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1961


Sunday 1st January 1961

BBC Showtime

Carole Carr

ATV Val Parnell’s Sunday Night At The London Palladium

The Andrews Sisters


Monday 2nd January 1961

AR Cool For Cats (repeat of 27 December 1960)

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Granada Spot The Tune

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 Cool For Cats 11:07 pm - end probably repeat

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

Rosemary Squires, Bryan Johnson


Thursday 5th January 1961

BBC Crackerjack

Pinky and Perky

BBC Suddenly It’s Swing

Compere: Steve Race

BBC Be My Guest

Joan Regan

Frank Ifield

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


Saturday 7th January 1961

BBC Juke Box Jury

Jury - Pete Murray, Lisa Gastoni (actress), Jimmy Henney, plus one other

Guest -

BBC The Bing Crosby Show

Frank Sinatra

Peggy Lee

Louis Armstrong

George Shearing


Sunday 8th January 1961

ABC The George Formby Hour

ABC Sing Along With Joe

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ATV Val Parnell’s Sunday Night At The London Palladium (200th show)

Mel Torme


Monday 9th January 1961

AR Cool For Cats (repeat of 3 January 1961)

NB Una Stubbs is one of the dancers

Granada Spot The Tune

Marion Ryan


Tuesday 10th January 1961

BBC Perry Como’s Music Hall

Connie Francis

AR Cool For Cats 11:07 pm to end

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AR Lucky Dip 5:00 - 5:25pm

Bert Weedon

AR Lunchbox

Matt Monro


Wednesday 11th January 1961

BBC The Malcolm Mitchell Show

The Brooks Brothers

Maynard Ferguson ATV Val Parnell’s Star Time: The Eartha Kitt Show

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


Thursday 12th January 1961

ATV The Russ Conway Show


Friday 13th January 1961

BBC Nina And Frederick

Billy Boy, Coconut Water, High In A Tree

Larry Adler – Camera Three, Beethoven Minuet in G


Saturday 14th January 1961

BBC Juke Box Jury

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

Guest -

BBC The Black and White Minstrel Show

George Chisholm and his jazzers

ATV The Saturday Spectacular: The Vera Lynn Show

Mel Torme


Sunday 15th January 1961

ABC Sing Along With Joe

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ATV Val Parnell’s Sunday Night At The London Palladium

Petua Clark

ABC The George Formby Hour


Monday 16th January 1961

AR Cool For Cats (repeat of 10 January 1961)

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Granada Spot The Tune

Marion Ryan


Tuesday 17th January 1961

BBC Perry Como’s Music Hall

AR Cool For Cats

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AR Lucky Dip 5:00 - 5:25pm

Bert Weedon


Wednesday 18th January 1961

Granada The Variety Show

Mryna March


Thursday 19th January 1961

BBC Crackrejack

Cliff Richard

BBC Suddenly It’s Swing

The Tradlads

The Reedmen

The Modbods

The Brasstax

Anglia Crescendo 7:00 - 7:30 pm (first edition) listed in The Times

NB also seen as Silent Service (in The Daily Mirror)

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ATV The Russ Conway Show


Friday 20th January 1961

BBC Nina And Frederick


Saturday 21st January 1961

BBC Juke Box Jury

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

Guest -

BBC The Billy Cotton Band Show

Kathie Kay

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

Alma Cogan (her 150th TV appearance)

The Andrew Sisters


Sunday 22nd January 1961

BBC Showtime

Anne Shelton

ABC Sing Along With Joe

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ATV Val Parnell’s Sunday Night At The London Palladium

Frankie Vaughan


Monday 23rd January 1961

AR Cool For Cats (repeat of 17 January 1961)

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Granada Spot The Tune

Marion Ryan


Tuesday 24th January 1961

BBC Perry Como’s Music Hall

Steve Lawrence

AR Cool For Cats

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AR Lucky Dip 5:00 - 5:25pm

Bert Weedon


Wednesday 25th January 1961

AR Hippodrome 8:30 - 9:25 pm

Michael Holiday


Thursday 26th January 1961

Anglia Crescendo 7:00 - 7:30 pm

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ATV The Russ Conway Show


Friday 27th January 1961

BBC Make Mine Music

David Hughes

Helena Scott

ITV Midsummer Music

no guests of interest in this edition


Saturday 28th January 1961

BBC Juke Box Jury

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

Guest -

BBC The Black and White Minstrel Show

George Chisholm and his jazzers

ATV The Saturday Spectacular

Dickie Valentine

Pearl Carr & Teddy Johnson

ATV Roamin’ Holiday

Max Bygraves series


Sunday 29th January 1961

BBC Showtime

The King Brothers

ABC Sing Along With Joe

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ATV Val Parnell’s Sunday Night At The London Palladium

Shirley Bassey

The Dallas Boys


Monday 30th January 1961

AR Cool For Cats (repeat of 24 January 1961)

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Tuesday 31st January 1961

BBC Perry Como’s Music Hall

Paul Anka

AR Cool For Cats

Petula Clark

AR Lucky Dip 5:00 - 5:25pm

Bert Weedon

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

Rosemary Squires


Wednesday 1st February 1961

ATV Val Parnell’s Star Time

Alma Cogan

Acker Bilk

Bert Weedon

The King Brothers

Anglia Survival (first edition)

Theme: Johnny Dankworth


Thursday 2nd February 1961

BBC Crackerjack

Pearl Carr and Teddy Johnson

BBC Suddenly It’s Swing

The Tradlads, The Reedmea

The Modbods, The Brasstax

ATV The Russ Conway Show

no guests of interest in this edition

Anglia Crescendo 7:00 - 7:30 pm

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Saturday 4th February 1961

BBC Juke Box Jury

Jury - Marion Ryan, Monty Babson, Keith Fordyce, Anne Hayward

Guest -

ATV The Saturday Spectacular

no guests of interest in this edition

ITV Roamin’ Holiday

Max Bygraves


Sunday 5th February 1961

ATV Val Parnell’s Sunday Night At The London Palladium

Adam Faith

Eve Boswell

ABC Sing Along With Joe

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Monday 6th February 1961

AR Cool For Cats (repeat of 31st January 1961)

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Granada Spot The Tune

Marion Ryan


Tuesday 7th February 1961

AR Cool For Cats

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AR Lucky Dip 5:00 - 5:25pm

Bert Weedon

ITV The Russ Conway Show


Wednesday 8th February 1961

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

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ATV The Russ Conway Show


Friday 10th February 1961

BBC Make Mine Music

David Hughes

Millicent Martin – I Hate Men

Granada Variety Jubilee

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Saturday 11th February 1961

BBC Juke Box Jury

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

Guest -

BBC The Black and White Minstrel Show

George Chisholm and his jazzers

ATV The Saturday Spectacular

no guests of interest in this edition

ITV Roamin’ Holiday

Max Bygraves


Sunday 12th February 1961

BBC Showtime

Frankie Vaughan

ABC Sing Along With Joe

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ATV Val Parnell’s Sunday Night At The London Palladium

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Monday 13th February 1961

AR 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

The Dallas Boys

Craig Douglas

Jill Day

The Three Barry Sisters

Matt Monro My Kind Of Girl

Granada Spot The Tune

Marion Ryan


Tuesday 14th February 1961

BBC Perry Como’s Music Hall

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

AR Cool For Cats

Valentine’s Day special

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ITV The British Song Contest

Don Lang

Lorrie Mann

Tony Brent

The Mudlarks

Andy Cole

AR Lucky Dip 5:00 - 5:25 pm

Bert Weedon


Wednesday 15th February 1961

ITV The British Song Contest

Mike Desmond

The Avons

Ronnie Carroll

Johnny Wade

Mike Preston – Marry me

ATV Alfred (Marks) The Great

Dickie Valentine


Thursday 16th February 1961

BBC Crackerjack

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BBC Suddenly It’s Swing

The Tradiads

The Reedmen

The Modbods

The Brasstax

BBC Girl On A Roof

Ray Brooks plays a pop singer who has to deal with a female fan on the roof of a theatre

The John Barry Seven – I Want You Baby

ITV The British Song Contest

June Marlow

Rosemary Squires

The Raindrops

Johnny Angel

Frank Ifield

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

Regulars Cliff Richard, The Shadows, The Vernon Girls

Petula Clark

Anglia Crescendo 7:00 - 7:30 pm

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Friday 17th February 1961

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

Marry Me wins, with My Kind of Girl in second place

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

Rosemary Squires


Saturday 18th February 1961

BBC Juke Box Jury

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

Guest -

BBC The Wakey Wakey Tavern

NB Billy Cotton’s 75th TV band show

Kathie Kay

ATV The Saturday Spectacular

Lonnie Donegan

Ruby Murray

Miki and Griff

ITV Roamin’ Holiday

Max Bygraves

ATV Arthur Haynes Entertains

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Sunday 19th February 1961

ABC Sing Along With Joe

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ATV Val Parnell’s Sunday Night At The London Palladium

Bobby Rydell


Monday 20th February 1961

AR Cool For Cats (repeat of 14th February 1961)

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Granada Spot The Tune

Marion Ryan

TWW (unknown show)

Matt Monro


Tuesday 21st February 1961

BBC Perry Como’s Music Hall

Edie Gorme – Yours Tonight, Smile

AR Cool For Cats

Final show of the series, this edition features a full version of Change of Pace, the show’s musical theme. Kent Walton also presents some of the show’s best records over the past year

AR Lucky Dip 5:00 - 5:25pm

Bert Weedon

AR Rendezvous With Rosemary

Rosemary Squires


Wednesday 22nd February 1961

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

Dickie Valentine


Thursday 23rd February 1961

ATV Cliff!

