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THE KENNY EVERETT EXPLOSION

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10th July 1970 - 11th September 1970

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-up came in November 1967, but even then he had to share duties with Pete Murray.

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 Cathedral, co-starring The Bee Gees with Everett reading from the Gospels in Scouse.

His next appearance wouldn't be until August 1968, but this time it was a full-time gig, lasting nearly a year. Nice Time was a concept put together by Granada TV producer John Birt and would find Everett co-hosting with Germaine Greer and ex-Candid Camera star Jonathan Routh. There didn't seem to be any regular features to the show, no musical guests, no sketches, just whatever they wanted to do. Even TV Times, there to promote the show, didn't seem to know what the point of the show was claiming Nice Time "...is what it says."

Nice Time continued through 1969 with Everett appearing on the last edition of The Discotheque performing his cash-in record 'Nice Time'.

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.’

Ex-BBC Radio Producer Terry Henebery was assigned as the show’s producer and the format was worked out, but there is some concern for his reluctance to stick to a script. London Weekend were keen to give Everett a tele-prompt machine for his script, but he didn’t take to it, later telling the Daily Mirror “… I told them to ditch it”, preferring to ad-lib the show.

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.