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.