Cliff Richard - Gee Whiz It's You, Blue Moon, Travelling Light

The Shadows

The Vernon’s Girls

Marty Wilde - Rubber Ball

Anglia Crescendo 7:00 - 7:30 pm

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Friday 24th February 1961

BBC Make Mine Music

David Hughes


Saturday 25th February 1961

BBC Juke Box Jury

Jury - Susannah York, Russ Conway, Lita Roza, Glen Mason

Guest -

BBC The Black and White Minstrel Show

George Chisholm and his jazzers

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

The Beverley Sisters

ITV Roamin’ Holiday

Max Bygraves


Sunday 26th February 1961

ABC Sing Along With Joe

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ATV Val Parnell’s Sunday Night At The London Palladium

no guests of interest in this edition


Monday 27th February 1961

BBC The Carl-Alan Awards

Cliff Richard – Travellin’ Light

The Shadows – Apache

The King Brothers – 76 Trombones

AR Cool For Cats (repeat 21st February 1961)

Granada Spot the Tune

Marion Ryan


Tuesday 28th February 1961

BBC Perry Como’s Music Hall

Catherine Valente

AR Lucky Dip 5:00 - 5:25pm

Bert Weedon


Wednesday 1st March 1961

Granada The Variety Show

The Kaye Sisters

Diane Todd

Anglia Crescendo 7:00 - 7:30 pm

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ATV The Russ Conway Show


Thursday 2nd March 1961

BBC Crackerjack

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ATV Cliff!

The regulars, plus Lyn Cornell


Friday 3rd March 1961

ITV Mike On Holiday 6:30 - 6:45 pm

Michael Holliday with Johnny Pearson and his orchestra


Saturday 4th March 1961

BBC Juke Box Jury

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

Guest -

BBC The Benny Hill Show

Includes his Juke Box Jury sketch

ITV Roamin’ Holiday

Max Bygraves

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

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Sunday 5th March 1961

ABC Sing Along With Joe

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ATV Val Parnell’s Sunday Night At The London Palladium

David Whitfield


Monday 6th March 1961

Granada Spot The Tune

Marion Ryan


Tuesday 7th March 1961

BBC Perry Como’s Music Hall

No other musical guests of interest

AR Lucky Dip 5:00 - 5:25pm

Bert Weedon


Wednesday 8th March 1961

BBC Soft Lights, Sweet Music

Carole Carr

AR Hippodrome

Michael Holliday

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

Rosemary Squires, Bryan Johnson


Thursday 9th March 1961

ATV Cliff!

The regulars, plus Alma Cogan

Anglia Crescendo 7:00 - 7:30 pm

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Scottish Songs That Matter To Me

Matt Monro


Friday 10th March 1961

BBC Make Mine Music

David Hughes


Saturday 11th March 1961

BBC Juke Box Jury

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

Guest -

BBC The Black and White Minstrel Show

George Chisholm and his jazzers

BBC Let There Be More Music

Dennis Lotis


Sunday 12th March 1961

BBC Showtime

Dickie Valentine

ABC Sing Slong With Joe

Joe Mr Piano Henderson

Peter Elliott

Valerie Masters

Don Rennie

The Kentones

ABC Sunday Break

Cy Grant

ATV Val Parnell’s Sunday Night At The London Palladium

Connie Francis


Monday 13th March 1961

Granada Spot The Tune

Marion Ryan


Tuesday 14th March 1961

BBC Perry Como’s Music Hall

No other musical guests of interest

AR Lucky Dip 5:00 - 5:25pm

Bert Weedon


Wednesday 15th March 1961

BBC Soft Lights, Sweet Music

Carole Carr

Kenny Baker

ATV Val Parnell’s Star Time: All Kinds of Music

The Dallas Boys – Nice To Know You Care


Thursday 16th March 1961

BBC Crackerjaclk

Adam Faith

ATV Cliff! (shown on Granada)

The regulars, plus The Kaye Sisters

Anglia Crescendo 7:00 - 7:30 pm

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Friday 17th March 1961

ATV Cliff!

The regulars, plus possibly Dickie Valentine


Saturday 18th March 1961

BBC Juke Box Jury

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

Guest -

BBC The Wakey Wakey Tavern

Matt Monro

Eve Boswell

Russ Conway

BBC The Eurovision Song Contest

UK Entry: The Allisons – Are You Sure

ATV Saturday Spectacular: The Arthur Haynes Show

Dickie Valentine

Pearl Carr and Teddy Johnson


Sunday 19th March 1961

BBC Variety Club of Great Britain Presentation Of Awards For 1960

Show Business Personality: Lionel Bart

ATV Val Parnell’s Sunday Night At The London Palladium

Larry Adler

TWW The Dill Jones Group 10 minutes


Monday 20th March 1961

Granada Spot The Tune

Marion Rayn


Tuesday 21st March 1961

AR Lucky Dip 5:00 - 5:25pm

Bert Weedon


Wednesday 22nd March 1961

Granada The Variety Show

The Honeys (UK group)

Dennis Day

ITV Mike on Holiday

Michael Holliday


Thursday 23rd March 1961

ATV Cliff!

Cliff Richard & The Shadows

The Vernons Girls

Cherry Wainer

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

Anglia Crescendo 7:00 - 7:30 pm

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Friday 24th March 1961

BBC Make Mine Music

David Hughes


Saturday 25th March 1961

BBC Juke Box Jury

Jury - Betty Hutton, Lana Morris, Wolf Mankowitz, Ray Orchard

Guest -

BBC The Black and White Minstrel Show

George Chisholm and his jazzers

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

The NME Pollwinners Show, The Empire Pool, Wembley, London

Presenter: David Jacobs

Cliff Richard,

Adam Faith,

Connie Francis,

Lonnie Donegan,

The King Brothers,

Emile Ford and the Checkmates,

The Shadows,

The John Barry Seven,

Lyn Cornell,

Ted Heath and His Music,

Bob Miller and the Millermen


Sunday 26th March 1961

ATV Val Parnell’s Sunday Night At The London Palladium

Petula Clark

Kenny Ball’s Jazzmen

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

This folk music interpretation of the crucifixion featuring young people from a Bristol Presbyterian church youth club caused controversy. Janice Willett producer of the show was stabbed the following month whilst working at ABC TV


Monday 27th March 1961

Granada Spot The Tune

Marion Ryan


Tuesday 28th March 1961

BBC Perry Como’s Music Hall

No other musical guests of interest

AR Lucky Dip 5:00 - 5:25pm

Bert Weedon

AR Something Old, Something New

The Cliff Adams Singers

Alma Cogan


Thursday 30th March 1961

Anglia Crescendo 7:00 - 7:30 pm

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ATV The Arthur Haynes Show

Pearl Carr & Teddy Johnson


Saturday 1st April 1961

ABC Thank Your Lucky Stars 5:45 - 6:10 pm (first edition) (not networked)

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

Host: Brian Matthew

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

Anne Shelton I Will Light A Candle

The Five Dallas Boys One Finger One Thumb

Allan Bruce

BBC Juke Box Jury

Jury - Brian Mathew

Guest -

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

Danny Williams

ITN News

Cliff Richard talks about South African shows


Sunday 2nd April 1961 Easter Sunday

ABC Sing Along With Joe

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ATV Val Parnell’s Sunday Night At The London Palladium

The Mudlarks


Monday 3rd April 1961 Bank Holiday

BBC The Black and White Minstrel Show

George Chisholm and his jazzers

BBC Television Dancing Club

Frankie Vaughan presents awards

AR Something Old Something New (repeat of 28th March)

