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1961


Sunday 1st January 1961

BBC Showtime 8.15 - 8.45 pm

Carole Carr

ABC The Sunday Break 6.15 - 7.00 pm

Mark Wynter

Dick Williams band

ATV Val Parnell’s Sunday Night At The London Palladium 8.00 - 9.00 pm

Hosted by Don Arrol (in a kilt)

The Andrews Sisters - Roll Out The Barrel, I'll Be With You In Apple Blossom Time, Hold Tight, One Meat Ball, Pistol Packing Mama, others


Monday 2nd January 1961

AR Cool For Cats 6.30 - 7.00 pm (repeat of 27th December 1960)

Granada Piano Pops 6.05 - 6.10 pm

AR Semprini 7.15 - 7.30 pm

Granada Spot The Tune 7.30 - 8.00 pm

NB Introduces new host Billy Raymond who had been the MC for many rock and roll shows

Marion Ryan


Tuesday 3rd January 1961

BBC Perry Como’s Music Hall

Perry Como – Clap Yo’ Hands, Gone Is My Love

Della Reese – Bill Bailey

AR Lucky Dip 5.00 - 5.25 pm

Bert Weedon

AR The Christmas Tree 5.25 - 5.55 pm

Bert Weedon

Steve Race

AR Rendezvous With Rosemary 6:45 – 7:00 pm

Rosemary Squires & Bryan Johnson - Sleigh Ride, I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm, I Didn't Know About You

Bryan Johnson - Sweetheart Tree

AR Cool For Cats 11:07 pm - end

NB Una Stubbs is one of the dancers

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Wednesday 4th January 1961

BBC Wednesday Magazine 2.45 pm - ? (first in series)

NB An edited version would later be shown on Sunday afternoons as Sometimes On Sundays

Hosted by David Jacobs

BBC The Malcolm Mitchell Show 9.45 - 10.15 pm

Maynard Ferguson

AR The 1960 Show / The Hughie Green Hour 8.30 - 9.25 pm

Cliff Richard receives Personality Of The Year award


Thursday 5th January 1961

BBC Crackerjack 5.10 - 6.00 pm

Pinky and Perky

BBC Suddenly It’s Swing 6.20 - 6.50 pm

Compere: Steve Race

The Northern Dance Orchestra, The Stringset, The Tradlads, The Reedmen, The Madbods, The Brasston

BBC Be My Guest

Joan Regan

Frank Ifield

Tyne Tees Request Time 7.00 - 7.30 pm

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ATV The Russ Conway Show 8:00 - 8:30 pm

NB Seen by nineteen million viewers and makes it to number one on the TAM ratings the following week

Russ Conway

ATV The Arthur Haynes Show

NB According to the Network DVD there was a show broadcast this day, but according to that day's newspapers there wasn't

Aileen Cochrane - At Last, One Of The Lucky Ones


Friday 6th January 1961

BBC Be My Guest 9.00 - 9.30 pm

Joan Regan

Frank Ifield

Malcolm Goddard

The Polka Dots

AR Midwinter Music 5.00 - 5.25 pm (first edition)

Steve Race

ATV Cover Girl 6.30 - 7.00 pm

Marty Wilde


Saturday 7th January 1961

BBC Juke Box Jury 6.00 - 6.28 pm

Jury - Pete Murray, Lisa Gastoni (actress), Jimmy Henney, Shirley Ann Field

Guest -

BBC The Bing Crosby Show 8.40 - 10.15 pm

Bing Crosby

Frank Sinatra

Peggy Lee

Louis Armstrong

George Shearing


Sunday 8th January 1961

BBC Showtime 7.30 - 8.15 pm

Heidi Bruhl

ABC The George Formby Hour 3.25 - 4.20 pm

George Formby

ABC Sing Along With Joe 4.20 - 4.45 pm

Joe 'Mister Piano' Henderson

ATV Val Parnell’s Sunday Night At The London Palladium 8.00 - 9.00 pm

NB The 200th show. Mel Torme was scheduled to appear but went back to the USA for another TV spot instead

Hosted by Don Arrol, but Bruce Forsyth also appears

Sally Ann Howes

Southern Songs I Wish I'd Written 11.00 - 11.15 pm

Malcolm Mitchell


Monday 9th January 1961

BBC Whistle Stop 2.45 - 4.15 pm

Frank Ifield

AR Cool For Cats 6.30 - 7.00 pm (repeat of 3rd January 1961)

Granada Spot The Tune 7.30 - 8.00 pm

Marion Ryan

AR The Dickie Henderson Show 8.00 - 8.30 pm

Pearl Carr and Teddy Johnson


Tuesday 10th January 1961

BBC Perry Como’s Music Hall 7.30 - 8.15 pm

Perry Como

Connie Francis

ATV Lunchbox 12.47 pm - ?

Matt Monro

AR Lucky Dip 5:00 - 5:25 pm

Bert Weedon

Anglia Crescendo 7.00 - 7.30 pm (first edition)

Al Saxon

June Richmond

AR Cool For Cats 11:07 pm to end

Janet Richmond - Senora

(possibly) Dick Jordan


Wednesday 11th January 1961

BBC The Malcolm Mitchell Show 9.45 - 10.15 pm

The Brooks Brothers

Maynard Ferguson

ATV Val Parnell’s Star Time: The Eartha Kitt Show 8.30 - 9.25 pm

Eartha Kitt - sings fifteen songs including An Old Fashioned Girl, I Want To Be Evil, My Heart Belongs To Daddy


Thursday 12th January 1961

Tyne Tees Request Time 7.00 - 7.30 pm

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ATV The Russ Conway Show 8.00 - 8.30 pm

Russ Conway - Trudie, Forgetten Dreams

Eddie Falcon

Siw Malmkvist


Friday 13th January 1961

BBC Nina And Frederick 9.00 - 9.30 pm

Nina And Frederick - Billy Boy, Coconut Water, High In A Tree

Larry Adler – Camera Three, Beethoven Minuet in G

AR Midwinter Music 5.00 - 5.25 pm

Steve Race

ATV Cover Girl 6.30 - 6.45 pm

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Granada Compass 10.30 - 11.00 pm

Pirates of the Air - documentary about nationalist pirate radio


Saturday 14th January 1961

BBC Juke Box Jury 6.00 - 6.28 pm

Jury - Dick Bently, Steve Race, Catherine Boyle, Patricia Roc

Guest -

BBC Dixon of Dock Green 6.30 - 7.00 pm

Jess Conrad (acting role)

Lorna Henderson (actress whose single Murray What's Your Hurry plays on the jukebox in one scene)

BBC The Black and White Minstrel Show 7.45 - 8.30 pm

George Chisholm and his Jazzers

ATV The Saturday Spectacular: The Vera Lynn Show 7.30 - 8.30 pm

Vera Lynn

Mel Torme - Too Close For Comfort, A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square, Early One Morning


Sunday 15th January 1961

ABC The George Formby Hour 3.25 - 4. 20 pm

George Formby

ABC Sing Along With Joe 4.20 - 4.45 pm

Joe 'Mister Piano' Henderson

ABC The Sunday Break 6.15 - 7.00 pm

Marty Wilde

The Dick Williams Band

ATV Val Parnell’s Sunday Night At The London Palladium 8.00 - 9.00 pm

Hosted by Don Arrol

Petua Clark - Sailor

Southern Songs I Wish I'd Written 11.00 - 11.15 pm

Malcolm Mitchell


Monday 16th January 1961

BBC Whistle Stop 2.45 - 4.15 pm

The Avons

AR Cool For Cats 6.30 - 7.00 pm (repeat of 10th January 1961)

Granada Piano Pops 6.05 - 6.10 pm

AR Semprini 7.15 - 7.30 pm

Granada Spot The Tune 7.30 - 8.00 pm

Marion Ryan

AR The Dickie Hendeson Show: The Music Lovers 8.00 - 8.30 pm

Adele Leigh


Tuesday 17th January 1961

BBC Perry Como’s Music Hall 7.30 - 8.15 pm

Perry Como

AR Lucky Dip 5:00 - 5:25 pm

Bert Weedon

AR Cool For Cats 11.07 - 11.35 pm

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Anglia unknown show

Marty Wilde


Wednesday 18th January 1961

BBC The Malcolm Mitchell Show 9.45 - 10.15 pm

Maynard Ferguson

The Blithe Sisters

Granada The Variety Show 8.30 - 9.25 pm

Mryna March

Odetta


Thursday 19th January 1961

BBC Crackerjack 5.10 - 6.00 pm

Cliff Richard

BBC Suddenly It’s Swing 6.20 - 6.50 pm

The Northern Dance Orchestra

The Tradlads

The Reedmen

The Modbods

The Brasstax

Anglia Crescendo 7:00 - 7:30 pm  NB also seen as listed as Silent Service (in The Daily Mirror)

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Tyne Tees Request Time 7.00 - 7.30 pm

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ATV The Russ Conway Show 8.00 - 8.30 pm

Russ Conway

Julie Rayne

Jan Howard (singer from Norway)


Friday 20th January 1961

BBC Nina And Frederick 9.00 - 9.30 pm

Nina And Frederick

Scottish The One O'Clock Gang

Marty Wilde

AR Midwinter Music 5.00 - 5.25 pm

Steve Race

Granada People and Places 6.10 - 6.30 pm

Jill Day

The Derek Hilton Trio

Chris Langford

ATV Cover Girl 6.30 - 6.45 pm

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Saturday 21st January 1961

BBC Juke Box Jury 6.00 - 6.28 pm

Jury - Jack Hawkins, Dickie Valentine, Peggy Mount, Petula Clark

Guest -

BBC The Billy Cotton Band Show 7.45 - 8.35 pm

NB Matt Monro was scheduled to appear, but may not have

The Billy Cotton Band

Kathie Kay

ATV The Saturday Spectacular 7:30 - 8:30 pm

Alma Cogan (her 150th TV appearance)

The Andrew Sisters

Ivor Emmanuel

The King Brothers


Sunday 22nd January 1961

BBC Showtime 7.30 - 8.15 pm

Anne Shelton (she had a police escort after the show to get her to the Radio Luxembourg studios in Lewisham)

ABC Sing Along With Joe 4.20 - 4.50 pm

Joe 'Mister Piano' Henderson

ABC The Sunday Break 6.15 - 7.00 pm

The Dick Williams Band

ATV Val Parnell’s Sunday Night At The London Palladium 8.00 - 9.00 pm

Hosted by Don Arrol

Frankie Vaughan

Southern Songs I Wish I'd Written 11.00 - 11.15 pm

Malcolm Mitchell


Guests appearing on Tyne Tees' One O'Clock Show over the week are The Avons, Cy Grant, Tony Brent

Monday 23rd January 1961

AR Cool For Cats 6.30 - 7.00 pm (repeat of 17th January 1961)

Granada Spot The Tune 7.30 - 8.00 pm

Marion Ryan

Southern (possibly) Southern Affairs 10.30 - 11.00 pm

Rock and roll music feature with Marty Wilde and Larry Parnes


Tuesday 24th January 1961

BBC Perry Como’s Music Hall 7.30 - 8.15 pm

Perry Como

Juliet Prowse

Steve Lawrence

The Kingston Trio

BBC Mantovani 8.45 - 9.15

ATV Lunch Box 12.47 pm - ?

Steve Arlen & Terry Burton

AR Lucky Dip 5:00 - 5:25 pm

Bert Weedon

AR Semprini 6.45 - 7.00 pm

ITV Rawhide: Incident at Rojo Canyon 8.00 - 8.55 pm

Julie London and Bobby Troupe

AR Cool For Cats 11.07 - 11.35 pm

Davy Jones


Wednesday 25th January 1961

BBC Tonight 6.50 - 7.29 pm

Robin Hall and Jimmie MacGregor celebrate the first anniversary of their show debut

BBC The Malcolm Mitchell Show 9.45 - 10.15 pm

Maynard Ferguson

ATV Lunch Box 12.47 pm - ?

Steve Arlen & Terry Burton

Anglia Tom  Lehrer 6.45 - 7.00 pm

AR Hippodrome 8:30 - 9:25 pm

Michael Holliday

Norrie Paramor and his orchestra


Thursday 26th January 1961

BBC Home In Time 6.20 - 6.50 pm

Marion Keene

Frank Ifield

Al Saxon

The Betty Smith Quintet

ATV Lunch Box 12.47 pm - ?

Steve Arlen & Terry Burton

Anglia Crescendo 7:00 - 7:30 pm

Frank Ifield

Tyne Tees Request Time 7.00 - 7.30 pm

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ATV The Russ Conway Show 8.00 - 8.30 pm

Russ Conway

Audrey Jeans

Otto Brandenburg


Friday 27th January 1961

BBC Make Mine Music 9.45 - 10.15 pm (first in new series)

David Hughes

Helena Scott

ATV Lunch Box 12.47 pm - ?

Steve Arlen & Terry Burton

Scottish The One O'Clock Gang 1.00 pm - ?

Bill Forbes

AR Midwinter Music 5.00 - 5.25 pm

Steve Race

ATV Cover Girl 6.30 - 6.45 pm

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Saturday 28th January 1961

BBC Juke Box Jury 6.00 - 6.28 pm

NB The show is now getting around thirteen million viewers per week

Jury - Gloria DeHaven, June Thorburn, Frankie Vaughan, Pete Murray

Guest -

BBC The Black and White Minstrel Show 7.45 - 8.30 pm

George Chisholm and his jazzers

BBC West Keep It Cool

Jazz Inc

ATV The Saturday Spectacular: Arthur Haynes 7.40 - 8.30 pm

Dickie Valentine

Pearl Carr & Teddy Johnson

Jill Day

ATV Roamin’ Holiday 9.30 - 10.00 pm (first in series)

Max Bygraves


Sunday 29th January 1961

BBC Showtime 7.30 - 8.15 pm

The King Brothers

Gloria DeHaven - Who's Sorry Now

ABC Sing Along With Joe 4.20 - 4.50 pm

Joe 'Mister Piano' Henderson

ABC The Sunday Break 6.15 - 7.00 pm

Cleo Laine and Johnny Dankworth

Dick Williams and his band

ATV Val Parnell’s Sunday Night At The London Palladium 8.00 - 9.00 pm

Hosted by Don Arrol

Shirley Bassey

The Dallas Boys

Southern Songs I Wish I'd Written 11.00 - 11.15 pm

Malcolm Mitchell


Monday 30th January 1961

BBC Whistle Stop 2.45 - 4.15 pm

The Mudlarks

Tyne Tees One O'Ckock Show

(possibly) Joe "Mister Piano" Henderson

AR Cool For Cats 6.30 - 7.00 pm (repeat of 24th January 1961)

Granada Piano Pops 6.05 - 6.10 pm

AR Semprini 7.15 - 7.30 pm

Granada Spot The Tune 7.30 - 8.00 pm

Marion Ryan

Tyne Tees Star Parade 7.00 - 7.30 pm

Elvis Presley special - it was hoped that Elvis himself would record a special message for the show which was held in front of 250 fans

Scottish Late Night Cabaret 11.00 - 1.30 pm

David Whitfield

Joe 'Mister Piano' Henderson


Tuesday 31st January 1961

BBC Perry Como’s Music Hall 7.30 - 8.15 pm

Paul Anka

ATV Lunch Box 12.47 - 1.22 pm

Roy Edwards & Janet Richmond

Tyne Tees The One O Clock Show 1.02 - 1.47 pm

Frankie Vaughan - This World We Love In

Jess Conrad - Mystery Girl

AR Lucky Dip 5:00 - 5:25 pm

Bert Weedon

AR Rendezvous With Rosemary 6:45 – 7:00 pm

Rosemary Squires

Matt Monro

AR Cool For Cats 11.07 - 11.35 pm

Petula Clark


Wednesday 1st February 1961

BBC The Malcolm Mitchell Show 9.45 - 10.15 pm

Malcolm Mitchell

Maynard Ferguson

Teresa Duffy

ATV Lunch Box 12.47 pm - ?

Roy Edwards & Janet Richmond

Southern The Lunch Time Show 1.05 - 1.45 pm

Cleo Laine and Johnny Dankworth

Anglia About Anglia

Bill Forbes

ATV Val Parnell’s Star Time 8.30 - 9.25 pm

Alma Cogan

Acker Bilk and his Paramount jazzband

Bert Weedon

The King Brothers

Anglia Survival 9.35 - 10.05 pm (first edition)

Theme: Johnny Dankworth


Thursday 2nd February 1961

BBC Crackerjack 5.10 - 6.00 pm

Pearl Carr and Teddy Johnson

BBC Suddenly It’s Swing 6.20 - 6.50 pm

The Northern Dance Orchestra

The Tradlads

The Reedmea

The Modbods

The Brasstax

ATV Lunch Box 12.47 pm - ?

Roy Edwards & Janet Richmond

Southern The Lunch Time Show 1.05 - 1.45 pm

Cleo Laine and Johnny Dankworth

Anglia Crescendo 7:00 - 7:30 pm

Lyn Cornell

Frank Ifeld

Marty Wilde

Sheila Southern

Tyne Tees Request Time 7.00 - 7.30 pm

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ATV The Russ Conway Show 8.00 - 8.30 pm

Russ Conway

Birthie Wilkie

The Wise Boys


Friday 3rd February 1961

BBC Let There Be Music 9.45 - 10.15 pm

Bryan Johnson

Adele Leigh

Tommy Reilly

ATV Lunch Box 12.47 pm - ?

Roy Edwards & Janet Richmond

Southern The Lunch Time Show 1.05 - 1.45 pm

Cleo Laine and Johnny Dankworth

AR Midwinter Music 5.00 - 5.25 pm

Steve Race

ATV Cover Girl 6.30 - 6.45 pm

The Lana Sisters


Saturday 4th February 1961

BBC Juke Box Jury 6.00 - 6.28 pm

Jury - Marion Ryan, Monty Babson, Keith Fordyce, Anne Hayward (NB Catherine Boyle was penciled in to appear)

Guest -

BBC Around The World With Benny Hill 7.45 - 8.30 pm

Dorita Y Pepe

ATV The Saturday Spectacular 7.40 - 8.30 pm

Edmund Hockridge

ATV Roamin’ Holiday 9.30 - 10.00 pm

Max Bygraves


Sunday 5th February 1961

ABC Sing Along With Joe 4.20 - 4.50 pm

Joe 'Mister Piano' Henderson

ATV Godfery Winn's Birthday Honours 5.50 - 6.05 pm

Larry Adler

ATV Val Parnell’s Sunday Night At The London Palladium 8.00 - 9.00 pm

Hosted by Don Arrol

Adam Faith

Adam Faith & Don Arrol

Eve Boswell - Sur Le Pont

Southern Songs I Wish I'd Written 11.00 - 11.15 pm

Malcolm Mitchell


Monday 6th February 1961

Granada Piano Pops 6.05 - 6.10 pm

AR Cool For Cats 6.30 - 7.00 pm (repeat of 31st January 1961)

AR Semprini 7.15 - 7.30 pm

Granada Spot The Tune 7.30 - 8.00 pm

Marion Ryan


Tuesday 7th February 1961

BBC Mantovani 8.45 - 9.15 pm

ATV Lunch Box 12.47 pm - ?

Ray Merrill & Sheila Southern

Tyne Tees The One O'Clock Show

Johnny Dankworth

AR Lucky Dip 5:00 - 5:25 pm

Bert Weedon

AR Cool For Cats 11.07 - 11.35 pm

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Wednesday 8th February 1961

BBC The Malcolm Mitchell Show 9.45 - 10.15 pm

Maynard Ferguson

Granada The Variety Show 8:30 - 9:25 pm

Emile Ford and the Checkmates

The DeCastro Sisters – Teach Me Tonight


Thursday 9th February 1961

Anglia Crescendo 7:00 - 7:30 pm

NB The show is now broadcast by Southern, Scottish and TWW

Bobby Rydell & Johnny Dankworth - Ol' Man River, others

Sheila Southern

Lyn Cornell

Al Saxon

Tyne Tees Request Time 7.00 - 7.30 pm

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ATV The Russ Conway Show 8.00 - 9.00 pm

Russ Conway

Tony Osborne

Rosa Goldi


Friday 10th February 1961

BBC Make Mine Music 9.45 - 10.15 pm

David Hughes

Millicent Martin – I Hate Men

AR Midwinter Music 5.00 - 5.35 pm

Steve Race

ATV Cover Girl 6.30 - 6.45 pm

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Saturday 11th February 1961

BBC Juke Box Jury 6.00 - 6.28 pm

Jury - Mary Peach, Sidney James, David Kossoff, Catherine Boyle

Guest - Monty Babson

BBC The Black and White Minstrel Show 7.45 - 8.00 pm

George Chisholm and his jazzers

BBC London Mirror

Lita Roza

ATV Roamin’ Holiday 9.30 - 10.00 pm

Max Bygraves


Sunday 12th February 1961

BBC Showtime 7.30 - 8.15 pm

Frankie Vaughan

ABC Sing Along With Joe 4.20 - 4.50 pm

Joe 'Mister Piano' Henderson

ABC The Sunday Break 6.15 - 7.00 pm

Dick Williams band

ATV Val Parnell’s Sunday Night At The London Palladium 8.00 - 9.00 pm

Hosted by Don Arrol

Toni Dalli

Dolores Gray

Southern Songs I Wish I'd Written 11.00 - 11.15 pm

Malcolm Mitchell


Monday 13th February 1961

BBC Whistle Stop 2.45 - 4.15 pm

The Steve Benbow Folk Four

Al Saxon

ATV Lunch Box

This week features Roy Edwrads and Eula Parker

ITV The British Song Contest 6:30 - 7:00 pm

NB Cool For Cats makes way for one week

The show is partly arranged by the Music Publishers Association, while the theme 'Festival' is composed by Peter Knight. Winning composers will receive £1000 for the first prize, £500 for the second place and £250 for the third place. The Popular Publishers' Committee of the Music Publishers' Association chose fifty songs which were them submitted to an ITV Selection Committee, who would then choose twenty of the songs for inclusion.

