Although Everett was a popular DJ on Radio London and the BBC it was not for certain that a television career would beckon.
He had appeared briefly in the 1965 movie Dateline Diamonds, a crime caper in which
diamonds are smuggled aboard the Radio London boat, while his first television appearance
was probably on Southern Television's Countdown on October 1966, then making his
BBC TV debut on panel show Juke Box Jury in May 1967 just as he had joined the BBC's
Light Programme. His Top of the Pops call-
His first leading role would be for a Christmas Eve 1967 broadcast by ABC. How On
Earth? was a carol service for young people, broadcast from Liverpool's Anglican
His next appearance wouldn't be until August 1968, but this time it was a full-
Nice Time continued through 1969 with Everett appearing on the last edition of The
Discotheque performing his cash-
His next TV job would be reviewing the hits of 1969 on Cilla Black's Christmas Eve show, followed a few months later with a contribution to Man Alive's documentary about Radio One DJs.
London Weekend still reeling after the Simon Dee debacle would have been keen to stay away from controversial DJs but appeared happy to sign Everett for the series. Talking to the Daily Mirror about his new series Everett said ‘The new show will be something quite different, not that I expect it to knock 'Top of the Pops' off the screen. That old thing will still be with us in 1998.’
Everett would bring one of his Radio One characters with him. Crisp the butler, played by actor Brian Colville, who would respond to his master's every whim. While it was Everett himself who drew the end credit sequence cartoons.
There would be a Golden Oldies’ spot each week, along with film clips, including The Beatles' Yellow Submarine and Let It Be. He would also play bad records as well as new releases, presaging his 'World's Worst Record Show' on Capital a few years' later.
Gordon Hesketh, the original director, sensed that the show wasn't working and the star was unhappy. He would be replaced by Bruce Gowers, who would later go onto direct pop promo clips including Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody.
Despite the station's happiness with the show it isn't networked by ITV. Some stations shift it around their schedules, while others chose to ignore it. But by the end of August 1970 London Weekend were happy enough that they book Everett for another thirteen shows, plus another six weeks as the MC for the Bob Kerr’s Whoopee Band show on Friday evenings, beginning September.
However the show that Everett is brought back for would have a different format and titled 'Ev', his wife's nickname for him.