COME THE POP STARS REDIFFUSION
1965 Unknown transmission dates
Rollo Gamble. A showcase series in which pop stars mimed to their current
NEW CHRISTY MINSTRELS SOUTHERN 1965 Unknown
4 episode x 30 minute series (as well as 2 radio shows for the BBC in
1965, the on 4th and 11th April, produced by John Hooper) featuring
the American folk group, which probably had more people in various formations
than Hawkwind! In England, the group’s concert and TV appearances were
booked by none other than Brian Epstein. Musical director for the group,
Mike Settle, left in the mid-60's and took some other members of the
group with him, including Kenny Rogers, and together they formed a very
successful group, the First Edition. Gravel-voiced lead singer Barry
McGuire went on to perform as a solo act and hit big with his own number
one song in 1965, 'Eve
VAL DOONICAN SHOW BBC1 1965 - 1975
by John Ammonds, Val made 64 episodes of his middle of the road music
show for the BBC between 1965 and 1970, with many guest appearances.
Musical backing was by the Ken Thorne Orchestra (1965 - 1966) and the
Peter Knight orchestra (1967 - 1969) with the Cliff Adams Singers on
backing vocals and The Gojos dancing. The show was also broadcast by
ABC in the USA.
So much could be said, but it was a superb, entertaining and often heart-warming
music show with Val often in duet with his guests. The show's 'trademarks'
were Val's colourful sweaters and his end-of-the-show rocking chair.
A further 34 episodes were
made between 1970 - 1975 and, as THE VAL DOONICAN MUSIC
SHOW, 81 episodes were produced over 9 series
from 1975, ending with a Christmas Eve special in 1986. In all, Val
made 24 seasons of shows, 17 of which were recorded live. There were
also later 'other' shows'.
IN JAMAICA REDIFFUSION
by Rollo Gamble and produced by Elkan Allan, this was a documentary-style
45-minute 'special' on the story of the rise and homecoming of Millie
Small who had a big chart success with 'My Boy Lollipop'.
From the slums of Kingston to top of the pops in one year. A camera
team went with her to Jamaica to retrace her story and meet some of
the island's other stars including Louise Bennett, Count Ossie and his
drums, Jimmy Cliff, Roy Panton, Tony Washington, Lord Creator, Byron
Lee and his Dragonaires, Lord Jellicoe, The Shipwreckers and Prince
Buster. Photography was by Michael Rhodes and Sound by Keith Barber
and Freddie Slade.
BOY CALLED DONOVAN REDIFFUSION
19th January 1965
black and white TV movie documentary about the British folk singer,
directed by Charles Squires, and also featuring David Mills as Gypsy
IT'S ALL HAPPENING BBC2 1st February 1965 - 27th
see specific page on Gadzooks!
'The Beat Room', this was another black and white pop showcase programme
which was presented by Alan David, pianist Peter London (as Peter Cooke)
and Christine Holmes, who also co-hosted the popular children's programme
'Crackerjack!'. The Beat Girls remained as the dancers. Marianne
Faithfull also did a 4-show stint as resident guest host.
The entire series lasted for 35 shows and was the vehicle for David
Bowie's first television performance as 'Davy Jones and The Manish Boys',
on 8th March 1965, with 'I Pity The Fool'. Bowie refused to accede to
BBC requests to cut his hair before the show. "Search for a Star" winner
Judi Johnson also made her first BBC TV appearance on Monday 15th March
and Twinkle debuted on Monday 29th March. Other artists appearing on
this particular show were: Peter Cook, Doris Henderson, The Three Bells,
Adrienne Posta and The Mike Leander Combo. The show's original producer
was Barry Langford, then Michael Hurll for one show before Terence Hughes
completed the last 6 shows. On 31st May it was renamed GADZOOKS!
IT'S THE IN-CROWD which had Lulu co-presenting
with Alan David. On 12th July it was again renamed to just plain GADZOOKS!
CALLING ATV 14th April 1965 - 16th June 1965
A spin-off musical series for Ronnie
Carroll, with regulars Janie Marden, The Seekers and Topo Gigio, resulting
from the 1964 series CALL
IN ON CARROLL
BACHARACH SOUND GRANADA 14th April 1965
by Philip Casson and produced by Johnny Hamp, this special starring
Burt Bacharach was recorded at the Chelsea Palace studios. Guests were
Chuck Jackson, The Breakaways, The Merseybeats, The Searchers, Dusty
Springfield and Dionne Warwick.
BEAT '65 ABC 18th April 1965
was the NME Poll Winners Concert, first recorded in 1961 as part of
the Big Night Out series. It was recorded at the Empire Pool, Wembley
on 12th February, directed by Mark Stuart and hosted by Jimmy Savile,
Keith Fordyce and Cathy McGowan. It featured performances including
The Beatles, Dusty Springfield, Cilla Black, Sounds Incorporated, Donovan,
Them, The Searchers, The Echoes, The Animals and The Rolling Stones.
A disagreement at this event resulted in neither the Beatles nor the
Stones allowing their performances to be filmed the following year.
The 1967 and 1968 shows were never transmitted.
SOUND OF MOTOWN REDIFFUSION
28th April 1965
Rollo Gamble. Dusty Springfield introduced this special featuring Motown
recording stars Martha and The Vandellas, Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson
and The Miracles, The Supremes, The Temptations and Stevie Wonder in
live performances recorded in London on 18th March.
BRITISH SONG CONTEST REDIFFUSION 24th May 1965
- 26th May 1965
three day event held at The Dome concert hall, Brighton, which was designed
to select an act to represent the UK at the San Remo Song Festival later
in the year. Directed by Rollo Gamble and compered by Keith Fordyce
and Anne Nightingale, with Bob Miller and The Millermen, over five hundred
entries were whittled down to sixteen for the three-day event which
was televised daily on ITV by Rediffusion London. The contest's large
fourteen-person judging panel comprised top TV producers and the eventual
winner was Kenny Lynch's 'I'll Stay by You'. The Music Publishers' Association
announced that a second British Song Festival would be staged in Brighton
in July 1966. Rediffusion already had TV rights and negotiations were
also taking place for the BBC to cover the event on radio, but there
seems to be no evidence that the second event actually took place. Monday
24th: Dave Berry and The Cruisers,
Cliff Bennett and The Rebel Rousers, Maureen Evans, Marianne Faithful,
The Ivy League, Kenny Lynch, The Moody Blues, Helen Shapiro. Tuesday
25th: Elkie Brooks, Wayne Fontana and The Mindbenders, Billy J. Kramer,
Lulu, Manfred Mann, Julie Rogers, Mark Wynter. Wednesday 26th: Final
performances, judging and awards.
REDIFFUSION 14th June 1965 - 19th July 1965
of late night 30-minute Folk shows shown at various times after 10pm,
based on songs with a distinct theme each week, war, love, work, heroes,
the wild west etc. The TV Times described it as "A programme of illustrated
songs, sung from the heart". The producers employed Alexis Korner as
the musical director, who wasn't an unknown as he had also worked on
Rediffusion's FIVE O'CLOCK CLUB.
The show also gave valuable screen time to Julie Felix who, over the
next five years or so, would become a familiar face and voice on British
TV. Despite introducing guests like Marianne Faithfull, Buffy Sainte-Marie,
Beverly Todd, Steve Darbishire, Paul McNeill and Josh White the show
only lasted for six editions. Produced by Clive
Goodwin and directed by Robert Fleming
FRANKIE VAUGHAN SHOW ATV 21st August 1965 - 11th
music series, produced by Colin Clews, for the debonair high-kicking
'moonlight man'. This was a semi-variety show but included musical guests
such as Tom Jones, The Kaye Sisters, Millicent Martin, The Seekers,
Dickie Valentine and Audrey Jeans.
SINGING CITY BBC1 31st August
its Welsh and Irish roots, Liverpool was always a musical city. This
50 minute documentary looked at
how Liverpool council displaced thousands of families from the city
centre, rehousing them in the suburbs, and the immediate effects of
this migration, taking in different aspects of the cultural makeup,
from Catholic and Protestant rituals to football terraces, comedians
like Ken Dodd and the deep-rooted folk music tradition.
COMMONWEALTH JAZZ CLUB BBC2 2nd September 1965
- 30th September 1965
was a sister program to JAZZ 625
and was also produced by Terry Henerby, running for 4 half-hour episodes
from 2nd to 30th September, on Thursdays 10:30pm. The CBC (Canada) cooperated
with the BBC and Australia's ABC to produce this series. Canadians contributed
two segments, with radio announcer Phil McKellar as host for both. In
one, he introduced the Jimmy Dale Orchestra and The Sonny Greenwich
Quartet, with guitar legend Sonny Greenwich, Doug Willson on bass, Bob
Angus on piano, and Jerry Fuller on drums. The other show featured the
Tony Collacott Trio, with Collacott on piano, Bob Puce on bass, and
Ricky Manus on drums, and the Rob McConnell Quartet, with trombonist
McConnell supported by Ed Bickert (guitar) Bill Butto (bass) and Bruck
AND THE SHADOWS ATV 15th September 1965 - 29th
ATV network ran a short series with this title,
each 25 minutes, for three consecutive weekly shows in September 1965.
Recorded in April, produced by Colin Clews, Jack Parnell and His Orchestra
provided backing music and also involved were The Mike Sammes Singers
(billed as The Michael Sammes Singers) and The Malcolm Clare Dancers.
Dancers Joan Palethorpe and Audrey Bayley, who had recorded and performed
with Cliff for the Aladdin And His Wonderful Lamp pantomime, also featured
in many numbers.
CLUB (EDF / ARD Germany) 25th September 1965 -
9th December 1972
small diversion as it was a significant show: This monthly British-style
pop programme ran for 83 episodes (plus one 'best of') on German television
between 1965 and 1972. Episode 18 was filmed at The Marquee Club in
London. Co-created by Gerd Augustin and Mike Leckebusch, the show premiered
on 25th September 1965 with Augustin and Uschi Nerke hosting. After
eight episodes, Augustin was replaced by DJ Dave Lee Travis. Around
1967, the 'Go-Go-Girls' were introduced to dance when performers couldn't
appear. In early 1969 Travis was replaced by Dave Dee (of Dave Dee,
Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich). Now - back to the U.K. .....
BBC SCOTLAND 4th October 1965 - 4th February
weekly pop programme shown at 6.30pm, billed as 'The big noise from
Glasgow', featured regulars Lulu and The Luvvers, The Senate with Sol
Byron, The Three Bells (Bonnie, Jim and Maxine Brown) and two dance
troupes, The Stramashers (a six-girl dance group) and The Lindella Movers.
It was produced and directed by David Bell with Bruce McClure on choreography
and Helen Rae on designs. The one English act to appear regularly was
Peter London. 'Hosted' by Christian (Chris McClure), artists who appeared
on the show included The Marmalade, The Beatstalkers, Billy J. Kramer
and The Dakotas, Elkie Brooks, The Fortunes, Anita Harris, Herman’s
Hermits, Tom Jones, Jonathan King, The Ivy League, Peter and Gordon,
Barry Ryan, Paul Simon, Jimmy Witherspoon, Fontella Bass, Adam Faith,
Wayne Fontana, The Hollies, Pinkerton’s Assorted Colours and Sandie
13 editions of the first series were networked weekly by BBC1 until
3rd January 1966 with a further four being shown in Scotland only from
14th January. As there was no official compere, the 'non-stop' format
made it possible to get 14 songs into the 30 minute show.
THE QUESTION SOUTHERN
12th October 1965 - Spring (?) 1966
at the Winter Gardens, Margate, directed by Mike Mansfield, this was
an early pop quiz show due to begin 28th September, but which actually
began on 12th October, hosted by Muriel Young with Shaw Taylor. Don
Wardell took over later, joined by Cathy McGowan for three shows. The
first programme featured Dusty Springfield, Johnny Gustafson and Madeleine
Bell. The show toured the region and, on 7th December 1965, it was from
the Marlowe Theatre Canterbury and included Mark Wynter. The show ended
during 1966, being replaced with
COUNTDOWN. Pirate DJ Roger
'Twiggy' Day said "In 1965 I appeared on Southern TV’s 'Pop The
Question' at the Winter Gardens as a contestant answering questions
on Pop music (surprise) - well, my nickname was “Juke Box Jo”. My team
won of course and Muriel Young presented me with three L.P’s. Guest
group were The Fortunes by the way, and Chris Andrews was on my team,
or was I on his".