The Dallas Boys - Lovin' Man

Craig Douglas - It Happens Every Day

Jill Day - Huggin' and a Kissin' and a Squeezin'

The Three Barry Sisters - When You Speak To Me Of Love

Matt Monro - My Kind Of Girl

Granada Piano Pops 6.05 - 6.10 pm

AR Semprini 7.15 - 7.30 pm

Granada Spot The Tune 7.30 - 8.00 pm

Marion Ryan


Tuesday 14th February 1961

BBC Perry Como’s Music Hall 7.30 - 8.15 pm

Perry Como

Peggy Lee

Peggy Lee & Perry Como – Fever / Steam Heat / Heatwave medley

AR Lucky Dip 5:00 - 5:25 pm

Bert Weedon

AR The British Song Contest 6.30 - 7.00 pm

Don Lang - Fish and Chips

Lorrie Mann - Keep It That Way

Tony Brent - My Day

The Mudlarks - Sixteen Hours

Andy Cole - I'll Remember Summer

AR Cool For Cats 11.07 - 11.35 pm

Valentine’s Day special

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Wednesday 15th February 1961

BBC A Song For Europe 7.30 - 8.30 pm

The nine artists in contention were provided by record companies Decca, EMI and Philips. ITV ran a spoiler contest over several nights tyhis week.

Bryan Johnson (from Decca)

Anne Shelton (from Philips)

Valerie Masters (from Philips)

The Allisons (from Philips) - Are You Sure (the winner) (NB the staging was produced by Jack Good)

Ricky Valance (from EMI)

Mark Wynter (from Decca)

Matt Monro (from EMI)

Steve Arlen (from EMI)

Teresa Duffy (from Decca)

BBC The Malcolm Mitchell Show (probably not transmitted)

Mark Wynter - Dream Girl

AR The British Song Contest 6.30 - 7.00 pm

Mike Desmond - Welcome Love

The Avons - Ring A Ling

Ronnie Carroll - That's When You'll Know

Johnny Wade - See You

Mike Preston – Marry Me

ATV Alfred Marks Time 8.30 - 9.25 pm

Dickie Valentine

Ray Ellington


Thursday 16th February 1961

BBC Crackerjack 5.10 - 6.00 pm

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BBC Suddenly It’s Swing 6.20 - 6.50 pm

The Northern Dance Orchestra

The Tradiads

The Reedmen

The Modbods

The Brasstax

BBC Girl On A Roof 7.55 - 8.40 pm

Ray Brooks plays Red Mayne, a pop singer who has to deal with a female fan on the roof of a theatre. The character of Mayne was intended for Adam Faith, who had to cancel due to panto commitments

The John Barry Seven – I Want You Baby

AR The British Song Contest 6.30 - 7.00 pm

June Marlow - Dreamin' Of My Darlin'

Rosemary Squires - Got A Feeling I'm In Love Again

The Raindrops - If We Kissed In The Dark In Kalamazo

Johnny Angel- If I Could Live My Life All Over Again

Frank Ifield - I can't Get Enough of Your Kisses

Tyne Tees Request Time 7.00 - 7.30 pm

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ATV Cliff! 8:00 - 8:30 pm (first edition)

Cliff Richard - Nine Times Out Of Ten, I Love You

The Shadows

The Vernon Girls

Petula Clark

Dave Sampson

ATV Cover Girl (not listed in newspapers)

Jess Conrad


Friday 17th February 1961

AR Midwinter Music 5.00 - 5.25 pm

Steve Race

ATV Cover Girl 6.30 - 6.45 pm

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AR Rendezvous With Rosemary 6:40 – 6:45 pm

Rosemary Squires

Jim Dale

AR The British Song Contest - Grand Finale 10:30 - 11:15 pm

Marry Me wins (first prize £1000), with My Kind of Girl in second place (£500)

ATV ATV's Fifth Anniversary Show 11.15 pm - 12.00 am

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Saturday 18th February 1961

BBC Juke Box Jury 6.00 - 6.28 pm

Jury - Michael Bentine, Carole Carr, Arthur Askey, Anthea Askey

Guest -

BBC The Wakey Wakey Tavern 7.45 - 8.30 pm

NB Billy Cotton’s 75th TV band show

Kathie Kay

The Peters Sisters

The Bruno Martino Orchestra

ATV Patrick O'Hagan Sings (repeat of 2nd August 1959)

ATV The Saturday Spectacular 7.40 - 8.00 pm

Lonnie Donegan

Ruby Murray

Miki and Griff

ATV Roamin’ Holiday 9.30 - 10.00 pm

Max Bygraves

ATV Arthur Haynes Entertains 11.00 - 11.40 pm

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ABC ABC Anniversary Cabaret 11.00 - 11.50 pm

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Sunday 19th February 1961

BBC Beat The Band movie with Gene Krupa 2.25 - 3.30 pm

ABC Sing Along With Joe 4.20 - 4.50 pm

Joe 'Mister Piano' Henderson

ABC The Sunday Break 6.15 - 7.00 pm

Dick Williams and his band

Carole Simpson

ATV Val Parnell’s Sunday Night At The London Palladium 8.00 - 9.00 pm

Hosted by Don Arrol

Bobby Rydell - Good Time Baby

Dave King

Southern Songs I Wish I'd Written 11.00 - 11.15 pm

Malcolm Mitchell


Monday 20th February 1961

BBC Whistle Stop 2.45 - 4.15 pm

Peter Gilmore

TWW Here Today 6.15 - 6.45 pm

Matt Monro

AR Cool For Cats 6.30 - 7.00 pm (repeat of 14th February 1961)

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AR Semprini 7.15 - 7.30 pm

Granada Spot The Tune 7.30 - 8.00 pm

Marion Ryan


Tuesday 21st February 1961

BBC Perry Como’s Music Hall 7.30 - 8.15 pm

Perry Como

Andre Previn

Sammy Cahn

Edie Gorme – Yours Tonight, Smile

BBC Mantovani 9.55 - 10.20 pm

AR Lucky Dip 5:00 - 5:25 pm

Bert Weedon

AR Rendezvous With Rosemary 6.45 - 7.00 pm

Rosemary Squires

Matt Monro

AR Cool For Cats 11.07 - 11.35 pm

For the final show of the series Kent Walton presents some of the show’s best records over the past year, while Change of Pace, the show’s theme, is played in full.

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Wednesday 22nd February 1961

ATV Val Parnell’s Star Time 8:30 - 9:25 pm

Dickie Valentine - My Old Dutch

Jeanie Carson - Burlington Bertie

Bobby Rydell

Ulster Timeless Melodies 10.35 - 11.05 pm

The Heinz Rittweiger Trio (regulars)


Thursday 23rd February 1961

Tyne Tees The One O'Clock Show 1.02 - 1.47 pm

The King Brothers

Anglia Crescendo 7:00 - 7:30 pm

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Tyne Tees Request Time 7.00 - 7.30 pm

content unknown

ATV Cliff! 8.00 - 8.30 pm

Cliff Richard - I'm Happy, Gee Whiz It's You, Blue Moon, King Creole, Beat Out That Rhythm On The Drum, Travelling Light, What'd I Say (with Marty Wilde)

The Shadows

The Vernon’s Girls - Thou Swell, I'm Lucky

Marty Wilde - Rubber Ball


Friday 24th February 1961

BBC Make Mine Music 7.55 - 8.30 pm

David Hughes

Tyne Tees The One O'Clock Show

Sylvia Sands

AR Midwinter Music 5.00 - 5.25 pm

Steve Race

ATV Cover Girl 6.30 - 6.45 pm

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Saturday 25th February 1961

BBC Juke Box Jury 6.00 - 6.28 pm

Jury - Susannah York, Russ Conway, Lita Roza, Glen Mason (NB Sid James may have been penciled in for the jury)

Guest -

BBC The Black and White Minstrel Show 7.45 - 8.30 pm

George Chisholm and his jazzers

ATV Saturday Spectacular: The Adam Faith Show 7:40 - 8:30 pm

Adam Faith

The Beverley Sisters

ATV Roamin’ Holiday 9.30 - 10.00 pm

Max Bygraves


Sunday 26th February 1961

BBC Showtime 7.30 - 8.15 pm

Lita Roza

ABC Sing Along With Joe 4.20 - 4.50 pm

Joe 'Mister Piano' Henderson

ABC The Sunday Break 6.15 - 7.00 pm

Dick Williams band

ATV Val Parnell’s Sunday Night At The London Palladium 8.00 - 9.00 pm

Hosted by Don Arrol

The Hedley Ward Trio


Monday 27th February 1961

BBC Whistle Stop 2.45 - 4.15 pm

Cleo Laine and Johnny Dankworth

BBC Come Dancing: The Carl-Alan Awards 9.50 - 10.35 pm

Cliff Richard – Travellin’ Light

The Shadows – Apache

The King Brothers – 76 Trombones

The Michael Sammes Singers

Joe Loss and His Orchestra

Bob Miller and The Millermen

Jimmy Shand and His Band

AR Cool For Cats 6.30 - 7.00 pm (repeat 21st February 1961)

AR Semprini 7.15 - 7.30 pm

Granada Spot the Tune 7.30 - 8.00 pm

Marion Ryan


Tuesday 28th February 1961

BBC Perry Como’s Music Hall 7.30 - 8.15 pm

Perry Como

Catherine Valente

AR Lucky Dip 5:00 - 5:25 pm

Bert Weedon

AR Something Old, Something New 11.07 - 11.35 pm

The Cliff Adams Singers


Wednesday 1st March 1961

Granada The Variety Show 8.30 - 9.25 pm

The Kaye Sisters

Diane Todd

Dick Roman

Tyne Tees Your Kind of Music 9.35 - 10.35 pm

contents unknown


Thursday 2nd March 1961

BBC Crackerjack 5.10 - 6.00 pm

content unknown

BBC Wales Swing High (first in fortnightly series)

The Welsh Dance Orchestra

Eve Adams and The Chimes

Richard Allen

Tyne Tees The One O'Clock Show 1.02 - 1.47 pm

Bert Weedon

Anglia Crescendo 7:00 - 7:30 pm

content unknown

Tyne Tees Request Time 7.00 - 7.30 pm

content unknown

ATV Cliff! 8.00 - 8.30 pm

Cliff Richard - Theme For A Dream

The Shadows

The Vernons Girls

Lyn Cornell


Friday 3rd March 1961

AR Mike On Holliday 6:30 - 6:45 pm

Michael Holliday with Johnny Pearson and his orchestra

ATV Cover Girl 6.30 - 6.45 pm

content unknown


Saturday 4th March 1961

BBC Juke Box Jury 6.00 - 6.28 pm

Jury - Alma Cogan, Frankie Howerd, Shirley Abicair, David Gell

Guest -

BBC The Benny Hill Show 7.45 - 8.30 pm

Includes his Juke Box Jury sketch

ATV Saturday Spectacular: Anthony Newley Show 7:40 - 8:30 pm

NB There might have been a couple of Gurney Slade type sketches in the show

Anthony Newley

Janet Richmond - And The Heavens Cried

ATV Roamin’ Holiday 9.30 - 10.00 pm

Max Bygraves


Sunday 5th March 1961

BBC Showtime 7.30 - 8.15 pm

Shani Wallis

Dickie Valentine

ABC Sing Along With Joe 4.20 - 4.50 pm

Joe 'Mister Piano' Henderson

ATV Val Parnell’s Sunday Night At The London Palladium 8.00 - 9.00 pm

Hosted by Don Arrol

David Whitfield

Southern Songs I Wish I'd Written 11.00 - 11.15 pm

content unknown


Monday 6th March 1961

Granada Spot The Tune 6.29 - 7.00 pm

Marion Ryan

TWW Songs At Seven 7.00 - 7.30 pm (first in series)

Elaine Delmar

Laurie Payne

Sally Smith

The Tracy Sisters

Shelagh Williams

Sonny Pillay

June Marlow

AR Semprini 7.15 - 7.30 pm

Granada Coronation Street 7.30 - 8.00 pm

David Jones (future Monkee) as Colin Lomax


Tuesday 7th March 1961

BBC Perry Como’s Music Hall 7.30 - 8.15 pm

Ray Charles

AR Lucky Dip 5:00 - 5:25 pm

Bert Weedon

AR Something Old, Something New 11.07 - 11.35 pm

The Cliff Adams Singers


Wednesday 8th March 1961

BBC Soft Lights and Sweet Music (A Lullaby in Rhythm) 9.45 - 10.15 pm (first in series)

Carole Carr

Geoge Chisholm

Tyne Tees The One O'Clock Show

Matt Monro

AR Rendezvous With Rosemary 6:30 – 6:45 pm

Rosemary Squires

Bryan Johnson

AR Hippodrome 8.30 - 9.25 pm

Michael Holliday


Thursday 9th March 1961

Anglia Crescendo 7:00 - 7:30 pm

content unknown

Tyne Tees Request Time 7.00 - 7.30 pm

content unknown

ATV Cliff! 8.00 - 8.30 pm

Cliff Richard

The Shadows

The Vernons Girls

Alma Cogan

Scottish Songs That Matter To Me (mentioned in music press but not listed in newspapers)

Matt Monro


Friday 10th March 1961

BBC Make Mine Music 9.40 - 10.10 pm

David Hughes

Elizabeth Larner

ATV Cover Girl 6.30 - 6.45 pm

content unknown


Saturday 11th March 1961

BBC Juke Box Jury 6.00 - 6.28 pm

Jury - Eric Sykes, Catherine Boyle, Jimmy Young, Anne Shelton

Guest -

BBC The Black and White Minstrel Show 7.45 - 8.30 pm

George Chisholm and his jazzers

BBC Let There Be More Music 10.30 - 11.00 pm

Dennis Lotis

ATV Saturday Spectacular: The Sid James Show 7.40 - 8.30 pm

Davy Jones (singer with Cyril Stapleton)

Jean Bayless


Sunday 12th March 1961

BBC Showtime 7.30 - 8.15 pm

Dickie Valentine

Lita Roza

Gloria DeHaven

BBC What's My Line 8.15 - 8.45 pm

Adam Faith as mystery guest

ABC Sing Slong With Joe 4.20 - 4.50 pm

Joe 'Mister Piano' Henderson

Peter Elliott

Valerie Masters

Don Rennie

The Kentones

ABC The Sunday Break 6.15 - 7.00 pm

Cy Grant

ATV Val Parnell’s Sunday Night At The London Palladium 8.00 - 9.00 pm

Hosted by Don Arrol

Connie Francis

Southern Songs I Wish I'd Written 11.00 - 11.15 pm

content unknown


Monday 13th March 1961

Granada Spot The Tune 6.29 - 7.00 pm

Marion Ryan

TWW Songs At Seven 7.00 - 7.30 pm

The King Brothers

AR Semprini 7.15 - 7.30 pm


Tuesday 14th March 1961

BBC Perry Como’s Music Hall 7.30 - 8.15 pm

Como's deal with a Chinese sponsor in America was due for renewal at about this time and may see the show return twice a month, rather than weekly.

Perry Como

AR Lucky Dip 5:00 - 5:25 pm

Bert Weedon

AR Something Old, Something New 11.07 - 11.35 pm

The Cliff Adams Singers


Wednesday 15th March 1961

BBC Soft Lights and Sweet Music 9.45 - 10.15 pm

Carole Carr

Kenny Baker

ATV Val Parnell’s Star Time: All Kinds of Music 8.30 - 9.25 pm

The Dallas Boys – Nice To Know You Care

Edmund Hockridge

Adele Leigh


Thursday 16th March 1961

BBC Crackerjack 5.10 - 6.00 pm

Adam Faith

BBC Wales Swing High

The Welsh Dance Orchestra

Eve Adams

Richard Allen

Anglia Crescendo 7:00 - 7:30 pm

content unknown

Tyne Tees Request Time 7.00 - 7.30 pm

content unknown

ATV Cliff! 8.00 - 8.30 pm

Cliff Richard

The Shadows - Apache

The Vernons Girls

The Kaye Sisters

(possibly) Dickie Valentine


Friday 17th March 1961

ATV Cover Girl 6.30 - 6.45 pm

Mark Wynter

The Three Bells

TWW Songs at Seven 7.00 - 7.30 pm

NB The programme is also shown by Scottish, Anglia and Southern which together with TWW make up what was referred to as the 'little network'.

Miki and Griff

Dennis Lotis

June Marlow


Saturday 18th March 1961

BBC Juke Box Jury 6.00 - 6.28 pm

Jury - Ken Connor, Glynis Johns, Lita Roza, Alan Freeman

Guest -

BBC The Wakey Wakey Tavern 7.45 - 8.30 pm

The Billy Cotton Band

Matt Monro

Eve Boswell

Russ Conway

BBC The Eurovision Song Contest 9.00 - 10.20 pm

UK Entry: The Allisons – Are You Sure

ATV Saturday Spectacular: The Arthur Haynes Show 7.40 - 8.30 pm

Dickie Valentine

Pearl Carr and Teddy Johnson

ABC The Avengers: Hot Snow 10.00 - 11.00 pm (first edition)

Theme by Johnny Dankworth


Sunday 19th March 1961

BBC Variety Club of Great Britain Presentation Of Awards For 1960 3.45 - 4.15 pm

Show Business Personality: Lionel Bart

ABC Sing Along With Joe 4.20 - 4.50 pm

Joe 'Mister Piano' Henderson

TWW The Dill Jones Group 5.25 - 5.35 pm

ATV Godfrery Winn's Birthday Honours 5.50 - 6.05 pm

Vera Lynn

ATV The Sunday Break 6.15 - 7.00 pm

Sacha Distel

ATV Val Parnell’s Sunday Night At The London Palladium 8.00 - 9.00 pm

Hosted by Don Arrol

Larry Adler

Southern Songs I Wish I'd Written 11.00 - 11.15 pm

content unknown


Monday 20th March 1961

Granada Spot The Tune 6.29 - 7.00 pm

Marion Ryan

TWW Songs At Seven 7.00 - 7.30 pm

content unknown

AR Semprini 7.15 - 7.30 pm


Tuesday 21st March 1961

AR Lucky Dip 5:00 - 5:25 pm

Bert Weedon

AR Something Old, Something New 11.07 - 11.35 pm

The Cliff Adams Singers


Wednesday 22nd March 1961

BBC Paris Music Box 10.25 - 10.50 pm

Catherine Sauvage

Nicole Locvier

Eddy Marnay

Edouard Duleu

Ricet Barrier

Anna Gaylor

AR Mike on Holliday 6.30 - 6.45 pm

Michael Holliday

Granada The Variety Show 8.30 - 9.20 pm

The Honeys (UK group)

Dennis Day

Ruth Oley


Thursday 23rd March 1961

Anglia Crescendo 7:00 - 7:30 pm

content unknown

Tyne Tees Request Time 7.00 - 7.30 pm

Valerie Masters

David MacBeth

Shirley Wilson

The Barry Sisters

ATV Cliff! 8.00 - 8.30 pm

Cliff Richard & The Shadows

The Vernons Girls

Cherry Wainer

Jill Browne (Staff Nurse Carole Young from Emergency Ward 10) & Cliff Richard – Goodness Gracious Me


Friday 24th March 1961

BBC Make Mine Music 9.40 - 10.10 pm

David Hughes

ATV Cover Girl 6.30 - 6.45 pm

content unknown


Saturday 25th March 1961

BBC Juke Box Jury 6.00 - 6.28 pm

Jury - Betty Hutton, Lana Morris, Wolf Mankowitz, Ray Orchard (Lita Roza was penciled in to be on panel)

Guest -

BBC The Black and White Minstrel Show 7.45 - 8.30 pm

George Chisholm and his jazzers

ABC Big Night Out 7:40 - 8:30 pm (first edition)

The NME Pollwinners Show, The Empire Pool, Wembley, London, recorded 5th March 1961

Hosted by David Jacobs

Bob Miller and the Millermen

Cliff Richard - Please Don't Tease, Theme For A Dream

Adam Faith - What Do You Want

Connie Francis - Where's The Boy, Baby Roo, You Made Me Love You

Lonnie Donegan - Miss Otis Regrets, Gamblin' Man

The King Brothers - Seventy-Six Trombones

Emile Ford and the Checkmates - Give Me A Kiss To Build A Dream On

The Shadows - FBI, Apache

The John Barry Seven

Lyn Cornell

Ted Heath and His Music - Malaguena


Sunday 26th March 1961

BBC Showtime 7.30 - 8.15 pm

Trodie Adams (singer)

ATV Godfrey Winn's Birthday Honours  5.50 - 6.05 pm

Ted Heath

ABC The Sunday Break: A Man Dies (also seen as ‘Christ In Jeans’) 6.15 - 7.00 pm

This folk music interpretation of the crucifixion featuring young people from a Bristol Presbyterian church youth club caused controversy at the time.

