Ex-pirate DJ Dave Cash had briefly co-hosted Top Of The Pops, but despite the occasional
TV appearance he never really became the television personality that his old radio
partner Kenny Everett had become. He decided to take the matter into his own hands.
The Dave Cash Comedy Hour was made as a pilot in 1972 and featured actresses Hilary
Pritchard (previously seen in Braden's Week), Tricia Gently and The Golden Shot's
Anne Ashton as support acts while Chris Andrews and The Spectrum were the musical
guests. A twenty minute film reel appeared on eBay in September 2020 which credits
an appearance by Sammy Davis Jr and an interview with then Rolling Stone Mick Taylor.
However, the seller dates the reel to 1969 rather than the previously thought 1972.
Sammy Davis Jr appears to have been in Britain for TV show recordings on both dates.
The show found no takers, so after a re-think the idea of The Dave Cash Radio Programme
came about. It appears to have been a co-production between HTV and NBC, the title
caption on the eBay reel says "program", the American spelling. The re-vamped version
had Cash present the show from a mock radio station, a bit like All Systems Freeman.
Eventually Cash would present the show from different locations, one week he would
be presenting the show on board a plane, while another came from the Beaulieu Motor
Museum. Hilary Pritchard was kept on from the pilot to play his secretary. The pop
clips he introduced were also shot on location across the west country. Dana, Lulu
and The Moody Blues would be filmed for the first shows.
According to the Internet Movie Database twenty-six shows had been prepared, but
only thirteen were shown. It was sold throughout Europe, some of whom may have shown
more editions than we saw here in the UK.
Many other ITV stations would pick up the show, but it was never fully networked,
and certainly not at the same time with many stations not showing it until October
The Dickie/Richard W Jackman referred to as co-producer and co-director was none
other than Cash himself.
After the show finished many of these clips were later made available in the 8mm
home movie format and later on DVD under the Music Unlimited banner.