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From the Radio Times "Love doesn't just make the world go round, it's also been the inspiration for some of the finest words and music ever written."

A series of three shows (after a pilot show in 1973) centred around Olivia Newton-John as a thank you for representing the UK in the Eurovision Song Contest. The BBC would also give similar "thank you" series to Sandie Shaw and Mary Hopkin.

"Three new dreamy and romantic shows" was how the BBC described it at the time. Each show featured songs, poetry and prose on the theme of love and romance. Cliff Richard, Labi Siffre and Neil Sedaka were the musical guests, while the audience were made up of couples, married or otherwise. Actors Christopher Cazenove, David Buck and Peter Gilmore provided the voices for the poetry.

Despite the faith the BBC had in her of becoming the next Cilla or Lulu the show couldn't keep her in the UK and she made the right decision to leave for the US.

The BBC wiped all the original video tapes, saving only one song from the third series, however a fan made audio recordings which are in circulation.



5th September 1973, 1st July 1974 - 15th July 1974