Granada Spot The Tune

Marion Ryan


Tuesday 4th April 1961

BBC Perry Como’s Music Hall

The Lennon Sisters

BBC They Met In A City: The Encyclopaedist

Cy Grant

AR Lucky Dip 5:00 - 5:25pm

Bert Weedon

AR Something Old, Something New

The Cliff Adams Singers

Petula Clark


Wednesday 5th April 1961

BBC Soft Lights and Sweet Music

Carole Carr, Stephane Grappelly

ATV Val Parnell’s Star Time

Host: Pete Murray

The Four Freshmen

Bert Weedon

The Allisons

June Christy – Something Cruel


Thursday 6th April 1961

BBC Music For You

No musical guests of interest

Anglia Crescendo 7:00 - 7:30 pm

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ATV The Arthur Haynes Show

Pearl Carr & Teddy Johnson


Friday 7th April 1961

BBC Make Mine Music

David Hughes

AR Rendezvous With Rosemary (Squires) 7:15 - 7:30 pm

Rosemary Squires, Mike Preston


Saturday 8th April 1961

BBC Juke Box Jury

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

Guest -

BBC The Bing Crosby Show

Perry Como

ABC Thank Your Lucky Stars (not networked) 5:45 - 6:10 pm

Host: Brian Matthew

Benny Hill

Dickie Valentine

Jess Conrad

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

Acker Bilk


Sunday 9th April 1961

BBC Be My Guest

Joan Regan

ATV Val Parnell’s Sunday Night At The London Palladium

No musical guests of interest

ABC Sing Along With Joe

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Monday 10th April 1961

Granada Spot The Tune

Marion Ryan


Tuesday 11th April 1961

BBC Perry Como’s Music Hall

No other musical gusts of interest

AR Lucky Dip 5:00 - 5:25pm

Bert Weedon

AR Something Old, Something New

The Cliff Adams Singers


Wednesday 12th April 1961

BBC The Music Makers

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

BBC Soft Lights and Sweet Music

Carole Carr

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

The Oscar Peterson Trio

Johnny Dankworth


Thursday 13th April 1961

Anglia Crescendo 7:00 - 7:30 pm

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ATV The Arthur Haynes Show

Pearl Carr & Teddy Johnson

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


Friday 14th April 1961

ITV Mike on Holiday

Michael Holliday


Saturday 15th April 1961

BBC Juke Box Jury

Jury - Catherine Boyle, Zena Marshall, Harry Robinson, plus one other

Guest -

BBC The Billy Cotton Band Show

Alma Cogan

Temperance Seven

ABC Thank Your Lucky Stars (not networked) 5:45 - 6:10 pm

Host: Brian Matthew

Petula Clark

Michael Holliday

Mark Wynter


Sunday 16th April 1961

ABC Sing Along With Joe

Joe Mister Piano Henderson

Peter Elliott

Valerie Masters

Don Rennie

The Hornets

ATV Val Parnell’s Sunday Night At The London Palladium

no guests of interest in this edition


Monday 17th April 1961

Granada Spot The Tune

Marion Ryan


Tuesday 18th April 1961

BBC Perry Como’s Music Hall

Bobby Rydell

Catherine Valente

AR Lucky Dip 5:00 - 5:25pm

Bert Weedon

AR Something Old, Something New

The Cliff Adams Singers


Wednesday 19th April 1961

ATV Hippodrome

Michael Holliday

Colette Renard


Thursday 20th April 1961

ATV The Arthur Haynes Show

Pearl Carr & Teddy Johnson

Anglia Crescendo 7:00 - 7:30 pm

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Friday 21st April 1961

ITV Mike on Holiday

Michael Holliday


Saturday 22nd April 1961

BBC Juke Box Jury

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

Guest -

ABC Thank Your Lucky Stars 5:45 - 6:10 pm

Host: 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

An all-star gala concert

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ATV Deadline Midnight: The Billy Brewster Story

Larry Martyn plays rock and roll singer Billy Brewster

NB 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

Joan Regan

Dickie Valentine

ATV Val Parnell’s Sunday Night At The London Palladium

Lena Horne – Ooh, Love

Tony Sandler – Mack The Knife

ABC Sing Along With Joe

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Monday 26th April 1961

Granada Spot The Tune

Marion Ryan


Tuesday 25th April 1961

AR Lucky Dip 5:00 - 5:25pm

Bert Weedon

AR Something Old, Something New

The Cliff Adams Singers

The Beverley Sisters


Wednesday 26th April 1961

BBC Soft Lights, Sweet Music

Carole Carr

ATV Val Parnell’s Star Time: All Kinds Of Music

Johnny Dankworth with Cleo Laine

The King Brothers


Thursday 27th April 1961

BBC Crackerjack

The Shadows – FBI, The Frightened City

ATV The Arthur Haynes Show

Pearl Carr & Teddy Johnson

Anglia Crescendo 7:00 - 7:30 pm

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Friday 28th April 1961

ITV Mike on Holiday

Michael Holliday


Saturday 29th April 1961

ABC Thank Your Lucky Stars (not networked) 5:45 - 6:10 pm

Host: Brian Matthew

Marty Wilde

The Allisons

Mike Preston

Johnnie Lee

Ken Kirkham

Jeannie Lambe

BBC Juke Box Jury

Jury - June Goodkind (record salesgirl), Arthur Askey, David Gell, Jane Murdoch

Guest -

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

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Sunday 30th April 1961

BBC Ask Anne

Request show with Anne Shelton

ABC Sing Along with Joe

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ATV Val Parnell’s Sunday Night At The London Palladium

Max Bygraves


Monday 1st May 1961

Granada Spot The Tune

Marion Ryan


Tuesday 2nd May 1961

BBC Perry Como’s Music Hall

No other musical guests of interest

AR Lucky Dip 5:00 - 5:25pm

Bert Weedon

AR Something Old, Something New

The Cliff Adams Singers


Wednesday 3rd May 1961

BBC Soft Lights and Sweet Music

Carole Carr, Tubby Hayes

Granada The Variety Show

Dennis Day

Ruth Olay

The Honeys


Thursday 4th May 1961

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

ATV The Arthur Haynes Show

Pearl Carr & Teddy Johnson

Anglia Crescendo 7:00 - 7:30 pm

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Friday 5th May 1961

ITV Mike on Holiday

Michael Holliday


Saturday 6th May 1961

BBC Juke Box Jury

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

Guest -

BBC The Black and White Minstrel Show

George Chisholm and his jazzers

ABC Thank Your Lucky Stars (not networked) 5:45 - 6:10 pm

Host: Brian Matthew

Adam Faith

Matt Monro

The John Barry Seven

Gerry Dorsey

Susan Grey

Ken Jones

ABC Big Night Out: Green Room Rag

no guests of interest in this edition


Sunday 7th May 1961

BBC Be My Guest

Joan Regan

ABC Sing Along With Joe

Joe Mr Piano Henderson

Peter Elliott

Valerie Masters

Don Rennie

The Kentones

ABC Sunday Break

Alex Welsh

ATV Val Parnell’s Sunday Night At The London Palladium

Robert Horton (ex Wagon Train actor sings)


Monday 8th May 1961

Granada Spot The Tune

Marion Ryan

AR Something Old, Something New

NB brought forward from the late night slot to early evening

The Cliff Adams Singers


Tuesday 9th May 1961

BBC Perry Como’s Music Hall

Jane Morgan – Fascination, The Day That The Rains Came

AR Lucky Dip 5:00 - 5:25pm

Bert Weedon

AR Something Old, Something New

NB Back in the late night slot

The Cliff Adams Singers


Wednesday 10th May 1961

AR Alfred Marks Time

Dickie Valentine


Thursday 11th May 1961

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

Mikki & Griff – Stayed Away Too Long

Lyn Cornell - As Long As

Anglia Crescendo 7:00 - 7:30 pm

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Friday 12th May 1961

ITV Mike on Holiday

Michael Holliday


Saturday 13th May 1961

BBC Juke Box Jury

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

Guest -

BBC The Billy Cotton Band Show

Matt Monro

ABC Thank Your Lucky Stars 5:45 - 6:10 pm

Host: 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


Sunday 14th May 1961

ABC Sunday Break

Humphrey Littleton

no Sunday Night at the London Palladium

ABC Sing Along With Joe

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Monday 15th May 1961

AR Something Old, Something New

The Cliff Adams Singers

Granada Spot The Tune

Marion Ryan


Tuesday 16th May 1961

BBC Perry Como’s Music Hall

Paul Anka

AR Lucky Dip 5:00 - 5:25pm

Bert Weedon

AR Something Old, Something New

The Cliff Adams Singers

Dickie Valentine


Wednesday 17th May 1961

BBC Soft Lights, Sweet Music

Carole Carr – Embraceable You, Stranger In Paradise

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

ATV Val Parnell’s Star Time

Gary Miller

Eddie Calvert


Thursday 18th May 1961

BBC Pinky & Perky’s Pop Parade (repeat March 1960)

ATV Putting On The Donegan

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

Sheila Buxton – Wrong

Mikki and Griff – You Never Write or Call

Anglia Crescendo 7:00 - 7:30 pm

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Friday 19th May 1961

ITV Mike on Holiday

Michael Holliday

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

Josh White (also appears with his son, Josh)


Saturday 20th May 1961

BBC The Ivor Novello Awards

Max Bygraves, Georgia Brown, Matt Monro, Craig Douglas, Bert Weedon

BBC Juke Box Jury

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

Guest -

ABC Thank Your Lucky Stars (not networked) 5:45 - 6:10 pm

Host: Brian Matthew

Russ Conway

Teddy Johnson and Pearl Carr

The Shadows

The Brook Brothers

Eddie Falcon

Julie Rayne

Dave Sampson

ATV The Beverley Sisters

Ronnie Hilton


Sunday 21st May 1961

BBC Be My Guest

Joan Regan

Dennis Lotis

ABC Sing Along With Joe

Joe Mr Piano Henderson

Peter Elliott

Valerie Masters

Don Rennie

The Kentones

ABC Sunday Break

Kenny Ball & His Jazzmen

ATV Val Parnell’s Sunday Night At The London Palladium

Patti Page


Monday 24th May 1961 Bank Holiday

AR Something Old, Something New

The Cliff Adams Singers

Granada Spot The Tune

Marion Ryan


Tuesday 23rd May 1961

BBC Perry Como’s Music Hall

No other musical guests of interest

AR Lucky Dip 5:00 - 5:25pm

Bert Weedon

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

Shirley Bassey


Wednesday 24th May 1961

Granada The Mahalia Jackson Show 8:30 - 9:25 pm

Oscar Peterson

Chris Barber

Leon Bibb

Toots Thielemans


Thursday 25th May 1961

BBC Tonight With Harry Belefonte 9:45 - 10:35 pm

AR Putting On The Donegan

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

Mikki & Griff – True Love Goes On

Valerie Masters – The Toreador Song

Anglia Crescendo 7:00 - 7:30 pm

content unknown


Friday 26th May 1961

ITV Mike on Holiday

Michael Holliday

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

with Don Grady as Robbie


Saturday 27th May 1961

BBC Juke Box Jury

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

Guest -

ABC Thank Your Lucky Stars (not networked) 5:45 - 6:10 pm

Host: Pete Murray

Ronnie Hilton

Johnny Kidd and the Pirates

George Chisholm and the Tradsters

Cleo Laine

Audrey Jeans

The Springfields

The Bird Twins


Sunday 28th May 1961

ABC Sing Along With Joe

Joe Mr Piano Henderson

Peter Elliott

Valerie Masters

Don Rennie

The Hornets

ATV Val Parnell’s Sunday Night At The London Palladium

The King Brothers


Monday 29th May 1961

AR Something Old, Something New (repeat)

