matthews, Harry Fowler. 01.02.65: The Baker Twins, Kenny Lynch,
Alfie Bass, Helen Shapiro. 08.02.65: Dilys Watling, The Bel Cantos,
Alfie Bass, The Marionettes. 15.02.65: Tom Jones, Billie Davis, Alfie
Bass, The Ivy League, Adam Faith, Tommy Bruce, Tsai Chin. 22.02.65:
Hutch, Harry Fowler, Lulu, Cleo Laine. 01.03.65: Julie Grant, Keeley
Smith, Roddy Maude-Roxby, Joe Brown and The Bruvvers. 08.03.65: Peter
Watson, Clive Dunn, Jonathan Bennetts, Jackie Lee. 15.03.65: June Bronhill,
Dave Allen, Noel Harrison, Dorothy Mazuka. 22.03.65: Lynn Holland, Randolph
Sutton, Sydney Tafler, Ron and Mel. 29.03.65: Dakota Station, Salena
Jones, Freddie and The Dreamers, The Freewheelers.
SOUTHERN 31st December 1964 - 12th September 1965
This Mike Mansfield series
ran for 13 shows over 2 seasons from 31st December 1964 to 12th September
Top girl singers sang and were interviewed by Shaw Taylor and Terence
Carroll. Guests included Annie Ross, Julie Rogers, Petula Clark, Cilla
Black, Alma Cogan, Francoise Hardy, Julie Rogers, Sandie Shaw, Dusty
Springfield, Dakota Staton, Jackie Trent, Dana Valery and Dionne Warwick.
Most of the shows were filmed on location such as Francoise Hardy and
Petula Clark in Paris, Dakota Staton sightseeing in London and Dusty
Springfield in a series of one-night shows around the UK. The show was
also transmitted by Anglia and TWW at a later date, after the Southern
show finished. The format was re-used by producers Mike Mansfield, Hilary
Stewart and Muriel Young for a further 2 series in 1983 - 1984.