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FIVE O’ CLOCK CLUB

Associated Rediffusion / Rediffusion 1st October 1963 - 23rd September 1966

A twice-weekly tea-time show for kids, launched shortly after Ready Steady Go! and as a replacement for Tuesday Rendezvous. It featured Tuesday Rendezvous regulars Muriel Young (also the new show’s producer for a while) and Howard Williams. Grahame Dangerfield was responsible for the pets’ section, Jimmy Hanley who looked after the hobbies’ section and puppets Fred Barker (voiced by Ivan Owen), Ollie Beak (voiced by Wally Whyton) and Daisy. A resident group was also used, the first being the Roger Webb Trio, replaced by The Michael Hill Group. A guest host was introduced in January 1965, including two NEMS’ managed acts Tommy Quickly and Gerry Marsden.The two shows initially were broadcast on Tuesday and Friday, later changed to Tuesday and Thursday. There was also a summer replacement version the Five O’Clock Funfair. The name changed to Ollie & Fred’s Five O’Clock Club and had Mike Negal & His Trio as the resident group, replaced for a few months by The Alexis Korner Group / Sextet / Quartet. Muriel Young was then replaced in 1965 by Marjorie Sigley. As well as the usually variety turns a couple of pop acts would appear on every show, not usually of the stature of The Beatles, but enough to warrant a search for any editions that may exist anywhere. The series was replaced by Disney Wonderland which would be hosted later by Five O’Clock Club’s final guest host Gerry Marsden.