Shirley Bassey

Matt Monro


Tuesday 30th May 1961

BBC Perry Como’s Music Hall

No other musical guests of interest

AR Lucky Dip 5:00 - 5:25pm

Bert Weedon

AR Something Old, Something New

The Cliff Adams Singers

Matt Monro


Wednesday 31st May 1961

BBC Let There Be Music

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

ATV Hippodrome 8:00 - 8:30 pm

Michael Holiday

ATV Falling In Love

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


Thursday 1st June 1961

BBC Pinky & Perky Pop Parade (repeat March 1960)

BBC Suddenly It’s Swing

The Tradlads, The Reedmen, The Modbods, The Brasstax

ATV Putting On The Donegan

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

Mikki & Griff


Friday 2nd June 1961

ITV Festival

Johnny Dankworth & Cleo Laine


Saturday 3rd June 1961

ABC Thank Your Lucky Stars (not networked) 5:45 - 6:10 pm

Host: Pete Murray

Shirley Bassey

Robert Earl

The Temperance Seven

Tony Brent

David Lisbon

Billie Lane

Michael Hill

BBC Juke Box Jury

Jury - Kim Tracy, Russ Conway, Jack Jackson

Guest -

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

The Shadows

The Kaye Sisters


Sunday 4th June 1961

BBC Be My Guest

Joan Regan

The King Brothers

ABC Sunday Break

Dick Charlesworth & His City Gents

ABC Sing Along With Joe

Joe Mr Piano Henderson

Peter Elliott

Valerie Masters

Don Rennie

The Kentones


Monday 5th June 1961

AR Something Old, Something New

The Cliff Adams Singers

Matt Monro


Tuesday 6th June 1961

BBC Perry Como’s Music Hall

Brenda Lee

AR Lucky Dip 5:00 - 5:25pm

Bert Weedon

AR Something Old, Something New

The Cliff Adams Singers


Wednesday 7th June 1961

ATV Val Parnell’s Star Time: All Kinds of Music

Russ Conway

Jill Day

Ian Menzies and his Clyde Valley Stompers


Thursday 8th June 1961

ATV Lunch Box Special

David Whitfield

Bert Weedon

ATV Putting On The Donegan

Lonnie Donegan

Mikki & Griff

Shani Wallis


Friday 9th June 1961

ITV Calypso

Cleo Laine

ITV Mike on Holiday

Michael Holliday


Saturday 10th June 1961

BBC Juke Box Jury

Jury - Cliff Richard, Sonyo Cordeou, Anthea Askey, Robert Morley

Guest -

BBC The Billy Cotton Band Show

No other musical guests of interest

ABC Thank Your Lucky Stars (not networked) 5:45 - 6:10 pm

Host: Brian Matthew

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

Ronnie Hilton


Sunday 11th June 1961

BBC Ask Anne

Anne Shelton

Matt Monro

ABC Sing Along With Joe

Joe (Mister Piano) Henderson

Peter Elliott

Valerie Masters

Don Rennie

The Kentones

ABC Sunday Break

Clyde Valley Stompers

ABC Sing Along With Joe

content unknown

ATV Val Parnell’s Sunday Night At The London Palladium

Tommy Steele


Monday 12th June 1961

AR Meet Matt Monro

Matt Monro

AR Something Old, Something New

The Cliff Adams Singers


Tuesday 13th June 1961

BBC Perry Como’s Music Hall

Featuring people who regularly work on the show

Scottish Frankie Laine Sings

AR Lucky Dip 5:00 - 5:25pm

Bert Weedon

AR Something Old, Something New

The Cliff Adams Singers

Danny Williams

Donald Peers


Wednesday 14th June 1961

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

A look at Denmark Street, script and songs written by and starring Ron Moody

content unknown

Granada The Variety Show

The Peters Sisters

AR Meet Matt Monro

Matt Monro


Thursday 15th June 1961

BBC Pinky & Perky Pop Parade (repeat March 1960)

ATV Putting On The Donegan

Lonnie Donegan

Mikki and Griff


Saturday 17th June 1961

BBC Juke Box Jury

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

Guest -

ABC Spin-A-Disc! 5:45 - 6:10 (not networked)

NB This first show from the Thank Your Lucky Stars production team suggests a format similar to Juke Box Jury

Host: Jimmy Young

Guest DJ: Alan Freeman

Teenage Team of Experts: Gloria Johnson, Keith Knight, Delia Seaborn, Melvin Sims

ABC Big Night Out: Thank Your Lucky Stars 7:40 - 8:30 pm

NB "An invited audience attends the final edition of..."

Petula Clark

Alma Cogan

Tommy Cooper

Freddie Earle

Michael Holliday

The Kaye Sisters

The Mudlarks

The Temperance Seven

Jeannie Lambe

Helen Shapiro

Danny Williams

NB The Daily Mirror lists ABC Thank Your Lucky Stars 5:45 - 6:10 pm and the show Buckaroo from 7:40 - 8:30 pm


Sunday 18th June 1961

BBC Be My Guest

Joan Regan

ABC Sing Along With Joe

Joe (Mister Piano) Henderson

Peter Elliott

Valerie Masters

Don Rennie

The Kentones

ATV Val Parnell’s Sunday Night At The London Palladium

Shirley Bassey

Kenny Ball and His Jazzmen

ABC Sunday Break

Terry Lightfoot and his New Orleans Jazzmen


Monday 19th June 1961

BBC Cy Grant 6:50 - 7:05 pm

with The Bill LeSage Group

AR Something Old, Something New

The Cliff Adams Singers

AR Meet Matt Monro

Matt Monro


Tuesday 20th June 1961

BBC Cy Grant

with The Bill LeSage Group

AR Meet Matt Monro 6:45 - 7:00

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

Eden Kane as himself

AR Lucky Dip 5:00 - 5:25pm

Bert Weedon

AR Something Old, Something New

The Cliff Adams Singers


Wednesday 21st June 1961

BBC Cy Grant

with The Bill LeSage Group

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

Janie Marden

AR The Adam Faith Show 8:00 - 8:45 pm

Tony Bennett

Adele Leigh

Dick Charlesworth and his City Gents


Thursday 22nd June 1961

ATV A Date With

Shirley Jones and Jack Cassidy


Friday 23rd June 1961

ITV Mike on Holiday

Michael Holliday


Saturday 24th June 1961

BBC News

Report on Petula Clark’s wedding

BBC Juke Box Jury

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

Guest -

BBC The Billy Cotton Band Show

Russ Conway

Cliff Ricahrd

BBC A Song For Saturday

Rosemary Squires

ITV The Winifred Atwell Show 6:15 - 6:30 (first edition)

ITV Roamin’ Holiday

Max Bygraves


Sunday 25th June 1961

BBC Ask Anne

Anne Shelton

ATV Val Parnell’s Sunday Show

Tommy Steele


Monday 26th June 1961

BBC Summer Music Hall

Jill Day

AR Meet Matt Monro

Matt Monro

AR Something Old, Something New

The Cliff Adams Singers

AR Three Live Wires

The Dudley Moore Trio


Tuesday 27th June 1961

AR Lucky Dip 5:00 - 5:25pm

Bert Weedon


Wednesday 28th June 1961

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

Petula Clark

Dennis Lotis


Thursday 29th June 1961

BBC Pinky & Perky Pop Parade (repeat April 1960)