IFIELD SINGS ATV 20th October 1965 - 24th November
had some 'specials' on ATV, 1st September 1963, 26th February 1964 and
an ATV Christmas show as well as a one off special for Rediffusion in
March 1965. ATV offered him this short series of 30-minute shows in
October 1965, in the prime time slot 9.10pm - 9.40 pm. Series producer
was Jon Scoffield. A regular guest was comedian Ted Rogers and backing
was provided by the Jack Parnell Orchestra and the Mike Sammes Singers
with the Pamela Devis dancers. Other acts were not provided by established
stars but by understudies from West End shows, of whom Frank said "It's
a good chance to give these understudies the limelight they never usually
CHART BUSTERS SOUTHERN
22nd October 1965 - 3rd December 1965
of quite a few short-lived pop programmes directed by Mike Mansfield
for Southern, this one hosted by Shaw 'Police 5' Taylor and Terence
Carroll. The show examined the music business from a male perspective
as 'Ladybirds' had done for females, as
Mansfield told the TV Times "As a series, it is obviously not going
to be as pretty or sentimental as Ladybirds". Among the artists
featured were Adam Faith, Billy Fury, The Ivy League, Mark Wynter, Kenny
Lynch, Tom Jones and The Dave Clark Five. The show wasn't networked,
but was seen in the Border region later in the year.
GLAD RAG BALL ATV 8th December 1965
Tarbuck introduced this cabaret from the London Students Carnival held
on 19th November at the Empire Pool, Wembley, with Lionel Blair and
His Dancers and music by Ted Heath and His Music. Acts appearing were
Donovan, Frankie Vaughan, The Three Bells and The Who. It also included
a fashion parade and interviews with Suzy Kendall and Dudley Moore.
Produced by Albert Locke.
MUSIC OF LENNON AND McCARTNEY GRANADA 15th December
by Philip Casson and produced by Johnny Hamp, this was a special
programme which featured John and Paul introducing favourite versions
of their own songs. Stars also appearing were The Beatles, Cilla Black,
Tony Crombie, Marianne Faithfull, Peter and Gordon, Esther Phillips,
Billy J.Kramer and The Dakotas, and Peter Sellers. The George Martin
Orchestra provided musical backing with choreography by the Pamela Devis
TWW 22nd December 1965 - 22nd July 1966
are abandoning the all pop show to give a wider view of young people
today" said Bryan Michie in reference to the demise of DISCS A
This new series, a mixture of fashion, music and records, saw Michael
Palin debut as a presenter in his first television job. He was assisted
by Wendy Varnals (replaced on one occasion by Billie Davis) who contributed
tongue in cheek comment upon the teenage scene. Palin was to say "It
was very cumbersome, with four presenters and two or three groups who
had to be got on and off the small stage. Top of the Pops could have
three or four big names but we could afford only one and had to take
whatever we could get for virtually nothing".
Despite that, the short-lived show managed to attract an awful lot of
top names that included P.J.Proby, Rod Stewart, Eric Clapton, The Animals,
Manfred Mann, Peter Cook and Dudley Moore, The Walker Brothers, The
Fortunes, Tracy Rogers, Little Stevie Wonder, Georgie Fame, Lulu, The
Yardbirds, Herman's Hermits, Freddie and The Dreamers, Diane Ferraz
, Nicky Scott, Valerie Masters, The Alan Price Set, The Everly Brothers,
Patti Labelle and The Belles, Bluesology Inc., Neil Christian, The Troggs,
Wayne Fontana and The Hollies. A pop personality contest began on 15th
April 1966, in which Tom Jones was one of the judges, and a talent contest
called Popportunity Now was launched on 1st July 1966 to which 153 local
acts entered, 26 were auditioned and the best 10 made the show. These
included The Next of Kin, The In Set, Sect Maniacs, The Sensational
Sultans, The Vagrants, The Mountain Men, Mike Starr and The Citizens,
Pentworths People, and The Silverstone Set. Judges included Tom Jones
and Spencer Davis and the winners were announced a fortnight later.
The final programme on 22nd July 1966, featured Dave Dee, Dozy Beaky
Mick and Tich, and Georgie Fame.
JULIE ANDREWS SHOW BBC1 24th December 1965
by Alan Handley. An American Christmas special production for the musical
star with backing from the Irwin Kostal orchestra. The programme received
a repeat showing on 31st December 1967.
RICHARD'S CHRISTMAS CHEER BBC1 25th December
second BBC special and his third Christmas themed special. Many of the
songs are Christmas themed, interspersed by Cliff and the various guests
doing short Christmas themed jokes or song introductions. Guests included
comedian Jimmy Tarbuck and singer Frank Ifield. A piano version of The
Shadows' Wonderful Land was performed by bassist John Rostill. Although
made as a one-off Christmas special for 1965, this proved to be the
start of a run of annual Christmas shows by Cliff, albeit on different
networks. Others being WISH UPON A WISHBONE
for ITV in 1966 and an adaptation of his live 'pantomime' ALADDIN
AND HIS WONDERFUL LAMP for Rediffusion London in 1967.
WHOLE SCENE GOING BBC1 5th January 1966
- 15th June 1966
of 24 x 35-minute black and white episodes produced by Elizabeth Cowley
and directed by Tom Savage, premiering on 5th January, 'Scene' was a
youth music, talk and fashion show presented by Wendy Varnals and Barry
Fantoni, featuring Lulu as the regular guest star. Broadcast at 6:30pm
on Wednesdays, a band would appear every week and perform two numbers,
sometimes live. Among those appearing were The Who, The Kinks, The Pretty
Things, The Spencer Davis Group, Herman’s Hermits, The Dave Clark Five
and The Small Faces. Pop personalities including Mickie Most and Pete
Townshend were subjected to quite searching interviews in the 'Hot Seat'
feature and it was on this programme that Twiggy made her first TV appearance.
Designed by Ken Jones, Directed by Tom Savage, Produced by Elizabeth
On 8th June The Yardbirds performed 'Over, Under, Sideways, Down', The
Kinks performed 'Sunny Afternoon', 'Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and
Titch performed 'Hideaway'. Ray Nance sang 'Lady Be Good', Ravi Shankar
performed a raga, talked about Indian 'pop' music and took questions
from the audience including members of The Yardbirds. Dave Dee, Dozy,
Beaky, Mick and Tich toured Paris and talked about Parisian lifestyles
while Charlton Heston was in the 'hot seat' answering questions from
the audience. The show was axed after just one series when, on 1st August
1966 a miming ban was to be imposed by the Musicians Union which affected
the presentation. A BBC spokesman said "A Whole Scene Going will not
now return in the autumn after its present run finishes on June 15th"
and a spokesman for the show told Melody Maker "We're all very depressed
about it. It's one of the quirks of the new programme schedule. Big
changes are planned for the autumn and it was decided there wasn't room
for 'A Whole Scene Going' ". It was replaced shortly afterwards with
Simon Dee’s chat show
FROST REPORT BBC1 10th March 1966 - 26th December 1967
satirical television show, a successor to 'That Was The Week That Was',
was hosted by David Frost. It ran for 28 episodes (including 2 'specials')
in two series, from 10th March 1966 to 26th December 1967. Although
a satirical and comedy show which introduced John Cleese, Ronnie Barker,
and Ronnie Corbett to television, it launched the careers of other writers
and performers. Antony Jay wrote many of Frost's scripts. It also contained
musical interludes with Julie Felix as the resident singer and Tom lehrer
occasionally performing songs. The main cast were David Frost, Ronnie
Corbett, John Cleese, Ronnie Barker, Sheila Steafel and Nicky Henson.
A compilation from the first series titled
FROST OVER ENGLAND (featuring
the classic Cleese/Barker/Corbett class sketch that parodied the British
class system) won the Rose d'Or at the 1967 Montreux festival. The shows
were produced by James Gilbert. A slightly more serious series
of interviews entitled THE FROST PROGRAMME
was later aired by Rediffusion, followed by
FROST ON FRIDAY (Saturday
/ Sunday) aired by London Weekend Television 2nd August 1968 - 29th
March 1970, all of which contained musical elements featuring top artists.
23rd May 1966 - 8th August 1966
12-part musical series featuring the talents of Roger Whittaker, first
shown on Monday 23rd May.
IS PETULA CLARK BBC1
16th June 1966 - 16th January 1968
was a comedy/variety television show, produced
by Yvonne Littlewood, that ran for 2 seasons, the first
six-episode series starting on 16th June 1966 and a seven-episode series
from 5th December 1967 to 16th January 1968. Petula intermingled her
own contemporary hits with other popular standards and introduced the
British public to international stars who were relatively unknown in
the UK. Guests included Claude François, Raphael, Fred Bongusto, Cornelia
Atmonson and Les Surfs as well as more well-known
artists such as Matt Monro, Dudley Moore, Anthony Newley and Sacha Distel.
Vocal backing was provided by The Breakaways and musical backing by
Harry Rabinowitz Orchestra.
BLACKPOOL SHOW ABC 19th June 1966 - 13th
were 16 episodes, over 2 series, of this one hour Sunday night variety
show originating from the ABC Theatre in the British seaside city of
Blackpool. Dickie Henderson and Tony Hancock hosted with Bob Sharples
as the bandleader. The Peter Gordeno dancers featured in the first series.
A huge number of guests from the music and comedy worlds included Cilla
Black, Dusty Springfield, The Seekers, The Shadows, The Rockin' Berries,
The Bachelors, Frank Ifield, Frankie Vaughan, Mel Tormé, Matt Monro,
Frankie Howerd, Bruce Forsyth, Dave Allen, Les Dawson, Mike and Bernie
Winters, Arthur Askey, Bob Monkhouse, Freddie 'Parrotface' Davies and
Jimmy Clitheroe. The series was mainly produced by Mark Stuart. hancock
missed two shows, where he was replaced by Dave Allen and Bruce Forsyth
AT THE SAVOY REDIFFUSION 6th July 1966
Robins produced this Cilla spectacular, televised from the Savoy Hotel,
during her 6-week cabaret season . Musical backing was by the George
Martin orchestra, with the Peter Gordeno dancers appearing.
In April 1966, Cilla opened in a 3-week cabaret season at London’s Savoy
Hotel. On her final Sunday, she starred in her own television special
produced by her manager Brian Epstein’s film company, Subafilms. It
was the first colour television show of its kind to be made by an independent
producer in Britain. The show was broadcast in the UK in black and white,
but aired in colour in The Netherlands and the USA, and was one of the
most watched television 'specials' of the 1960s. Her performances included:
'Let Me Entertain You', Medley: 'By Myself' / 'Tonight' / 'Let There
Be Love', 'What’s A Nice Kid Like You Doing In A Place Like This?',
'If I Had A Hammer', 'Pick Up A Cane', 'Yesterday', 'Anyone Who Had
A Heart', 'September In The Rain', 'Sing A Rainbow', 'Alfie' and 'You’re
DICKIE VALENTINE SHOW ATV 6th July 1966
- 6th October 1967
series (6th July 1966 -
31st August 1966 and 11th August 1967 - 6th October 1967(?) for
this talented singer, who started as a door boy at the Palladium and
hit stardom in the late Fifties. Both series were produced by Dick Leeman,
the 1967 shows featuring Pan's People with choreography by Flick Colby.
Sadly, Dickie was to die in a car crash (with Sid Boatman and drummer
dave Pearson), aged 41, on 6th May 1971. Dickie Valentine was accompanied
by pianist Sid Boatman, bandleader Jack Parnell, vocal backing group
The Breakaways, and dance troupe Pans People. In the first series they
were still The Beat Girls - the new line-up with Ruth Pearson appeared
on the show in September and October 1967.
