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LULU'S BACK IN TOWN

BBC1
21st May 1968 - 9th July 1968

Lulu would be the next British pop singer to get her own series with the BBC after Cliff and Dusty had proved the format's popularity, but despite her dozens of TV appearances since her 1964 debut, and the co-lead in Three Of A Kind for the BBC in 1967 she had not hosted a show of her own before.

The show also catches BBC producer John Ammonds between his work with Val Doonican and Harry Worth and just before his next venture, producing the classic Morecambe and Wise shows. Future Goodie Bill Oddie had also been signed on as a writer.

Lulu had been given the show in the middle of her unfulfilling contract with Mickie Most which, despite To Sir With Love, would assign her some terrible pop mush, several of which got an outing on the show.

The show would be very much in the traditional variety TV show mould with actors attempting comedy and singing, comedians (featuring a memorable early appearance by Les Dawson), amongst the real musical talent like Lou Rawls, Georigie Fame, The Everly Brothers and Alan Price.

The Radio Times anticipated a hit giving her a double page colour spread for the first show.

Lasting only one series she would be back at the end of the year with a Saturday early evening series with some very special guests.

One show is known to exist.