Friday 30th June 1961

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


Saturday 1st July 1961

BBC Juke Box Jury

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

Guest -

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

Chris Baber & Ottilie Patterson

Bob Wallis

ITV The Winifred Atwell Show

BBC Charlie Chester

Rosemary Squires

Eddie Calvert

ITV Roamin’ Holiday

Max Bygraves

ABC Holiday Town Parade

content unknown

ABC Big Night Out: Buckaroo

Jim Dale


Sunday 2nd July 1961

BBC Be My Guest

Joan Regan

Gary Miller

ABC The Sunday Break

Wilf Todd and his Trio

ATV About Religion: Music for God

Dennis Lotis

ATV Bernard Delfont's Sunday Show

Steve Lawrence and Edie Gorme


Monday 3rd July 1961

AR Meet Matt Monro

Matt Monro

AR Something Old, Something New

The Cliff Adams Singers


Tuesday 4th July 1961

AR Lucky Dip 5:00 - 5:25pm

Bert Weedon

AR Something Old, Something New

The Cliff Adams Singers

Dennis Lotis

Rosemary Squires


Wednesday 5th July 1961

ATV Calling Dickie Valentine

no guests of interest in this edition


Friday 7th July 1961

AR Meet Matt Monro

TWW Modern Rhythm 6:40 - 6:54 pm

content unknown

Southern The Teenagers 10:30 - 11:00 pm

content unknown


Saturday 8th July 1961

BBC Juke Box Jury

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

Guest -

BBC The Trad Fad And All That Jazz

Mr Acker Bilk's Paramount Jazzband

Terry Lightfoot and his New Orleans Jazzmen

ITV The Winifred Atwell Show

ITV Roamin’ Holiday

Max Bygraves

ATV The Sid James Show

Joe Brown


Sunday 9th July 1961

ABC Sunday Break

The Allisons

The Red Price Combo

ATV Bernard Delfont’s Sunday Show

Johnnie Ray

Deep River Boys


Monday 10th July 1961

AR Meet Matt Monro

Matt Monro


Tuesday 11th July 1961

AR Lucky Dip 5:00 - 5:25pm

Bert Weedon

AR Meet Matt Monro

Matt Monro

ITV Mike on Holiday

Michael Holliday

AR Something Old, Something New

The Cliff Adams Singers

Vera Lynn


Wednesday 12th July 1961

ATV Calling Dickie Valentine

The King Brothers


Thursday 13th July 1961

BBC Pinky & Perky’s Pop Parade (repeat 1960)


Friday 14th July 1961

AR Meet Matt Monro


Saturday 15th July 1961

BBC Juke Box Jury

Jury - Lana Morris, Jimmy Young, Paul Hollingdale

Guest -

BBC The Trad Fad And All That Jazz

The Temperance Seven

Mick Mulligan and his band with George Melly

ABC Big Night Out: The Best of The Big Top

no guests of interest in this edition

ITV The Winifred Atwell Show

ITV Roamin’ Holiday

Max Bygraves

ABC Holiday Town Parade

Joe Loss


Sunday 16th July 1961

ABC The Sunday Break

Dick Charlesworth and his City Gents

ATV Bernard Delfont’s Sunday Show

Mel Torme – When The World Was Young


Monday 17th July 1961

AR Meet Matt Monro

Matt Monro

AR Something Old, Something New

The Cliff Adams Singers

Vera Lynn


Tuesday 18th July 1961

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

Excerpts from his summer show

Lonnie Donegan

AR Lucky Dip 5:00 - 5:25pm

Bert Weedon

AR Something Old, Something New

The Cliff Adams Singers

Tony Brent

Valerie Masters


Wednesday 19th July 1961

BBC The Mort Sahl Show

Georgia Brown

ATV Calling Dickie Valentine

Petula Clark


Thursday 20th July 1961

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

AR Summersong 9:35 - 10:35 pm

Matt Monro

Craig Douglas

Lyn Cornell

Johnny Dankworth & Cleo Laine


Friday 21st July 1961

BBC Meet Mister Moore

Dudley Moore at the piano

AR Meet Matt Monro


Saturday 22nd July 1961

BBC Juke Box Jury

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

Guest -

BBC The Trad Fad And All That Jazz

Terry Lightfoot and his New Orleans Jazzmen

Dick Charlesworth and his City Gents

ABC Holiday Town Parade

Joe Loss

ITV The Winifred Atwell Show

ABC Buckaroo!

Jim Dale


Sunday 23rd July 1961

BBC Ask Anne

Anne Shelton

ATV Bernard Delfont’s Sunday Show

Jo Stafford


Monday 24th July 1961

BBC The Black and White Minstrel Show

George Chisholm and his jazzers

ATV Harper’s West One 9:35 - 10:30 pm

John Leyton as Johnny St Cyr performing Johnny Remember Me

AR Something Old, Something New (repeat of 18th July)

The Cliff Adams Singers

Valerie Masters, Tony Brent


Tuesday 25th July 1961

AR Lucky Dip 5:00 - 5:25pm

Bert Weedon

AR Something Old, Something New

The Cliff Adams Singers

Dorothy Squires


Wednesday 26th July 1961

ATV Calling Dickie Valentine

Ronnie Hilton


Thursday 27th July 1961

BBC The Springfields: Music And Dancing


Friday 28th July 1961

ATV Look Around: Jazz on a July Night

The Earlwood Jazz Festival

Acker Bilk and His Paramount Jazzband

AR Meet Matt Monro


Saturday 29th July 1961

BBC Juke Box Jury

Jury - Spike Milligan, Eira Heath, Benny Green

Guest -

BBC Charlie Chester

Lita Roza

BBC The Trad Fad And All That Jazz

Alex Walsh and his band

Bob Wallis and his Storyville Jazzmen

ABC Big Night Out

Eve Boswell

Adele Leigh

ITV The Winifred Atwell Show

ABC Holiday Town Parade

Joe Loss, Ross Macmanus


Sunday 30th July 1961

ABC Sunday Break

The John Barry Seven

Danny Williams

ATV Bernard Delfont’s Sunday Show

Rosemary Clooney

possibly Lita Roza


Monday 31st July 1961

AR Something Old, Something New (repeat 25th July)

The Cliff Adams Singers


Tuesday 1st August 1961

AR Lucky Dip 5:00 - 5:25pm

Bert Weedon

AR Meet Matt Monro

Matt Monro

AR Something Old, Something New

The Cliff Adams Singers

Mike Preston


Wednesday 2nd August 1961

BBC Nice N Easy

Janie Marden

The Billy Van Four

Dennis Newey

ATV Calling Dickie Valentine

Glen Mason

Valerie Masters


Thursday 3rd August 1961

BBC Suddenly It’s Swing

Steve Race

AR Summersong

Matt Monro

Craig Douglas

Michael Cole

Lyn Cornell

Cleo Laine

Johnny Dankworth

Dennis Lotis

Dudley Moore


Friday 4th August 1961

BBC Russ Conway 7:30 - 8:00 pm

BBC September Song

Matt Monro


Saturday 5th August 1961

BBC Juke Box Jury

Jury - Helen Shapiro, Jack Payne, Sammy Cahn

Guest -

BBC Charlie Chester

David Hughes

BBC The Trad Fad And All That Jazz

The Temperance Seven

Ian Menzies and his Clyde Valley Stompers

Charlie Galbraith and his All-Star Jazzband

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

Dave King

ITV The Winifred Atwell Show

ABC Holiday Town Parade

Joe Loss


Sunday 6th August 1961

ABC Sunday Break

Mick Mulligan’s Band with George Melly

ATV Bernard Delfont’s Sunday Show

Emile Ford


Monday 7th August 1961 Bank Holiday

BBC Ask Anne

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 (repeat)

The Cliff Adams Singers

Mike Preston


Tuesday 8th August 1961

AR Meet Matt Monro

AR Lucky Dip 5:00 - 5:25pm

Bert Weedon

AR Something Old, Something New

The Cliff Adams Singers

Lyn Cornell


Wednesday 9th August 1961

BBC Nice N Easy

Janie Marden

ATV Calling Dickie Valentine

Ray Ellington


Thursday 10th August 1961

BBC Pinky & Perky’s Pop Parade (repeat 1960)


Friday 11th August 1961

BBC Russ Conway

AR Stop-Look-Listen

Host: Steve Race


Saturday 12th August 1961

BBC Juke Box Jury

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

Guest -

BBC Charlie Chester

Pearl Carr and Teddy Johnson

BBC The Trad Fad And All That Jazz

Kenny Ball’s Jazzmen

Clinton Ford and his band

ITV The Saturday Show

Vic Damone

Dorothy Squires

ITV The Winifred Atwell Show

ABC Holiday Town Parade

Joe Loss


Sunday 13th August 1961

ABC Sunday Break

Monty Sunshine

ATV Bernard Delfont’s Sunday Show

Eartha Kitt


Monday 14th August 1961

AR Something Old, Something New (repeat)

The Cliff Adams Singers


Tuesday 15th August 1961

AR Meet Matt Monro

Matt Monro

AR Lucky Dip 5:00 - 5:25pm

Bert Weedon

AR Something Old, Something New

The Cliff Adams Singers

George Chakaris


Wednesday 16th August 1961

BBC Nice N Easy

Janie Marden

ATV Calling Dickie Valentine

Ronnie Carroll

Sheila Buxton


Thursday 17th August 1961

Southern Strictly for the Birds

The Dudley Moore Trio

Joe Harriott

Alex Obra


Friday 18th August 1961

BBC Russ Conway

Dorothy Squires

AR Stop-Look-Listen

Host: Steve Race


Saturday 19th August 1961

BBC Juke Box Jury

Jury - June Whitfield, Glen Mason, Alan Freeman

Guest -

BBC Charlie Chester

No musical guests of interest

BBC The Trad Fad And All That Jazz

Mr Acker Bilk and His Paramount Jazzband

Monty Sunshine's Jazzband with Beryl Bryden

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

no guests of interest in this edition

ITV The Winifred Atwell Show

ABC Holiday Town Parade

Joe Loss


Sunday 20th August 1961

ATV Bernard Delfont’s Sunday Show

Connie Stevens


Monday 21st August 1961

AR Something Old, Something New (repeat)