BBC1 18th August 1966 - 19th September 1967
Springfield provided two six-show series for BBC TV. Dudley Moore guested
on the very first show. They were more of a solo vehicle for her own
vocal talents rather than a pop music show but they also carried their
share of guest stars such as Tom Jones and Jose Feliciano. Produced
by Stanley Dorfman, the series ran for two seasons, 18th August to 22nd
September 1966 (shown at 9pm on Thursdays) and 15th August to 19th September
1967 (shown at 9.05 on Tuesdays). Musical backing for both series was
provided by musical director Johnny Pearson and his orchestra with Madeline
Bell, Lesley Duncan and Margaret Stredder on backing vocals. Show #4
of the second series featured Tom Jones as the guest artist and songs
included: Dusty: 'By Myself', 'Sunny'. Tom Jones: 'Two Brothers', 'I'll
Never Fall in Love Again'. Dusty with Tom Jones: 'Oh Baby Baby'. Dusty:
'Time After Time', 'You'd Better Run'.
The show was titled 'Dusty' in the opening credits, although the closing
credits read 'The Dusty Springfield Show'. The series was produced by
Stanley Dorfman with rehearsals and taping of the series starting in
May 1966 at the BBC TV Theatre in Shepherds Bush. Six shows were made
and broadcast later in the year, during August and September, in the
9pm slot vacated by Petula Clark's show. A second series was commissioned
for 1967, with more prestige than the first and featuring special guests,
sometimes in non-musical appearances, including Warren Mitchell (in
his Alf Garnett character) and comedian Woody Allen. "It was what agent
could get his client on whatever show was important to be on at that
time" said Dusty. "You know how they get lists of shows that you ought
to be on". Despite the success of the series, Dusty took her talent
to ITV in 1968 where
IT MUST BE DUSTY
broadcast at various times across the ITV regions. Dusty returned to
the BBC the following year in another series called DECIDEDLY
JONES ATV 7th September 1966 - 9th May
- Colin Clews (6 episodes 1966) Alan Tarrant (1 episode 1967). A half-hour
series with the Jones boy doing his action-packed thing in 6 shows from
7th September to 14th October, with a further single 'special' show
broadcast on 9th May 1967. Musical backing was by The Jack Parnell Orchestra
and The Mike Sammes Singers.
AT THE SCENE TWW 16th September 1966 -
28th November 1966
DISCS A GO-GO and
taking the place vacated by NOW! came this strangely-named 30 minute
pop 'series', which only lasted for three shows. Produced by Terry Delaney,
the show had no official comperes and the performers did their own introductions.
The first edition was transmitted on Friday 16th September at 6.30pm,
introduced by The Small Faces and the St Louis Union. The second show,
screened the following month, included Herman's Hermits and The Small
Faces while the third and final edition involved The Spencer Davis Group
20th September 1966 - 29th December 1966
11 x 55-minute series was a co-production with the US network CBS and
filmed using two sets of cameras – one in 405-line monochrome for the
UK viewers, another in 525-line colour for US transmission, and was
the first variety show in British television to be made on colour video
tape. Although it was a British series, produced by Joseph Cates and
directed by Peter Croft, it first premiered in the USA where CBS aired
the series from 5th July through September 1966 as a Summer replacement
series for 'The Red Skelton Hour'. The series premiered in the UK on
20th September 1966, being seen here in monocrome as colour TV broadcasting
had not yet begun in Britain. Filming began on 19th April 1966, with
Trini Lopez and The Dave Clark Five and with Nancy Sinatra and Paul
& Barry Ryan on 26th April. It was produced in the gigantic studio five
at Wembley where a full-sized circus ring was constructed to accommodate
a whole range of circus acts, alongside comedians and weekly pop acts,
including The Zombies, The Animals, Gerry and The Pacemakers, The Searchers,
Dusty Springfield and The Everly Brothers. One advantageous feature
of the US input was that the show could attract major stars from the
other side of the Atlantic. One episode included The Everly Brothers,
Dusty Springfield, circus acts Les Volants, Ruppert Bears and El Gran
Tonisko, and the band of the Royal Air Force. In another show, Woody
Allen hosted and had to box
with a kangaroo. Plainly terrified, Woody lost on points.
SOUTHERN 1st October 1966 - 24th December 1966
pilots were made in the spring (2nd April and 14th June) of 1966 before
it was networked in the autumn schedule. Produced by Mike Mansfield,
the show's theme was recorded by Tom Jones and The Squires. The 13 shows
were pre-recorded, live, on a Tuesday but shown on Saturdays at different
times depending on the region - 4pm Southern and Border, 11.45pm ATV
London and TWW. Muriel Young continued to host, assisted by Don Wardell,
in a show which the TV Times described as 'A chartbusting panel show
in which top popsters compete to test their knowledge of the current
disc scene and sing for their supper'. It ran
for 13 episodes from 1st October, the first show featuring Dave Dee
Dozy Beaky Mick and Tich, Sandie Shaw, Lulu, Adam Faith, Simon Dee and
either Hayley Mills or Jean Shrimpton.
Various sources list others included as: 8th Oct: Una Stubbs, Julie
Rogers, Susan Maughan, The Spencer Davis Group, Kenny Everett, Paul
Jones, Eric Burdon and The Animals. 15th Oct: Eric Burdon, Cilla, David
Garrick and The New Vaudeville Band. 22nd Oct: Herman's Hermits, The
Searchers, Cleo Laine, Carolyn Hester, Virginia Ironside and Pete Murray.
29th Oct: Salena Jones, Marion Montgomery, Manfred Mann, Alan Freeman,
and Cat Stevens. 5th Nov: The Dave Clark Five, Billie Davies, Rosemary
Squires, Don Moss, Chris Farlowe and Julie Felix. 12th Nov: Sandie Shaw,
Eve Taylor, Chris Farlowe, Jonathan King, and The Troggs. 19th Nov:
Gerry and the Pacemakers, David and Jonathan (and possibly Billie Davis).
26th Nov: Beryl Marsden, Beverley, Chris Andrews, Barry Chambers, Dave
Berry (and possibly Sheila Carter of Episode Six). 3rd Dec: Marianne
Faithfull, Mia Lewis, Susan Hanson, Tommy Vance, Mark Wynter. 10th Dec:
Helen Shapiro, Cliff Bennett, The Small Faces, Joan Turner and Oliver
Reed. 17th Dec: Lulu, Anita Harris, Alan Price Set, Long John Baldry,
Chris Rayburn. 24th Dec, the last show: included The Troggs.
GOES TO COLLEGE BBC2 27th October 1966
- 26th September 1967
short series produced by Terry Henebery featuring concerts in various
famous colleges and universities. This
clip shows Stan Getz at The London School of Economics on 14th November
1966. The first series of the show ran from 27th October 1966 to 27th
March 1967, comprising 20 episodes. The second series, 12 episodes,
ran from 11th July 1967 to 26th September 1967 but, with the exception
of the first show featuring Stan Getz, were all repeats from the first
UPON A WISHBONE ATV 25th December
was an ITV Christmas themed special, aired on Christmas day. The show
is played as if Cliff and The Shadows (and their guests) are stuck with
having to perform on Christmas Day when they would rather be at home
enjoying the holiday. The songs are woven around this concept, starting
with 'Time Drags By'. They eventually go in search of someplace warm
and find 'A Place In The Sun' where they spot a woman ('I Saw Her Standing
There') and eventually find more ('Washer Woman') for each of them.
The show's finale has all the guests appearing, where they sing Christmas
music. Recently-married entertainers Ivor Emmanuel and Patricia Bredin
appear on the show and each sing a song with Cliff and The Shadows before
performing a duet. They also join in on 'White Christmas' at the end
of the show. This was the second in a short run of annual Christmas
shows by Cliff on different networks.
MONKEES BBC1 31st December 1966 - 13th
pilot show was called 'Here Come The Monkees' and was an American
production made by Screen Gems / Raybert Productions / NBC, created
by Bob Rafelson and Bert Schneider with various directors and screened
on NBC in the USA 12th September 1966 to 25th March 1968. The theme
song 'Hey Hey We're The Monkees' preceded the zany musically-backed
comedy show starring the created-for-television pop group of the same
name, each of the 58 x 30-minute episodes featuring madcap sketches
and at least two plugs for their songs. The Monkees, recruited from
adverts in trade newspapers, were: Davy Jones (who had appeared in 'Coronation
Street'), Mike Nesmith, Peter Tork and Micky Dolenz who (if you're old
enough!) you may remember as 'Circus Boy' in the fifties television
series. 1966. The first series ran in the UK on Saturdays at about 6.15pm
from 31st December 1966 to 24th June 1967 and the second series from
13th September 1967 to 13th June 1968. It has, of course, been repeated
in part or whole many times since.
ROLF HARRIS SHOW BBC1 1967 - 1972
a general entertainment show featuring the many talents of the old didgeridoo,
it lasted for 7 seasons and 59 episodes featuring a multitude of guest
stars. Rolf had previously presented two shows,
HI THERE! IT'S ROLF HARRIS in
1964 and HEY
PRESTO! IT'S ROLF
in 1965, and had a regular spot in the 1963 variety show A
The start of the series was notable for its 1967 'Song For Europe' section
which featured prospective Eurovision
songs performed by Sandie Shaw, including the eventual winner 'Puppet
On A String'. The shows were directed by Stewart Morris and supported
by The Young Generation dancers and The Harry Rabinowitz Orchestra (1967
- 1968). The Eurovision preview mantle was taken over by Cilla Black
in 1968 and 1973, Lulu in 1969 and Cliff Richard in 1970 - 1972.
MUSIC BOX ABC 7th January 1967 - 9th March
particular series starred Ken Dodd with David Hamilton and guests that
included Tom Jones, Wayne Fontana, The Love Affair,
Russ Conway, Herman's Hermits, Adam Faith, Rosemary Squires, Peter and
Gordon, Paul Jones, Vince Hill and Julie Rogers. 18 x 45 minute episodes.
Apart from his humour, Ken Dodd had an excellent singing voice
which he demonstrated in numerous television and radio shows and specials
over his long career including: THE
KEN DODD SHOW
(4 series and specials for BBC 1959 - 1969),
KEN DODD AND THE BEATLES (1963),
DODD AND THE DIDDYMEN
(1969 - 1972),
THE KEN DODD SHOW
(LWT 1969) and more into the 70s and beyond.
TALE OF TWO RIVERS SOUTHERN
23rd January 1967 - 27th May 1968
his limited success with
POP THE QUESTION
Mansfield was given another chance, this time on location. The short
series was a musical tribute to the rivers Thames and Seine, filmed
in the summer of 1966 on board The Southerner, Southern TV's own boat.
The four-part series was originally scheduled to be shown in September
1966, but it took almost two years for the series to be broadcast in
its entirety. The musical associates were Tony Hatch and Mike Leander,
with the theme written by Tommy Moeller of Unit 4 + 2 and sung by Petula
Clark. Ketty Lester (who had her own Southern TV special) had been hired
to appear when the production was due to begin in late February or early
March 1966. Dionne Warwick was also approached for the show which, by
January 1967, was being promoted as 7 x thirty minute shows.
Hosted by Petula Clark, the show celebrated the rivers of London and
Paris and had singers performing songs on their riverbanks. Filming
began on 1st June 1966 with Petula Clark performing Homeward Bound on
the banks of the River Thames and then taking to the water for scenes
with Dave Clark and Cathy McGowan in a power boat. The following day,
16th July 1966, saw filming in Paris with Marianne Faithfull, Richard
Anthony and Claude Francois, with Lulu in Paris on the 18th July. Further
filming included Adam Faith, Sandie Shaw, Mark Wynter, Unit 4 + 2 and
dance troupe The Gojos. Melody Maker reported that filming continued
on 2nd November 1966 with Lulu in Paris again.
COMES KATHY! ATV 1st March 1967
by John Scoffield, this was a 'special' show for Kathy Kirby with musical
backing from the Jack Parnell Orchestra and the Wilfred Johns Singers
plus guests Tommy Bruce, Clinton Ford and Daniel Remy. Choreography
featured the Malcolm Goddard dancers.
