Scene at 6.30 was Granada's popular early evening local news show, but an additional
late-night companion show was suggested, highlighting local and visiting artists,
broadcast at around 11.30 pm for half an hour. It would be hosted by Bill Grundy
and Michael Scott, while Johnny Hamp and Michael Parkinson had a hand in its production.
From TV Times "with a no-punches-pulled, hard-hitting, bang-up-to-date, look at today's
big talking points. And what's new and original in music?"
On 27th November 1963 a one-off Late Scene Extra was shown from 11.45 pm to midnight.
The Beatles were back in town and Gay Byrne was tasked with interviewing them in
the Granada studio, in addition the boys to miming to I Want To Hold Your Hand and
its B side This Boy. Liverpool comedian Ken Dodd had also been invited along and
the result was the kind of off-the-cuff humour that pop stars didn't usually exhibit.
Thankfully the full un-edited recording can be seen on-line.