Valarie Mountain - Gentle Christ, There's No Need To Go It Alone

ATV Val Parnell’s Sunday Night At The London Palladium 8.00 - 9.00 pm

Hosted by Don Arrol

Petula Clark - Sailor, host presents her with a silver disc for the song which she had sung on the show two months previously

Kenny Ball’s Jazzmen

Southern Songs I Wish I'd Written 11.14 - 11.25 pm

content unknown


Monday 27th March 1961

Granada Spot The Tune 6.29 - 7.00 pm

Marion Ryan

TWW Songs At Seven 7.00 - 7.30 pm

The Mudlarks

AR Semprini 7.15 - 7.30 pm


Tuesday 28th March 1961

BBC Perry Como’s Music Hall 7.30 - 8.15 pm

Perry Como

AR Lucky Dip 5:00 - 5:25 pm

Bert Weedon

AR Something Old, Something New 11.07 - 11.35 pm

The Cliff Adams Singers

Alma Cogan


Wednesday 29th March 1961

AR Bresslaw and Friends 8.00 - 8.55 pm

Dickie Valentine


Thursday 30th March 1961

BBC Crackerjack 5.10 - 6.00 pm

Lonnie Donegan

BBC Swing High 6.20 - 6.50 pm

The Welsh Dance Orchestra

Eve Adams

Richard Allen

Anglia Crescendo 7:00 - 7:30 pm

Ronnie Carroll

Elaine Delmar

ATV The Arthur Haynes Show 8.00 - 8.30 pm

Pearl Carr & Teddy Johnson

Yorke de Sousa (pianist)


Friday 31st March 1961 Good Friday

BBC Maurice Chavalier's Paris 9.45 - 10.35 pm

ATV Cover Girl 6.30 - 6.45 pm

Lorrie Mann

Tyne Tees Ivor Emmanuel 7.00 - 7.30 pm

Ivor Emmanuel

Adele Leigh (cancelled)

Vanessa Lee (replaced Adele Leigh)

Harry Secombe


Saturday 1st April 1961

BBC Juke Box Jury

Jury - Brian Mathew, Jean Bayless, Eric Sykes

Guest -

BBC The Benny Hill Show

The Kaye Sisters

ABC Thank Your Lucky Stars 5:45 - 6:10 pm (first edition) also on Anglia 5.45 - 5.55 pm (only ten minutes), on Scottish, Tyne Tees 5.45 - 6.10 pm

NB The name had previously been used by ITA for an astrological show in 1957

Hosted by Pete Murray

Hughie Green - The Puppet Song (illustrated by the Peter Darell Dancers)

Allan Bruce - (introduced by Hughie Green)

Anne Shelton - I Will Light A Candle

The Five Dallas Boys - One Finger One Thumb

Colin Day -

Jimmy Lloyd -

ATV The Russ Conway Show 7:40 - 8:30 pm

Russ Conway

Danny Williams

Dave King

Janie Marden

ITN News 8.30 - 8.35 pm

Cliff Richard talks about South African shows


Sunday 2nd April 1961 Easter Sunday

ABC Sing Along With Joe 4.20 - 4.50 pm

Joe 'Mister Piano' Henderson

ATV Val Parnell’s Sunday Night At The London Palladium 8.00 - 9.00 pm

Hosted by Don Arrol

The Mudlarks

Southern Songs I Wish I'd Written 11.00 - 11.30 pm

NB Now extended to thirty minutes

Malcolm Mitchell


Monday 3rd April 1961 Bank Holiday

BBC The Black and White Minstrel Show 8.05 - 8.50 pm

George Chisholm and his jazzers

BBC Television Dancing Club 10.50 - 11.20 pm

Frankie Vaughan presents awards

AR Something Old Something New 6.30 - 7.00 pm (repeat of 28th March)

Granada Spot The Tune 7.00 - 7.30 pm

Marion Ryan

TWW Songs At Seven 7.00 - 7.30 pm

content unknown


Tuesday 4th April 1961

BBC Perry Como’s Music Hall 7.30 - 8.15 pm

Perry Como

The Lennon Sisters

BBC They Met In A City: The Encyclopaedist 8.15 - 8.45 pm

Cy Grant

BBC Picture Parade 8.45 - 9.30 pm

Frankie Vaughan

AR Lucky Dip 5:00 - 5:25 pm

Bert Weedon

AR Something Old, Something New 11.07 - 11.35 pm

The Cliff Adams Singers

Petula Clark

Southern Day By Day 6.10 - 6.45 pm

The Brook Brothers


Wednesday 5th April 1961

BBC Soft Lights and Sweet Music 10.10 - 10.40 pm

Carole Carr

Stephane Grappelli

ATV Val Parnell’s Star Time 8.00 - 8.50 pm

Hosted by Pete Murray

The Four Freshmen

Bert Weedon

The Allisons

June Christy – Something Cruel

TWW unknown show

NB The NME reports that the group has been hired for a series of programmes starting with this one

The Mudlarks


Thursday 6th April 1961

BBC Suddenly It's Swing 6.20 - 6.50 pm

Northern Dance Orchestra

Anglia Crescendo 7:00 - 7:30 pm

NB Also shown by TWW and Southern

Cleo Laine with Johhny Dankworth

ATV The Arthur Haynes Show 8.00 - 8.30 pm

Pearl Carr & Teddy Johnson


Friday 7th April 1961

BBC Make Mine Music 9.30 - 10.00 pm

David Hughes

Elizabeth Larner

AR Rendezvous With Rosemary 7:15 - 7:30 pm

Rosemary Squires

Mike Preston

Tyne Tees Ivor Emmanuel

Ivor Emmanuel

Elizabeth Larner

Dave King

ATV Cover Girl

Nick Bennett


Saturday 8th April 1961

BBC Juke Box Jury 6.00 - 6.25 pm

Jury - Dora Bryan, Cliff Richard, Janet Munro, Kay Orchard

Guest -

BBC The Bing Crosby Show 7.40 - 8.30 pm

Bing Crosby

Perry Como

Dorothy Collins

ABC Thank Your Lucky Stars 5:45 - 6:10 pm, also on Anglia, Tyne Tees, Scottish (same time as ABC)

Hosted by Pete Murray

Alma Cogan

Benny Hill

Dickie Valentine

Jess Conrad

Kenny Ball Jazzmen - (introduced by Dickie Valentine)

Elaine Delmar

Danny Williams

ABC Buckaroo! 7.40 - 8.30 pm (first in series)

NB A Western music show set in a Western style ranch

Michael Holliday (Holliday was intended to appear for several weeks, but backed out to be replaced by Jim Dale)

Sheila Buxton - The More I See You

The Vernons Girls

The Morton Fraser Harmonica Gang

ATV The Alan King Show 7:40 - 8:30 pm

NB Lonnie Donegan was penciled in for the show

Acker Bilk


Sunday 9th April 1961

BBC Be My Guest 9.20 - 9.50 pm

Joan Regan

Bert Weedon

ABC Sing Along With Joe 4.20 - 4.50 pm

Joe 'Mister Piano' Henderson

ATV The Sunday Break 6.15 - 7.00 pm

The Temperance Seven

ATV Val Parnell’s Sunday Night At The London Palladium 8.00 - 9.00 pm

Hosted by Don Arrol

Ivor Emmanual

The SweDanes (vocal group)

Southern Songs I Wish I'd Written 11.00 - 11.30 pm

content unknown


Monday 10th April 1961

TWW Here Today 6.15 - 6.45 pm

Valerie Masters

Granada Spot The Tune 7.00 - 7.30 pm

Marion Ryan


Tuesday 11th April 1961

BBC Perry Como’s Music Hall

Perry Como

AR Lucky Dip 5:00 - 5:25 pm

Bert Weedon

AR Something Old, Something New 11.07 - 11.35 pm

The Cliff Adams Singers


Wednesday 12th April 1961

BBC The Music Makers 9.00 - 9.30 pm

The music made by the people of London on one winter's night

BBC Soft Lights and Sweet Music (noted in music press but not listed in newspapers)

Carole Carr

Tubby Hayes

TWW Here Today 6.15 - 6.45 pm

Valerie Masters

Granada An Evening With Ella Fitzgerald 8:00 - 8:55 pm

Ella Fitzgerald

The Oscar Peterson Trio

Johnny Dankworth


Thursday 13th April 1961

BBC Swing High 6.20 - 6.50 pm

The Welsh Dance Orchestra

Eve Adams

Anglia Crescendo 7:00 - 7:30 pm

content unknown

ATV The Arthur Haynes Show 8.00 - 8.30 pm

Pearl Carr & Teddy Johnson

TWW Tom Lehrer And His Music 10:50 - 11:05 pm


Friday 14th April 1961

AR Mike on Holiday 7.15 - 7.30 pm

Michael Holliday

TWW Songs At Seven 7.00 - 7.30 pm

Also shown by Southern and Anglia

Valerie Masters

Tyne Tees Ivor Emmanuel Show 7.00 - 7.30 pm

Ivor Emmanuel

Vanessa Lee

ATV Cover Girl

Jimmy Lloyd

Scottish unknown show

Craig Douglas


Saturday 15th April 1961

BBC Juke Box Jury 6.00 - 6.30 pm

Jury - Catherine Boyle, Zena Marshall, Harry Robinson, Graham Hughes (15 year old fan)

Guest -

BBC The Billy Cotton Band Show 7.45 - 8.30 pm

The Billy Cotton Band

Alma Cogan

Temperance Seven

ABC Thank Your Lucky Stars 5:45 - 6:10 pm, also on Tyne Tees, Scottish, Ulster (same time as ABC)

Hosted by Keith Fordyce (Pete Murray is in Spain)

Petula Clark

Michael Holliday

Mark Wynter

Nero & The Gladiators

The Raindrops

Joe Brown

Helen Shapiro


Sunday 16th April 1961

ABC Sing Along With Joe 4.20 - 4.50 pm

Joe 'Mister Piano' Henderson

Peter Elliott

Valerie Masters

Don Rennie

The Hornets

ABC The Sunday Break 6.15 - 7.00 pm

content unknown

ATV Val Parnell’s Sunday Night At The London Palladium 8.00 - 9.00 pm

Hosted by Don Arrol

Diana Dors (probably singing)

Southern Songs I Wish I'd Written 11.00 - 11.30 pm

content unknown


Monday 17th April 1961

AR Something Old, Something New 6.30 - 7.00 pm (repeat of 11th April 1960)

Granada Spot The Tune 7.00 - 7.30 pm

Marion Ryan

TWW Songs at Seven 7.00 - 7.30pm

Valerie Masters


Tuesday 18th April 1961

BBC Perry Como’s Music Hall 7.30 - 8.15 pm

Perry Como

Bobby Rydell

Catherine Valente

ATV Lunch Box

Frank Ifield

Maggie Fitzgibbon

AR Lucky Dip 5:00 - 5:25 pm

Bert Weedon

AR Something Old, Something New 11.20 pm - ?

The Cliff Adams Singers

Ronnie Carroll

Millicent Martin


Wednesday 19th April 1961

ATV Lunch Box

Frank Ifield

Maggie Fitzgibbon

ATV Hippodrome 8.00 - 8.55 pm

Michael Holliday

Colette Renard


Thursday 20th April 1961

ATV Lunch Box

Frank Ifield

Maggie Fitzgibbon

ATV The Arthur Haynes Show 8.00 - 8.30 pm

Pearl Carr & Teddy Johnson

Anglia Crescendo 7:00 - 7:30 pm

content unknown


Friday 21st April 1961

BBC Mantovani 7.30 - 8.00 pm

ATV Lunch Box

Frank Ifield

Maggie Fitzgibbon

ATV Cover Girl 6.30 - 6.45 pm

content unknown

AR Mike on Holliday 7.15 - 7.30 pm

Michael Holliday


Saturday 22nd April 1961

BBC Juke Box Jury 6.00 - 6.30 pm

Jury - Jill Browne (actress), Jack Jackson, Ian Carmichael, Frances Bennett

Guest -

ABC Thank Your Lucky Stars 5:45 - 6:10 pm, also on Tyne Tees, Scottish, Ulster (same time as ABC)

NB Marty Wilde was due to record a spot for the show last weekend but couldn't due to a delayed return from a South African film shoot

Hosted by Pete Murray

The Beverley Sisters

Craig Douglas

Anita Scott (introduced by Craig Douglas)

Billy Fury

Alex Murray (introduced by Billy Fury)

Danny Williams

ABC Big Night Out 7.40 - 8.30 pm

Joan Turner

ATV Deadline Midnight: The Billy Brewster Story 10.00 - 11.00 pm

Larry Martyn plays rock and roll singer Billy Brewster (Martyn claims this is the seventh time he's played a rock and roll singer on TV)


Sunday 23rd April 1961

BBC Be My Guest 9.15 - 9.45 pm

Joan Regan

Dickie Valentine

ABC Sing Along With Joe 4.20 - 4.50 pm

Joe 'Mister Piano' Henderson

ABC The Sunday Break 6.15 - 7.00 pm

Dick Williams band

ATV Val Parnell’s Sunday Night At The London Palladium 8.00 - 9.00 pm

Hosted by Don Arrol

Lena Horne – Ooh, Love

Tony Sandler – Mack The Knife


Monday 24th April 1961

AR Something Old, Something New 6.30 - 7.00 (repeat of 18th April 1970)

Granada Spot The Tune 7.00 - 7.30 pm

Marion Ryan

TWW Songs At Seven 7.00 - 7.30 pm

content unknown


Tuesday 25th April 1961

AR Lucky Dip 5:00 - 5:25 pm

Bert Weedon

AR Something Old, Something New 11.07 - 11.35 pm

The Cliff Adams Singers

The Beverley Sisters


Wednesday 26th April 1961

BBC Soft Lights and Sweet Music 9.55 - 10.25 pm

Carole Carr

Humphrey Lyttelton

ATV Val Parnell’s Star Time: All Kinds Of Music 8.00 - 8.55 pm

Johnny Dankworth with Cleo Laine

The King Brothers

Adele Leigh

Edmund Hockeridge

Semprini


Thursday 27th April 1961

BBC Crackerjack 5.10 - 6.00 pm

The Shadows – FBI, The Frightened City

BBC Swing High 6.20 - 6.50 pm

Peter Wynne

The Welsh Dance Orchestra

Eve Adams

Anglia Crescendo 7:00 - 7:30 pm

content unknown

ATV The Arhtur Haynes Show 8.00 - 8.30 pm

Pearl Carr & Teddy Johnson

Granada Let's Dance 11.00 pm - end

Hosted by Keith Fordyce

Terry Burton (singer)


Friday 28th April 1961

BBC Mantovani 7.30 - 8.00 pm

Stephanie Voss

ATV Cover Girl 6.30 - 6.45 pm

content unknown

AR Mike on Holliday 7.15 - 7.30 pm

Michael Holliday

Tyne Tees The Ivor Emmanuel Show 7.00 - 7.30 pm

Ivor Emmanuel


Saturday 29th April 1961

NB Westward Television begins broadcasting

BBC Juke Box Jury 6.00 - 6.30 pm

Jury - June Goodkind (record salesgirl from Chappels in Bond Street, London), Arthur Askey, David Gell, Jane Murdoch

Guest -

BBC Ken Dodd Show 7.45 - 8.30 pm

The Blue Diamonds (Dutch singing group)

Joe 'Mister Piano' Henderson

ABC Thank Your Lucky Stars 5:45 - 6:10 pm, also on Tyne Tees, Scottish, Ulster (same time as ABC)

Hosted by Pete Murray

Marty Wilde

The Allisons

Mike Preston

Johnnie Lee

Ken Kirkham

Jeannie Lambe (introduced by Marty Wilde)

Lionel Bart - interviewed by Pete Murray

ABC Buckaroo! 7.40 - 8.30 pm

NB During recording a horse bolted outside of the studio

Vaughan Monroe

Sheila Buxton

Jim Dale

Tessie O'Shea

Gordon Boyd (singer)

Frank Cook (harmonica player)

ATV The Diana Dors Show 7:40 - 8:30 pm

Gary Miller


Sunday 30th April 1961

BBC Ask Anne 9.15 - 10.00 pm (first edition)

Request show with Anne Shelton

Johnny Dankworth

The Avons

ABC Sing Along with Joe 4.20 - 4.50 pm

Joe 'Mister Piano' Henderson

Peter Elliott

Valerie Masters

Don Rennie

The Hornets

ATV Val Parnell’s Sunday Night At The London Palladium 8.00 - 9.00 pm

Hosted by Don Arrol

Max Bygraves

The Temperance Seven

Southern Songs I Wish I'd Written 11.00 - 11.30 pm

content unknown

ABC Stars In Your Eyes (noted in music press but not listed in newspapers)

Danny Williams


Monday 1st May 1961

AR Something Old, Something New 6.30 - 7.00 pm (repeat of 25th April 1960)

Granada Spot The Tune 7.00 - 7.30 pm

Marion Ryan

TWW Songs At Seven 7.00 - 7.30 pm

content unknown


Tuesday 2nd May 1961

BBC Perry Como’s Music Hall 7.30 - 8.15 pm

Perry Como - My Ideal, You Were Meant For Me, When Your Lover Has Gone

AR Lucky Dip 5:00 - 5:25 pm

Bert Weedon

AR Springboard 5.25 - 5.55 pm

hosted by Wally Whyton

AR Something Old, Something New 11.07 - 11.35 pm

The Cliff Adams Singers


Wednesday 3rd May 1961

BBC Soft Lights and Sweet Music 10.05 - 10.35 pm

Carole Carr

Tubby Hayes

Granada The Variety Show 8.00 - 8.50 pm

Dennis Day

Ruth Olay

The Honeys


Thursday 4th May 1961

BBC Pinky & Perky’s Pop Parade 5:15 - 5:35 pm (repeat February 1960)

TWW The Winifred Atwell Show 6.45 - 7.00 pm (possibly the Australian series)

ATV The Arthur Haynes Show 8.00 - 8.30 pm

Pearl Carr & Teddy Johnson

Granada Let's Dance 11.00 pm - end

content unknown


Friday 5th May 1961

BBC Mantovani 7.30 - 8.00 pm

John Hanson

ATV Cover Girl 6.30 - 6.50 pm

content unknown

Anglia Crescendo 7:00 - 7:30 pm

content unknown

AR Mike on Holliday 7.15 - 7.30 pm

Michael Holliday

Tyne Tees The Ivor Emmanuel Show 7.00 - 7.30 pm

Ivor Emmanuel


Saturday 6th May 1961

BBC Juke Box Jury 6.00 - 6.30 pm

Jury - June Thorburn, Tony Bennett, Eric Winstone, plus one other

Guest -

BBC The Black and White Minstrel Show 7.45 - 8.30 pm

George Chisholm and his jazzers

ABC Thank Your Lucky Stars 5:45 - 6:10 pm, also on Tyne Tees, Scottish (same time as ABC)

Hosted by Pete Murray

Adam Faith

Gerry Dorsey (introduced by Adam Faith)

Matt Monro

The John Barry Seven

Susan Grey

Ken Jones

ABC Big Night Out: Green Room Rag 7.40 - 8.30 pm

Vaughan Monroe


Sunday 7th May 1961

BBC Be My Guest 9.20 - 9.50 pm

Joan Regan

Edmund Hockridge

Bert Weedon

ABC Sing Along With Joe 4.20 - 4.50 pm

Joe 'Mister Piano' Henderson

Peter Elliott

Valerie Masters

Don Rennie

The Kentones

ABC The Sunday Break 6.15 - 7.00 pm

Alex Welsh and his band

ATV Val Parnell’s Sunday Night At The London Palladium 8.00 - 9.00 pm

Hosted by Don Arrol

Robert Horton (Wagon Train actor sings)


Monday 8th May 1961

AR Something Old, Something New 6.30 - 7.00 pm (repeat of 2nd May 1961)

Granada Spot The Tune 7.00 - 7.30 pm

Marion Ryan


Tuesday 9th May 1961

BBC Perry Como’s Music Hall 7.30 - 8.15 pm

Perry Como

Jane Morgan – Fascination, The Day That The Rains Came

AR Lucky Dip 5:00 - 5:25 pm

Bert Weedon

Dorita y Pepe

AR Something Old, Something New 11.07 - 11.35 pm

The Cliff Adams Singers

Cleo Laine


Wednesday 10th May 1961

AR Alfred Marks Time 8.00 - 8.55 pm

Dickie Valentine

Ray Ellington

Glen Mason


Thursday 11th May 1961

Anglia Crescendo 7:00 - 7:30 pm

content unknown

ATV Putting On The Donegan 8:00 - 8:30 pm

NB Each show in this new series begins with a filmed comedy sketch

Lonnie Donegan – When You’re Smiling, A Barber’s Life, Seven Golden Daffodils, Lonesome Traveller, Leave My Woman Alone

Miki & Griff – Stayed Away Too Long

Lyn Cornell - As Long As

Southern Strictly For The Birds

Cleo Laine


Friday 12th May 1961

BBC Mantovani 7.30 - 8.00 pm

Adele Leigh

ATV Cover Girl 6.30 - 6.45 pm

Cleo Laine

Tyne Tees The Ivor Emmanuel Show 7.00 - 7.30 pm

Ivor Emmanuel

AR Mike on Holliday 7.15 - 7.30 pm

Michael Holliday


Saturday 13th May 1961

BBC Juke Box Jury 6.00 - 6.30 pm

Jury - Stubby Kaye, Katie Boyle, Bunny Lewis, plus one other

Guest -

BBC The Billy Cotton Band Show: The Wakey Wakey Tavern 7.45 - 8.30 pm

The Billy Cotton Band

Matt Monro

Cliff Richard & The Shadows

The Temperance Seven

ABC Thank Your Lucky Stars 5:45 - 6:10 pm, also on Tyne Tees, Scottish, Ulster (same time as ABC)

Hosted by Pete Murray

Alma Cogan

Emile Ford

Ian Menzies and the Cylde Valley Stompers

Patti Brooks

Jimmy Justice

Gary Marshal

Gene Vincent – She She Little Sheila

ATV Saturday Showtime: All Kinds of Music 7:40 - 8:30 pm

Emile Ford & The Checkmates

Janie Marden

Kenny Ball & His Jazzmen

Edmund Hockridge

Adele Leigh

Larry Adler


Sunday 14th May 1961

BBC Ask Anne 9.30 - 10.15 pm

Anne Shelton

Joe 'Mister Piano' Henderson

ABC Sing Along With Joe 4.20 - 4.50 pm

Joe 'Mister Piano' Henderson

ABC The Sunday Break 6.15 -  7.00 pm

Humphrey Lyttelton

Mark Wynter

ATV King Kong 8.00 - 9.00 pm

Excerpt from African musical

Southern Songs I Wish I'd Written 11.00 - 11.30 pm

content unknown


Monday 15th May 1961

AR Something Old, Something New 6.30 - 7.00 pm (repeat of 9th May 1961)

Granada Piano Pops 6.05 - 6.10 pm

Granada Spot The Tune 7.00 - 7.30 pm

Marion Ryan

Southern Strictly For The Birds 11.02 - 11.32 pm (first edition)

NB this was scheduled to run for 13 shows but was extended

The Dudley Moore Trio

Bobby Samson

Cleo Laine

TWW Songs At Seven (noted in music press but not listed in newspapers)

Al Saxon


Tuesday 16th May 1961

BBC Perry Como’s Music Hall 7.30 - 8.15 pm

Perry Como

Paul Anka

AR Lucky Dip 5:00 - 5:25 pm

Bert Weedon

AR Something Old, Something New 11.10 pm - end

The Cliff Adams Singers

Dickie Valentine


Wednesday 17th May 1961

BBC Soft Lights, Sweet Music 10.00 - 10.30 pm

Carole Carr – Embraceable You, Stranger In Paradise

Humphrey Lyttelton – Alexander’s Ragtime Band, Don’t Get Around Much Anymore

Southern Day By Day 6.10 - 6.40 pm

Al Saxon

ATV Val Parnell’s Star Time 8.00 - 8.55 pm

Gary Miller

Eddie Calvert

The Wise Guys

Ken Morris

Joan Savage


Thursday 18th May 1961

BBC Pinky & Perky’s Pop Parade 5.00 - 5.30 pm (repeat March 1960)

