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1st November 1968 - 23rd April 1969

Hosted by Billy J Kramer, backed up by his band The Factory (later changed to The Remo), and regular ‘Disc Dolly’ Dianne Greaves, later replaced by actress / singer Ayshea.

From the TV Times “Pop into the Discotheque where your hosts Billy J Kramer and the Remo, Ayshea and The Four Spots invite you to meet their guests.”

Unknown and just signed bands were usually hired to provide the music, giving rare airtime to new acts The Idle Race and Elton Johns (sic).

Ken Martyne provided the dance troupes Sons and Lovers and The Four Spots as he would late do with Lift Off.

From 10th January 1969 the show became Discotheque but had lost its ITV network status for a few weeks. Singer Graham Bonney joined the show, hosting when Kramer wasn’t available, while Ayshea Brough joined the series on 19th March 1969, having previously appeared on the show plugging her new 45. The series would re-launch as Lift Off, then Lift Off with Ayshea.