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JOE AND CO

BBC1
7th April 1967 - 19th May 1967

The popular singer and guitarist had plenty of television experience since making his debut in Boy Meets Girls for Jack Good in 1959, but despite his popularity and experience it had taken eight years' since his debut to give Joe his own series. He would be heading for tea-time as a replacement for Crackerjack.

The premise was that Joe had been given control of his own television channel JBTV by his uncle. Among his staff, supposedly to help him with the venture, were The Barron Knights, comedian Johnny Stewart, and singer-actress Dylis Watling, while writer Spike Mullins provided the script.

Joe's weekly musical guests were straight from the chart, Lulu, Georgie Fame, Peter and Gordon, Manfred Mann, The New Vaudeville Band, The Tremeloes among others, while Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich and The Small Faces were also announced as guests. Despite his own hit recording career grinding to a halt Joe would still score a small hit with a cover of With A Little Help From My Friends in the autumn. He was starring in a West End show at the time of recording of the show, so maybe theatre and television would be his immediate future. He would make a return two years' later with London Weekend's Set 'Em Up Joe.

It's thought that no complete editions of the show exist.