Anglia Crescendo 7:00 - 7:30 pm

Valerie Masters

Danny Williams

ATV Putting On The Donegan 8.00 - 8.30 pm

Lonnie Donegan – Black Cat, Miss Otis Regrets, I Shall Not Be Moved, Have A Drink On Me

Sheila Buxton – Wrong

Miki and Griff – You Never Write or Call


Friday 19th May 1961

BBC Mantovani 7.30 - 8.00 pm

Ava June

ATV Cover Girl 6.45 - 7.00 pm

Garry Marshall

Tyne Tees The Ivor Emmanuel Show 7.00 - 7.30 pm

Ivor Emmanuel

AR Mike on Holliday 7.15 - 7.30 pm

Michael Holliday

Granada A Special Appointment 10:30 - 11:00 pm

Josh White (also appears with his son, Josh Jr)


Saturday 20th May 1961

BBC Juke Box Jury 6.00 - 6.30 pm

Jury - Freddie Mills, Jean Metcallfe, Michael Bentine, plus one other

Guest -

BBC The Ivor Novello Awards 9.50 - 10.35 pm

Max Bygraves - Oliver

Georgia Brown - As Long As He Needs Me

Matt Monro - Portrait Of My Love

Craig Douglas - What Do You Want

Bert Weedon - Apache

Studio orchestra - Hit and Miss, Sea Shore

Max Harris - Theme from Guerney Slade

Goodness Gracious Me (danced to by Douggie Squires and Mavis Ascott)

ABC Thank Your Lucky Stars 5:45 - 6:10 pm, also on Tyne Tees, Scottish (same time as ABC)

Hosted by Pete Murray

Russ Conway

Teddy Johnson and Pearl Carr

The Shadows

The Brook Brothers

Eddie Falcon

Julie Rayne

Dave Sampson

ATV The Beverley Sisters Show 7.40 - 8.30 pm

The Beverley Sisters

Ronnie Hilton

ABC Buckaroo! 7.40 - 8.30 pm

Jim Dale - County Fair

Sheila Buxton & The Vernons Girls - I'm Not At All In Love


Sunday 21st May 1961

BBC Be My Guest 9.25 - 9.55 pm

Joan Regan

Dennis Lotis

ATV The Keystone Cops Whit Sunday Cricket Match 1.00 - 2.05 pm

All-Stars cricket showbiz XI

Frankie Vaughan

ABC Sing Along With Joe 5.20 - 5.50 pm

Joe 'Mister Piano' Henderson

Peter Elliott

Valerie Masters

Don Rennie

The Kentones

ABC The Sunday Break 6.15 - 7.00 pm

Kenny Ball & His Jazzmen

ATV Val Parnell’s Sunday Night At The London Palladium 8.00 - 9.00 pm

Hosted by Don Arrol

Patti Page

Southern Songs I Wish I'd Written 11.00 - 11.30 pm

content unknown


Monday 22nd May 1961 Bank Holiday

BBC Runaway Bus movie with Petula Clark 6.20 - 7.35 pm

AR Something Old, Something New 6.30 - 7.00 pm (repeat of 16th May 1961)

Granada Piano Pops 6.05 - 6.10 pm

Granada Spot The Tune 7.00 - 7.30 pm

Marion Ryan

Southern Strictly For The Birds 11.02 - 11.32 pm

The Dudley Moore Trio

Bobby Samson

Dinah Kaye


Tuesday 23rd May 1961

BBC Perry Como’s Music Hall 7.30 - 8.15 pm

Perry Como

Paul Anka

AR Lucky Dip 5:00 - 5:25 pm

Bert Weedon

AR Something Old, Something New 11:10 pm to end

Dickie Valentine

Shirley Bassey


Wednesday 24th May 1961

Granada The Mahalia Jackson Show 8:00 - 8.55 pm

Mahalia Jackson

Oscar Peterson

Chris Barber and his band

Leon Bibb

Toots Thielemans


Thursday 25th May 1961

BBC Swing High 6.20 - 6.50 pm

Welsh Dance Orchestra

BBC Tonight With Harry Belafonte 9:45 - 10:35 pm (repeat of Christmas show)

Anglia Crescendo 7:00 - 7:30 pm

content unknown

AR Putting On The Donegan 8.00 - 8.30 pm

Lonnie Donegan – Revenue Man, Wearyin’ For You, Lively, Rock My Soul

Miki & Griff – True Love Goes On

Valerie Masters – The Toreador Song

TWW (possibly TWW Reports)

Garry Marshall


Friday 26th May 1961

BBC Mantovani 7.30 - 8.00 pm

AR Mike on Holliday 7.15 - 7.30 pm

Michael Holliday

AR My Three Sons 6:30 - 7:00 pm (first episode)

with Don Grady as Robbie

ATV Cover Girl 6.30 - 6.45 pm

content unknown

Tyne Tees The Ivor Emmanuel Show 7.00 - 7.30 pm

Ivor Emmanuel


Saturday 27th May 1961

BBC Juke Box Jury 6.00 - 6.30 pm

Jury - Diane Todd, Jack Payne, Alan Freeman, plus one other

Guest -

BBC The Ken Dodd Show 7.45 - 8.30 pm

Audrey Arno

Crazy Otto

ABC Thank Your Lucky Stars 5:45 - 6:10 pm, also on Tyne Tees, Scottish, Ulster (same time as ABC)

Hosted by Pete Murray

Ronnie Hilton

Johnny Kidd and the Pirates

George Chisholm and the Tradsters

Cleo Laine

Audrey Jeans

The Springfields - Dear John

The Bird Twins

Rex Morris


Sunday 28th May 1961

BBC Ask Anne 9.30 - 10.15 pm

Anne Shelton

Acker Bilk and His Paramount Jazzband

ABC Sing Along With Joe 5.20 - 5.50 pm

Joe 'Mister Piano' Henderson

Peter Elliott

Valerie Masters

Don Rennie

The Hornets

ATV Val Parnell’s Sunday Night At The London Palladium 8.00 - 9.00 pm

Hosted by Bruce Forsyth

The King Brothers

Acker Bilk


Monday 29th May 1961

AR Something Old, Something New 6.30 - 7.00 pm (repeat of 22nd May 1961)

Shirley Bassey

Matt Monro

Southern Strictly For The Birds 11.02 - 11.32 pm

The Dudley Moore Trio

Bobby Samson

Elaine Delmar


Tuesday 30th May 1961

BBC Perry Como’s Music Hall 7.30 - 8.20 pm

Perry Como

AR Lucky Dip 5:00 - 5:25 pm

Bert Weedon

AR Something Old, Something New 11.10 pm - end

The Cliff Adams Singers

Matt Monro


Wednesday 31st May 1961

BBC Let There Be Music 10.00 - 10.30 pm

Dennis Martin – If Only She’d Look My Way, How Are Things In Glocca Mora

AR Semprini 6.45 - 7.00 pm

ATV Hippodrome 8:00 - 8:30 pm

Michael Holliday

Group One

ATV Falling In Love 9.35 - 10.35 pm

The John Barry Seven (music composed for the show by John Barry)

Tyne Tees Young at Heart 6.30 - 7.00 pm (first in new series)

Hosted by Gary Marshall


Thursday 1st June 1961

BBC Pinky & Perky Pop Parade 5.00 - 5.30 pm (repeat March 1960)

BBC Suddenly It’s Swing 6.20 - 6.50 pm

The Tradlads

The Reedmen

The Modbods

The Brasstax

ATV Putting On The Donegan 8.00 - 8.30 pm

Lonnie Donegan – Loreli, Worried Man, Neath The Weeping Willow Tree, Rambling Around The City, My Old Man’s A Dustman

Johnny Duncan – Sleepy Eyed John

Miki & Griff

Shani Wallis


Friday 2nd June 1961

ATV Cover Girl 6.30 - 7.00 pm

Eden Kane

AR Festival 7.00 - 7.30 pm

Johnny Dankworth & Cleo Laine


Saturday 3rd June 1961

BBC Juke Box Jury 6.00 - 6.30 pm

Jury - Kim Tracy, Russ Conway, Jack Jackson

Guest -

BBC The Rikki Fulton Show 7.45 - 8.30 pm

Kenneth McKellar

ABC Thank Your Lucky Stars 5:45 - 6:10 pm, also on Tyne Tees, Scottish (same time as ABC)

Hosted by Pete Murray

Shirley Bassey

Robert Earl

The Temperance Seven

Tony Brent

David Lisbon

Billie Lane

Michael Hill

ABC Big Night Out 7:40 - 8:30 pm

NB Recorded at The Coventry Theatre

The Shadows

The Kaye Sisters

Ken Morris

Joan Savage


Sunday 4th June 1961

BBC Be My Guest 9.20 - 9.50 pm

Joan Regan

The King Brothers

ABC Sing Along With Joe 5.20 - 5.50 pm

Joe 'Mister Piano' Henderson

Peter Elliott

Valerie Masters

Don Rennie

The Kentones

ABC The Sunday Break 6.15 - 7.00 pm

Dick Charlesworth and his City Gents


Monday 5th June 1961

AR Something Old, Something New 6.30 - 7.00 (repeat of 30th May 1961)

Southern Strictly For The Birds 11.02 - 11.32 pm

The Dudley Moore Trio

Bobby Samson

Johnny Dankworth

Humphrey Lyttelton


Tuesday 6th June 1961

BBC Perry Como’s Music Hall 7.30 - 8.15 pm

Perry Como

Brenda Lee

AR Lucky Dip 5:00 - 5:25 pm

Bert Weedon

AR Something Old, Something New 11.10 pm - end

The Cliff Adams Singers

Westward Look In For Lunch 1.02 - 1.20 pm

Eden Kane


Wednesday 7th June 1961

ATV Val Parnell’s Star Time: All Kinds of Music 8.00 - 8.55 pm

Russ Conway

Jill Day

Edmund Hockridge

Adele Leigh

Ian Menzies and his Clyde Valley Stompers


Thursday 8th June 1961

ATV Lunch Box Special 12.30 - 1.10 pm

David Whitfield

Bert Weedon

Eula Parker

ATV Putting On The Donegan 8.00 - 8.30 pm

Lonnie Donegan

Miki & Griff

Shani Wallis

Johnny Duncan


Friday 9th June 1961

BBC Mantovani 7.30 - 8.00 pm

ATV Calypso 6.30 - 7.00 pm

Cleo Laine

Cy Grant

AR Mike on Holliday 7.15 - 7.30 pm

Michael Holliday


Saturday 10th June 1961

BBC Juke Box Jury 6.50 - 7.15 pm

Jury - Cliff Richard, Sonyo Cordeou, Anthea Askey, Robert Morley (NB The intended panel was to have come from the BBC TV current affairs show Tonight - Cliff Michelmore, Kenneth Allsop, Derek Hart, Fyfe Robertson)

Guest -

BBC The Billy Cotton Band Show 7.45 - 8.30 pm

The Billy Cotton Band

The Three Monarchs

ABC Thank Your Lucky Stars 5:45 - 6:10 pm, also on Tyne Tees, Scottish, Ulster (same time as ABC)

Hosted by Pete Murray

Ivor Emmanuel

Gary Miller

Norrie Paramor and his Orchestra

The Dudley Moore Trio

Valerie Mountain

Lance Fortune

Jimmy Crawford

ATV The Patti Page Show 7:40 - 8:30 pm

Patti Page

Ronnie Hilton

ABC Buckaroo! 7.40 - 8.30 pm

Joyce Blair

Jim Dale

The Vernons Girls


Sunday 11th June 1961

BBC Ask Anne 9.30 - 10.15 pm

Anne Shelton

Matt Monro

ABC Sing Along With Joe 5.20 - 5.50 pm

Joe 'Mister Piano' Henderson

Peter Elliott

Valerie Masters

Don Rennie

The Kentones

ABC The Sunday Break 6.15 - 7.00 pm

Clyde Valley Stompers

ATV Val Parnell’s Sunday Night At The London Palladium 8.00 - 9.00 pm

Hosted by Don Arrol

Tommy Steele


Monday 12th June 1961

AR Something Old, Something New (repeat 6th June 1961)

Southern Strictly For The Birds 11.02 - 11.32 pm

The Dudley Moore Trio

Bobby Samson


Tuesday 13th June 1961

BBC Perry Como’s Music Hall 7.30 - 8.15 pm (the last show to be shown by the BBC)

NB Featuring people who regularly work on the show.

Perry Como

ATV Lunch Box 12.47 pm - ?

Al Saxon

AR Lucky Dip 5:00 - 5:25 pm

Bert Weedon

AR Something Old, Something New 11.10 - 11.40 pm

The Cliff Adams Singers

Danny Williams

Donald Peers

Scottish Frankie Laine Sings


Wednesday 14th June 1961

BBC Moody In Tin Pan Alley Land 8:30 - 9:00 pm

A musical play set in a Denmark Street music publishers office, script and songs written by and starring Ron Moody. He impersonates Adam Faith in one routine.

BBC Let There Be Music 9.50 - 10.20 pm

Adele Leigh

ATV Lunch Box 12.47 pm - ?

Al Saxon

Granada The Variety Show 8.00 - 8.55 pm

The Peters Sisters

The Bell Tones


Thursday 15th June 1961

BBC Pinky & Perky Pop Parade 5.10 - 5.30 pm (repeat March 1960)

ATV Lunch Box 12.47 pm - ?

Al Saxon

Anglia Crescendo 7.00 - 7.30 pm

content unknown

ATV Putting On The Donegan 8.00 - 8.30 pm

Lonnie Donegan

Miki and Griff


Friday 16th June 1961

BBC Mantovani 7.30 - 8.00 pm

ATV Calypso 6.30 - 6.45 pm

Cleo Laine

Tommy Eytle


Saturday 17th June 1961

BBC Juke Box Jury 6.00 - 6.30 pm

Jury - Lonnie Donegan, Alma Cogan, Nelson Riddle, plus one other

Guest -

ABC Spin-A-Disc! 5:45 - 6:10 pm, also on Tyne Tees, Scottish, Ulster (same time as ABC)

NB This one-off from the Thank Your Lucky Stars production team suggests a format similar to Juke Box Jury. From the TV Times "Listen with us to the latest records and decide whether you would spin 'em or buy 'em."

Hosted by Jimmy Young

Guest DJ: Alan Freeman

Teenage Team of Experts: Gloria Johnson, Keith Knight (son of Peter Knight, renown musical director), Delia Seaborn, Melvin Sims

Records featured: The Kirby Stone Four - Kids

ABC Big Night Out: Thank Your Lucky Stars 7:40 - 8:30 pm, also on Westward (according to the Daily Mirror) (same time as ABC)

NB "An invited audience attends the final edition of Thank Your Lucky Stars"

Petula Clark - Welcome Home

Alma Cogan - Falling In Love

Tommy Cooper - How Come There's No Dogs Day

Freddie Earle

Michael Holliday - Dream Boy

Helen Shapiro (introduced by Michael Holliday)

The Kaye Sisters

The Mudlarks

The Temperance Seven

Jeannie Lambe

Danny Williams

Craig Douglas

ABC Big Night Out 7.40 - 8.30 pm

NB There appears to be two shows played in different parts of the country. While the ABC and Westward regions gets the Big Night Out Thank Your Lucky Stars special in the spot previously reserved for Buckaroo, the rest of the country gets this other edition.

NB The artist listing here appears to be for an edition of Buckaroo!

Jim Dale

Sheila Buxton

Stubby Kaye

Tessie O'Shea

ITV 77 Sunset Strip: The Jukebox Caper 8.35 - 9.30 pm

Jeff Spencer poses as a rock n roll singer in order to get access to a notorious blackmailer


Sunday 18th June 1961

BBC Be My Guest 9.20 - 9.50 pm

Joan Regan

Matt Monro

Ken Jones

ABC Sing Along With Joe 5.20 - 5.50 pm

Joe 'Mister Piano' Henderson

Peter Elliott

Valerie Masters

Don Rennie

The Kentones

ABC The Sunday Break 6.15 - 7.00 pm

Terry Lightfoot and his New Orleans Jazzmen

ATV Val Parnell’s Sunday Night At The London Palladium 8.00 - 9.00 pm

Hosted by Don Arrol

Shirley Bassey

Kenny Ball and His Jazzmen


Monday 19th June 1961

BBC Cy Grant 6:50 - 7:05 pm

with The Bill LeSage Group

AR Something Old, Something New 6.30 - 7.00 pm (repeat of 13th June 1961)

Southern Strictly For The Birds 11.02 - 11.32 pm

The Dudley Moore Trio

Bobby Samson


Tuesday 20th June 1961

BBC Cy Grant 6.50 - 7.05 pm

with The Bill LeSage Group

AR Lucky Dip 5:00 - 5:25 pm

Bert Weedon

AR Meet Matt Monro 6:45 - 7:00 pm

Matt Monro with Johnnie Spence and his orchestra

ATV Play Of The Week: The Paper Palace 9:35 – 11:05 pm

Eden Kane as himself singing at a party

AR Something Old, Something New 11.10 pm - end

The Cliff Adams Singers

Ronnie Carroll

Maureen Evans


Wednesday 21st June 1961

BBC Cy Grant 6.50 - 7.05 pm

with The Bill LeSage Group

BBC Nice 'n' Easy - a musical diversion 9:45 - 10:15 pm

Janie Marden & Dennis Newey (guitarist)

AR The Adam Faith Show 8:00 - 8:55 pm

Adam Faith - What Do You Want, Easy Going Me

Tony Bennett - singing songs from The Sound Of Music

Adele Leigh

Adam Faith & Adele Leigh - Out Voices Were Made For Each Other

Dick Charlesworth and his City Gents

Tyne Tees Young at Heart 6.30 - 7.00 pm

Eden Kane

Danny Williams

(possibly) The Viscounts

The Red Price Combo


Thursday 22nd June 1961

Anglia Crescendo 7.00 - 7.30 pm

Valerie Masters

ATV A Date With 8.00 - 8.30 pm

Shirley Jones and Jack Cassidy


Friday 23rd June 1961

BBC Mantovani 7.30 - 8.00 pm

BBC Magnolia Street 8.55 - 9.25 pm

David Jones (future Monkee) as Tommy Wright

AR Mike on Holliday 7.15 - 7.30 pm

Michael Holliday

Scottish Alex Awhile (one of fourteen shows)

Alex McEwan

Steve Benbow


Saturday 24th June 1961

BBC News 6.45 - 6.50 pm

Report on Petula Clark’s wedding

BBC Juke Box Jury 6.50 - 7.15 pm

Jury - Shirley Bassey, Jack Jackson, Jimmy Henney, plus one other

Guest -

BBC The Billy Cotton Band Show 7.45 - 8.30 pm

The Billy Cotton Band

Russ Conway

Cliff Richard

BBC A Song For Saturday 9.50 - 10.15 pm

Rosemary Squires

ATV The Winifred Atwell Show 6:15 - 6:30 (the Australian made series)

Big Ben Boogie, Chopin's Fantasie Impromptu, Poor People of Paris, a rock 'n' roll medley

ABC Holiday Town Parade 6.15 - 7.00 pm

Joe Loss and his Orchestra

ATV Roamin’ Holiday 6.30 - 7.00 pm

Max Bygraves


Sunday 25th June 1961

BBC Ask Anne 9.30 - 10.15 pm

Anne Shelton

The Springfields

ATV Val Parnell’s Sunday Show 8.55 - 9.55 pm

Tommy Steele

Southern Mantovani 11.00 - 11.30 pm


Monday 26th June 1961

BBC Summer Music Hall 8.40 - 9.25 pm

Jill Day

AR Something Old, Something New 6.30 - 7.00 pm (repeat 20th June 1961)

Granada Piano Pops 6.05 - 6.10 pm

AR Three Live Wires 8.00 - 8.30 pm

The Dudley Moore Trio

Southern Strictly For The Birds 11.02 - 11.32 pm

The Dudley Moore Trio

Bobby Samson

TWW Here Today

Valerie Masters


Tuesday 27th June 1961

AR Lucky Dip 5:00 - 5:25 pm

Bert Weedon


Wednesday 28th June 1961

ATV Calling Dickie Valentine 8:00 - 8:30 pm

Dickie Valentine

Petula Clark

Dennis Lotis

Tyne Tees Young at Heart 6.30 - 7.00 pm

Eden Kane

TWW Here Today

Valerie Masters


Thursday 29th June 1961

BBC Pinky & Perky Pop Parade (repeat April 1960)

TWW Ted Heath 6.40 - 6.54 pm

Anglia Showdate 7.00 - 7.30 pm (first of 13 shows)

Talent show broadcast from Theatre Royal, Lowestoft

Sheila Buxon will introduce musical guests which over the course of the series will include Tony Brent, Billy Fury, Humphrey Lyttelton

TWW Here Today

Valerie Masters


Friday 30th June 1961

BBC Mantovani 7.30 - 8.00 pm

AR Meet Matt Monro 7:15 - 7:30 pm

Granada The Younger Generation 9.35 - 10.30 pm (first episoded)

series of plays by young writers

Theme by Bill le Sage

Scottish The Larry Marshall Show (listed in the music press but not listed in newspapaers)

Craig Douglas

TWW Here Today

Valerie Masters


Saturday 1st July 1961

BBC Juke Box Jury 6.50 - 7.15 pm

Jury - Stubby Kaye, Pat Kirkwood, Brian Matthew, Sally Smith

Guest -

BBC On Laughter Service 7.45 - 8.30 pm (first in series)

Each show comes from a service base

Broadcast from Bridgnorth, Shropshire

Rosemary Squires

Eddie Calvert

BBC The Trad Fad And All That Jazz 10:45 - 11:15 pm

Chris Baber & Ottilie Patterson

Bob Wallis's Storyville Jazzmen

ABC Holiday Town Parade 6.15 - 7.00 pm

content unknown

ATV The Winifred Atwell Show 6.15 - 6.30 pm

The J.D. Boogie, The Black and White Rag, Summer of the Seventeenth Doll

ATV Roamin’ Holiday 6.30 - 7.00 pm (repeat of 4th February 1960)

