Produced by Barry Langford and intended as a replacement for The Beat Room which had run for seven months in the early days of BBC2.
Talking to Record Mirror in January 1965 Producer Langford said "I've always had this feeling that pop entertainers can do more than just make hit records
and in this show, which will run for thirty minutes, they will appear in sketches,
comedy routines, and dances. Two-
Show regulars were hosts Alan David and singer Christine Holmes, while other regulars
were organist Peter Cook(e) (from Wayne Gibson's Dynamic Sounds), a six-
By May producer Langford changed the title as well as format, taking it along the
MOR path by employing Marianne Faithfull singing a folk song each week, while folk
guitarist John Renbourne (later of Pentangle) and Rog(er) Whittaker became regulars,
as well as The Cuddle Pups. A piece in The Stage mentioned "starring Alan David and
Lulu, will feature The Beat Girls, Peter Cooke, The Three Bells and John Renbourne.
The resident band will be The Luvvers Plus Five. Marianne Faithfull will have a folk
spot each week". Promoting the show ahead of it's first re-
According to Record Mirror "Each weekly programme, which will be televised from 7 p.m. until 7.30 p.m. will be presented live from the BBC's Television Theatre at Shepherds Bush, with a dancing audience of 40 and a seated audience of 450."
By July the series’ name had been shortened to Gadzoooks! by its new producer Stewart Morris who decided to do away with any linking clips. Talking to The Stage in July 1965 he said "This will be a straight, hard pop show, as fast as we can make it, and there should normally be no need for any miming". Lulu will be the resident singer together with a twenty piece orchestra, conducted by Les Reed. The weekly folk song spot however will remain. The Beat Girls and The Three Bells will also remain, This also marks one of the first shows to be directed by Terrence Hughes, later to work on The Two Ronnies before leaving for America to direct The Golden Girls and Friends among others.
By September another new producer Nick Burrell-
The Beat Girls eneded on working on Dutch TV's Hoofdstuk VI in 1966.