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Pop Music on British Television 1955 - 1999

One of the more bizarre entries in the diary. The show, devised by Stan Parkinson of BBC North, was meant to highlight the sporty side of Britain's favourite entertainers. Each week the show would turn up at a holiday camp and the guest artists would compete against campers in a sport that they enjoy playing when they're not working. Parkinson told Disc "We wanted to present the artists as the public does not see them - and to show their outside interests." The show was introduced by Alan Weeks, BBC's commentator for figure skating.

Each act would perform two songs then take part in a sporting event. Peter and Gordon were to feature as javelin throwers, Paul Jones played table tennis, Freddie & The Dreamers went swimming, Adam Faith played snooker, Anita Harris played tennis etc.

Five shows were planned and the venues booked, three were recorded, but only two seemed to have been broadcast before they realised what they were doing. However, someone must have thought it a good idea, as it was revived by the BBC in 1972 as Starsport.



21st August 1967 - 4th September 1967