Max Bygraves

ATV The Sophie Tucker Show 7.55 - 8.45 pm

Marino Marini Quartet

Al Saxon

ABC Buckaroo! 7.55 - 8.15 pm

Jim Dale


Sunday 2nd July 1961

BBC Be My Guest 9.35 - 10.05 pm

Joan Regan

Gary Miller

The Polka Dots

ABC The Sunday Break 6.15 - 7.00 pm

Wilf Todd and his Trio

ATV About Religion: Music for God 7.00 - 7.25 pm

Dennis Lotis

ATV Bernard Delfont's Sunday Show 8.55 - 9.55 pm

Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme


Monday 3rd July 1961

AR Something Old, Something New 6.30 - 7.00 pm

The Cliff Adams Singers

Russ Conway

Southern Strictly For The Birds 11.02 - 11.32 pm

The Dudley Moore Trio

Bobby Samson


Tuesday 4th July 1961

AR Lucky Dip 5:00 - 5:25 pm

Bert Weedon

AR Something Old, Something New 11.07 - 11.35 pm

The Cliff Adams Singers

Dennis Lotis

Rosemary Squires

Mike MacKenzie

Mark Wynter


Wednesday 5th July 1961

ATV Calling Dickie Valentine 8.00 - 8.30 pm

Dickie Valentine

Patricia Bredin

Granada Piano Pops 10.50 - 11.00 pm


Friday 7th July 1961

BBC Mantovani 7.30 - 8.00 pm

AR Meet Matt Monro 7.15 - 7.30 pm

Matt Monro - Witchcraft, Star Eyes, You Came Along From Out Of Nowhere, This Time

TWW Modern Rhythm 6:40 - 6:54 pm

content unknown

Southern The Teenager 10:30 - 11:00 pm

content unknown


Saturday 8th July 1961

BBC Juke Box Jury 6.50 - 7.15 pm

Jury - Diane Aubrey, Jack Jackson, Sam Costa, Helen Winston

Guest -

BBC On Laughter Service 7.45 - 8.30 pm

Broadcast from HMS Condor, Arbroath

Jill Day

The King Brothers

BBC The Trad Fad And All That Jazz 10.45 - 11.15 pm

Mr Acker Bilk's Paramount Jazzband

Terry Lightfoot and his New Orleans Jazzmen

ATV The Winifred Atwell Show 6.15 - 6.30 pm

Winifred Atwell - El Cumbanchero, Bewitched Bothered and Bewildered, Coronation Rag, Rampart Street Rock

ABC Holiday Town Parade 6.15 - 7.00 pn

content unknown

ATV Roamin’ Holiday 6.30 - 7.00 pm

Max Bygraves

ATV The Sid James Show 7.55 - 8.45 pm

Joe Brown


Sunday 9th July 1961

BBC Ask Anne 9.20 - 10.00 pm

Anne Shelton

George Chisholm

ABC The Sunday Break 6.15 - 7.00 pm

The Allisons

The Red Price Combo

ATV Bernard Delfont’s Sunday Show 8.55 - 9.55 pm

Johnnie Ray

Deep River Boys


Monday 10th July 1961

BBC Shirley Abicair 6.50 - 7.05 pm

AR Something Old Something New 6.30 - 7.00 pm (repeat of 4th July 1961)

Southern Strictly For The Birds 11.02 - 11.32 pm

The Dudley Moore Trio

Bobby Samson


Tuesday 11th July 1961

BBC The Wilf Todd Trio 6.50 - 7.05 pm

Tune Tees One O'Clock Show

Jo Peters

AR Lucky Dip 5:00 - 5:25 pm

Bert Weedon

AR Mike on Holliday 6.45 - 7.00 pm

Michael Holliday

AR Something Old, Something New 11.07 - 11.35 pm

The Cliff Adams Singers

Vera Lynn


Wednesday 12th July 1961

Tyne Tees One O'Clock Show

Jo Peters

ATV Calling Dickie Valentine 8.00 - 8.30 pm

The King Brothers


Thursday 13th July 1961

BBC Pinky & Perky’s Pop Parade 5.10 - 5.30 pm (repeat 1960)

BBC A Song For Everyone 9.20 - 9.50 pm

Kenneth McKellar


Friday 14th July 1961

AR Meet Matt Monro 7.15 - 7.30 pm


Saturday 15th July 1961

BBC Juke Box Jury 6.00 - 6.30 pm

Jury - Lana Morris, Jimmy Young, Paul Hollingdale

Guest -

BBC On Laughter Service 7.45 - 8.30 pm

RAF station Cosford

Ronnie Carroll

Julius Nehring

BBC The Trad Fad And All That Jazz 10.45 - 11.15 pm

The Temperance Seven

Mick Mulligan and his band with George Melly

ABC Holiday Town Parade 6.15 - 7.00 pm

Joe Loss

ATV The Winifred Atwell Show 6.15 - 6.30 pm

Winifred Atwell - Dixie Boogie, 17th-Century Boogie, Let's Have A Ball Medley

ATV Roamin’ Holiday 6.30 - 7.00 pm

Max Bygraves

ABC Big Night Out: The Best of The Big Top 7.55 - 8.45 pm

David Kossof and his sons go to the Hippodrome, Yarmouth. Presumably this includes Paul Kossoff, later of Free


Sunday 16th July 1961

ATV Patrick O'Hagan Sings 3.00 - 3.15 pm

ABC The Sunday Break 6.15 - 7.00 pm

Dick Charlesworth and his City Gents

ATV Bernard Delfont’s Sunday Show 8.55 - 9.55 pm

Mel Torme – When The World Was Young, plays drums in finale


Monday 17th July 1961

BBC Shirley Abicair 6.50 - 7.05 pm

AR Something Old, Something New 6.30 - 7.00 pm (repeat of 11th July 1961)

Southern Strictly For The Birds 11.02 - 11.32 pm

The Dudley Moore Trio

Bobby Samson


Tuesday 18th July 1961

BBC The Wilf Todd Trio 6.55 - 7.05 pm

BBC Putting On The Donegan 7:30 - 8:00 pm

Excerpts from his summer show from the Winter Gardens, Blackpool

Lonnie Donegan

AR Lucky Dip 5:00 - 5:25 pm

Bert Weedon

AR Something Old, Something New 11.10 - 11.37 pm

The Cliff Adams Singers

Tony Brent

Valerie Masters


Wednesday 19th July 1961

BBC The Mort Sahl Show 8.30 - 9.20 pm

Georgia Brown

Johnny Dankworth

ATV Calling Dickie Valentine 8.00 - 8.30 pm

Dickie Valentine

Petula Clark


Thursday 20th July 1961

BBC Show Train 5.10 - 5.40 pm

George Chisholm and his Jazzers

Carol Deene

BBC The Springfields - Music And Dancing 6:50 - 7:05 pm

The Springfields

BBC A Song For Everyone 9.15 - 9.45 pm

Kenneth McKellar

Ava Juno

AR Summersong 9:35 - 10:35 pm

Dennis Lotis

Dudley Moore - Concerto for Piano and Truck

Matt Monro

Craig Douglas

Lyn Cornell

Johnny Dankworth & Cleo Laine


Friday 21st July 1961

BBC Meet Mister Moore 6.50 - 7.00 pm

Dudley Moore at the piano

AR Meet Matt Monro 7.15 - 7.30 pm


Saturday 22nd July 1961

BBC Juke Box Jury 6.00 - 6.40 pm

Jury - Steve Lawrence, Edie Gorme, Catherine Boyle, Bunny Lewis

Guest -

Among the records that got a 'Miss' from the panel was John Leyton 'Johnny Remember Me'

BBC On Laughter Service 6.40 - 7.30 pm

Morton Fraser Harmonica Gang

BBC The Trad Fad And All That Jazz 10.50 - 11.20 pm

Terry Lightfoot and his New Orleans Jazzmen

Dick Charlesworth and his City Gents

ATV The Winifred Atwell Show 6.15 - 6.30 pm

Winifred Atwell - Bumble Boogie, Tribute to Francis Craig, Near You

12th Street Ra8

ATV Roamin' Holiday 6.30 - 7.00 pm

Max Bygraves

ABC Holiday Town Parade 6.15 - 7.00 pm

Joe Loss

ABC Buckaroo! 7.55 - 8.45 pm

NB ABC put out a call for a real farm with a large barn for an outside broadcast. This final show was recorded at the Golden Horse Ranch in West Sussex.

Jim Dale


Sunday 23rd July 1961

BBC Ask Anne 9.30 - 10.10 pm

Anne Shelton

Cy Grant

The Vernons Girls

ATV Patrick O'Hagan Sings 3.00 - 3.15 pm

ATV Bernard Delfont’s Sunday Show 8.55 - 9.55 pm

Jo Stafford


Monday 24th July 1961

BBC Shirley Abicair 6.50 - 7.05 pm

BBC The Black and White Minstrel Show 9.05 - 9.35 pm

George Chisholm and his jazzers

Granada Piano Pops 6.05 - 6.10 pm

AR Something Old, Something New 6.30 - 7.00 pm (repeat of 18th July 1961)

ATV Harper’s West One 9:35 - 10:30 pm

John Leyton as pop star Johnny St Cyr performing Johnny Remember Me in the department stores' record shop. The appearance lead to advance orders of 30,000 copies of the record.

Southern Strictly For The Birds 11.02 - 11.32 pm

The Dudley Moore Trio

Cleo Laine

Bobby Samson


Tuesday 25th July 1961

BBC The Wilf Todd Trio 6.50 - 7.05 pm

AR Lucky Dip 5:00 - 5:25 pm

Bert Weedon

AR Something Old, Something New 11.07 - 11.35 pm

The Cliff Adams Singers

Dorothy Squires

Rolly Daniels


Wednesday 26th July 1961

ATV Tell The Truth 7.00 - 7.30 pm

Panel show with guest Jack Good

ATV Calling Dickie Valentine 8.00 - 8.30 pm

Dickie Valentine

Ronnie Hilton


Thursday 27th July 1961

BBC The Springfields: Music And Dancing 6.50 - 7.05 pm

The Springfields

BBC A Song For Everyone 7.30 - 8.00 pm

Kenneth McKellar


Friday 28th July 1961

BBC Meet Mr Moore 6.50 - 7.05 pm

The Dudley Moore Trio

BBC Mantovani 7.30 - 8.00 pm

AR Meet Matt Monro 7.15 - 7.30 pm

Matt Monro -

ATV Look Around: Jazz on a July Night 10.30 - 11.00 pm

The Earlwood Jazz Festival

Acker Bilk and His Paramount Jazzband


Saturday 29th July 1961

BBC Juke Box Jury 6.50 - 7.15 pm

Jury - Spike Milligan, Eira Heath, Benny Green

Guest -

BBC On Laughter Service 7.45 - 8.30 pm

NB Broadcast from the Royal Marine Barracks, Eastney, Portsmouth

Lita Roza

BBC The Trad Fad And All That Jazz 10.50 - 11.20 pm

Alex Welsh and his band

Bob Wallis and his Storyville Jazzmen

Chris Barber

ATV The Winifred Atwell Show 6.15 - 6.30 pm

Winifred Atwell - Swanee River Boogie, Tribute to Dave Brubeck, Give a Little Whistle, Toy Shop Rag

ABC Holiday Town Parade 6.15 - 7.00 pm

Joe Loss and his orchestra

ATV Roamin' Hoilday 6.30 - 7.00 pm

Max Bygraves

Eddie Calvert

ABC Big Night Out 7.55 - 8.45 pm

The Best of London's Night Life

The Clark Brothers

Eve Boswell

Adele Leigh

The Barney Galbraith Singers


Sunday 30th July 1961

ATV Patrick O'Hagan Sings 3.00 - 3.15 pm

ABC The Sunday Break 6.15 - 7.00 pm

The John Barry Seven

Danny Williams

ATV Bernard Delfont’s Sunday Show 8.55 - 10.00 pm

Rosemary Clooney

(possibly) Lita Roza


Monday 31st July 1961

AR Something Old, Something New 6. 30 - 7.00 pm (repeat 25th July 1961)

Southern Strictly For The Birds 11.02 - 11.32 pm

The Dudley Moore Trio

Bobby Samson


Tuesday 1st August 1961

AR Lucky Dip 5:00 - 5:25 pm

Bert Weedon

AR Meet Matt Monro 6.45 - 7.00 pm

Matt Monro

AR Something Old, Something New 11.10 - 11.35 pm

The Cliff Adams Singers

Mike Preston


Wednesday 2nd August 1961

BBC Hot Ice and Cool Music 10.05 - 10.35 pm (first in series)

Ice skating to pop recordss

BBC Nice 'n' Easy 11.05 - 11.35 pm

Janie Marden & Dennis Newey (guitarist)

The Billy Van Four

ATV Tell The Truth 7.00 - 7.30 pm

Panel show with guest Jack Good

ATV Calling Dickie Valentine 8.00 - 8.30 pm

NB Several editions of the show get into the bottom half of the top twenty TAM ratings, unusual for a primarily music based show

Dickie Valentine

Glen Mason

Valerie Masters

Granada Piano Pops 10.50 - 11.05 pm


Thursday 3rd August 1961

BBC Show Train 5.10 - 5.40 pm

Carole Deene

George Chisholm and his Jazzers

BBC Suddenly It’s Swing 6.20 - 6.50 pm

Hosted by Steve Race

BBC A Song For Everyone 9.50 - 10.20 pm

Kenneth McKellar

AR Summersong 9.35 - 10.35 pm

Matt Monro

Craig Douglas

Michael Cole

Lyn Cornell

Cleo Laine

Johnny Dankworth

Dennis Lotis

Dudley Moore

The Johnnie Spence Band

June Marlow


Friday 4th August 1961

BBC Russ Conway 7:30 - 8:00 pm (first in series)

NB Conway was accompanied by The Reg Wale Four throughout the series, and will play the tune Singing Bells at the close of each show

Russ Conway

Bert Weedon

The Kaye Sisters - I Just Wanna Be With You (written by Russ Conway)

Granada Piano Pops 6.05 - 6.15 pm


Saturday 5th August 1961

BBC Juke Box Jury 6.00 - 6.30 pm

Jury - Helen Shapiro, Jack Payne, Sammy Cahn

Guest -

BBC On Laughter Service 7.45 - 8.30 pm

David Hughes

BBC The Trad Fad And All That Jazz 10.50 - 11.20 pm

The Temperance Seven

Ian Menzies and his Clyde Valley Stompers

Charlie Galbraith and his All-Star Jazzband

ATV The Winifred Atwell Show 6.15 - 6.30 pm

Winifred Atwell - Boogie in the Groove, How Are Things In Gloccamorra, Tribute to Roger Williams, Steamboat Rag

ABC Holiday Town Parade 6.15 - 7.00 pm

Joe Loss

ATV The Rosemary Clooney Show 7:55 - 8:45 pm

Rosemary Clooney

Dave King


Sunday 6th August 1961

ABC The Sunday Break 6.15 - 7.00 pm

Mick Mulligan’s Band with George Melly

ATV Bernard Delfont’s Sunday Show 8.55 - 10.00 pm

Emile Ford & The Checkmates


Monday 7th August 1961 Bank Holiday

BBC Ask Anne 7.30 - 8.15 pm

Anne Shelton

BBC Living Jazz 10:30 - 11:10 pm

A day in the life of the Bruce Turner Jump Band

AR Something Old, Something New 6.30 - 7.00 pm (repeat of 1st August 1961)

Granada Piano Pops 6.05 - 6.10 pm

Southern Strictly For The Birds 11.02 - 11.32 pm

The Dudley Moore Trio

Bobby Samson


Tuesday 8th August 1961

AR Lucky Dip 5:00 - 5:25 pm

Bert Weedon

AR Meet Matt Monro 6.45 - 7.00 pm

AR Something Old, Something New 11.07 - 11.35 pm

The Cliff Adams Singers

Lyn Cornell

Stubby Kaye


Wednesday 9th August 1961

BBC Nice 'n' Easy 10.45 - 11.15 pm

Janie Marden & Dennis Newey (guitarist)

ATV Tell The Truth 7.00 - 7.30 pm

Panel show with guest Jack Good

ATV Calling Dickie Valentine 8.00 - 8.45 pm

Dickie Valentine

Ray Ellington


Thursday 10th August 1961

BBC Pinky & Perky’s Pop Parade 5.10 - 5.30 pm (repeat 1960)

BBC A Song For Everyone 10.00 - 10.30 pm

Kenneth McKellar

Olga Gwynne


Friday 11th August 1961

BBC Russ Conway 7.30 - 8.00 pm

Russ Conway

Geoff Love

Helen Shapiro

Cephas Howard (BBC TV designer and member of The Temperance Seven)

BBC Fun and Fancy Free 8.00 -8.30 pm

NB The Queen's Theatre, Blackpool

Yana

BBC Off The Cuff 10.10 - 10.40 pm

Anita O'Day

The Malcolm Mitchell Trio


Saturday 12th August 1961

BBC Juke Box Jury 6.00 - 6.30 pm

Jury - The ‘Tonight’ team - Cliff Michelmore, Derek Hart, Fyfe Robertson, Kenneth Allsop

Guest -

BBC On Laughter Service 7.40 - 8.25 pm

Pearl Carr and Teddy Johnson

BBC The Trad Fad And All That Jazz 10.45 - 11.15 pm

Kenny Ball’s Jazzmen

Clinton Ford and his band

ATV The Winifred Atwell Show 6.15 - 6.30 pm

Winifred Atwell - Vine Street Boogie, Spaceship Rag, Maple Leaf Rag

ABC Holiday Town Parade 6.15 - 7.00 pm

Joe Loss

ABC Big Night Out 7.50 - 8.45 pm

Bell, a musical based on the Dr Crippen story written by Wolf Mankowitz and Monty Norman

ATV The Saturday Show 7.55 - 8.45 pm

Vic Damone

Dorothy Squires


Sunday 13th August 1961

BBC The Singing Years 9.15 - 10.00 pm

Music of the Twenties

Dennis Lotis

Stephanie Voss

Jean Muir

Pauline Innes

ATV Patrick O'Hagan Sings 3.00 - 3.15 pm

ABC The Sunday Break 6.15 - 7.00 pm

Monty Sunshine

ATV Bernard Delfont’s Sunday Show 8.55 - 10.00 pm

Eartha Kitt

Edmund Hockridge


Monday 14th August 1961

BBC Tonight 6.50 - 7.29 pm

Robin Hall and Jimmie MacGregor

AR Something Old, Something New 6.30 - 7.00 pm (repeat 8th August 1961)

Granada Piano Pops 6.05 - 6.10 pm

Southern Strictly For The Birds 11.02 - 11.32 pm

The Dudley Moore Trio

Bobby Samson

TWW Here Today 6.15 - 6.45 pm

Helen Shapiro (NB She will also record two further songs for later inclusion)


Tuesday 15th August 1961

BBC Tonight 6.50 - 7.29 pm

Robin Hall and Jimmie MacGregor

AR Lucky Dip 5:00 - 5:25 pm

Bert Weedon

AR Meet Matt Monro 6.45 - 7.00 pm

Matt Monro

AR Something Old, Something New 11.10 - 11.35 pm

The Cliff Adams Singers

George Chakaris

Carmita


Wednesday 16th August 1961

BBC Tonight 6.50 - 7.29 pm

Robin Hall and Jimmie MacGregor

BBC Nice 'n' Easy 10.30 - 11.00 pm

Janie Marden & Dennis Newey (guitarist)

Johnny Roadhouse (saxophonist) - Blues In The Night

ATV Tell The Truth 7.00 - 7.30 pm

Panel show with guest Jack Good

ATV Calling Dickie Valentine 8.00 - 8.30 pm

Dickie Valentine

Ronnie Carroll

Sheila Buxton


Thursday 17th August 1961

BBC Show Train 5.10 - 5.40 pm

George Chisholm and his Jazzers

Carol Deene

BBC Tonight 6.50 - 7.29 pm

Robin Hall and Jimmie MacGregor

BBC A Song For Everyone 10.45 - 11.15 pm

Kenneth McKellar

Granada Piano Pops 6.05 - 6.10 pm


Friday 18th August 1961

BBC Tonight 6.50 - 7.29 pm

Robin Hall and Jimmie MacGregor

BBC Russ Conway 7.30 - 8.00 pm

Russ Conway

Dorothy Squires

Semprini


Saturday 19th August 1961

BBC Juke Box Jury 6.50 - 7.15 pm

Jury - June Whitfield, Glen Mason, Alan Freeman

Guest -

BBC On Laughter Service 7.45 - 8.30 pm

Earle and Vaughan

BBC The Trad Fad And All That Jazz 10.25 - 10.55 pm

Mr Acker Bilk and His Paramount Jazzband

Monty Sunshine's Jazzband with Beryl Bryden

ATV The Winifred Atwell Show 6.15 - 6.30 pm

Winifred Atwell - Yancy Special, Llebestraume, St. Louis Blues

ABC Holiday Town Parade 6.15 - 7.00 pm

Joe Loss

ATV The Eydie Gorme & Steve Lawrence Show 7:55 - 8:45 pm

Eydie Gorme & Steve Lawrence


Sunday 20th August 1961

BBC Ask Anne 9.25 - 10.05 pm

Anne Shelton

The Mudlarks

ATV Patrick O'Hagan Sings 3.00 - 3.15 pm

ATV Bernard Delfont’s Sunday Show 8.55 - 10.00 pm

Connie Stevens

Frances Faye


Monday 21st August 1961

AR Something Old, Something New 6.30 - 7.00 pm (repeat 15th August 1961)

Southern Strictly For The Birds 11.02 - 11.32 pm

The Dudley Moore Trio

Bobby Samson


Tuesday 22nd August 1961

BBC A Song For Everyone 1.15 - 10.45 pm

Kenneth McKellar

AR Lucky Dip 5:00 - 5:25 pm

Bert Weedon

AR Something Old, Something New 11.07 - 11.35 pm

The Cliff Adams Singers

Lita Roza


Wednesday 23rd August 1961

BBC Nice 'n' Easy 10.35 - 11.05 pm

Janie Marden & Dennis Newey (guitarist)

ATV Tell The Truth 7.00 - 7.30 pm

Panel show with guest Jack Good

ATV Calling Dickie Valentine 8.00 - 8.30 pm

Dickie Valentine

Cleo Laine

Kenny Baker


Thursday 24th August 1961

BBC Pinky & Perky’s Pop Parade 5.10 - 5.30 pm (repeat 1960)

ATV Personal Appearance: This Is Anka (noted in music press but not listed in newspapers)

