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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.

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 feature several times in Television Audience Measurement's top ten ratings.



7th January 1967 to 9th March 1968