The Cliff Adams Singers


Tuesday 22nd August 1961

AR Lucky Dip 5:00 - 5:25pm

Bert Weedon

AR Something Old, Something New

The Cliff Adams Singers

Lita Roza


Wednesday 23rd August 1961

BBC Nice N Easy

Janie Marden

ATV Calling Dickie Valentine

Cleo Laine


Thursday 24th August 1961

BBC Pinky & Perky’s Pop Parade (repeat 1960)

ATV Personal Appearance: This Is Anka

Paul Anka

Linda Scott


Friday 25th August 1961

BBC Russ Conway

AR Meet Matt Monro

Matt Monro

AR Stop-Look-Listen

Host: Steve Race


Saturday 26th August 1961

BBC Juke Box Jury

Jury - Jane Asher, Pete Murray, John Paddy Carstairs

Guest -

BBC Charlie Chester

Maureen Evans

BBC The Trad Fad And All That Jazz

Ian Manzies and his Clyde Valley Stompers

The MerseyssippiJazz Band

The Syncopaters

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

Bing Crosby (uncredited in a sketch)

Sammy Chan and Jimmy Van Huesen

ITV The Winifred Atwell Show

ABC Holiday Town Parade

content unknown


Sunday 27th August 1961

ABC Sunday Break

Mr Acker Bilk and His Paramount Jazzband

Jim Dale

ATV Bernard Delfont’s Sunday Show

Howard Keel


Monday 30th August 1961

AR Something Old, Something New

The Cliff Adams Singers


Tuesday 29th August 1961

AR Lucky Dip 5:00 - 5:25pm

Bert Weedon

AR A Date with Dorothy

Dorothy Squires


Wednesday 30th August 1961

BBC Show Train

Carole Deene

George Chisholm and his jazzers

BBC Nice N Easy

Janie Marden

ATV Calling Dickie Valentine

Ray Ellington

Valerie Masters


Thursday 31st August 1961

Southern Strictly for the Birds

The Dudley Moore Trio

Bobby Samson

Mona Baptiste

Alex Obra


Friday 1st September 1961

BBC Russ Conway

AR Meet Matt Monro

AR Stop-Look-Listen

Host: Steve Race


Saturday 2nd September 1961

BBC Juke Box Jury

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

Guest -

BBC Charlie Chester

Sheila Buxton

BBC The Trad Fad And All That Jazz

Kenny Ball's Jazzmen

Mick Mulligan and his band with George Melly

ABC Big Night Out: The Best of Summer

Music acts from various summer shows

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

Helen Shapiro, Gary Miller

ITV The Winifred Atwell Show

ABC Holiday Town Parade

content unknown


Sunday 3rd September 1961

BBC Ask Anne

Anne Shelton

Humphrey Littleton

ABC Sunday Break

Johnny Dankworth


Monday 4th September 1961

AR Something Old, Something New (repeat)

The Cliff Adams Singers


Tuesday 5th September 1961

AR Something Old, Something New

The Cliff Adams Singers

AR Lucky Dip

Bert Weedon


Wednesday 6th September 1961

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

Sophie Tucker

Kenny Ball & His Jazzmen


Thursday 7th September 1961

BBC Pinky & Perky’s Pop Parade (repeat 1960)

Southern Strictly for the Birds

The Dudley Moore Trio

Bobby Sansom

Shake Keane

Alex Obra


Friday 8th September 1961

BBC Russ Conway

Shirley Eaton

Paddy Roberts

AR Meet Matt Monro

AR Stop-Look-Listen

Host: Steve Race


Saturday 9th September 1961

BBC Juke Box Jury

Jury - Juliet Mills, David Kossof, Jimmy Savile

Guest -

BBC Charlie Chester

No musical guests of interest

BBC The Trad Fad And All That Jazz

Bob Wallis amd his Storyville Jazzmen

Monty Sunshine’s Jazzband with Beryl Bryden

The Fairweather-Brown All-Stars

ABC Thank Your Lucky Stars 5:50 - 6:30 pm (networked)

NB Extended to forty minutes for this new series

Hosts: Keith Fordyce and Brian Matthew

Shani Wallis

Eden Kane

Harry Fowler and Mario Fabrizi

Roy Tierney (introduced by Shani Wallis)

Kenny Lynch

Joanne (introduced by Eden Kane) NB Joanne's full name will be revealed on the show

The Confederates - Battle Hymn of the Republic

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

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

no other musical guests

ITV The Winifred Atwell Show


Sunday 10th September 1961

ABC Sunday Break

Bruce Turner and His Jumpband

Ronnie Hall

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

Host: Bruce Forsyth

Yana

ABC Music For Dreaming

The Freemen

Marion Keene

The Dave Lee Quartet


Tuesday 12th September 1961

AR Steve Race 6:08 – 6:15 pm

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

Acker Bilk

Cleo Laine

Adele Leigh

Kenny Baker

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

Host: Alan Freeman

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

NB replaces Lucky Dip

Bert Weedon (regular)


Thursday 14th September 1961

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

content unknown

ATV Our Kind Of Girl

Alma Cogan, Gary Miller, The Dallas Boys

Southern Strictly for the Birds

The Dudley Moore Trio

Bobby Sansom

Johnny Scott

Alex Obra


Friday 15th September 1961

BBC The Friday Show (first edition)

Lena Martell

AR Stop-Look-Listen

Host: Steve Race

Matt Monro


Saturday 16th September 1961

BBC Juke Box Jury

Jury - Shirley Anne Field, Matt Monro, Pete Murray

Guest -

BBC Charlie Chester

No music guests of interest

BBC The Trad Fad And All That Jazz

Terry Lightfoot and his New Orleans Jazzmen

Alex Welsh and his band

Ken Colyer's Jazzmen

ABC Thank Your Lucky Stars 5:50 - 6:30 on ABC, 5:50 - 6:15 elsewhere

Don Arrol

Valerie Masters

The Viscounts

David MacBeth

Al Saxon

Patti Brook

Clinton Ford

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

ATV The Arthur Haynes Show

Joan Savage

Ken Norris

ITV The Winifred Atwell Show


Sunday 17th September 1961

BBC Ask Anne

Anne Shelton

ATV Val Parnell’s Sunday Night At The London Palladium

Nina and Frederick

ABC Music for Dreaming

The Kentones

Pat Lorenz

Dave Lee Quintet


Monday 18th September 1961

BBC September Song

Dennis Lotis, Susan Denny, Julie Shelley

ITV The Winifred Atwell Show


Tuesday 19th September 1961

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

No other guests of interest in this edition

Westward Spin Along

content unknown

AR Tuesday Rendezvous 5:00 - 5:25 pm

Bert Weedon (regular)


Wednesday 20th September 1961

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


Thursday 21st September 1961

TWW Discs-A-Gogo

content unknown

ATV Our Kind Of Girl

Alma Cogan

Gary Miller

The Dallas Boys


Friday 22nd September 1961

BBC The Friday Show

Lena Martell


Saturday 23rd September 1961

BBC Juke Box Jury

Jury - Janet Murray, Cyril Ornadel, Jane Asher

Guest -

BBC Charlie Chester

Sheila Southern

BBC The Trad Fad And All That Jazz

Acker Bilk

Dick Charlesworth

Ian Menzies

ABC Thank Your Lucky Stars 5:50 - 6:30 pm

Hosts: Keith Fordyce and Brian Matthew

Ted Heath and his Music

John Leyton

The Brook Brothers

Gary Mills

Kenny Clayton

Donna Douglas

Cleo Laine

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

ATV The Jo Stafford Show

no other music guests of interest


Sunday 24th September 1961

BBC The Singing Years: Music Of The Fifties

Dennis Lotis,

BBC Stranger On The Shore 4:45 - 5:15 pm (first episode)

Theme: Acker Bilk

ATV Val Parnell’s Sunday Night At The London Palladium

Connie Francis

Matt Monro

ABC Music For Dreaming

Wilf Todd and his trio

Sheila Southern

Dave Lee Quartet


Monday 25th September 1961

BBC September Song

Matt Monro


Tuesday 26th September 1961

Westward Spin Along

content unknown

AR Tuesday Rendezvous 5:00 - 5:25 pm

Bert Weedon (regular)


Thursday 28th September 1961

BBC Swing High 6:20 - 6:50 pm

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

ATV Our Kind Of Girl

Alma Cogan

Gary Miller

TWW Discs-A-Gogo

content unknown

ITV John White Sings


Friday 29th September 1961

BBC The Friday Show

Lena Martell


Saturday 30th September 1961

BBC Juke Box Jury

Jury - Howard Keel, Nicole Mauray, Jack Jackson

Guest -

BBC The Billy Cotton Band Show

Adam Faith

ABC Thank Your Lucky Stars 5:50 - 6:30 pm on ABC, 5:50 - 6:15 pm elsewhere

Hosts: Keith Fordyce and Brian Matthew

Billy Fury

Adam Faith

Matt Monro

Tony Osborne

Big Jim Sullivan Combo

Jackie Alton

Carole Deene

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

ATV The Arthur Haynes Show

Joan Savage

Ken Norris

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

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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

ATV Val Parnell’s Sunday Night At The London Palladium

Host: Bruce Forsyth

Sammy Davis Jr


Monday 2nd October 1961

BBC This Is Your Life: Max Bygraves


Tuesday 3rd October 1961

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

Two American songwriters talk about hit songs

ATV Val Parnell: All Kinds Of Music

Kenny Ball

Nina and Frederick

Janie Marden

Westward Spin Along

content unknown

AR Tuesday Rendezvous 5:00 - 5:25 pm

Bert Weedon (regular)