Paul Anka

Linda Scott


Friday 25th August 1961

BBC Russ Conway 7.30 - 8.00 pm

Russ Conway

Petula Clark

Stephane Grappelly

Southern Day By Day 6.10 - 6.40 pm

Eden Kane

AR Meet Matt Monro 7.15 - 7.30 pm

Matt Monro

AR Jeannie Drops By (noted in music press but not listed in newspapers)

Jeannie Carson


Saturday 26th August 1961

BBC Juke Box Jury 6.00 - 6.28 pm

Jury - Jane Asher, Pete Murray, John Paddy Carstairs

Guest -

BBC On Laughter Services 7.45 - 8.30 pm

Maureen Evans

Kenny Baker

BBC The Trad Fad And All That Jazz 10.25 - 10.55 pm

Ian Manzies and his Clyde Valley Stompers

The Merseyssippi Jazz Band

The Syncopaters

ATV The Winifred Atwell Show 6.15 - 6.30 pm

Winifred Atwell - Dobs Boogie, I'll Remember April, Tribute to George Shearing, Syncopated Sadie

ABC Holiday Town Parade 6.15 - 7.00 pm

content unknown

ABC Big Night Out: The Peggy Lee Show 7:50 - 8:45 pm

NB Also seen as The Best Of Peggy Lee. Waxwork effigies of Dr Crippen, Henry VIII and Bob Hope from Madam Tussauds were used

Peggy Lee

Bing Crosby

Sammy Cahn and Jimmy Van Huesen

The Victor Feldman Quartet


Sunday 27th August 1961

BBC The Singing Years - The Thirties 9.20 - 10.05 pm

Dennis Lotis

Diane Todd

ABC The Sunday Break 6.15 - 7.00 pm

Mr Acker Bilk and His Paramount Jazzband

Jim Dale

ATV Bernard Delfont’s Sunday Show 8.55 - 10.00 pm

Howard Keel


Monday 28th August 1961

BBC Tonight 6.50 - 7.29 pm

Robin Hall and Jimmie MacGregor

AR Something Old, Something New 6.30 - 7.00 pm (repeat 22nd August 1961)

Southern Strictly For The Birds 11.02 - 11.30 pm

The Dudley Moore Trio

Bobby Samson


Tuesday 29th August 1961

BBC Tonight 6.50 - 7.29 pm

Robin Hall and Jimmie MacGregor

BBC A Song For Everyone 10.20 - 10.50 pm

Kenneth McKellar

AR Lucky Dip 5:00 - 5:25 pm

Bert Weedon

AR A Date with Dorothy 7.15 - 7.30 pm

Dorothy Squires


Wednesday 30th August 1961

BBC Tonight 6.50 - 7.29 pm

Robin Hall and Jimmie MacGregor

George Chisholm and his jazzers

BBC Nice 'n' Easy 10.30 - 11.00 pm

Janie Marden & Dennis Newey - Isn't This A Lovely Day, Blue Skies

ATV Tell The Truth 7.00 - 7.30 pm

Panel show with guest Jack Good

ATV Calling Dickie Valentine 8.00 - 8.30 pm

Dickie Valentine

Ray Ellington

Valerie Masters

Granada Family Solicitor: First Eleven Plus 8.30 - 9.25 pm

Peter Noon (future Herman's Hermits) as Harrison


Thursday 31st August 1961

BBC Show Train 5.10 - 5.40 pm

George Chisholm and his Jazzers

Carol Deene

BBC Swing High 6.20 - 6.50 pm

The Welsh Dance Orchestra

Eve Adams

The Valentines

BBC Tonight 6.50 - 7.29 pm

Robin Hall and Jimmie MacGregor

BBC Off The Cuff 7.30 - 8.00 pm

Malcolm Mitchell

ITV Felicia Sanders Sings 10.50 - 11.05 pm


Friday 1st September 1961

NB Border Television begins transmission

BBC Tonight 6.50 - 7.29 pm

Robin Hall and Jimmie MacGregor

BBC Russ Conway 7.30 - 8.00 pm

Russ Conway

Ronnie Hilton

Dennis Newey

AR Meet Matt Monro 7.15 - 7.30 pm

Matt Monro


Saturday 2nd September 1961

BBC Juke Box Jury 6.00 - 6.28 pm

Jury - Eric Sykes, Shirley Abicair, Sillia Gabel, Ray Orchard

Guest -

BBC On Laughter Service 7.45 - 8.30 pm

Sheila Buxton

BBC The Trad Fad And All That Jazz 10.25 - 10.55 pm

Kenny Ball's Jazzmen

Mick Mulligan and his band with George Melly

ABC Holiday Town Parade 6.15 - 7.00 pm

content unknown

ATV The Winifred Atwell Show 6.15 - 6.30 pm

Winifred Atwell - 17th Century Boogie, Jezebel, Johnson Rag

ABC Big Night Out: The Best of Summer 7.55 - 8.25 pm

NB Recorded at the Arcadia Theatre, Skegness

Carole Simpson (singer)

The Peter Crawford Trio

ATV The Alma Cogan Show 7:55 - 8:45 pm

Alma Cogan

Helen Shapiro

Gary Miller


Sunday 3rd September 1961

BBC Ask Anne 9.20 - 10.00 pm

Anne Shelton

Humphrey Lyttelton

ATV Patrick O'Hagan Sings 3.00 - 3.15 pm

ABC The Sunday Break 6.15 - 7.00 pm

Johnny Dankworth

ABC Sing Along With Joe (noted in music press but not listed in newspapers)

Joe 'Mister Piano' Henderson

Mark Wynter


Monday 4th September 1961

AR Something Old, Something New 6.30 - 7.00 pm

The Cliff Adams Singers

Cleo Laine

Southern Strictly For The Birds 11.02 - 11.32 pm

The Dudley Moore Trio

Bobby Samson


Tuesday 5th September 1961

BBC A Song For Everyone 10.10 - 10.40 pm

Kenneth McKellar

AR Lucky Dip 5.00 - 5.25 pm

Bert Weedon

AR Something Old, Something New 11.07 - 11.35 pm

The Cliff Adams Singers


Wednesday 6th September 1961

ATV Tell The Truth 7.00 - 7.30 pm

Panel show with guest Jack Good

ATV The Sophie Tucker Half-Hour: Some Of These Days 8.00 - 8.30 pm

Sophie Tucker

Kenny Ball & His Jazzmen


Thursday 7th September 1961

BBC Pinky & Perky’s Pop Parade 5.15 - 5.35 pm (repeat 1960)

BBC Suddenly It's Swing 6.20 - 6.50 pm

The Northern Dance Orchestra

Josephine Stahl

The Stringset

The Tradlads

The Lazybones

The Kitchenettes

TWW Songs at Seven 7.00 - 7.30 pm

content unknown

AR Patricia Lambert Sings 10.50 - 11.05 pm

Patricia Lambert

Bryan Johnson


Friday 8th September 1961

BBC Russ Conway 7.30 - 8.00 pm

Russ Conway

Shirley Eaton

Paddy Roberts

Scottish (possibly) The One O'Clock Gang 1.00 - 1.40 pm

Paul Raven - Walk On Boy

AR Meet Matt Monro 7.15 - 7.30 pm

Matt Monro


Saturday 9th September 1961

BBC Juke Box Jury 6.00 - 6.28 pm

Jury - Juliet Mills, David Kossof, Jimmy Savile

Guest -

BBC The Trad Fad And All That Jazz 10.40 - 11.10 pm

Bob Wallis and his Storyville Jazzmen

Monty Sunshine’s Jazzband with Beryl Bryden

The Fairweather-Brown All-Stars

ATV The Winifred Atwell Show 5.35 - 5.45 pm

Winifred Atwell - Bounce the Boogie, Taboo, Temptation Rag

ABC Thank Your Lucky Stars 5:50 - 6:30 pm (first in second series, due to last 13 weeks), also on ATV, TWW, Westward, Southern, Border, Scottish and possibly Tyne Tees (same time as ABC)

Hosted by Keith Fordyce and Brian Matthew

Shani Wallis

Roy Tierney (introduced by Shani Wallis)

Harry Fowler and Mario Fabrizi

Kenny Lynch (introduced by Harry Fowler and Mario Fabrizi)

Eden Kane - presented with a silver disc by Brian Matthew

Joanne - Frankfurter Sandwiches (introduced by Eden Kane) NB Joanne's full name would be revealed on the show. It was actually singer Rosemary Squires.

The Confederates - Battle Hymn of the Republic

Guest DJ Kent Walton and a panel of teenagers review new American releases in Spin-A-Disc

ATV The Jo Stafford Show 7:25 - 8:25 pm

Jo Stafford

The Polka Dots


Sunday 10th September 1961

BBC The Singing Years 9.15 - 10.00 pm

The music of the 1940s

Dennis Lotis

Diane Todd

Benny Lee

ABC Patrick O'Hagan Sings 3.00 - 3.15 pm (repeat 17th April 1960)

ABC The Sunday Break 6.15 - 7.00 pm

Bruce Turner and His Jumpband

Ronnie Hall

ATV Val Parnell’s Sunday Night At The London Palladium 8.25 - 9.25 pm (first in new series)

Hosted by Bruce Forsyth

Yana

Bing Crosby walks on to the stage during Bob Hope's routine - He later told the Daily Mirror "I knew Bob's act and fixed it with his assistant to arrive in the middle dressed as a maid."

ABC Music For Dreaming 11.20 pm - epilogue

The Freemen

Marion Keene

The Dave Lee Quartet


Monday 11th September 1061

BBC September Song 10.40 - 11.10 pm

David Hughes

Southern Strictly For The Birds 11.02 - 11.32 pm

The Dudley Moore Trio

Bobby Samson


Tuesday 12th September 1961

AR Tuesday Rendezvous 5:00 - 5:25 pm (first edition)

NB replaces Lucky Dip

Bert Weedon

Granada Piano Pops 6.05 - 6.15 pm

AR Steve Race and his Trio 6:08 – 6:15 pm

Westward Spin Along 6:15 - 6:45 pm (first edition)

Hosted by Alan Freeman

Eden Kane

ATV Val Parnell: All Kinds Of Music 8:00 - 8:55 pm

Acker Bilk

Cleo Laine

Adele Leigh

Kenny Baker


Wednesday 13th September 1961

BBC Paris Music Box 10.05 - 10.30 pm

Renee Lebas

Ricet Barrier

Les Trois Menestrels

Nadine Clair

Denise Benoit

Eddy Marnay

Anne Vernon

Granada Piano Pops 10.50 - 11.05 pm


Thursday 14th September 1961

BBC Show Train 5.10 - 5.40 pm

George Chisholm and his Jazzers

Carol Deene

BBC Swing High 6.20 - 6.50 pm

The Welsh Dance Orchestra

BBC Let's Make Music 9.40 - 10.10 pm

NB The Austrian entry for the Montreux television festival

Lisa Page (singer with The John Barry Seven)

Peter Kraus

TWW Discs-A-Gogo 6:15 - 6:38 pm (first edition)

Hosted by Kent Walton

Paul Raven

ATV Our Kind Of Girl 8.00 - 8.30 pm

Alma Cogan

Gary Miller

The Dallas Boys

Granada Piano Pops 10.50 - 11.15 pm


Friday 15th September 1961

BBC The Friday Show 7.30 - 8.00 pm (first edition)

Lena Martell

Wilf Todd

AR Stop-Look-Listen 5.00 - 5.25 pm

Hosted by Steve Race

Matt Monro


Saturday 16th September 1961

BBC Juke Box Jury 6.00 - 6.23 pm

Jury - Shirley Anne Field, Matt Monro, Pete Murray

Guest -

BBC On Laughter Service 7.50 - 8.35 pm

Lucille Mapp

BBC The Trad Fad And All That Jazz 10.30 - 11.00 pm

Terry Lightfoot and his New Orleans Jazzmen

Alex Welsh and his band

Ken Colyer's Jazzmen

ATV The Winifred Atwell Show 5.35 - 5.45 pm

Winifred Atwell - Piano Tuners Boogie, Love Walked In, Black and White Rag

ABC Thank Your Lucky Stars 5:50 - 6:30 pm, also on ATV, TWW, Westward, Southern, Tyne Tees, Scottish, Ulster (same time as ABC)

Hosted by Brian Matthew and Keith Fordyce

Don Arrol

Valerie Masters

The Viscounts - Who Put The Bomp

David MacBeth (introduced by ?)

Al Saxon (introduced by ?)

Patti Brook (introduced by ?)

Clinton Ford

Guest DJ David Gell and a panel of teenagers review new American releases in Spin-A-Disc

ATV The Arthur Haynes Show 9.30 - 10.00 pm

Joan Savage

Ken Norris


Sunday 17th September 1961

BBC Ask Anne 9.25 - 10.05 pm

Anne Shelton

David Hughes

ATV Patrick O'Hagan Sings 3.00 - 3.15 pm (repeat of 12th June 1960)

ATV Val Parnell’s Sunday Night At The London Palladium 8.25 - 9.25 pm

Hosted by Bruce Forsyth

Nina and Frederick

Chita Rivera

The Malcolm Mitchell Trio

ABC Music for Dreaming 11.20 pm - epilogue

The Kentones

Pat Lorenz

Dave Lee Quintet


Monday 18th September 1961

BBC September Song 10.05 - 10.35 pm

Dennis Lotis

Susan Denny

Julie Shelley

Southern Strictly For The Birds 11.02 - 11.32 pm

The Dudley Moore Trio

Bobby Samson


Tuesday 19th September 1961

AR Tuesday Rendezvous 5:00 - 5:25 pm

Bert Weedon

(possibly) Paul Raven

Granada Personal Appearance: Johnny Mathis 8:00 - 8:55 pm

Johnny Mathis

Jack Douglas - an American comedian who sang You Always Hurt The One You Love while sticking pins into a squealing doll led to complaints from viewers

Westward Spin Along 6.15 - 6.45 pm

content unknown

TWW Movie Magazine 6.15 - 6.45 pm

Bing Crosby interview

Anglia (possibly) Stardate Final 8.00 - 8.55 pm

Sheila Buxton


Wednesday 20th September 1961

AR Songs with Sheila Buxton 10:35 – 10:50 pm


Thursday 21st September 1961

BBC Off The Cuff 7.30 - 8..00 pm

Malcolm Mitchell

TWW Discs-A-Gogo 6.15 - 6.38 pm

content unknown

ATV Our Kind Of Girl 8.00 - 8.30 pm

Alma Cogan

Gary Miller

The Dallas Boys


Friday 22nd September 1961

BBC The Friday Show 7.30 - 8.00 pm

Lena Martell

Wilf Todd


Saturday 23rd September 1961

BBC Juke Box Jury 6.00 - 6.28 pm

Jury - Janet Munro, Cyril Ornadel, Jane Asher

Guest -

BBC On Laughter Service 8.00 - 8.45 pm

Sheila Southern

BBC The Trad Fad And All That Jazz 11.05 - 11.35 pm

Acker Bilk

Dick Charlesworth

Ian Menzies

ABC Thank Your Lucky Stars 5:50 - 6:30 pm, also on ATV, TWW, Westward, Southern, Tyne Tees, Scottish, Ulster (same time as ABC)

NB Mike and Bernie Winters cancelled their appearance as did Paul Raven

Hosted by Keith Fordyce and Brian Matthew

Ted Heath and his Music - Charmaine

John Leyton - Wild Wind

The Brook Brothers - Ain't Gonna Wash For A Week

Gary Mills (introduced by ?)

Kenny Clayton (introduced by John Leyton)

Donna Douglas (introduced by ?)

Cleo Laine

Lyn Cornell (not listed in TV Times)

Guest DJ Pete Murray and a panel of teenagers review new American releases in Spin-A-Disc

ATV The Jo Stafford Show 7.25 - 8.25 pm

Jo Stafford

The Polka Dots


Sunday 24th September 1961

BBC Stranger On The Shore 4.45 - 5.15 pm (first edition)

Theme 'Jenny' by Acker Bilk, but later renamed after the series when released as a single

BBC The Singing Years: Music Of The Fifties 9.15 - 9.55 pm

Dennis Lotis

Diane Todd

Benny Lee

ABC The Sunday Break 6.15 - 7.00 pm

Wilf Todd and his trio

Van Doren

ATV Val Parnell’s Sunday Night At The London Palladium 8.25 - 9.25 pm

Hosted by Bruce Forsyth

Connie Francis

Matt Monro

ABC Music For Dreaming 11.20 pm - epilogue

Wilf Todd and his trio

Sheila Southern

Dave Lee Quartet


Monday 25th September 1961

BBC September Song 10.10 - 10.40 pm

Matt Monro

Southern Strictly For The Birds 11.02 - 11.32 pm

The Dudley Moore Trio

Bobby Samson


Tuesday 26th September 1961

AR Tuesday Rendezvous 5:00 - 5:25 pm

Bert Weedon

Westward Spin Along 6.15 - 6.45 pm

content unknown

AR Hippodrome 8.00 - 8.55 pm

Jeannie Carson

TWW unknown show

The Confederates - Battle Hymn Of The Republic


Wednesday 27th September 1961

BBC Paris Music Box 10.05 - 10 .30 pm

Yvette Giraud

Serge Gainsbourg

Catherine Sauvage

Eddy Marnay

Nicole Louvier

Francis Lemarque

Anna Gaylor


Thursday 28th September 1961

BBC Show Train 5.10 - 5.40 pm

George Chisholm and his Jazzers

Carol Deene

BBC Swing High 6:20 - 6:50 pm

From Radio Times "Continuous music in the modern manner by the Welsh Dance Orchestra"

BBC Off The Cuff 7.30 - 8.00 pm

Malcolm Mitchell

ATV Our Kind Of Girl 8.00 - 8.30 pm

Alma Cogan

Gary Miller

The Dallas Boys

TWW Discs-A-Gogo 6.15 - 6.45 pm

content unknown

Granada Josh White Sings 10.50 - 11.05 pm


Friday 29th September 1961

BBC The Friday Show 7.30 - 8.00 pm

Lena Martell

TWW Songs At Seven 7.00 - 7.30 pm

content unknown


Saturday 30th September 1961

NB Grampian Television begins broadcasting at 2.45 pm

BBC Juke Box Jury 6.00 - 6.30 pm

Jury - Howard Keel, Nicole Mauray, Jack Jackson

Guest -

BBC The Billy Cotton Band Show 8.00 - 8.45 pm

The Billy Cotton Band

Adam Faith

ABC Thank Your Lucky Stars 5:50 - 6:30 pm, also on ATV, Westward, TWW, Southern, Tyne Tees 5:50 - 6:15 pm, also on Scottish, Ulster (same time as ABC)

Hosted by Keith Fordyce and Brian Matthew

Adam Faith

Billy Fury

Matt Monro - Gonna Build A Mountain

Tony Osborne - Mexico (introduced by Adam Faith)

Big Jim Sullivan Combo featuring Jackie Atom (aka Trevor Peacock) - Hot Kiss Of Steam (introduced by Billy Fury)

Carole Deene (introduced by Matt Monro)

Guest DJ Sam Costa and a panel of teenagers review new American releases in Spin-A-Disc

Anglia Top Twenties 7:25 - 7:40 pm (first edition)

content unknown

ATV The Arthur Haynes Show 9.30 - 10.00 pm

Joan Savage

Ken Norris


Sunday 1st October 1961

BBC Kay Starr English Music Hall 7:25 - 8:15 pm

Kay Starr

BBC Juliet Greco 10:05 - 10:35 pm

Juliet Greco sings in a Parisian setting

ABC Sing Along With Joe 4.30 - 5.00 pm

Joe 'Mister Piano' Henderson

Jim Dale

Kathy Kirby

Mark Wynter

The Keytones

ABC Tempo 5.00 - 5.50 pm

includes Beyond The Fringe team including Dudley Moore

ABC The Sunday Break 6.15 - 7.00 pm

Diz Disley and his string quartet

Sheila Southern

ATV Val Parnell’s Sunday Night At The London Palladium 8.25 - 9.25 pm

Hosted by Bruce Forsyth

Sammy Davis Jr

Cleo Laine


Monday 2nd October 1961

BBC This Is Your Life: Max Bygraves 7.55 - 8.00 pm

ATV The Winifred Atwell Show 6.30 - 6.45 pm

17th Century Boogie, Jezebel, Johnson Rag

Southern Strictly For The Birds 11.14 - 11.44 pm

NB Twice a week from this point on

The Dudley Moore Trio

Bobby Samson


Tuesday 3rd October 1961

BBC I’ve Heard That Song Before 10:25 - 10:45 pm

Two American songwriters, Sammy Cahn and Jimmy Van Heusen, talk about their songs

AR Tuesday Rendezvous 5:00 - 5:25 pm

Bert Weedon

Westward Spin Along 6.15 - 6.45 pm

content unknown

ATV Val Parnell: All Kinds Of Music 8.00 - 8.55 pm

Kenny Ball and his jazzmen

Nina and Frederick - Countin' Colours In A Rainbow, Time For Man Go Home

Janie Marden

Johnny Leyton - Wild Wind

Malcolm Mitchell and his trio

Adele Leigh

Westward Spin Along

Paul Hanford - Memphis Address


Thursday 5th October 1961

TWW Discs-A-Gogo 6.15 - 6.45 pm

content unknown

ATV Our Kind Of Girl 8.00 - 8.30 pm

Alma Cogan

Gary Miller

The Dallas Boys


Saturday 7th October 1961

BBC Juke Box Jury 6.00 - 6.30 pm

Jury - Anne Aubrey, Alan Dell, Carole Carr

Guest -

BBC Los Paraguayos 10.45 - 10.00 pm

ABC Thank Your Lucky Stars 5:50 - 6:30 pm, also on ATV, TWW, Westward, Southern, Tyne Tees, Scottish, Ulster (same time as ABC)

Hosted by Keith Fordyce and Brian Matthew

Cliff Richard (There will be a birthday surprise for Cliff)

The Shadows

Helen Shapiro

The Mudlarks

The Karl Denver Trio - Mexcicali Rose

Robb Storme

Shane Fenton and The Fentones (introduced by Helen Shapiro)

Craig Douglas

Guest DJ Barry Alldis and a panel of teenagers review new American releases in Spin-A-Disc

ATV The Jo Stafford Show 7.25 - 8.25 pm

Jo Stafford

Ella Fitzgerald

The Polka Dots


Sunday 8th October 1961

BBC The Singing Years 7.30 - 8.10 pm

The Vintage Years, featuring songs from the twenties requested by viewers

Diane Todd

ABC Sing Along With Joe 4.30 - 5.00 pm

Joe 'Mister Piano' Henderson

Southern Strictly For The Birds 5.20 - 5.50 pm

NB It's unknown if this is a repeat from Monday night

The Dudley Moore Trio

ABC The Sunday Break 6.15 - 7.00 pm

Dick Charlestone and the City Gents

Jackie Lynn

ATV Val Parnell’s Sunday Night At The London Palladium 8.25 - 9.25 pm

Hosted by Bruce Forsyth

Dave King


Monday 9th October 1961

BBC The Bing Crosby Show 9.25 - 10.15 pm

Bing Crosby

Maurice Chevalier

ATV The Winifred Atwell Show 6.30 - 6.45 pm

Bounce the Boogie, Taboo, Temptation Rag

Southern Strictly For The Birds 11.02 - 11.32 pm

The Dudley Moore Trio

Bobby Samson


Tuesday 10th October 1961

BBC Play Your Hunch 7.30 - 8.00 pm (first edition of quiz show)

Hosted by Jack Jackson

AR Tuesday Rendezvous 5:00 - 5:25 pm

Bert Weedon

Robb Storme

Westward Spin Along 6.15 - 6.45 pm

content unknown


Thursday 12th October 1961

ATV Bernard Delfont Presents The Morecambe & Wise Show 8:00 - 8:30 pm (first edition)

content unknown

TWW Discs-A-Gogo 6.15 - 6.46 pm

content unknown


Saturday 14th October 1961

BBC Juke Box Jury 6.00 - 6.30 pm

Jury - Mandy Miller, Pete Murray, Muriel Young, Lew Luton

Guest -

BBC The Jimmy Logan Show 7.15 - 8.00 pm

Eve Boswell

ABC Thank Your Lucky Stars 5:50 - 6:30 pm, also on ATV, TWW, Westward, Southern, Tyne Tees 5:50 - 6:15 pm, also on Scottish, Ulster (same time as ABC)

Hosted by Keith Fordyce and Brian Matthew

Denis Lotis

Jess Conrad

The Allisons

Bert Weedon (introduced by ?)

