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Southern
14th June 1966 - 23rd December 1966

From TV Times “A chartbusting panel show in which top popsters compete to test their knowledge of the current disc scene and sing for their supper”.

A quiz show, following on from Southern’s Pop The Question, where pop stars were asked questions about current chart hits and would in turn promote their own. This was one of a series of pop shows to be directed by Mike Mansfield for Southern, later to work on Time For Blackburn!, Supersonic and continued to work up till the mid nineties on the independent production Cue The Music.

Presentation chores were in safe hands, Muriel Young and Don Wardell, with Young only recently vacating her job at The Five O’Clock Club on Rediffusion.

However, the show was relegated by Southern from Saturday tea time to late Friday night in the autumn. Despite playing on various ITV channels on different days it lasted just one series.