SO FAR OUT, IT'S STRAIGHT DOWN GRANADA 7th March 1967
SCENE AT 6.30
series came this 30 minute black and white documentary, shown in the
North ITV region only on a Tuesday at 10:25pm. It examined the growing
London underground psychedelic movement that pre-dated San Francisco's
'Summer of Love' by six months. The various segments featured: John
'Hoppy' Hopkins, a well-known figure from Swinging London's underground,
leading a 'Pot is Fun' happening in Piccadilly Circus; Poetry readings
at the Royal Albert Hall (June 1965) by Allen Ginsberg, Adrian Mitchell,
Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Gregory Corso and others; The Indica book store
and gallery (publisher of the 'International Times' underground newspaper);
Some of the earliest tv footage of Pink Floyd (27th January 1967) at
the UFO Club playing 'Interstellar Overdrive' and 'Percy The Ratcatcher';
Paul McCartney talking about the underground scene (filmed in Granada's
studio on 18th January, the day before The Beatles recorded 'A Day in
the Life') and The People Show are seen performing a piece of experimental
theatre, filmed in the basement of the shop 'Better Books'. It was directed
by John Sheppard and produced by Jo Durden-Smith. Author and broadcaster
Richard Metzger commented on the documentary: "... it's pre-Summer of
Love. The time seems so pregnant with promise. This is the exact moment,
historically speaking, when pop culture went from B&W and shades of
gray to vivid color … it's easy to see how this film would have brought
tens of thousands of young people into London seeking to find these
forward-thinking cultural movers and shakers to become part of 'the
YOU LIKE IT SOUTHERN 11th March 1967 - 27th June 1967
was one of a trio of shows - AS
YOU LIKE IT, NEW RELEASE and
- that Mike Mansfield produced for Southern in a short space of time,
all of which were 'connected'. This one ran for 8 (?) episodes from
11th March to 27th June 1967 (plus a 'special' on 15th September), was
hosted by Don Moss (originally intended to be Pete Murray) with various
co-hosts including Muriel Young, Tony Blackburn and David Wigg. Each
week a different pop star interviewed the public. Originally shown on
a Saturday, the show was placed in a regular spot at 7:00pm on Tuesdays
after 2 weeks. From 9th May onwards it was networked by ITV. On the
first show Adam Faith flew to Amsterdam, gathering requests from people
on the way. The co-pilot requested 'Puppet on a String'. An air hostess
wanted 'something folksy' while a fellow passenger asked for Manfred
Mann's 'Ha! Ha! Said The Clown'.
Appearing in this show were Sandie Shaw, Manfred Mann, The Dave Clark
Five and The Singing Postman. Interviewers planned for subsequent shows
were Lulu (16th May), with Georgie Fame, Cat Stevens, The Tremeloes
and The Herd; Paul Jones (23rd May), with Julie Felix, PP Arnold, The
Move, The Kinks and The Warm Sounds; Petula Clark (30th May) with Peter
and Gordon, Anita Harris, Zoot Money and Gerry Marsden; Cilla Black
(13th June) with The Small Faces, The Spectrum, The Bee Gees and Billie
Davis; and on 20th June The New Vaudeville Band, Jackie Trent, Procol
Harum, The Hollies, The Young Idea and Lynn Holland. Billy Fury, Paul
and Barry Ryan, The Monkees and Jonathan King also appeared on the show.
HEART OF SHOW BUSINESS ATV 26th March 1967
special Easter Sunday charity performance in aid of the Aberfan Disaster
Appeal, televised from Elstree Studios and produced by Alan Tarrant.
The show featured many stars including Shirley Bassey, Tom Jones, Lulu,
Tommy Steele and Frankie Vaughan.
THE MUSIC PEOPLE STV
3rd April 1967 - 26th June 1967
This was a series of thirteen half hour shows that began at 10.05pm
and, explained Liam Hood, STV head of light entertainment, "the exciting
difference is that all the artists will have an opportunity of displaying
facets of their talents which have not previously been seen by a tv
audience". He gave examples such as Joe McBride "who has always
had a hankering to sing skiffle and folk" and also stated that
"one of The Kaye Sisters plays the banjo and another is an acrobat dancer".
Artists appearing included Ronnie Hilton, Mark Murphy, Joe McBride,
Janie Marden, Libby Morris, Edmund Hockridge, Dickie Rock and The Miami
Showband, Susan Maughan, Vince Hill, Lynda Baron, Dickie Valentine,
Kenny Lynch and David Kernan.
TIME BBC1 4th April 1967 - 20th December
radio disc jockey Simon Dee presented this new-look 30-45 minute
chat and entertainment show, aimed primarily at the teen market and
featuring a wide variety of guests from the world of entertainment and
music. Directed by Sydney Lotterby and produced
by Terry Henebery it was originally seen on Tuesdays and
Thursdays, eventually being promoted to prime-time Saturday evenings.
Just the first show alone included Lance Percival, Libby Morris, Kiki
Dee, Cat Stevens and Jimi Hendrix and, at its height, was pulling in
15 million viewers. It was first transmitted from Manchester and later
from London, until 1969 when there was a general media reversal from
praise to public criticism over an investigation of his political activity
by police as part of a probe into alleged breaches of election law by
the 'Free Radio' lobby. Following this, and alleged excessive wage demands,
the BBC did not renew his contract.
The memorable opening and closing credits showed Simon arriving and
leaving via his E-type Jaguar. Lachlan Gow said of this sequence "A
beautiful young lady was driving, she stopped the car and he jumped
in over the top. There was a lot of concern afterwards when it was revealed
that as he jumped, he folded his legs beneath him and landed in the
car, but his (left) foot snagged the top of the car door and he injured
it as a result". Presumably only the single take then? Canadian-born
Simon also co-presented the Miss World contest in 1967 and hosted a
short-lived show for LWT,
THE SIMON DEE SHOW,
from 18th January to 5th July 1970.
JOE AND CO
BBC1 7th April 1967 - 19th May 1967
popular singer and guitarist had plenty of television experience since
making his debut in
BOY MEETS GIRLS for
Jack Good in 1959, but despite his popularity and experience it had
taken eight years' since his debut to give Joe his own series. He would
be heading for tea-time as a replacement for Crackerjack. The premise
was that Joe had been given control of his own television channel JBTV
by his uncle. Among his staff, supposedly to help him with the venture,
were The Barron Knights, comedian Johnny Stewart, and singer-actress
Dylis Watling, while writer Spike Mullins provided the script. Joe's
weekly musical guests were straight from the chart, Lulu, Georgie Fame,
Peter and Gordon, Manfred Mann, The New Vaudeville Band, The Tremeloes
among others, while Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich and The Small
Faces were also announced as guests. Despite his own hit recording career
grinding to a halt Joe would still score a small hit with a cover of
With A Little Help From My Friends in the autumn. He was starring in
a West End show at the time of recording of the show, so maybe theatre
and television would be his immediate future. He would make a return
two years' later with London Weekend's
SET 'EM UP JOE.
CLARK BBC1 22nd April 1967
special televised performance recorded on 5th March at 'The Talk Of
The Town'. The programme was produced by Yvonne Littlewood with musical
direction by Harry Rabinowitz and backing by The Breakaways.
RECORD STAR SHOW BBC1 26th April 1967
by Ray Colley and organised by David Jacobs, the 50 minute show was
recorded on 16th April at the Empire Pool, Wembley and transmitted ten
days later between regional news programmes and 'Tomorrow's World'.
Stars performed for free, with profits going to The Stars Organisation
for Spastics. Presenters included David Jacobs, Simon Dee, Alan Freeman,
Don Moss and Pete Murray. Acts included Paul Jones, The Kinks, Lulu
(backed by The Mike Leander Orchestra), Gene Pitney, The Alan Price
Set, Geno Washington and The Ram Jam Band, Freddie and The Dreamers,
The New Vaudeville Band and The Tremeloes. The show was held annually
1966 to 1969.
IS A HAPPENING? BBC2 17th May 1967
programme was aired by BBC2 on Wednesday 17th
May at 8.05pm, in black and white. The 14-hour 'Technicolor
Dream Festival' at Alexandra Palace on 29th April was attended by about
10,000 and filmed by the BBC as part of the long running MAN
and current affairs series. Pink Floyd made an appearance, although
not filmed, and there were various other performers including artists,
poets, dancers and jugglers. The Exploding Galaxy Dance Company performed
to 'Tomorrow Never Knows' and Yoko Ono was seen during the performance
of 'A Pretty Girl is Like a Manifesto' in which volunteers took a pair
scissors to clip a pretty girl's clothing piece by piece. A group called
'The Flies played 'Purple Haze' while go-go girls gyratedon stage. A
short excerpt of The New Animals can be seen performing, as can John
Lennon in the crowd. Photos of Pink Floyd's set clearly show that some
of their performance was probably filmed, but the footage has never
GRANADA 22nd May 1967 - 4th April 1968
was originally a 5 minute programme segment which was seen each weekday
in the Granada region as part of a 10 minute magazine programme called
ON AIR that started about 4:50pm. Produced by Johnny Hamp, it was a
talent show that was also seen in an extended form on Wednesday nights,
compered by Chris Kelly and occasional guest presenters, in a programme
that featured the best performers, notable for early appearances by
Amen Corner and The John Evan Smash (later better known as Jethro Tull).
Elton John, The Love Affair, The Grumbleweeds, Tom O'Connor, John Paul
Joans and Gilbert O’Sullivan may also have appeared on the show. There
were, unusually, quite a number of 'psychedelic pop' acts appearing
such as Kaleidoscope, The Rush (Tinkerbell’s Fairydust), The Klubs,
A New Generation
and Cuppa T.
There were over 200 editions of the show and nearly as many performers,
mostly remaining unknown, including such as Kathy Jones, Foggy Dew-O,
Bill Brennan, The Cumbrian Folk, The Pennine Folk, The Scrunge Duo,
Michael Terry, Viki Paul, The Stone Brothers, The Celebrated Gentlemen,
Bill Kenwright and The Runaways, Phil and Froo, Tony Darrell, The Classical
Trio, The Tin Folk, The John Rotherham Trio with Michael Allen, Lisa
Jones, The Utopians, The Petits, Hal Davies, Paul Weldon and The Tennessee
Sound, Helen Del, Shmoes Corps Revised, Wendy King, Owen Wood, The Kirkby
Town Three, The Buffalo Band, The Crabtrees, Jim James and Raphael Callaghan,
Johnny Young, The Beggarmen, Sandra Bryant, Paula Darrell and The Eddie
Robinson Quintet, The Cbeevers, The Quintons, The Wreckers, Michael
Garvey, The Summers, Susan Wilson, The Buddies, The Fairytale, Linda
Russell, The Moonshiners, Keith Swift, Lorna Hilton, Ged Hone Ragtime
Band, The Brownsville Jug Band, Blue Horizon, Edison Bell Spasm Band,
Tommy Bishop, The Idle Hours. Each of the three 'seasons' was concluded
with an 'awards' show with prizes being presented by a celebrity. 23rd
August 1967 (Engelbert Humperdinck), 26th December 1967 (The Bachelors),
4th April 1968 (Not known). A new series of 13 extended half-hour editions,
directed by David Warwick, produced by Rod Taylor and presented by Tommy
Vance, was due to start in the Granada region on 3rd May 1968, but shortly
before transmission the name of the show was changed to
RICHARD ATV 24th May 1967
35-minute ATV program promoted Cliff's latest music, using five songs
from his 1967 'Don't Stop Me Now' album as well as other material released
within the previous two years. It was the first special in which The
Shadows were not involved, with the backing music supplied by the ATV
Orchestra under the direction of Peter Knight. Accompanying Cliff were
The Breakaways, on backing vocals, and The Malcolm Clare Dancers. The
show featured Cliff singing a vocal version of The Shadows instrumental
F.B.I. - the only known vocal version of this song. The video used for
this review was apparently taken from a Hong Kong broadcast as it showed
the RTV2 logo followed by the ITC logo. Previous 'ATV Spectaculars'
with Cliff were simply titled 'Cliff And The Shadows' and this one was
just 'Cliff Richard'. The vocal group The Breakaways made their first
appearance in a Cliff Richard TV show here, the line-up consisting of
Margo Quantrell, Vicki Haseman and Jean Ryder. Songs included were:
Move It, Hang On To A Dream, Fly Me To The Moon, I Saw Her Standing
There, In The Country, F.B.I (Vocal Version) and Shout.