Oliver Reed (introduced by ?)

The Vernon Girls (introduced by ?)

Ivory Joe Hunter

Guest DJ Ray Orchard and a panel of teenagers review new American releases in Spin-A-Disc

Anglia Top Twenties 7:25 – 7:40 pm

content unknown

ATV The Arthur Haynes Show 9.30 - 10.00 pm

Joan Savage


Sunday 15th October 1961

BBC Kay Starr In Paris 7:30 - 8:15 pm

Kay Starr

ABC Sing Along With Joe 4.30 - 5.00 pm

Joe 'Mister Piano' Henderson

ABC Tempo 5.00 - 5.30 pm

includes Beyond The Fringe team including Dudley Moore

Southern Strictly For The Birds 5.20 - 5.50 pm

The Dudley Moore Trio

ATV Val Parnell’s Sunday Night At The London Palladium 8.25 - 9.25 pm

Hosted by Bruce Forsyth

Helen Shapiro - Walkin' Back To Happiness, two others

David Hughes


Monday 16th October 1961

ATV The Winifred Atwell Show 6.30 - 6.45 pm

Piano Tuners Boogie, Love Walked In, Black and White Rag

AR Semprini 11.10 - 11.25 pm (repeat of 27th March 1961)

Southern Strictly For The Birds 11.02 - 11.32 pm

The Dudley Moore Trio

Bobby Samson


Tuesday 17th October 1961

BBC Play Your Hunch 7.30 - 8.00 pm

Hosted by Jack Jackson

AR Tuesday Rendezvous 5:00 - 5:25 pm

Bert Weedon

Westward Spin Along 6.15 - 6.45 pm

Johnny Leyton


Thursday 19th October 1961

BBC Crackerajck 5.10 - 6.00 pm

content unknown

ATV Bernard Delfont Presents The Morecambe & Wise Show 8.00 - 8.30 pm

The Confederates

Sheila Buxton

TWW Discs-A-Gogo 6.15 - 6.33 pm

content unknown

Granada Josh White Sings 10.50 - 11.05 pm


Saturday 21st October 1961

BBC Juke Box Jury 6.00 - 6.30 pm

Jury - Helen Shapiro, Adam Faith, Alan Freeman

Guest -

BBC The Billy Cotton Band Show 7.15 - 8.00 pm

Alma Cogan

John Leyton - presented with two silver discs

(possibly) Alan Breeze - Well I Ask You

ABC Thank Your Lucky Stars 5:50 - 6:30 pm, also on ATV, TWW, Westward, Southern, Tyne Tees, Scottish, Ulster (same time as ABC)

Hosted by Keith Fordyce and Brian Matthew

The Temperance Seven

Ronnie Hilton

Danny Williams

Michael Hill (introduced by ?)

Chas MacDevitt and Shirley Douglas (introduced by ?)

The Vernons Girls (introduced by ?)

The Springfields

Anita Harris - I Haven't Got You (not listed in TV Times)

Guest DJ Jimmy Young and a panel of teenagers review new American releases in Spin-A-Disc (records featured Elvis Presley - His Latest Flame which receives the full 15 points, Brenda Lee - Fool Number One, Bobby Vee - Take Good Care Of My Baby)

Anglia Top Twenties 7:10 – 7:25 pm

content unknown


Sunday 22nd October 1961

BBC Astaire Time 7.30 - 8.15 pm

Count Basie & His Orchestra

ABC Sing Along With Joe 4.30 - 5.00 pm

Joe 'Mister Piano' Henderson

Southern Strictly For The Birds 5.20 - 5.50 pm

The Dudley Moore Trio

ABC The Sunday Break 6.15 - 7.00 pm

Chris Barber's jazzband with Ottilie Patterson

ATV Val Parnell’s Sunday Night At The London Palladium 8.25 - 9.25 pm

Hosted by Bruce Forsyth

The McGuire Sisters


Monday 23rd October 1961

ATV The Winifred Atwell Show 6.30 - 6.45 pm

Southern Strictly For The Birds 11.02 - 11.32 pm

The Dudley Moore Trio

Bobby Samson


Tuesday 24th October 1961

BBC Play Your Hunch 7.30 - 8.00 pm

Hosted by Jack Jackson

AR Tuesday Rendezvous 5:00 - 5:25 pm

Bert Weedon

Westward Spin Along 6.15 - 6.45 pm

The Kestrals

ATV Val Parnell: All Kinds Of Music 8.00 - 8.55 pm

Adele Leigh & Edmund Hockridge - I've Never Been In Love Before, Climb Every Mountain and four other duets

Tubby Hayes

Carole Carr

The Mudlarks

Granada Play Of the Week: Serjeant Musgrave’s Dance 9.35 - 11.05 pm

(Possibly) Theme by Dudley Moore


Wednesday 25th October 1961

Tyne Tees Young at Heart (first in second series)

Host Gary Marshall

The Confederates - Battle Hymn Of The Republic

Westward unknown show

Doug Sheldon


Thursday 26th October 1961

TWW Discs-A-Gogo 6.15 - 6.38 pm

content unknown

ATV Bernard Delfont Presents The Morecambe & Wise Show 8.00 - 8.30 pm

Acker Bilk – Creole Jazz

The Barney Gilbraith Singers - September In The Rain

Granada Josh White 10.50 - 11.05 pm


Friday 27th October 1961

TWW Songs At Seven 7.00 - 7.30 pm

content unknown


Saturday 28th October 1961

BBC Juke Box Jury 6.00 - 6.30 pm

Jury - Zsa Zsa Gabor, Jimmy Young June Marlow, Bunny Lewis (Gabor tried to get everyone on the panel to wear evening dress)

Guest -

ABC Thank Your Lucky Stars 5:50 - 6:30 pm, also on ATV, TWW, Westward, Southern, Tyne Tees 5:50 - 6:15 pm, also on Scottish, Ulster (same time as ABC)

NB It's possible that John Leyton was due to appear on this date, but he had suddenly stepped in to replace Billy Fury on a UK tour which he had to withdraw from due to illness. Leyton would eventually appear on the 4th November 1961 show.

Hosted by Keith Fordyce and Brian Matthew

The Kenny Ball Jazzmen

Craig Douglas

Marty Wilde (introduced by ?)

Doug Sheldon - Runaround Sue (introduced by ?)

Nick Villard (introduced by ?)

The Polka Dots

Cleo Laine

Robb Storme (not listed in TV Times)

Guest DJ Peter West and a panel of teenagers review new American releases in Spin-A-Disc

ATV The Arthur Haynes Show 9.30 - 10.00 pm

Joan Savage


Sunday 29th October 1961

ABC Sing Along With Joe 4.30 - 5.00 pm

Joe 'Mister Piano' Henderson, Jim Dale, Don Rennie, Barbara Law, The Kentones

ABC Tempo 5.00 - 5.50 pm

includes Beyond The Fringe team including Dudley Moore

Southern Strictly For The Birds 5.20 - 5.50 pm

The Dudley Moore Trio

ABC The Sunday Break 6.15 - 7.00 pm

Ken Collyer’s Jazzband

The Confederates - Battle Hymn Of The Republic

ATV Val Parnell’s Sunday Night At The London Palladium 8.25 - 9.25 pm

Hosted by Bruce Forsyth

Frankie Vaughan


Monday 30th October 1961

ATV The Winifred Atwell Show 6.30 - 6.45 pm

Southern Strictly For The Birds 11.02 - 11.32 pm

The Dudley Moore Trio

Bobby Samson

ATV unknown show

Cleo Laine


Tuesday 31st October 1961

BBC Play Your Hunch 7.30 - 8.00 pm

Hosted by Jack Jackson

The XYZ Band

AR Tuesday Rendezvous 5:00 - 5:25 pm

Bert Weedon

Westward Spin Along 6.15 - 6.45 pm

content unknown


Wednesday 1st November 1961

ITV programmes were subject to disruption due to a strike by the entertainment artists' unions Variety Artists Federation and Equity.

AR The Jubilee Show 8.55 - 9.25 pm

Dennis Lotis

Elizabeth Larner


Thursday 2nd November 1961

BBC Crackerjack 5.00 - 6.00 pm

Harry Secombe

TWW Discs-A-Gogo 6.15 - 6.38 pm

content unknown

ATV Bernard Delfont Presents The Morecambe & Wise Show 8.00 - 8.30 pm

The McGuire Sisters

Dick Charlesworth and His City Gents

Granada Josh White 10.50 - 11.05 pm


Saturday 4th November 1961

BBC Juke Box Jury 6.00 - 6.30 pm

Jury - Jackie Lane, Julia Lockwood, Sam Costa, Ivory Joe Hunter

Guest -

BBC The Benny Hill Show 7.15 - 8.00 pm

Janie Marden

The Springfields

ABC Thank Your Lucky Stars 5:50 - 6:30 pm, also on ATV, TWW, Westward, Southern, Tyne Tees, Scottish, Ulster (same time as ABC)

Hosted by Keith Fordyce and Brian Matthew

Peter Knight & The Knightriders - Lucky Stars (the show's theme tune with dancers demonstrating the Twist)

Adam Faith

John Leyton

The Brook Brothers

David MacBeth (introduced by ?)

Geoff Goddard (introduced by ?)

The Dale Sisters (introduced by ?)

Dion - Runaround Sue

Paul Raven (not listed in TV Times)

Guest DJ Alan Freeman and a panel of teenagers review new American releases in Spin-A-Disc

Anglia Top Twenties 7.10 - 7.25 pm

content unknown

ATV The Great All-Star Show 7.25 - 8.25 pm

Jo Stafford

Rosemary Clooney

Mel Torme

The Polka Dots


Sunday 5th November 1961

ABC Sing Along With Joe 4.30 - 5.00 pm

Joe 'Mister Piano' Henderson

Southern Strictly For The Birds 5.20 - 5.50 pm

The Dudley Moore Trio

ABC The Sunday Break 6.15 - 7.00 pm

Dick Charlesworth and his City Gents

ATV Val Parnell’s Sunday Night At The London Palladium 8.25 - 9.25 pm

Hosted by Bruce Forsyth

Shirley Bassey

Gary Miller


Monday 6th November 1961

AR Steve Race at the piano 6.08 - 6.15 pm

Southern Strictly For The Birds 11.02 - 11.32 pm

The Dudley Moore Trio

Bobby Samson

Cleo Laine

AR Semprini 11.10 - 11.25 pm (repeat of 31st May 1961)


Tuesday 7th November 1961

BBC Play Your Hunch 7.30 - 8.00 pm

Hosted by Jack Jackson

BBC News 9.15 - 9.25 pm

Royal Variety Show report with Shirley Bassey

BBC Picture Parade 10.15 - 110.00 pm

Clips from Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin movies

AR Tuesday Rendezvous 5:00 - 5:25 pm

Bert Weedon

AR Knights Of Music 8.00 - 8.55 pm

A tribute to Noel Cowerd, Rodgers and Hart, Frank Loesser

Hosted by Gerry Grant

Ivor Emmanuel

Janie Marden

Peter Marshall

Louie Ramsay


Wednesday 8th November 1961

Tyne Tees Young At Heart 6.30 - 7.00 pm

Craig Douglas


Thursday 9th November 1961

TWW Discs-A-Gogo 6.15 - 6.38 pm

content unknown

Westward Spin Along 7.00 - 7.30 pm

The show now moves to a later time due to public pressure

Jess Conrad

ATV Bernard Delfont Presents The Morecambe & Wise Show 8.00 - 8.30 pm

The Peters Sisters

Kenny Ball’s Jazzmen

Granada Josh White 10.45 - 11.00 pm


Saturday 11th November 1961

BBC Juke Box Jury 6.00 - 6.25 pm

Jury - John Leyton, Rita Tushingham, Leila Williams, plus one other (it was on one of his Juke Box Jury appearances that John Leyton claimed Frank Sinatra's voice had gone and that he was over-rated. They later co-starred in Von Ryan's Express.)

Guest -

BBC The Billy Cotton Band Show 9.05 - 9.50 pm

Kathie Kay

Glen Mason

ABC Thank Your Lucky Stars 5:50 - 6:30 pm, also on ATV, TWW, Westward, Southern, Tyne Tees 5:50 - 6:15 pm, also on Scottish, Ulster (same time as ABC)

NB The NME credits 'Ricky and Rose' as appearing, but Ricky Valance and Rose Brennan appear to be separate acts

Hosted by Keith Fordyce and Brian Matthew

Petula Clark

The Big Ben Trad Band

Ricky Valance - I Never Had A Chance

Danny Davis (introduced by ?)

Frank Ifield (there might have been some kind of introduction by Norrie Paramour in which he forgot the name of the song)

Rose Brennan (introduced by ?)

Gene Vincent – I’m Going Home, Unchained Melody

Frankie Vaughan (not listed in TV Times)

Guest DJ Peter Noble and a panel of teenagers review new American releases in Spin-A-Disc

ATV The Arthur Haynes Show 9.30 - 10.00 pm

Joan Savage


Sunday 12th November 1961

BBC The Johnny Darling Show 9.30 - 10.15 pm

Anthony Newley stars as a pop star, co written with Leslie Bricuse

Anthony Newley - D-Darling, one other

ABC Sing Along With Joe 4.30 - 5.00 pm

Joe 'Mister Piano' Henderson

ABC Tempo 5.00 - 5.50 pm

The Modern Jazz Quartet

Southern Strictly For The Birds 5.20 - 5.50 pm

The Dudley Moore Trio

ATV The Royal Variety Performance 7:30 - 10:25 pm

NB The TV ratings were around thirty million

From the Prince of Wales Theatre, London

Andy Stewart - Donald Where's Your Trousers, A Scottish Soldier

All That Jazz section - Acker Bilk and his Paramount Jazzband, The Temperance Seven, Kenny Ball and his Jazzmen

Shirley Bassey - I'm Shooting High, As Long As He Needs Me

Max Bygraves - songs from musical Do Re Mi (accidentally knocks over another member of the cast)

Frankie Vaughan - Tower Of Strength, Give Me The Moonlight

The McGuire Sisters - That's A Plenty, Danny Boy

Sammy Davis Jr - Shall We Dance (routine with Lionel Blair)


Monday 13th November 1961

ATV The Winifred Atwell Show 6.30 - 6.45 pm

Southern Tubby Plays Hayes 11.02 - 11.32 pm (first in series)

The Tubby Hayes Quartet

Elaine Delmar (resident singer)


Tuesday 14th November 1961

BBC Play Your Hunch 7.30 - 8.00 pm

Hosted by Jack Jackson

AR Tuesday Rendezvous 5:00 - 5:25 pm

Bert Weedon

The Allisons

ATV Val Parnell: All Kinds Of Music 8.00 - 8.55 pm

Humphrey Lyttelton

The Marino Marini Quartet

Adele Leigh


Wednesday 15th November 1961

BBC Be My Guest 9.25 - 10.00 pm

Joan Regan

The Polka Dots (resident group)

Timothy Gray (American singer and songwriter)

AR Pop! Vintage '38 8.55 - 9.25 pm

Betty Driver

Stephanie Voss

Barbara Evans

Patricia Laurence

Jack Billings


Thursday 16th November 1961

BBC Crackerjack 5.10 - 6.00 pm

Billy Fury

Southern Day By Day

Dorita y Pepe (the first of three appearances)

TWW Discs-A-Gogo 6.15 - 6.38 pm

content unknown

Westward Spin Along 7.00 - 7.30 pm

The Brook Brothers

ATV Bernard Delfont Presents The Morecambe & Wise Show 8.00 - 8.30 pm

Cleo Laine

The Clyde Valley Stompers


Saturday 18th November 1961

BBC Juke Box Jury 6.00 - 6.30 pm

Jury - Petula Clark, Catherine Boyle, Bunny Lewis

Guest -

BBC The Ken Dodd Show 7.15 - 8.00 pm

Lita Roza

ABC Thank Your Lucky Stars 5:50 - 6:30 pm, also on ATV, TWW, Westward, Southern, Tyne Tees, Scottish, Ulster (same time as ABC)

Hosted by Brian Matthew

Billy Fury

Emile Ford

Bob Wallis and his Storyville Jazzmen with David Kossoff

Alan Fielding (introduced by ?)

Jimmy Crawford (also painting a picture) (introduced by ?)

The Kaye Sisters

Al Saxon (not listed in TV Times)

Guest DJ Sam Costa and a panel of teenagers review new American releases in Spin-A-Disc

ATV Sammy Meets The Girls 7:25 - 8:25 pm

Sammy Davis Jr

Cleo Laine

Anglia Top Twenties 7.10 - 7.25 pm

content unknown


Sunday 19th November 1961

BBC Charlie Chester’s Music Hall 9.15 - 10.00 pm

Lena Martell – La Vie en Rose

ABC Sing Along with Joe 4.45 - 5.15 pm

Joe 'Mister Piano' Henderson

Jim Dale

Barabara Law

Don Rennie

ABC The Sunday Break 6.15 - 7.00 pm

Mike Cotton and his Six

ATV Val Parnell’s Sunday Night At The London Palladium 8.25 - 9.25 pm

Hosted by Bruce Forsyth

Chris Barber and Ottilie Patterson

Russ Conway

Ruby Murray

The Kaye Sisters


Monday 20th November 1961

BBC Tonight

Robin Hall and Jimmie McGregor

ATV The Winifred Atwell Show 6.30 - 6.45 pm

AR The Dickie Henderson Show: The Record 8.00 - 8.30 pm

with David Jacobs

Southern Tubby Plays Hayes 11.02 - 11.32 pm

Tubby Hayes

AR Richard The Lionheart: Long Live The King 6.15 - 6.45 pm (first episode)

Music for the series by Bill le Sage

Iain Gregory (Pye Recording artist in acting role in each episode)


Tuesday 21st November 1961

BBC Tonight

Robin Hall and Jimmie McGregor

BBC Play Your Hunch 7.30 - 8.00 pm

NB Host Jack Jackson quit as his agent Bunny Lewis felt the show wasn’t right for him, so is replaced by DJ Alan Freeman

Hosted by Alan Freeman

AR Tuesday Rendezvous 5:00 - 5:25 pm

Bert Weedon


Wednesday 22nd November 1961

BBC Tonight

Robin Hall and Jimmie McGregor

BBC Be My Guest 9.45 - 10.15 pm

Joan Regan

AR Pop! Vintage '48 8.50 - 9.20 pm

A selection of songs from 1948

Thelma Ruby - It's A Most Unusual Day, Open The Door Richard

Patricia Brodin

Denny Bettis - It Only Happens When I Dance With You

Dennis Martin - It's Magic

Eileen Gourlay

Peter Gilmore

Eddie Reindeer - Civilisation, The Woody Woodpecker Song, Smoke Smoke Smoke That Cigarette

Tyne Tees Young At Heart

Gary Marshall

Lorie Mann

The Dallas Boys

The Viscounts

Carol Deene

The Vernons Girls

Ivory Joe Hunter


Thursday 23th November 1961

BBC Tonight

Robin Hall and Jimmie McGregor

TWW Discs-A-Gogo 6.15 - 6.35 pm

Ricky Valance

Westward Spin Along 7.00 - 7.30 pm

Craig Douglas

ATV Bernard Delfont Presents The Morecambe & Wise Show 8.00 - 8.30 pm

Gary Miller

Monty Sunshine's Jazz Band

Granada Josh White Sings 10.50 - 11.15 pm


Saturday 25th November 1961

BBC Juke Box Jury 6.00 - 6.30 pm

Jury - Mandy Miller, Jack Jackson, Carole Carr, Morey Amsterdam

Guest -

BBC Perry Mason

The Case of the Jaded Joker with Frankie Laine

ABC Thank Your Lucky Stars 5:50 - 6:30, also on ATV, TWW, Westward, Southern, Tyne Tees 5:50 - 6:15 pm, also on Scottish, Ulster (same time as ABC)

NB Shirley Bassey had been penciled in to appear

Hosted by Brian Matthew

The John Barry Seven

Joe 'Mister Piano' Henderson

Ricky Stevens (introduced by ?)

Paul Raven (introduced by ?)

