A weekly series produced by Juke Box Jury's Barry Langford which was an attempt to
get both top forty acts and newcomers playing live in the studio. According to the
The newly created BBC2 had been given the opportunity to attract a younger audience,
and they came up with this Ready, Steady Go! clone. The studio itself looked like
a copy of the Ready Steady Go! set-
Everyone performed at least two songs live, and among those acts were David Bowie, making his music debut with Davie Jones and The King Bees, The Kinks, The Beach Boys and pretty much all the best British R&B acts at the time making this a proper rival for Ready Steady Go!
The first resident group were Wayne Gibson and the Dynamic Sounds, later replaced
by Peter and the Headliners in October. A new talent spot The Beat Room Audition
Slot was also a regular. The dance troupe was the Beat Girls lead by Jo Cook, and
featuring Babs who would both later appear in The Go-
In October 1964 producer Langford flew to America in order to secure bookings for artists like James Brown, Charlie Rich, Faron Young and Clyde McPhatter among others. Talking to Disc at the time he said "I want to feature at least one American star each week or fortnight".
They were given their own New Year's Eve special Beat In The New Year, broadcast opposite the Ready Steady Go special.
As BBC2's transmission range extended across the country throughout 1964 the viewing figures predictably increased, but not enough to ensure its survival, and after seven months it was replaced with the Gadzooks!, also produced by Barry Langford.
Only one complete show is known to exist.