WORLD BBC1 25th June 1967
was the first live, international, satellite television production,
a worldwide 2 hour 30 minute satellite link-up by the BBC hosted by
Cliff Michelmore, the highlights of which included Maria Callas and
a performance of 'All You Need Is Love' by The Beatles. The British
element of the show featured a studio crammed with the top names in
British pop music and switched from country to country for individual
contributions. Countries involved were UK, Mexico, Italy, Australia,
West Germany, Austria, Canada, Denmark, France, Japan, Spain, Sweden,
Tunisia and USA. Eastern bloc countries were also to have participated
but withdrew in protest of the 6-day war. Produced for the UK by Aubrey
Singer and directed by Derek Burrell.
COME HERE OFTEN REDIFFUSION 4th July 1967
- 23rd July 1968
was a children’s magazine show, initially shown on Fridays from 5.25
- 5.55pm, produced by Liz Cowley (who previously worked on A
WHOLE SCENE GOING). Executive producer was Lewis Rudd and
Mick Robertson worked as a researcher on the show as one of his first
jobs. It was first directed by Vic
Hughes, and later by John Phillips, Diana Potter, and Prudence Martin.
The series was broadcast live and came from the same basement studio
as READY STEADY GO! Presenters were Sarah Ward and Cliff Morgan and
it featured bands such as The Who, The Herd and The Kinks. It also included
a talent segment for kids which was won by a sixteen year old boy called
Seymour in finals which were judged by Spike Milligan and Alan Price
amongst others. It
was not fully networked until September 1967 when it was shown twice
weekly (Tuesdays and Fridays) but returned to a single weekly slot on
Tuesdays at 5.25pm at the start of 1968.
Mick Robertson eventually replaced Cliff Morgan as a presenter after
he left in April 1968 and 80 episodes were made before AR lost their
franchise. Mick went on to co-host the children's magazine programme
MAGPIE from 1972 to 1980. Bylines
for the programme included 'Talking-swinging-arguing-making type programme-
indoors, outdoors and everywhere', 'Pop stars and poets, pastry cooks
and politicians, everybody and everything gets stirred in and stirred
up' and 'Bring the whole world bouncing to your doorstep, from animals
to astronauts, films to football'. A 'special' edition on 9th April
1968 featured the final of a 'write your own song' competition with
judges that included Alan Price and George Martin.
LET'S AWAY BBC1 21st August 1967 - 4th
by Stan Parkinson of BBC North, this show was meant to showcase the
sporting side of musical entertainers. Each week the show would come
from a holiday camp where guest artists would compete against holidaymakers
in a sport that they particularly enjoyed. Parkinson was to say in Disc
magazine "We wanted to present the artists as the public does not see
them - and to show their outside interests" Introduced by sports
commentator Alan Weeks, each artist would perform two songs and then
take part in a sporting event. Peter and Gordon competed as javelin
throwers, Paul Jones played table tennis, Freddie & The Dreamers were
swimmers, Adam Faith played snooker and Anita Harris played tennis.
Of the five shows that were planned and venues booked, three were recorded,
but only two appear to have been broadcast.
EVENING! ATV 7th October 1967 - 30th March 1968
GOOD EVENING I'M JONATHAN KING,
Jonathan King's first television show ran for six months on Saturday
evenings, initially at 6:30pm, discussing pop, films, theatre and books.
The series was seen on a limited number of regions as ABC, Anglia, TWW,
Ulster, Border and Scottish all opted out. Midlands viewers had the
option to watch it via ATV around 11:30pm on Monday nights. At
the end of February the show was moved to 11:20pm to make way for TIME
FOR BLACKBURN! and,
after six weeks in the late night slot, it was finally axed on 30th
March 1968. The 1968 editions were broadcast in the ATV London region
only. “And welcome, gentle viewers. My name is Jonathan King. If you
want to be groovy, and want to know why, if you want to be way out in
advance, let me be your leader. Pop, films, theatre, books, politics
even - it’s all here". Guests included Frank Zappa, Yoko Ono, Dick lester,
Andy Bown, The Foundations, Jimi Hendrix, Peter Frampton, The Spencer
Davis Group, Cat Stevens, Eric Burdon, Manfred Mann, The Move, Plastic
Penny, Steve Ellis, The Love Affair, Carl Wayne, The Bee Gees, Bernard
Levin and Robert
A FORTNIGHT BBC1 21st October 1967 - 23rd
strictly speaking, a music show but it did feature artists including
The Spinners, Kenny Lynch, The Who, Cream,
The Moody Blues, The Scaffold, Cat Stevens and The Small Faces. Ten
episodes of this show were made, directed by Tony Palmer, with an additional
'Best Of' compilation programme shown on 3rd June 1968. It was essentially
a comedy sketch show with sketches fitting into a particular plot and
is notable for the curious mixture of 'Goodies' and 'Monty Python personnel,
including Graeme Garden, Terry Jones, Bill Oddie, Michael Palin, Eric
Idle, Tim Brooke-Taylor, Dilys Watling, Barry Cryer, Tony Buffery and
Ronald Fletcher, with series music by David Lee.
ENGELBERT ATV 3rd November 1967 - 8th December
'Engelbert Humperdinck' was viewed as a new talent, Gerry Dorsey had
been seen on television since February 1959, appearing several times
on OH BOY!, was a regular on Granada's
THE SONG PARADE, then on THANK
YOUR LUCKY STARS, THE 625 SHOW
in 1963 and TYLS again in 1964 before
his recording contract expired. He had also frequently auditioned for
OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS from 1964 onwards.
On 5th February 1967 singer Dickie Valentine had to drop out of SUNDAY
NIGHT AT THE LONDON PALLADIUM due to illness and Decca suggested
this 'new' singer who had a new single, 'Release Me' to replace him.
The day after the broadcast shops sold out of the record and Decca received
orders for a further 80,000. The rest, as they say, is history. This
television series was produced by Colin Clews, with Jack Parnell and
his orchestra providing musical backing. It also featured The Peter
Gordeno Dancers and The Mike Sammes Singers. Different ITV regions showed
it on different days, with Anglia broadcasting it the following Sunday
and Rediffusion showing it two days before ATV. On the 24th November
show his guest was Dickie Valentine to whom he owed his current success.
After this series, the show was replaced by THE
FRANK IFIELD SHOW.
BYGRAVES INTRODUCES NEW FACES GRANADA
7th November 1967
one-off 40 minute special, that is probably related to the FIRSTIMERS
Max was to explain “I heard that light entertainment producer John Hamp
had launched a drive to find new talent in the North, so I contacted
him with the idea of giving his most promising find a spot — if they
wanted it — at Babbacombe. We met, talked and somehow ended up agreeing
to do 'Max Bygraves Introduces New Faces'. The acts will be impressive,
believe me: a group from South Wales called The Amen Corner, who have
already made an impact on the charts with one disc. A comedian called
John Paul Joans from Halesworth, Suffolk, with a nice comic touch. I
liked singer Danny Wilson, too, from Sheffield, who features a Tony
Bennett approach to a number. There’s a light-hearted flavour to the
show which appeals to me, because I still believe that, above all else,
audiences want to have a good laugh. I shall be introducing the Bonzo
Dog Doo Dah Band — and I mean, that name is enough for a giggle on its
own, isn’t it?". The show also featured
The Grumbleweeds and Friday Brown. Max sang 'Every Street's a Coronation
Street' and 'I Need Your Love' as a duet with Bobby Jean.
MORE WITH FELIX BBC2 9th December 1967 - 22nd March
British-based singer-songwriter Julie Felix, who once dated Paul McCartney,
was a long-time girlfriend of television presenter David Frost on whose
she became the resident singer in 1966. On 9th December 1967 she started
hosting her own show which continued for 35 episodes over 2 series.
It was one of the BBC's first colour series and featured artists a wide
range of artists and styles including The Kinks, Leonard Cohen, Atahualpa
Yupanqui and Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page who performed 'White Summer'
and 'Black Mountain Side' as solo guitar pieces. It was succeeded by
THE JULIE FELIX SHOW
in 1970. The series was produced by Stanley Dorfman and Melvyn Cornish.
AND HIS WONDERFUL LAMP REDIFFUSION
25th December 1967
programme was a slightly shortened and altered version of the 'Aladdin
And His Wonderful Lamp' stage pantomime from 1964 and 1965. The story
from the stage play is essentially the same, but with several of the
original songs missing, including Cliff's 'Havin' Fun' and The Shadows'
'Genie With The Light Brown Lamp'. Additions included The Shadows' 'Snap,
Crackle and How's Your Dad' from their 1967 album. Cliff, The Shadows
and Audrey Bayley returned for this special programme, but Joan Palethorpe
and Faye Fisher did not. Some of the performances for this program were
not the performances used for the stage production but newer, possibly
MYSTERY TOUR BBC1 26th December 1967 Please
see specific page on Magical Mystery
This was a Beatles movie made specially for television which
provided 50 minutes of the Fab Four being involved in a fantasy bus
ride around the country with loads of psychedelia. The cast included
Ivor Cutler, Jessie Robins, Mandy West, Nat Jackley and Victor Spinetti.
Originally shown in black and white, the program was repeated in colour
on BBC2 on 5th January 1968.
SYSTEMS FREEMAN! BBC1 5th January 1968 - 22nd March 1968
shown at 6:40pm on Friday 5th January, the 30-minute show, mainly produced
by Johnnie Stewart, used a combination of 'pop radio' style presentation
with visual television music formats, running for 12 episodes until
22nd March. 'Fluff' was ensconced behind a high-tech console, 'controlling'
the musical inserts with sliders, dials and various other mechanisms.
The turntablesthemselves were actually functional and provided some
genuine audio input. Alan was accompanied by regulars Bernard
Herrmann, The Ladybirds and The Northern Dance Orchestra.
RELEASE SOUTHERN 5th January 1968 - 23rd February 1968
show was also from the prolific Mike Mansfield 'stable', conceived at
the same time as AS
YOU LIKE IT.
The host was Tony Blackburn who said "They did a pilot show for
each and asked the viewers to write in to say which they preferred.
New Release won and they asked me to compere it. That was a long time
before I began on Radio 1". Five of the best new discs of the week
were selected and featured in the show. Each artist performed their
record to pre-recorded backing and then joined Tony at a round table
to discuss it, along with guests who had already performed. There were
also a couple of 'panel' members on each show - DJ Mike Lennox and Penny
Valentine amongst them. The show was seen in the Border, Anglia, Channel,
Westward and Tyne Tees regions from 5th January 1968 - 23rd February
1968 and was revamped with the title TIME
FOR BLACKBURN! when
London ITV also started showing it from 2nd March.
ANDERSON SINGS BBC1 25th January 1968 -
by Eddie Fraser (15 episodes) and James Moir (13 episodes), there were
28 episodes of this series over 4 seasons, featuring the Scots lassie
first seen on Andy Stewart's 'The White Heather Club' and a regular
on Hogmanay shows. Backing was provided by the BBC Scottish Radio Orchestra
and included many stars including classicsingers such as Ivor Emmanuel,
Kenneth McKellar, Frankie Vaughan, Vince Hill, Frank Ifield, Julie Felix
and Matt Monro.
BBC 30th January 1968 - 17th April 1976
Epstein organised Cilla’s move to television with her own variety show
for the BBC. It was an immediate success, leading to her becoming one
of Britain’s top-rated television entertainers, with her shows regularly
pulling viewing figures of 18 to 22 million until it finished in 1976,
after 8 series. Paul McCartney wrote her theme song 'Step Inside Love',
used for the first four series, especially for this UK series which
made Cilla the first British female performer to have her own TV show.