Thursday 5th October 1961

TWW Discs-A-Gogo

content unknown

ATV Our Kind Of Girl

Alma Cogan

Gary Miller

The Dallas Boys


Saturday 7th October 1961

BBC Juke Box Jury

Jury - Anne Aubrey, Alan Dell, Carole Carr

Guest -

ABC Thank Your Lucky Stars 5:50 - 6:30 pm networked

Hosts: Keith Fordyce and Brian Matthew

Cliff Richard

The Shadows

Helen Shapiro

The Mudlarks

The Karl Denver Trio

Robb Storme

Shane Fenton and The Fentones

guest DJ: Barry Alldis

ATV The Jo Stafford Show

Ella Fitzgereald


Sunday 8th October 1961

ATV Val Parnell’s Sunday Night At The London Palladium

no guests of interest in this edition


Monday 9th October 1961

BBC The Bing Crosby Show


Tuesday 10th October 1961

BBC Play Your Hunch (first edition of quiz show)

Host: Jack Jackson

Westward Spin Along

content unknown

AR Tuesday Rendezvous 5:00 - 5:25 pm

Bert Weedon (regular)


Thursday 12th October 1961

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

no guests of interest in this edition

TWW Discs-A-Gogo

content unknown


Saturday 14th October 1961

BBC Juke Box Jury

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

Guest -

BBC The Jimmy Logan Show

Eve Boswell

Anglia Top Twenties 7:25 – 7:40 pm

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ABC Thank Your Lucky Stars 5:50 - 6:30 pm on ABC, 5:50 - 6:15 pm elsewhere

Hosts: Keith Fordyce and Brian Matthew

Denis Lotis,

Jess Conrad,

The Allisons,

Bert Weedon,

Oliver Reed,

The Vernon Girls,

Ivory Joe Hunter

Guest DJ: Ray Orchard

ATV The Arthur Haynes Show

content unknown


Sunday 15th October 1961

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

ATV Val Parnell’s Sunday Night At The London Palladium

Helen Shapiro

David Hughes


Tuesday 17th October 1961

BBC Play Your Hunch

Host: Jack Jackson

Westward Spin Along

content unknown

AR Tuesday Rendezvous 5:00 - 5:25 pm

Bert Weedon (regular)


Thursday 19th October 1961

ATV Bernard Delfont Presents The Morecambe & Wise Show

The Confederates

Sheila Buxton

TWW Discs-A-Gogo

content unknown

Granada Josh White Sings


Saturday 21st October 1961

BBC Juke Box Jury

Jury - Helen Shapiro, Adam Faith, Alan Freeman

Guest -

BBC The Billy Cotton Band Show

Alma Cogan

John Leyton

ABC Thank Your Lucky Stars 5:50 - 6:30 pm networked

Hosts: Keith Fordyce and Brian Matthew

The Temperance Seven,

Ronnie Hilton,

Danny Williams,

Michael Hill,

Chas MacDevitt and Shirley Douglas,

The Vernons Girls,

The Springfields,

guest DJ Jimmy Young

Anglia Top Twenties 7:10 – 7:25 pm

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Sunday 22nd October 1961

BBC Astaire Time

Count Basie

ATV Val Parnell’s Sunday Night At The London Palladium

The McGuire Sisters


Tuesday 24th October 1961

BBC Play Your Hunch

Host: Jack Jackson

Granada Play Of the Week: Serjeant Musgrave’s Dance

Theme by Dudley Moore

Westward Spin Along

content unknown

ATV Val Parnell: All Kinds Of Music

No music guests of interest in this edition

AR Tuesday Rendezvous 5:00 - 5:25 pm

Bert Weedon (regular)


Thursday 26th October 1961

TWW Discs-A-Gogo

content unknown

ATV Bernard Delfont Presents The Morecambe & Wise Show

Acker Bilk – Creole Jazz


Saturday 28th October 1961

BBC Juke Box Jury

Jury - Zsa Zsa Gabor, Jimmy Young June Marlour, Bunny Lewis

Guest -

ABC Thank Your Lucky Stars 5:50 - 6:30 pm on ABC, 5:50 - 6:15 pm elsewhere

Hosts: Keith Fordyce and Brian Matthew

The Kenny Ball Jazzmen,

Craig Douglas,

Marty Wilde,

Nick Villard,

Doug Sheldon,

The Polka Dots,

Cleo Laine

Guest DJ: Peter West

ATV The Arthur Haynes Show

content unknown


Sunday 29th October 1961

ABC Sunday Break

Ken Collyer’s Jazzband

ATV Val Parnell’s Sunday Night At The London Palladium

Frankie Vaughan


Tuesday 31st October 1961

BBC Play Your Hunch

Host: Jack Jackson

DJ Jackson presents new quiz show

The XYZ Band

Westward Spin Along

content unknown

AR Tuesday Rendezvous 5:00 - 5:25 pm

Bert Weedon (regular)


Wednesday 1st November 1961

ITV The Jubilee Show

Dennis Lotis


Thursday 2nd November 1961

BBC Crackerjack

No guests of interest

ATV Bernard Delfont Presents The Morecambe & Wise Show

The McGuire Sisters

Dick Charlesworth and His City Gents

TWW Discs-A-Gogo

content unknown


Saturday 4th November 1961

BBC Juke Box Jury

Jury - Jackie Lane, Julia Lockwood, Jackie Lane, Sam Costa

Guest -

BBC The Benny Hill Show

Janie Marden

The Springfields

Anglia Top Twenties

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ABC Thank Your Lucky Stars 5:50 - 6:30 pm networked

Hosts: Keith Fordyce and Brian Matthew

Adam Faith,

The Brook Brothers,

John Leyton,

David MacBeth,

Geoff Goddard,

The Dale Sisters,

Dion,

guest DJ Alan Freeman

ATV The Great All-Star Show

Jo Stafford


Sunday 5th November 1961

ATV Val Parnell’s Sunday Night At The London Palladium

Shirley Bassey

Gary Miller


Monday 8th November 1961

AR Steve Race at the piano


Tuesday 7th November 1961

BBC Play Your Hunch

Host: Jack Jackson

BBC News

Royal Variety Show report with Shirley Bassey

AR Tuesday Rendezvous 5:00 - 5:25 pm

Bert Weedon (regular)


Thursday 9th November 1961

TWW Discs-A-Gogo

content unknown

ATV Bernard Delfont Presents The Morecambe & Wise Show

The Peters Sisters

Kenny Ball’s Jazzmen


Saturday 11th November 1961

BBC Juke Box Jury

Jury - John Leyton, Rita Tushingham, Leila Williams, plus one other

Guest -

BBC The Billy Cotton Band Show

Kathie Kay

ABC Thank Your Lucky Stars 5:50 - 6:30 pm on ABC, 5:50 - 6:15 pm elsewhere

Hosts: Keith Fordyce and Brian Matthew

Petula Clark,

Frankie Vaughan

The Big Ben Trad Band,

Ricky Valence,

Danny Davis,

Frank Ifield,

Rose Brennan,

Gene Vincent – I’m Going Home, Unchained Melody

guest DJ Peter Noble

ATV The Arthur Haynes Show

content unknown

ATV The Great All Star Show

Mel Torme


Sunday 12th November 1961

BBC The Johnny Darling Show

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

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

Acker Bilk

Kenny Ball

The Temperance Seven

Shirley Bassey

Sammy Davis Jr

Frankie Vaughan


Tuesday 14th November 1961

BBC Play Your Hunch

Host: Jack Jackson

ATV Val Parnell: All Kinds Of Music

Humphrey Littleton

AR Tuesday Rendezvous 5:00 - 5:25 pm

Bert Weedon (regular)


Wednesday 15th November 1961

BBC Be My Guest

Joan Regan

Timothy Gray (American singer and songwriter)


Thursday 16th November 1961

BBC Crackerjack

Billy Fury

ATV Bernard Delfont Presents The Morecambe & Wise Show

Cleo Laine

TWW Discs-A-Gogo

content unknown


Saturday 18th November 1961

BBC Juke Box Jury

Jury - Petula Clark, Catherine Boyle, Bunny Lewis

Guest -

BBC The Ken Dodd Show

Lita Roza

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

Cleo Laine

ABC Thank Your Lucky Stars 5:50 - 6:30 pm

Host: Brian Matthew

Billy Fury,

Emile Ford,

Bob Wallis and his Storyville Jazzmen,

Alan Fielding,

Johnny Crawford,

The Kaye Sisters,

guest DJ Sam Costa

Anglia Top Twenties

content unknown


Sunday 19th November 1961

BBC Charlie Chester’s Music Hall

Lena Martell – La Vie en Rose

ABC Sing Along with Joe

Joe Mr Piano Henderson

Jim Dale

Barabara Law

Don Rennie

ABC Sunday Break

Mike Cotton and his Six

ATV Val Parnell’s Sunday Night At The London Palladium

Chris Barber and Ottilie Patterson

Russ Conway

Ruby Murray

The Kaye Sisters


Monday 20th November 1961

AR The Dickie Henderson Show

The Record, co-starring David Jacobs


Tuesday 21st November 1961

BBC Play Your Hunch

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

Host: Alan Freeman

AR Tuesday Rendezvous 5:00 - 5:25 pm

Bert Weedon (regular)