The McGuire Sisters

Ivory Joe Hunter (not listed in TV Times)

Spike Milligan (not listed in TV Times)

Suzy Cope (not listed in TV Times)

Bert Weedon (not listed in TV Times)

Guest DJ Denny Piercy and a panel of teenagers review new American releases in Spin-A-Disc

Anglia Top Twenties

content unknown

ATV The Arthur Haynes Show 9.30 - 10.00 pm

Joan Savage

ATV The Roaring Twenties: Million Dollar Suit 11.00 - 11.50 pm

Dorothy Provine - Don't Bring Lulu


Sunday 26th November 1961

BBC The Gene Kelly Show 9.15 - 10.00 pm

Gene Kelly

ABC Sing Along With Joe 4.45 - 5.15 pm

Joe 'Mister Piano' Henderson

Jim Dale

Barabara Law

Don Rennie

The Kentones

ABC The Sunday Break 6.15 - 7.00 pm

Clinton Ford

Terry Lightfoot and his New Orleans Jazzmen

ATV Val Parnell’s Sunday Night At The London Palladium 8.25 - 9.25 pm

NB The show was subject to a strike by the Variety Artists Federation. Frankie Vaughan, The Kaye Sisters and Vera Lynn were due to appear, however as Frankie Vaughan has signed his contract before November the 1st he was allowed to appear by the VAF union, but since he was also a member of Equity they would not let him appear. He later claimed “right up to Saturday morning I think I would be unable to do it”. The dispute with the VAF was settled on the 18th November and all the artists appeared. Vaughan received a “terrific reception” according to the Daily Mirror, however Vaughan was later suspended from Equity for three months for his appearance. The shows' dancers had not appeared for a few weeks as they were also members of Equity.

Hosted by Bruce Forsyth

Frankie Vaughan

Vera Lynn


Monday 27th November 1961

ATV The Winifred Atwell Show 6.10 - 6.45 pm

Southern Tubby Plays Hayes 11.02 - 11.32 pm

Tubby Hayes


Tuesday 28th November 1961

BBC Play Your Hunch 7.30 - 8.00 pm

Hosted by Alan Freeman

AR Tuesday Rendezvous 5:00 - 5:25 pm

Bert Weedon

Terry Lightfoot


Wednesday 29th November 1961

BBC Be My Guest 9.25 - 10.00 pm

Joan Regan


Thursday 30th November 1961

BBC The Kilt Is My Delighht

Robin Hall and Jimmie McGregor

BBC Crackerjack 5.10 - 6.00 pm

content unknown

TWW Discs-A-Gogo 6.15 - 6.32 pm

content unknown

Scottish Frankie Laine Sings 6:45 - 7:00 pm

Westward Spin Along 7:00 - 7:30 pm

content unknown

ATV Bernard Delfont Presents The Morecambe & Wise Show 8.00 - 8.30 pm

Valerie Masters

Mickey Ashman's Ragtime Jazzband

Granada Josh White Sings 10.50 - 11.05 pm


Friday 1st December 1961

Scottish The One O’Clock Gang

Paul Raven


Saturday 2nd December 1961

BBC Juke Box Jury 6.00 - 6.30 pm

NB Broadcast from the Guildhall, Portsmouth (only the second time the show has been recorded outside of London)

Jury - Jill Browne, Harry Fowler, Pete Murray, June Thorburn (NB Jon Pertwee was penciled into appear)

Guest -

BBC The Billy Cotton Band Show 7.15 - 8.00 pm

Craig Douglas

Mrs Mills

ABC Thank Your Lucky Stars 5:50 - 6:30 pm, also on ATV, TWW, Westward, Southern, Tyne Tees, Scottish, Ulster (same time as ABC)

Hosted by Brian Matthew

The Temperance Seven (had to withdraw as singer Paul McDowell was a member of Equity)

Dion - Runaround Sue (this repeat from 4th November 1961 replaces The Temperance Seven)

Lionel Bart

The Brook Brothers

Roy Lee (introduced by ?)

The Ted Taylor Four (introduced by ?)

Sam Costa

Craig Douglas (not listed in TV Times)

Guest DJ Ted King and a panel of teenagers review new American releases in Spin-A-Disc

Anglia You're Driving Me Crazy 7.10 - 7.25 pm

possibly The Temperance Seven related?

ATV The Great All-Star Show 7.25 - 8.25 pm

Jo Stafford

James Darren

The Polka Dots


Sunday 3rd December 1961

ABC Sing Along With Joe 4.45 - 5.15 pm

Joe 'Mister Piano' Henderson

Jim Dale

Barabara Law

Don Rennie

The Raindrops

ABC The Sunday Break 6.15 - 7.00 pm

Paul Raven

New Orleans Knights

ATV Val Parnell’s Sunday Night At The London Palladium 8.25 - 9.25 pm

Hosted by Bruce Forsyth

NB A bare bones look for the show as scenery wasn’t put up due to a union dispute

The Norman Wisdom and Bruce Forsyth special

Tyne Tees Youth Puts the Question

Larry Parnes


Monday 4th December 1961

ATV The Winifred Atwell Show 6.30 - 6.45 pm


Tuesday 5th December 1961

BBC Play Your Hunch 7.30 - 8.00 pm

Hosted by Alan Freeman

BBC Picture Parade

Elvis Presley Blue Hawaii movie clip

AR Tuesday Rendezvous 5:00 - 5:25 pm

Bert Weedon

The Rendezvous Instrumental Group

ATV Val Parnell: All Kinds Of Music 8.00 - 8.55 pm

Adam Faith

Chris Barber's Jazzband with Ottile Patterson

Adele Leigh

Des Lane

Sheila Buxton


Wednesday 6th December 1961

BBC Be My Guest 10.15 - 10.45 pm

Joan Regan

AR Kill Me Tomorrow 10.05 - 11.32 pm movie with Tommy Steele

Tyne Tees Young At Heart

content unknown


Thursday 7th December 1961

ATV Bernard Delfont Presents The Morecambe & Wise Show 8.00 - 8.30 pm

The Kaye Sisters

Alex Welsh and his Band

TWW Discs-A-Gogo 6.15 - 6.38 pm

content unknown

Westward Pop Party 7:00 - 7:30 pm (The Times lists the show as Pop Party, while The Daily Mirror has Spin Along)

content unknown

Ulster Time (Wasted) With Tom Lehrer 10:50 - 11:05 pm

Granada Josh White Sings 10.50 - 11.05 pm


Saturday 9th December 1961

BBC Juke Box Jury 6.00 - 6.30 pm

Jury - Jane Asher, Acker Bilk, Jimmy Edwards

Guest -

BBC The Ken Dodd Show 7.15 - 8.00 pm

Mona Baptiste

ABC Thank Your Lucky Stars 5:50 - 6:30 pm, also on ATV, TWW, Westward, Southern, Tyne Tees 5:50 - 6:15 pm, also on Scottish, Ulster (same time as ABC)

NB This was initially announced in the press as a special "Trad Jazz" edition, but this was later retracted as more pop acts were booked

Hosted by Brian Matthew

Russ Conway - Toy Balloons, Forgotten Dreams

Mr. Acker Bilk (without his jazzband)

Gary Miller

Al Saxon (introduced by ?)

Dick Charlesworth and his City Gents (introduced by ?)

Ray Ellington & Sandra Gale/Gail

Brian Matthew (singing)

Guest DJ Muriel Young and a panel of teenagers review new American releases in Spin-A-Disc (records featured Joe Dee & The Starlighters - Peppermint Twist, Ral Donner - Please Don't Go, Bobby Vee - Run To Him)


Sunday 10th December 1961

ABC Sing Along With Joe 5.20 - 5.50 pm

Joe 'Mister Piano' Henderson

ATV Val Parnell’s Sunday Night At The London Palladium 8.25 - 9.25 pm

Hosted by Bruce Forsyth

Cliff Richard and The Shadows

Ray Ellington

ATV Drama 61: The Day Of The Fox 9:35 - 10:35 pm

NB This was screened hours after Tanganyka's independence

Sammy Davis Jr plays the leader of a newly independent African country

Yolanda


Monday 11th December 1961

BBC This Is Your Life: Charlie Drake 7.55 - 8.30 pm

Russ Conway

Cliff Richard

ATV The Winifred Atwell Show 6.30 - 6.45 pm

Granada Coronation Street 7.30 - 8.00 pm

Peter Noone (future Herman's Hermits' singer) as Stanley Fairclough - one of three appearances

ATV Startime 8.30 - 9.25 pm

NB replacing Probation Officer, whose production had been halted due to industrial action

Helen Shapiro

Ronnie Hilton

Southern Tubby Plays Hayes 11.02 - 11.32 pm

Tubby Hayes

Elaine Delmar


Tuesday 12th December 1961

BBC Play Your Hunch 7.30 - 8.00 pm

Hosted by Alan Freeman

AR Tuesday Rendezvous 5:00 - 5:25 pm

Bert Weedon

Granada Personal Apperarance of The African Dancers 8.00 - 8.55 pm

Dancers and musicians of The African Dance Company from Senegal. Tyne Tees, Scottish and Grampian refuse to show the programme as there was female semi-nudity.

Southern And It Comes Out Here 11.07 - 11.37 pm

Eric Winston and his Band

The Brook Brothers

Eric Delaney

Westward Spinalong

Shane Fenton & The Fentones


Wednesday 13th December 1961

BBC Paris Music Box 10.25 - 10.50 pm

Ricet Barrier

Pia Colombo

Les Trois Menestrels

Renee Lebas

Eddy Marnay

Catherine Sauvage

Michele Arnaud


Thursday 14th December 1961

BBC Crackerjack 5.10 - 6.00 pm

content unknown

TWW Discs-A-Gogo 6.45 - 6.40 pm

content unknown

Westward Pop Party 7.00 - 7.30 pm

content unknown

Scottish The Michael Holliday Show 8:00 - 8:25 pm

Michael Holliday

Granada Josh White 10.50 - 11.05 pm

Ulster Time (Wasted) With Tom Lehrer


Saturday 16th December 1961

BBC Juke Box Jury 6.00 - 6.30 pm

Jury - Charlie Chester, Alan Dell, Sandu Scott, Barbara Shelley (NB Arthur Askey was penciled in for this show, but appeared the following week)

Guest -

BBC The Benny Hill Show 7.15 - 8.00 pm

Matt Monro

ATV The Winifred Atwell Show 5.50 - 6.00 pm

Winifred Atwell - Firefly Samba, Stardust, Grand Polonaise in A Flat

ABC Thank Your Lucky Stars 5:50 - 6:30 pm, also on Westward, Southern, Tyne Tees, Ulster (same time as ABC)

Hosted by Brian Matthew

Cleo Laine

Billy Fury

Humphrey Lyttelton - Saturday Jump

Bill Forbes - Goodbye Cruel World (introduced by Humprey Lyttelton)

Duffy Power

Joe Brown

Guest DJ Jimmy Henney and a panel of teenagers review new American releases in Spin-A-Disc (also seen as Jack Good)


Sunday 17th December 1961

ABC Sing Along With Joe 5.20 - 5.50 pm

Joe 'Mister Piano' Henderson

Jim Dale

Barabara Law

Don Rennie

The Raindrops

ABC The Journey Of A Lifetime 6.15 - 6.30 pm

The nativity played out by teenagers with songs


Monday 18th December 1961

Tyne Tees unknown lunchtime show

Janie Marden

ATV The Winifred Atwell Show 6.30 - 6.45 pm

Southern Tubby Plays Hayes 11.02 - 11.32 pm

Tubby Hayes


Tuesday 19th December 1961

BBC Picture Parade 10.25 - 11.10 pm

Cliff Richard in The Young Ones movie clip

Tommy Sands in Babes In Toyland movie clip

Tyne Tees unknown lunchtime show

Janie Marden

AR Tuesday Rendezvous 5:00 - 5:25 pm

Bert Weedon

Glenda Collins

AR Hippodrome 8.00 - 8.25 pm

Lucille Mapp

Southern And It Comes Out Here 11.07 - 11.37 pm

Eric Winstone and his Band

Nat Gonella

Julie Jones

Antonio Navarro

Bill Forbes

Nick Villard - two songs

Johnny Hawkins and The Mello-Tones Steel Band


Wednesday 20th December 1961

BBC Be My Guest 9.55 - 10.30 pm

Joan Regan - Side By Side, Moon River

The Beverley Sisters – Take The Water Take The Wine

Joan Regan & The Beverley Sisters - English Muffins and Irish Stew

The Trotter Brothers

The Polka Dots

Tyne Tees unknown lunchtime show

Janie Marden


Thursday 21st December 1961

Tyne Tees unknown lunchtime show

Janie Marden

TWW Discs-A-Gogo 6.15 - 6.40 pm

content unknown

Westward Pop Party 7.00 - 7.30 pm

content unknown

Ulster Time (Wasted) With Tom Lehrer

Granada Josh White Sings 10.50 - 11.05 pm


Friday 22nd December 1961

Westward Songtime 10.35 - 11.05 pm

content unknown


Saturday 23rd December 1961

BBC Juke Box Jury 6.00 - 6.30 pm

Jury - Arthur Askey, Catherine Boyle, Rosemary Squire, Jimmy Young

Guest -

BBC Juliet Greco 10.55 pm - end (repeat October 1961)

Sings love songs from Paris

ATV The Winifred Atwell Show 5.30 - 5.45 pm

Winifred Atwell - The Left Bank, Oh Red (A Tribute to Count Basie), Garden of Eden

ABC Christmas Lucky Stars 5:50 - 6:30 pm, also on ATV, TWW, Westward, Southern, Ulster (same time as ABC), Tyne Tees 5.50 - 6.15 pm

Hosted by Brian Matthew

The Beverley Sisters

Ronnie Hilton

The Springfields

Elaine and Derek (introduced by ?)

Zack Lawrence (introduced by ?)

David Lisbon - leads the show's cast in a sing-along (introduced by ?)

Lonnie Donegan

The Karl Denver Trio - Wimoweh (also seen as 16th December 1961)

guest DJ Jimmy Savile and a panel of teenagers review new American releases in Spin-A-Disc


Sunday 24th December 1961 Christmas Eve

BBC Welcome Christmas 1.00 - 1.30 pm

David Hughes

BBC The Singing Years 2.30 - 3.00 pm

Songs from years ending in 8 from 1918

Dennis Lotis

Sheila Buxton

Benny Lee

Stephanie Vois

Andy Cole

BBC The Billy Cotton Band Show 7.55 - 8.40 pm

The Billy Cotton Band

John Williams (guitarist) in sketch with Eric Sykes

Ricky Stevens – I Cried For You

Mrs Mills

ABC Farming: Christmas On The Other Man's Farm 1.30 - 2.15 pm

Recorded at Mossborough Hall Farm, near St. Helens, Lancashire

Terry Lightfoot and his New Orleans Jazzmen

Clinton Ford

ABC Seeing Christmas Stars 5:50 to 6:05 pm

Harry Belafonte

Ella Fitzgerald

Mel Torme

Modern Jazz Quartet

ABC Journey Of A Lifetime: A Child Is Born 6.15 - 6.30 pm

The nativity played out by teenagers with songs

ABC The Sunday Break: No Room at the Inn 6.30 - 7.00 pm

Melbourne New Orleans Jazzband

ATV Ring Out The Bells 8:25 - 9:25 pm

Jo Stafford

Harry Secombe

The Polka Dots


Monday 25th December 1961 Christmas Day

BBC Max Bygraves 11.30 am - 12.20 pm

Meets children in Great Ormond Street hospital

BBC Be My Guest 12.50 - 1.25 pm

Joan Regan

BBC The Black and White Minstrel Show 8.00 - 9.00 pm

George Chisholm and his jazzers

Semprini

Tyne Tees The One'Clock Show Christmas Party 1.05 - 2.00 pm

Janie Marden

ATV Christmas Box 1.05 - 2.00 pm (Christmas version of Lunch Box)

NB Tons of synthetic snow had to be brought into the studio which was mocked up to look like a an Alpine village

The Viscounts

The Polka Dots

Jerry Allen and his TV Trio

Lisa Page

Monty Babson

ATV The Cyril Stapleton Show 2.00 - 3.00 pm

Ronnie Carroll

The King Brothers

Cleo Laine

AR Close Up 4.20 - 5.00 pm

including Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra

ATV A Merry Max 9.05 - 10.00 pm

Max Bygraves

Kenny Ball's Jazzmen

The Two Tones

Tyne Tees Young At Heart 10.05 - 11.00 pm

Joe 'Mister Piano' Henderson

The Clyde Valley Stompers

The Dallas Boys

Roly Daniels

Janie Marden

Valerie Masters

Peter Wynne


Tuesday 26th December 1961 Boxing Day

BBC Juke Box Jury 11:55 am - 12:30 pm

Jury - Jean Metcalfe, Haley Mills, Pete Murray, Alan Rothwell

Guest -

BBC Cinderella 6.30 - 8.00 pm

Pantomime with Dickie Valentine as Buttons, Jill Day as Cinderella

BBC The Princess and the Pea 5.00 - 5.50 pm

Acker Bilk as the Minstrel (Bilk had not used his usual clarinet in this show as it had been stolen)

Tyne Tees unknown lunchtime show

Janie Marden

AR Tuesday Rendezvous 5:00 - 5:25 pm

Bert Weedon's Rhythm Group (with Tony Meehan)

AR The Steve Race Four 6:08 - 6:15 pm

ATV Val Parnell Presents: All Kinds Of Music 8.30 - 9.25 pm

Cliff Richard

The Kaye Sisters

Curtis Pierce and the Trinidad Steel Band

Southern And It Comes Out Here 11.07 - 11.37 pm

Eric Winstone and his Band

Lionel Bart

Roy Marsh

Julie Jones

Norman St Pier

Nick Villard

Bill Forbes


Wednesday 27th December 1961

BBC Wednesday Magazine 10.25 - 10.55 pm

NB A compilation of clips from the year’s show

Lionel Bart meets Hermione Gingold

Also an interview with The Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

BBC Paris Music Box 10.55 - 11.20 pm

Eddy Marnay

Catherine Sauvage

Renee Lkbas

Les Trois Menestrels

Nicole Louvier

Nadine Claire

Serge Gainsbourg


Thursday 28th December 1961

BBC Christmas Crackerjack 5:10 - 6:00 pm

content unknown

BBC The Good Old Days 9.25 - 10.15 pm

Rosemary Squires

TWW Discs-A-Gogo 6.15 - 7.00 pm

content unknown

Westward Pop Party 7.00 - 7.30 pm

content unknown

Scottish Frankie Laine Sings

Granada Josh White Sings 10.50 - 11.05 pm


Friday 29th December 1961

AR Steve Race Four 6.13 - 6.21 pm

TWW Movie Magazine 6.15 - 7.00 pm

Cliff Richard


Saturday 30th December 1961

BBC Juke Box Jury 6.00 - 6.30 pm

Jury - Carole Carr, Anita Harris, Sid James, Bunny Lewis (Lewis' cigarette smoke drifting across other panellists leads to a smoking ban on the show)

Guest -

BBC A Pair of Jacks 7.15 - 8.00 pm

Jack Jackson and Jack Payne on the state of current music

Billy Fury

John Leyton (cancelled due to laryngitis, but was still announced on air ahead of the show)

ABC Thank Your Lucky Stars 5:50 to 6:30 pm, ATV, TWW, Westward, Southern, Tyne Tees, Ulster (same time as ABC)

A year end special. 'Lucky Stars presents the Hit Parade of 1961', uses the NME chart points table to help what artists to book. This edition abandons the debut acts for an end of year all stars special and as a result the show gets into the network TAM ratings for the first time.

Hosted by Brian Matthew

Cliff Richard

The Shadows

Helen Shapiro

Billy Fury

Chubby Checker

John Leyton

Adam Faith

Eden Kane

The Temperance Seven

Glenda Collins

Guest DJ Jimmy Young and a panel of teenagers review new American releases in Spin-A-Disc

ABC Crystal Ball '62 11.00 pm - end

NB An ABC At Large special

The Mike Cotton Jazzmen (voted Most Promising Trad Band of 1962)


Sunday 31st December 1961 New Years' Eve

NB There didn't appear to be any programming beyond the weather after midnight on ITV.

BBC The Charlie Chester Music Hall 7.55 - 8.40 pm

The Kaye Sisters

ABC The Sunday Break 6.30 - 7.00 pm

Chris Barber with Ottilie Patterson (NB The band tried to fly to Manchester, but were involved in an accident on the way to London airport, then when they arrived they couldn't get a flight, so retuned they to central London to get a train which was then delayed. When they finally arrived at the studio the show was just about to go on air so had no time to rehearse.)

The Allisons

ATV Val Parnell’s Sunday Night At The London Palladium 8:25 - 9:55 pm

Hosted by Bruce Forsyth

NB This was a charity fund-raising show, however Lonnie Donegan couldn't attend as scheduled as he and his band were stuck in a snow drift. Equity had given special dispensation for some acts to appear as previously invited guests Dennis Lotis and Eve Boswell had to withdraw from the show.

Lonnie Donegan (cancelled)

Bert Weedon

Gary Miller

Alma Cogan

Cliff Richard

Cleo Laine

Vera Lynn

Janie Marden

Ronnie Carroll

ABC Sing Along with ABC 11:05 pm to 12:05 am

from Sing Along with Joe - Joe 'Mister Piano' Henderson, Don Rennie, Barbara Law, Peter Elliott, Dave Lee, The Mudlarks, Jim Dale

from Thank Your Lucky Stars - Brian Matthew introduces Alex Welsh and his band and others from Birmingham


Also this year

BBC International Star Time January 1961

Frankie Vaughan

BBC Panorama

Jazz and Teenagers (with Acker Bilk playing at an outdoor festival)

AR Here and Now: Music In Pubs

Narrator: Steve Race

AR Here and Now

The recording of a version of the show's theme at Fontana's studio in London

Rediffusion Just Four Men

Sketch show with music by Dudley Moore

BBC The Seven Faces of Jim (December)

Richard Briers plays Ricky Groyne, rock and roll star. There is also a Juke Box Jury scene.

BBC Juke Box Jury

Johnny Kidd seen in audience

TWW Discs-A-Gogo

The Senators (would eventually become Tom Jones' backing band)

Screaming Lord Sutch

ABC Thank Your Lucky Stars

Eden Kane was penciled in for a June appearance

BBC Picture Parade c.October

Bing Crosby and Bob Hope interviewed about The Road To Hong Kong

Anglia Blue Eyed Boy

Musical written by Al Saxon and Don Black

BBC Seeing Is Believing (December)

Robin Hall and Jimmie MacGregor