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22nd December 1965 - 15th July 1966

The demise of Discs-A-Gogo left a hole in the TWW schedules but creating a lookalike show wouldn't make any sense, so it was decided that a music and comedy show aimed at the early evening audience would suit the bill.

Michael Palin had been hired as the comic, performing in filmed silent sketches which were inserted between the pop acts. Other co-presenters had also been hired, including Wendy Varnals later to co-host A Whole Scene Going. Journalist and later writer for Tony Hancock Michael Wale co-created the show with fellow writer Joe Steeples.

Among the many acts who made the effort to go down to Bristol to do the show were Manfred Mann, Tom Jones, The Animals, Yardbirds and from America Patti LaBelle and The Bluebelles, Doris Troy and Lee Dorsey.

In February 1966 TWW moved the show from Wednesday evening to Friday evening, having already dropped Ready Steady Go from its schedules.

Although it's thought that none of the original full shows exist several of Palin's filmed inserts exist in the ITV archive.