The first show was broadcast on Tuesday 30th January 1968 and continued
over 69 episodes until 17th April 1976. Most of the shows were directed
by Michael Hurll, with Vernon Lawrence, Ray Lakeland and Brian Whitehouse
also contributing some shows. Pretty well the entire run was written
by Ronnie Taylor. Show dancers were The Irving Davies Dancers (series
1 to 5, except for a couple of shows where The Nita Howard Dancers were
used). Vocal backing was provided by The Ladybirds (series 1), The Breakaways
(series 2 to 7). Her weekly
entertainment show included guests like Tom Jones and Donovan and the
Eurovision section came up with 'Congratulations'
for Cliff Richard.
RICHARD AT CITY HALL
TYNE TEES 18th February 1968
show's title refers to the Newcastle City Hall where the 50-minute programme
was recorded. Tyne Tees broadcasted it in the north-east of England
on the ITV network and it was possibly seen in a couple of other regions
either on the same day or at a later date, but it is unlikely it was
fully networked across the whole country. The program is a mix of a
Q&A session with Cliff about his faith, Cliff speaking directly to the
audience about youth in the church, and performances of Christian songs,
with Cliff playing a 12-string guitar on several pieces. The show was
never repeated on TV and remained unseen until only recently.
FOR BLACKBURN! SOUTHERN 2nd March 1968 - 28th December 1968
music and chat show was largely networked by ITV from 2nd March to 28th
December 1968, hosted by Tony Blackburn and directed by Mike Mansfield,
with musical direction by Johnnie Pearson. This programme 'replaced'
Southern's partially-networked series
(also presented by Blackburn) and featured 'News, views and comments
from Britain's most popular DJ plus the cream of the week's new releases'.
RECORD STAR SHOW BBC1 29th March 1968
by Johnnie Stewart and organised by David Jacobs, this Friday transmission
was 50 minutes of a two-set show recorded five nights earlier and televised
in arrangement with The Daily Express at the Empire Pool, Wembley. Stars
performed for free, with profits going to The Stars Organisation for
Spastics. Presenters: Tony Blackburn, Pete Brady, Dave Cash, Simon Dee,
Kenny Everett, Alan Freeman, Don Moss and Pete Murray. Acts included
The Amen Corner, Kenny Ball and his Paramount Jazzmen, Dave Dee, Dozy,
Beaky, Mick and Tich, The Spencer Davis Group, Simon Dupree and the
Big Sound, The Easybeats, Chris Farlowe and The Thunderbirds, The Flowerpot
Men, The Foundations, The Move, The New Vaudeville Band, Cliff Richard,
P.J.Proby, Geno Washington and The Ram Jam Band, with musical direction
by Norrie Paramour and vocal backing by The Breakaways. The show was
held annually 1966 to 1969.
BIG SHOW / SPOTLIGHT ATV
7th April 1968 - 28th July 1968
at the ATV / ITC studios in Elstree, this hour-long variety series was
shown at about 8:25 on Sunday nights (some regions varied) from7th April
1968. There were 15 editions, not shown every week (12th May was 'Howerd's
Hour' and 19th may 'A Special Royal Performance'), which were each hosted
by a guest celebrity. On 14th April and 2nd June the show was presented
The name it was broadcast under in the USA by CBS, from 11th June to
17th September, was SHOWTIME.
Regular performers featured on the show were The
London Line Dancers, The Mike Sammes Singers and Jack Parnell and his
Orchestra. Producer of the single series of 15 shows was Jon Scofield.
The hostswere Terry-Thomas, Benny Hill and Paul Anka, Dave Allen, Shelly
Berman, Phyllis Diller, Eddie Arnold, Trini Lopez with Georgia Brown
and Frank Gorshin, Liberace, : Frankie Vaughan with Vikki Carr and Bill
Dana, Steve Allen, George Gobel, Frank Fontaine, Juliet Prowse and Godfrey
Cambridge. The host on the final show was Don Knotts on 28th July, which
was also the final night of the old ITV franchises and ATV's final night
in London before LWT took over weekend programmes.
MUST BE DUSTY ATV 10th May 1968 - 21st June 1968
Dusty's first two series for the BBC had been a success, no further
contract had been agreed so she switched to ATV for this seven show
series in 1968. Shot at ATV's Elstree Studios, Studio D, the show was
very similar in format to her previous shows, with songs performed live
with backing from a small orchestra led by Jack Parnell. There were
two costume changes in each show, using Darnell's of London who had
provided her dresses for the BBC shows, with some outfits costing up
to £125 each. Although ATV gave it a regular time slot, Friday evenings
from 8.30 - 9.00, the rest of the network showed it on different days
and times. A lot of stations dropped the show and the final one was
only shown by ATV, Rediffusion and Anglia which reflected her own views
when, talking to Disc magazine ahead of the first episode she had complained
"This will be my first series for ATV but I understand it's going to
be very similar to the other two. In a way it's a bit boring but I suppose
you're very limited in 25 minutes, so apart from singing hanging from
the ceiling it's hard to think of new things to do". Guests included
The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Manfred Mann, Donovan, Georgie Fame, Julie
Felix, Scott Walker, Mark Murphy and her brother, Tom Springfield.
BACK IN TOWN BBC1 21st May 1968 - 9th July
summer entertainment show of 7 episodes that was produced by John Ammonds
and hosted by Lulu. Guests included Frank Bough, Rolf Harris, The Alan
Price Set, Peter West, Peter Nero, Joe Cusatis, Gene Cherico, Hattie
Jacques, Les Dawson, The Everly Brothers, Frankie Vaughan, Reg Varney,
Lou Rawls, Frank Windsor, Georgie Fame and Clive Dunn. Musical backing
was by Alyn Ainsworth and His Orchestra in the first show, Peter Knight
and His Orchestra for the next five and Johnny Harris and His Orchestra
on the last show. The Ladybirds provided vocal backing.
GENTRY BBC1 13th July 1968 - 1971
first BBC series, also known as THE
BOBBIE GENTRY SHOW,
began on 13th July 1968. Stanley Dorfman produced
18 episodes over 3 seasons, showcasing Bobbie’s work that included intimate
solo performances, big choreographed set pieces in scenes filmed on
location near her childhood home in Mississippi. Each week the show
featured a special guest who would perform one song with Bobbie and
one on their own. Pan's
People, choreographed by Flick Colby, featured in all 18 episodes
and vocal backing was provided by The Tears Of Joy in 12 episodes. The
first series was repeated the following year alongside new episodes.
The last show was broadcast on 23rd July 1969.
IT IS BBC1 19th July 1968 - 20th December
30-minute black and white magazine-style live talk and music show first
broadcast on Friday 19th July 1968 at 6:00pm and advertised as 'by the
young for the young at heart'. It lasted for 2 series - the first one
of 23 shows ending on 20th December 1968. The second series was 10 shows
shown from 14th March 1969 to 23rd May 1969. It was produced and co-presented
by Tony Palmer, initially with Peter Asher, followed by Radio1 DJ John
Peel, 'Oz' editor Richard Neville and novelist Angela Huth. Recorded
at the Lime Grove studios, the 25th October show was not broadcast live,
but recorded an hour earlier due to the BBC's concern about the 'October
revolution' that was supposed to be taking place in London that weekend.
Palmer quickly became frustrated by the public concept that the programme
was aimed at teenagers and the last show in the series went out on Friday
20th December 1968. The show was re-vamped the following year,
at a later time, and slightly re-titled as HOW
LATE IT IS.
PRICE TO PLAY BBC1 29th July 1968 - 16th
by Patrick Dowling and directed by Peter Ridsdale Scott, seven 30-minute
episodes were made, shown on Mondays at 16:50. The Alan Price Set and
Chris Barber presented an educational children’s series about the evolution
of rock and roll, examining the pop scene of the previous ten years
with Alan Price talked about the lyrics and tunes that changed the pop
scene and featuring invited guests.
STARS ATV 3rd August 1968 - 4th January
periodic entertainment 'series' of 12 shows including some variety shows
broadcast from the ABC Theatre, Blackpool, and one-off special shows
featuring various entertainers and aspects of music, the most memorable
'special' being the MASTERS OF POP
show broadcast on 26th October 1968. The last show in this series featured
Engelbert Humperdinck in a one-off 'special' which led to another special
on 26th December followed by a series shortly after, in 1970. Some others
were 21st December: The Mireille Mathieu Show, 7th December: Vikki and
Her Boyfriends (Vikki Carr), 9th November: Lulu According To Freud (Clement
Freud) - also seen as The Lulu Show. Also known as STARTIME
on ATV, different shows were seen on different network stations.
BBC 16th August 1968 and 30th December 1968
BBC invited Scott to host his own TV programme, with two 1968 specials
being followed by a 6-week series in the spring of 1969 as a
showcase for his superb voice after the break-up of The Walker Brothers.
The footage has been wiped but the audio survives, finding him singing
a variety of songs with orchestral backing, together with guest appearances
from Blossom Dearie, Kiki Dee, Dudley Moore, Billy Preston and others.
Audio from the 16th
August 1968 show and the 30th
December show can be heard on You Tube.
ME POP BBC2 7th September 1968 - 30th August
by Rowan Ayers, this started as a 25 minute spin-off segment of the
Steve Turner-produced LATE NIGHT LINE-UP.
The first edition on 7th September 1968 featured The Hollies and, as
it became a program in its own right from 2nd November 1968, featured
bands such as The Nice, Julie Driscoll, Brian Auger and The Trinity,
Love Sculpture and Jethro Tull. It was superseded in January 1970 by
DISCO2 presented by Tommy Vance
but still continued its slightly 'off-centre' approach to pop as BBC2
tended to do.
SOUND OF CHANGE BBC2 10th September 1968
view of the pop scene from sociologists Stuart Hall and Peter Worsley.
Pink Floyd contributed a performance, with a light show, which had been
recorded on 26th March 1968. Mick Jagger and Pete Townshend were also
interviewed. The 50-minute programme was aired in colour on Tuesday
10th September at 8.00pm.
SANDIE SHAW SUPPLEMENT BBC1 10th September
1968 - 5th November 1968
short, 6-part series produced by Mel Cornish and broadcast from 10th
September to 1st November. The series showcased Sandie's wide
repertoire, featuring the bare-footed singer performing versions
of all types of songs and styles not normally associated with her, in
unusual settings and extravagant costumes. The episodes had individual
titles and themes 1. Eyes, Nose, Mouth and A Heartbeat (Sex) 2. Quicksand
(Travel) 3. Garlic, Pepper & A Touch Of Salt (Sandie sang in Spanish,
French, Italian and German) 4. Reflections (A homage to sandie's favourite
female stars) 5. Sandcastles In The Air (Mind and Fantasy) 6. A Large
Slice Of Bread (Show tunes, somewhat Bassey-style).
A subsequent LP of the same name was produced, featuring some of the
songs from the series including: 'Route 66', 'Homeward Bound',
'Scarborough Fair', 'Right To Cry', 'The Same Things', 'Our Song Of
Love', 'Satisfaction', 'Words', 'Remember Me', 'Change Of Heart', 'Aranjuez
Mon Amour' and 'What Now My Love'.
AT THE TALK OF THE TOWN BBC2 15th September 1968
Springfield returned to to the scene of her cabaret triumph at The Hippodrome
for a TV 'Show of the Week' special, produced by Stanley Dorfman and
broadcast at 7:25pm. The orchestra was directed by Johnny Pearson with
vocal backing from Lesley Duncan, Kay Garner & Sue Weetman. Choreography
was by Tommy Tucker.
AT THE MOVIES LONDON WEEKEND TELEVISION 21st September 1968
50-minute programme featured Cliff and The Shadows performing various
movie-related songs as well as their latest singles. This was the last
programme featuring The Shadows before they disbanded and the last non-concert
related Cliff special with them, although individuals would occasionally
appear in later programmes. It starts with a scene showing Cliff and
The Shadows picking up their dates and heading off to the cinema where
they meet, get their tickets and snacks and sit down to enjoy the show.
