Roy Rich, programme controller for Southen TV had been looking for a disc show "with a difference" for two years. Instead he got a show similar in format to BBC’s Juke Box Jury, but this time teenagers take on their parents (squares) in a record voting contest. The three youths and three parents were given time to comment on the record and then they would vote the record a 'buy' or a 'break'. If a record was voted a break then a cannonball would destroy the record. An "infernal machine" which was meant to eject the shattered bits of record failed to work every time on the first show of the series. There would also be a discussion on that week's top ten in the Southern area, while a celebrity would be on one of the panels each week.
A pilot, devised by comedian and former Juke Box Jury producer Barry Langford had been made by ATV in 1960 and hosted by actor Bill Owen. Southern later took up the idea and hired a new producer Angus Wright, along with a new host, Sandra Stone, an eighteen year old shop assistant from Worthing in Sussex. Langford himself was the Chairman, to be replaced in September 1963 by band leader Eric Winstone.
By November 1963 plans were afoot to take the show on the road and record it as an
outside broadcast in the Southern region, while a new Chairman Peter Haigh joined
in December 1963. The show's creator left Southern Television to re-
The show was due to run for thirteen weeks, but ended up running for just under a year. Grampian and Tyne Tees also took the show.
A touring version of the show featuring local teens and squares took place in February 1964.