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Pop Music on British Television 1955 - 1999

From the TV Times “A tattyphilarious session of laughter with songs with Doddy and his Knotty Nashville top pop guests.”

Hosted by the King of Knotty Ash, Ken Dodd and produced by Thank Your Lucky Stars regular Philip Jones it presented pop acts plugging their new discs between Doddy’s comic skits. No stranger to the pop charts himself, he had respect not only from the comedy world, but also popular music, so a show like this was was no surprise. Talking to TV Times ahead of the first series Dodd boasted "It will be a very slick, punchy mixture of comedy and music, featuring people in the charts." He also promised that he would be singing songs from his Diddymen EP as well as singing straight ballads for which he was justly successful.

The eight week second series beginning 20th January 1968 would be recorded two days' before transmission in order to keep the jokes topical, with the gags themselves provided by Eddie Braben, a few years before his classic work at the BBC with Morecambe and Wise. The series was due to finish 10th February, but was extended by another four shows until the 9th March 1968, but it's possible that the show would have been extended even further as Anita Harris was booked for a 16th March 1968 appearance.

The voice over was provided by ABC's David Hamilton whom Doddy nicknamed 'Diddy' which stuck with him for life. The show featured most of the big UK based pop acts of its time from Adam Faith to Cat Stevens.

The show would be back in the top ten ratings by the end of its run reaching 7.5 million homes.



7th January 1967 to 9th March 1968