The 'movies' they see are short mini-movies featuring Cliff and The
Shadows in various scenarios that allow them to sing a musical number.
Most of the songs were specially recorded for this show although some,
such as 'Marianne' and 'In The Country' use the original recordings
from the single or album. No screen credits were given to musicians
other than The Shadows bur The Mike Sammes Singers were credited for
vocal backing and The Paddy Stone Dancers for the dance routines. Other
screen credits given for appearances include Lesley North, Rozeta Ahalyea
and 'Kim and Karen'. At the end of the programme Cliff and co. are shown
leaving the theatre, heading off to a pub for a drink, then cruising
AT THE MALTINGS BBC2 10th October 1968 - 10th April 1969
25 minute weekly series, shown from 10th October
1968 - 10th April 1969, produced by Terry Henebery and introduced by
Benny Green. It featured some of the world's top jazz artists in concert
and was recorded at Snape Maltings, in Suffolk. The shows featured the
likes of Buddy Rich, Oscar Peterson, Dave Brubeck, Art Blakey, Dizzy
Gillespie and The Newport All-Stars.
IN ULSTER 16th October 1968 - 5th June 1969
by Gordon Burns of 'Krypton Factor' fame, two pilot shows were made,
shown on 16th and 23rd October 1968. It was originally planned to be
just two 'filler' shows called 'Zoom In' and 'Zoom Out' but was good
enough to eventually be given a run in the 7:00pm prime time slot, totalling
two series containing 20 episodes, shown on Thursday nights. Series
1 ran from 9th January 1969 to 3rd April 1969. The time slot for this
series was 6:00 - 6:30pm. Series 2 ran from 24th April 1969 to 5th June
1969 in the 7:00 - 7:30pm time slot. Co-produced by Tony Eames, it featured
both Irish showbands and visiting English artists with two regular go-go
dancers and the studio audience. The show also contained comedy sketches
featuring DJ Hendi (Michael Henderson). Gordon Burns said "It
was a sort of Top of the Pops style show. We featured Irish showbands
like The Freshmen and visiting English groups. I remember we had The
Equals and The Foundations, amongst others. There was dancing in the
studio with Ulster's young set turning up in their micro mini skirts
to shake it about". "The programme also featured funny sketches
written by Tony and me and starring DJ Hendi (Michael Henderson)".
OF POP YORKSHIRE 26th October 1968
'Innocence, Anarchy and Soul', Jack Good devised
this retrospective of ten years of pop music in one hour, dividing the
show into three sections, bringing together past and present stars.
Good explained to Record Mirror in September 1968 "The show's in
three parts. The Innocence part is a bit of a satire on how it used
to be, the ridiculous things we used to get up to in the pop of ten
years ago. The Anarchy part is the wild, psychedelic stuff of a year
ago and the finish is Soul, which is the way pop seems to be moving
- and that's fine by me".Although 'Innocence, Anarchy and Soul'
was Good's title for the show, it was changed by Yorkshire, making it
look more like a personal tribute. A music press advert for Lance LeGault's
United Arists 45 of Billy referred to the show with Good's original
title. Talking to Johnnie Walker in Disc, Good further explained "Chapter
One concerns the early 1958 rock period, Anarchy is a send-up of the
rocker versus hippie era, and Chapter Three, Soul. I had hoped to use
Ike and Tina Turner, but there were permit problems. Actually I prefer
to use home grown soul, rather than import it. Julie (Driscoll) and
Chris (Farlowe) are far better than anything they have in the States".
Good was reportedly paid £10,000 for his involvement, while the programme
itself cost £70,000 to produce and was recorded at ATV's Elstree studios
for the newly-launched Yorkshire TV. It was due to be recorded on 17th
August 1968 but was cancelled due to an ITV technicians' strike. A spokesman
for Yorkshire TV told Disc "It's been cancelled and there are no plans
to stage it at some future date". The recording was re-arranged for
12th October 1968 broadcast, but was delayed again by two weeks due
to a wages dispute at ITV. Eventually broadcast from 7:10pm - 8:10 pm
as a part of ITV's SATURDAY
it featured Lord Rockingham’s XI (with Lonnie Donegan, Red Price, Don
Lang), Lulu, Julie Driscoll with Brian Auger and The Trinity, Lance
LeGault, P.J. Proby, Chris Farlowe, Andrew Brown, The Chants, Dominic
Grant, Emil Dean, The Breakaways, Ian Whitcomb, The Flirtations, plus
dance troupe Pan's People with choreography by Peter Gordeno. The musical
director was Harry Robinson who recreated his Lord Rockingham's XI band
specially for the show, which in turn would lead to a new Rockingham
album for EMI in 1968. Jerry Lee Lewis was due for inclusion but the
technicians' strike meant he couldn't make the new recording date. Good
claimed "It's the kind of show I couldn't do in the States. There it's
all 'specials' built around one big star".
DISCOTHEQUE GRANADA 2nd November 1968 -
23rd April 1969
by Muriel Young, directed by David Warwick with musical direction by
Johnny Pearson. The comparatively short-lived show was first seen on
2nd November, hosted by Billy J Kramer, backed up by his band The Remo
(previously The Factory), and supported by regular 'Disc Dolly' Dianne
Greaves who was later replaced by Ayshea Brough. The TV Times invited
you to "Pop into the Discotheque where your hosts Billy J Kramer and
the Remo, Ayshea and The Four Spots invite you to meet their guests".
Unknown and newly-signed bands were a feature, giving valuable airtime
to new acts. Ken Martyne provided the dance troupes Sons and Lovers
and The Four Spots, which he would also do for the LIFT OFF! series.
From 10th January 1969 the show became
but had lost its ITV network status. Graham Bonney joined the show to
act as host when Kramer wasn't available, while Ayshea Brough took over
from Dianne Greaves on 19th March 1969, having previously appeared on
the show as a guest. The series finished on 23rd April 1969 but would
LIFT OFF! later
in the year.
MY LOVING BBC1 3rd November 1968
documentary TV film about popular music and the teenage scene directed
by Tony Palmer and narrated by Patrick Allen, presented as an individual
documentary episode in the OMNIBUS
series. The episode contains a plethora of stars and personalities including
Ginger Baker, Jack Bruce, Eric Burdon, Eric Clapton, Terry Dene, Donovan,
George Harrison and Jimi Hendrix. It features truly performances from
Cream ('I’m So Glad' and 'We’re Going Wrong'), The Who ('Mary Anne with
the Shaky Hand'), Pink Floyd ('Set the Controls for the Heart of the
Sun'), Donovan ('The Lullaby of Spring'), Jimi Hendrix ('Wild Thing'),
The Animals ('Good Times' and 'When I Was Young').
DOORS ARE OPEN GRANADA 17th December 1968
between 3rd and 10th September 1968, this was a documentary programme
on The Doors - Jim Morrison, Ray Manzarek, Robby Krieger and John Densmore,
made for television and released on video in 1992. The film, directed
by John Sheppard, contains interviews, performance footage from a concert
at London's 'Roundhouse' and music, over newsreel clips, reflecting
the events of the day. It was the first such film made about a single
band to be aired on UK television.
FOR LULU BBC1 28th December 1968 - 22nd March 1969
Stanley Dorfman-produced series for Lulu started on 28th December, running
for 13 episodes until 22nd March 1969. Backing music was provided by
Johnny Harris and His Orchestra, vocal backing by Sue and Sunny, with
the series also featuring dance troupe Pan's
People. The show's title was changed to
from 11th January 1969. Guests included Jimi Hendrix, who was banned
from the BBC after he and his band disrupted the show by changing the
song list and continuing to play for longer than their allotted time.
The series also carried the A
SONG FOR EUROPE 1969 competition,
introduced by Michael Aspel, with Lulu performing the winning song,
'Boom Bang-A-Bang', on 1st March. Her next
27 episodes produced between 1970 and 1973.
IS TOM JONES ATV
12th January 1969 - 15th January 1971
series (64 x 60 minute episodes) of this British variety showwere made
for the now international performer, produced by John Scoffield, with
various directors including John Scoffield (16 episodes). A few of the
later shows were taped in the USA, with Tom then having become a Las
Vegas show star. The British show was also exported to America (on ABC)
and featured guest appearances by almost a 'who's who' of the many top
actors, comedians and singers of the time, many appearing more than
once. Vocal backing was by The Mike Sammes Singers and Sue and Sunny,
with musical backing by The Jack Parnell Orchestra, The Johnnie Spence
Orchestra, Big Jim Sullivan and supported by comedy from The Ace Trucking
Company. Tom's parting words, "Gwyn eich byd a dymunaf i chwi lawenydd
bob amser" (May you always be well and happy), became his signature
for bidding an audience good night.
The show was one of many to have two 'film crews’ as black and white
cameras recorded the programme for ITV and colour ones recorded the
show for America. The show was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for
'Best Actor In A Television Series – Musical Or Comedy' in 1969.
STUART HENRY SPEAKEASY TYNE TEES 21st February 1969 -
4th April 1969
short 7-week series of 30 minute shows, produced by Royston Mayoh, in
which ex-pirate DJ Stuart Henry would introduce a main guest, answering
viewers questions and who, in turn, would introduce their own invited
act to perform two or three songs. In 'Disc' magazine Henry said "It
will be a sort of mini David Frost show with me interviewing the sort
of people who fascinate me and finding out what makes them tick. The
show is initially only for Tyne Tees but, if successful, it will of
course be offered for national networking" but the show was only
ever seen in the region. A variety of guests included Hughie Green,
Donald Peers, Alan Price, The Scaffold and Una Stubbs. Mayoh was later
to produce the extremely successful Thames talent show
OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS which
was presented by Hughie Green.
BBC 11th March 1969 - 15th April 1969
six consecutive Tuesday nights in the spring of 1969, Scott Walker hosted
his own personal UK music TV show, produced by Johnnie Stewart, during
which he performed covers of songs previously recorded by the likes
of Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett. The series ran from 11th March to
15th April 1969 and has since achieved a 'cult' status as the BBC apparently
wiped the tapes of his show and it's never surfaced anywhere since.
LATE IT IS BBC1 14th March 1969 - 23rd May 1969
a later time slot at 10:50pm from Friday 14th March to Friday 23rd May
1969, this was effectively the 'second series' of HOW
Angela Huth and Richard Neville continued to present, joined by Pete
Drummond. Producer Tony Staveacre promoted the show's 're-launch' by
saying "We want to provide a platform for new ideas, styles and sounds
and, at the same time, offer new opportunities for established artists.
We want the show to have an urgent, last-minute appeal so that viewers
will never quite know what is coming up next".
SCOTCH '69 GRAMPIAN 22nd April 1969 - 24th
original 10 week series, promoting new talent, alongside more established
acts, was presented by Jack McLaughlin and Cathy Spence and produced
by Alan Wallis. The pilot episode featured The Marmalade and local groups
The Royal Teens and Deaf Ted. The main series included: 22nd April:
Jefferson who sang 'Colours of My Love', The Wallace Collection, Sight
& Sound, Reg Christie and Gavin McDonald (Folk singers from Banchory).
