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3rd May 1964, 16th October 1964 - 12th February 1966

This was one of the first shows where a singer was pushed out in front with their name in the title, to be followed by Cilla, Dusty, Scott, Lulu, Cliff etc.

Kirby had been a band singer until given a solo recording contract first by Pye, then Decca with whom she had several big hits in the early to mid-sixties.

After a couple of one-off shows in 1964 she was finally given a series of her own with a supporting cast of comic actors, The George Mitchell Singers, and an orchestra led by David McCallum (The Man From U.N.C.L.E. actor also conducted). Show Designer Melvin Cornish would later go onto produce Top of the Pops in the seventies, while producer Ernest Maxim would become an important part of the team behind Morecambe and Wise later in the sixties.

The guests were the usual gang of singers of the time Billy Fury, Tom Jones, Adam Faith, Val Doonican etc.

The 29th January 1965 show was a Eurovision special where Kirby, chosen to represent Britain in that year's competition, sang six songs written by Chris Andrews, Tony Hatch, Tom Springfield, Peter Lee Stirling, Les Reed and Leslie Bricuse, with Stirling's I Belong winning the UK leg and second overall on Eurovision night.