A chat show with music hosted by ex-
Two pilots were recorded in Manchester, but the first was a disaster, so Cotton was
brought in to re-
Dee Time was initially broadcast from BBC's Manchester studios, but later moved to London in the hope of attracting more international stars, just as Top Of The Pops had done the year before.
According to a BBC spokesman just ahead of the show's debut "It will cover the early evening scene for young people and many of the artists will be backed by the Northern Dance Orchestra".
The show itself had memorable opening and closing credit sequences with BBC sports announcer Len Martin giving Dee the the introductory "It's Siiiiimon Deeee", while Dee jumped into a sports car along side a 'dolly bird' for the closing credits. It was during the filming of this sequence that he injured himself.
The show must have impressed the BBC as it decided to extend the show's run beyond June 1967 when they had originally intended to rest it until the next intended series.
The twice weekly show was later condensed down to one show on a Saturday evening. However, the show's format quickly became unpopular with the music business as the show's producers decided they didn’t want artists turning up just to plug their new single and proceeded to provide alternate material for them. During one show in late 1967 British jazz trio The Peddlers and Brenda Lee both refused to perform the songs chosen for them by the producer and walked off.
Showing their continuing approval the BBC extended the show for a further three months in the summer of 1968.
The show didn't adhere to the usual operating manual, a fawning introduction, star
walks on, plugs what they have to plug while trying to show a sense of humour, then
thank you and goodnight. Dee was savvy and intuitive, he played the part of host
but it was his party they were invited to, so wouldn't be bullied into ingratiating
himself if he felt the plugee didn't deserve it. He would occasionally provoke argument
inspired by the topic of whatever it was they were plugging if he felt it necessary.
The format was considered successful enough to copy and ITV fought back with Good
Evening I'm Jonathan King, also on Saturday evening. However, his agent Bunny Lewis
claimed that a part of the show's success was that Dee was so sycophantic with Hollywood
stars that he gave them an easy ride. Agents back in Hollywood requested that their
stars would only do Dee's show, furthering Dee's opinion of himself. Despite the
backstage problems television and movie stars were queuing up to appear on the show,
but Dee's self-
By 1969 Dee's excessive wage demands meant that an approach from ITV wouldn't be long in coming, and he quit the BBC in late 1969 having his show moved from Saturday evening to the lest prestigious Monday evening slot. The final BBC show was meant to be broadcast 27th December 1969 but the BBC decided to not bother.
His tenure at London Weekend was almost abstract in its nature.