29th April: The Tremeloes, The Marmalade, The Marbles, Writing on the
Wall and Dave Cash 7th May: John Walker sang 'If I Were a Carpenter',
Leapy Lee, Nicky James and Sylvia McNeil. 13th May: The Love Affair,
Johnny Nash, Eire Apparent. 20th May: Peter Sarstedt, The Equals. 27th
May: The Marmalade, DDDBM&T. 3rd June: Consortium and The Chris McClure
Section, Don Partridge. 10th June: The Moody Blues, Jackie Lomax and
Emperor Rosko. 17th June: The Move, Desmond Dekker, Emperor Rosko. 24th
June: The Chris McClure Section, Mud, Tin Tin. A further 8 shows were
made under the heading
POP SCOTCH '70 transmitted
between 29thMay 1970 and 17th July 1970 with guests that included John
Mayall, Duster Bennett, Matthews' Southern Comfort, Cat Stevens, Trader
Horne, Blue Mink, Taste, Renaissance, Toe Fat, The Move, Manfred Mann,
Chapter III, Pentangle, Deep Purple, Bridget St. John and Alan Price
THE BACHELORS ATV 22nd May 1969 - 5th June 1969
made 3 showcase shows, starting 22nd May 1969, starring the popular
talented Irish singing trio - Colneth 'Con' Cluskey, Declan 'Dec' Cluskey
and Sean (John) Stokes - who also appeared as guests on virtually every
other music and variety series of the era, at one time or another. Produced
by Albert Locke, supported by the Jack Parnell Orchestra and The Mike
Sammes Singers, guests on all 3 shows were Len Lowe and Freddy 'parrot
IN WONDERLAND ITV 29th May 1969
by Mike Hodges as part of the Tempo arts documentary strand, this half-hour
show featured Stan Tracey leading a 15-piece orchestra through the recording
of his album Alice in Jazzland. Fresh from his success with Dylan Thomas’
'Under Milk Wood', Tracey turned to Lewis Carroll for inspiration. A
hand-held camera captured Tracey’s approach to composition and the group
dynamic, as well as the larking around of the ensemble and the organising
presence of Stan’s wife, Jackie.
‘EM UP JOE! LONDON WEEKEND TELEVISION 31st
May 1969 - 2nd August 1969
TV Times: “Actor, singer, dancer, guitarist, booster of bread sales,
the ever-zestful Joe Brown returns to his favourite scene tonight to
guide you through a 45 minute romp into the world of pop”. Joe Brown
finally got his own Saturday evening variety show, courtesy of London
Weekend, but it wouldn’t last more than a couple of months. Produced
by Philip Casson, the show sounded like a Stars and Garters styled pub-based
entertainment but was shot on an open stage just like any other variety
show of the time. Harry Rabinowitz was hired as the Musical Director
with the Tomlin Boys and Girls providing the dance routines. TV Times
gave Joe the coveted front cover for the first edition in late May 1969.
The debut show certainly covered all bases from George Formby impersonator
Alan Randall to the metal / hard rock Steppenwolf, but most of the guests
from then on would be established chart acts. The final show on 2nd
August seems to have been subtitled A Pint of Brown, continuing the
pub theme. Joe was set to record an album of songs for MCA that he featured
in the show, but it never materialised.
STONES IN THE PARK GRANADA 2nd September
see specific page on Stones In
Directed by Leslie Woodhead and produced by Jo Durden-Smith, a documentary,
including the performance, of the free concert given to 500,000 fans
by The Rolling Stones in Hyde Park in July 1969. Over 12 hours of film
was shot, and edited down to 55 minutes by Gerry Dow.
DUSTY BBC1 9th September 1969 - 28th October 1969
to the BBC for her 1969 series, Dusty appeared in seven shows between
9th September and 28th October which were broadcast at 7.30pm on Tuesdays.
Guests included Spike Milligan, Jimmy Ruffin, Danny LaRue, The Bee Gees,
Murray Banks, Percy Edwards, Tom Springfield, Shari Lewis and Frida
Boccara. Introductions were carried out by Valentine
Dyall with musical direction by Johnny Pearson, and dancers on the show
were Cassandra Mahon and Peter Newton, choreographed by Ruth Pearson.
Vocal backing was from Kay Garner, Lesley Duncan and Madeline Bell.
PRICE OF FAME OR FAME AT ANY PRICE BBC2 17th September 1969 -
17th June 1970
short 'series' of periodic specials, produced by Stanley Dorfman, featured
the combined talents of Georgie Fame and Alan Price and was seen on
17th September, 20th November and 25th December 1969 and 17th June 1970.
The show's script was written by Michael Palin and Terry Jones and guests
over the four shows included Delaney & Bonnie and friends Dave Mason
and Eric Clapton, Thelma Houston, Doris Troy, Billy Preston and Zoot
Money. Vocal backing was provided by The Ladybirds and the dance troupe
Pan's People also appeared, choreographed by Flick Colby.
The musical director was Reg Guest.
SCENE AT THE RONNIE SCOTT CLUB BBC2 30th
September 1969 - 10th September 1970
JAZZ GOES TO COLLEGE
JAZZ AT THE MALTINGS,
32 episodes of this 30 minute weekly 'magazine' series were produced
and directed by Terry Henerby, featuring an amazing list of Britain's
top jazz artists, and other guests, performing at the Ronnie Scott Club.
MUSIC MASH BBC1 7th October 1969 - 11th November 1969
series of six programmes hosted by Alan Price went out on Tuesdays from
7th October to 11th November at 5.15pm to 5.44pm in the weekday children's
slot. Price said of the show "I adore working with children.... We want
to give all the artists on the show the chance to perform two or three
numbers - anything they feel like doing". Guests included Fleetwood
Mac, Pentangle, Dave and Toni Arthur, The Moody
Blues, Magna Carta and Slade.
OFF! GRANADA 5th November 1969 - 17th December
see specific page on
Hosted by Ayshea Brough
(who also featured as a 'Skydiver' operative in Gerry Anderson's futuristic
TV series 'UFO'),
the first series of the show started on 5th November 1969, featuring
resident group 'The Pattern', dance troupe 'The Feet'
and ran until 29th January 1970. Devised
by Muriel Young, it was initially co-presented by Graham Bonney and
was essentially a younger person's pop programme running alongside the
later evening pop shows. The next series began on 7th
October 1970 when Bonney and Ayshea were joined at various times by
puppets Ollie Beak and Fred Barker. This series ran until 30th December
1970. The 10th August 1971 series saw Ayshea joined by Wally Whyton
as co-host (and minus The Pattern) in a run that ended on 12th January
1972. When it returned on 12th April 1972 it was re-titled
OFF WITH AYSHEA
and ran until 5th July 1972. The next series began on 11th October 1972
and ran until 3rd January 1973. Subsequent series ran from 27th April
1973 (with resident singer Guy Lutman and backing singers Lynn Garner
and Chris Marlow) and 17th October 1973 to 9th January 1974. The final
series ran from 1st July 1974 until 17th December 1974.
HERB ALPERT SHOW ATV 24th December 1969
special performance televised from the Royal Festival Hall, produced
by Bill Ward and directed by Albert Locke.
ENGELBERT HUMPERDINCK SHOW ATV 26th December
1969 then 5th April 1970 - 26th July 1970
18 episode 60-minute series shared with American station ABC that started
with a one-off 'special' pilot show on Boxing Day and became a regular
television feature from Sunday 5th April. Mainly directed by Ian Fordyce,
this was a showcase series for sideburned crooner Gerry Dorsey, produced
by Colin Clews. The executive producer was Gordon Mills who managed
both Engelbert and Tom Jones. Guests included his old pal Tom Jones,
Dionne Warwick and Barbara Eden. A large number of attractive ladies
appeared during the main series including Elke Sommer, Gina Lollobrigida,
Lulu, Trisha Noble, Nyree Dawn Porter, Clodagh Rodgers, Connie Stevens
and Shani Wallis. Backing artists were The Mike Sammes Singers, The
Jack Parnell Orchestra and choreography was by Irving Davies.
The first 'series' show had an unusually late slot for what might have
been considered a 'prime time' production, being shown at 10:25pm but
was subsequently moved to 9:10pm. However, the networked show was seen
on different days in other regions which reduced it's 'national' impact.
'Musical' guests included Paul Anka, Ray Charles, Lou Rawls, Dusty Springfield,
Lulu, Tony Bennett, Tommy Roe, Jose Feliciano, Roger Miller, Vanity
Fare and many others, plus a number of famous comedians and personalities
who both performed musically and took part in short comic sketches.
The show finished in the summer of 1970 and the contract with ATV was
not renewed. Further shows followed for the BBC and in West Germany
for ZDF in 1972.
IN SCOTLAND ATV / STV 31st December 1969
25 minutes show that was Cliff's first TV special in colour. Designed
to take advantage of that, the show featured very colourful sets and
costumes. It starts in black and white as he travels to Scotland, changing
to colour when he enters the country. There is no spoken dialogue in
the show, everything being done through mime and dance. Cliff sings
and dances with several Scottish people, and enjoys Scottish traditions.
The music, according to the credits, is performed by 'The Concert Orchestra'
with The Mike Sammes Singers providing vocal backing. The show was released
on 7th April and entered in the Montreux Film Festival in April 1969,
but was apparently not seen on UK TV until December (unconfirmed).
TENNESSEE ERNIE FORD SHOW ATV 31st December
by Albert Locke and produced by Digby Wolfe and Bob Wynn, this was the
last offering of the decade from ATV as a special for the legendary
American country singer, with guests Davy Jones and Harry Secombe. Musical
backing was by The Jack Parnell Orchestra with vocals by The Mike Sammes
GO THE SIXTIES! BBC / ZDF 31st December 1969 Please
see specific page on Pop Go The Sixties!
one-off 75-minute TV 'special' celebration of Sixties music, broadcast
in colour on 31st December 1969. It was a co-production between the
BBC and Germany's ZDF, primarily produced and recorded at the BBC's
Television Centre in London, in late 1969. Presented by Jimmy Savile
and Elfi Von Kalckreuth, Johnnie Stewart produced the show and Stanley
Dorfman directed. The only song performed in German was by Sandie Shaw.
CLIFF RICHARD BBC1 3rd January 1970 - 28th
by Michael Hurll, this was the first series for Cliff that was planned
to run for more than a single season. 4 seasons and 45 x 30 minute episodes
were seen from 3rd January 1970 to 28th September 1974. The opening
series was the same format as several of his previous series, as a musical
variety show, with frequent guests Hank B.Marvin and Una Stubbs. Vocal
backing was provided by The Breakaways and musical backing mostly by
The BBC Orchestra, led by Norrie Paramor. Dance was performed by teenage
girl dancers from the Corona Stage School, directed by Nita Howard.
The show also carried the
A SONG FOR EUROPE element
in 1970 with Mary Hopkin performing a different song each week from
24th January to 28th February and all of them in a special show on 7th
March. The opening song for each show was a short, 30 second version
of the Cliff and Hank Marvin duet 'The Joy Of Living', with scenes of
Cliff driving across a beach in a dune buggy, filmed at Saunton Sands
on the North Devon coast. The closing song was 'Visions', used in all
but four of the episodes.
BBC2 10th January 1970 - 25th July 1971
series of 28 and 40 episodes were made of this 'alternative' pop show
COLOUR ME POP and
was the forerunner to the long-lasting
THE OLD GREY WHISTLE TEST.
The earliest programmes were billed in papers as
LINE UP'S DISCO 2 although the programme itself did not
reflect this. Made at Gerry Anderson's Century 21 studios in Slough,
the series was produced by Rowan Ayers and Michael Appleton, and directed
by Granville Jenkins. The regular presenter of the first series was
Tommy Vance , who was replaced for the second series by Pete Drummond
and Mike Harding, with Richard Williams and Mike Raven carrying out
some interviews. The theme music was initially by Elton John, but later
replaced with the opening riff of Led Zeppelin's Moby Dick. Programmes
were initially broadcast on Saturday evenings, later occasionally moving
to Friday evening and then Thursday evening. Philip Jenkinson of Filmfinders
provided animated sequences for the weekly oldies spot and album tracks,
which he continued to do for Whistle Test. The final show was listed
in the Radio Times as 'the last in the present series' which suggests
that another series was originally planned before it was replaced.
OLD GREY WHISTLE TEST BBC2 21st September 1971 - 24th March 1987
Old Grey Whistle Test (usually abbreviated to Whistle Test or OGWT)
was a British television music show commissioned by David Attenborough.
It took over the BBC2 late night slot from
continuing to feature non-chart music. The show was devised by Rowan
Ayers and produced, through its entire history, by Michael Appleton.
Richard Williams hosted the first series before Bob Harris became incumbent
in the position. According to presenter 'Whispering' Bob Harris, the
programme derived its name from a Tin Pan Alley phrase from years before
when the first pressing of a record was played to people they called
'the old greys' – doormen in grey suits. Any song that they could remember
and whistle, having heard it just once or twice, passed 'the old grey
whistle test'. The name of the programme was shortened to WHISTLE