Wednesday 22nd November 1961

BBC Be My Guest

Joan Regan

AR Pop! Vintage '48 8.50 - 9.20 pm

A selection of songs from 1948

Thelma Ruby, Patricia Brodin and others


Thursday 23th November 1961

TWW Discs-A-Gogo

content unknown

ATV Bernard Delfont Presents The Morecambe & Wise Show

Gary Miller

Monty Sunshine's Jazz Band

Granada Josh White Sings


Saturday 25th November 1961

BBC Juke Box Jury

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

Guest -

ABC Thank Your Lucky Stars 5:50 - 6:30 pm on ABC, 5:50 - 6:15 pm elsewhere

Host: Brian Matthew

The John Barry Seven

Joe (Mister Piano) Henderson

Ricky Stevens

Paul Raven

The McGuire Sisters

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

Anglia Top Twenties

content unknown

ATV The Arthur Haynes Show

Ken Morris and Joan Savage


Sunday 26th November 1961

ABC Sing Along With Joe

Joe (Mister Piano) Henderson

Jim Dale

Barabara Law

Don Rennie

The Kentones

ABC Sunday Break

Clinton Ford

Terry Lightfoot and his New Orleans Jazzmen

ATV Val Parnell’s Sunday Night At The London Palladium

NB This was subject to a strike by Variety Artists Federation strike. 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 Variety 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.


Tuesday 28th November 1961

BBC Play Your Hunch

Host: Alan Freeman

AR Tuesday Rendezvous 5:00 - 5:25 pm

Bert Weedon (regular)


Wednesday 29th November 1961

BBC Be My Guest

Joan Regan


Thursday 30th November 1961

BBC Crackerjack

content unknown

ATV Bernard Delfont Presents The Morecambe & Wise Show

Valerie Masters

Mickey Ashman's Ragtime Jazzband

Westward Spin Along 7:00 - 7:30 pm

content unknown

TWW Discs-A-Gogo

content unknown

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

Granada Josh White Sings


Friday 1st December 1961

Scottish Here And Now or The One O’Clock Gang

Paul Raven


Saturday 2nd December 1961

BBC Juke Box Jury

Jury - Jill Browne, Harry Fowler, Pete Murray, June Thorburn

Guest -

BBC The Billy Cotton Band Show

Craig Douglas

Mrs Mills

ABC Thank Your Lucky Stars 5:50 - 6:30 pm

Host: Brian Matthew

The Temperance Seven

Lionel Bart

The Brook Brothers

Roy Lee

The Ted Taylor Four

Craig Douglas

Sam Costa

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

ATV The Great All-Star Show

Jo Stafford

James Darren


Sunday 3rd December 1961

ABC Sing Along With Joe

Joe (Mister Piano) Henderson

Jim Dale

Barabara Law

Don Rennie

The Raindrops

ATV Val Parnell’s Sunday Night At The London Palladium

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

Norman Wisdom and Bruce Forsyth special

ABC The Sunday Break

Paul Raven

New Orleans Knights


Tuesday 5th December 1961

BBC Play Your Hunch

Host: Alan Freeman

AR Tuesday Rendezvous 5:00 - 5:25 pm

Bert Weedon (regular)

ATV Val Parnell: All Kinds Of Music

Adam Faith

Chris Barber's Jazzband

Adele Leigh


Wednesday 6th December 1961

BBC Be My Guest

Joan Regan

AR Kill Me Tomorrow

Movie with Tommy Steele


Thursday 7th December 1961

ATV Bernard Delfont Presents The Morecambe & Wise Show

The Kaye Sisters

Alex Welsh and his Band

TWW Discs-A-Gogo

content unknown

Westward Spinalong 7:00 - 7:30 pm

NB also seen listed as Pop Party

content unknown

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

Granada Josh White Sings


Saturday 9th December 1961

BBC Juke Box Jury

Jury -

Guest -

ABC Thank Your Lucky Stars 5:50 - 6:30 pm on ABC, 5:50 - 6:15 pm elsewhere

Host: Brian Matthew

Russ Conway

Mr.Acker Bilk

Gary Miller

Al Saxon

Dick Charlesworth and his City Gents

Ray Ellington & Sandra Gale


Sunday 10th December 1961

ATV Val Parnell’s Sunday Night At The London Palladium

Cliff Richard and The Shadows

Ray Ellington

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

Sammy Davis Jr


Monday 11th December 1961

BBC This Is Your Life: Charlie Drake

Russ Conway, Cliff Richard

ATV Startime

Helen Shapiro

ATV The Winifred Atwell Show


Tuesday 12th December 1961

BBC Play Your Hunch

Host: Alan Freeman

AR Tuesday Rendezvous 5:00 - 5:25 pm

Bert Weedon (regular)


Thursday 14th December 1961

BBC Crackerjack

content unknown

TWW Discs-A-Gogo

content unknown

Westward Pop Party

content unknown

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

content unknown

Ulster Time (Wasted) With Tom Lehrer


Saturday 16th December 1961

BBC Juke Box Jury

Jury - Charlie Chester, Alan Dell, Sandu Scott, Barbara Shelley

Guest -

BBC The Benny Hill Show

Matt Monro

ABC Thank Your Lucky Stars (not networked) 5:50 - 6:30 pm

Host: Brian Matthew

Cleo Laine

Billy Fury

Humphrey Littelton and his Band,

Duffy Power

Joe Brown

Bill Forbes

The Karl Denver Trio

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

ITV The Winifred Atwell Show


Sunday 17th December 1961

ABC Sing Along With Joe

Joe (Mister Piano) Henderson

Jim Dale

Barabara Law

Don Rennie

The Raindrops


Tuesday 19th December 1961

AR Tuesday Rendezvous 5:00 - 5:25 pm

Bert Weedon (regular)


Wednesday 20th December 1961

BBC Be My Guest

Joan Regan

The Beverley Sisters – Take The Water Take The Wine


Thursday 21st December 1961

TWW Discs-A-Gogo

content unknown

Westward Pop Party

content unknown

Ulster Time (Wasted) With Tom Lehrer

Granada Josh White Sings


Saturday 23rd December 1961

BBC Juke Box Jury

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

Guest -

BBC Juliet Greco

Sings love songs from Paris

ABC Christmas Lucky Stars 5:50 - 6:30 pm

Host: Brian Matthew

The Beverley Sisters

Ronnie Hilton

The Springfields

Elaine and Derek

Zack Laurence

David Lisbon

Lonnie Donegan

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

ITV The Winifred Atwell Show


Sunday 24th December 1961 Christmas Eve

BBC The Billy Cotton Band Show

John Williams (guitarist) in duet with Eric Sykes

Ricky Stevens – I Cried For You

Mrs Mills

ABC Christmas on the Other Man's Farm

Terry Lightfoot and his New Orleans Jazzmen

Clinton Ford

ABC Sunday Break: No Room at the Inn

Melbourne New Orleans Jazzband

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

Harry Belefonte, Ella Fitzgerald, Mel Torme, Modern Jazz Quartet

ITV Ring Out The Bells With Jo Stafford 8:25 - 9:25 pm

Jo Stafford


Monday 25th December 1961 Christmas Day

BBC The Black and White Minstrel Show

George Chisholm and his jazzers

BBC Max Bygraves

Meets children in hospital

BBC Be My Guest

Joan Regan

ATV Christmas Box

The Viscounts

ATV The Cyril Stapleton Show

Ronnie Carroll

The King Brothers

Cleo Laine

ATV A Merry Max

Max Bygraves

Kenny Ball's Jazzmen

The Two Tones


Tuesday 26th December 1961 Boxing Day

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

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

Guest -

BBC Cinderella

Dickie Valentine

BBC The Princess and the Pea

Acker Bilk as the Minstrel

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

ATV Val Parnell Presents: All Kinds Of Music

Cliff Richard

The Kaye Sisters

AR Tuesday Rendezvous 5:00 - 5:25 pm

Bert Weedon's Rhythm Group (with Tony Meehan)


Wednesday 27th December 1962

Lionel Bart meets Hermione Gingold

Also an interview with The Maharishi Mahesh Yogi


Thursday 28th December 1961

BBC Christmas Crackerjack 5:10 - 6:00 pm

content unknown

BBC Old Time Music Hall

Rosemary Squires

TWW Discs-A-Gogo

content unknown

Westward Pop Party

content unknown

Scottish Frankie Laine Sings

Granada Josh White Sings


Saturday 30th December 1961

BBC Juke Box Jury

Jury - Carole Carr, Anita Harris, Sid James, Bunny Lewis

Guest -

BBC A Pair of Jacks

Jack Jackson and Jack Payne on the state of current music

Billy Fury

ABC Thank Your Lucky Stars 5:50 to 6:30 pm

Host: Brian Matthew

Cliff Richard

The Shadows

Helen Shapiro

Billy Fury

Chubby Checker

ABC Crystal Ball '62

NB An ABC At Large special

The Mike Cotton Jazzmen


Sunday 31st December 1961

BBC The Charlie Chester Music Hall

The Kaye Sisters

ABC The Sunday Break

Chris Barber with Ottilie Patterson

ATV The Palladium Show 8:25 - 9:55 pm

Lonnie Donegan

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, Barabara Law, Peter Elliott, Dave Lee

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

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