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NEEDLE MATCH

Associated Rediffusion
15th June 1962 - 11th September 1962

Associated Rediffusion seemed to get into the disk judging business a little late in the game. Juke Box Jury, Dad You’re A Square and Spin-A-Disc had provided popular, but pretty much everyone recognised what a cheap format this was, so Producer Elkin Allan decided to give it a new spin. Each week a selection of eleven members of the audience from overseas would vote on other of two records, one British, one American.

As TV Times put it “The big fight in the music world is between British discs and the American invaders. Now you can judge the state of the battle in this exciting programme which has the fun of a new game plus the thrill of dazzling dancing plus a first chance to hear the new record releases.”

Each record will be danced to by team of dancers directed by Malcolm Clare, while the British records will be introduced by Oliver Reed (later replaced by Wally Whyton) and the American ones by Canadian David Gell. Keith Fordyce would be the referee and Caterine Millinair would play International Jury Judge.

Even though no artists performed on the show each week one would turn up to offer opinion on the new releases.

The records would play against each musical type, jazz against jazz etc, but the show proved unpopular. According to a later review in the Daily Mirror there were many viewer complaints about the show.

Apparently the junior given the job of collating the votes was David Frost, just a few months ahead of hosting the ground-breaking That Was The Week That Was.