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NUMBER PLEASE

ABC
6th May 1956 - 20th October 1956


A spot-the-tune quiz show played over the phone and hosted by Richard Murdoch, later replaced by Paul Carpenter.

A caller would phone in to the live show establishing contact with singer Joan Edwards who would then pass them over to the host who would then ask them to recognise a song played by the house band, Frank Weir and his orchestra. The show would have guest singers each week.

It proved popular enough to go onto the ITV network from Sunday 19th August 1956. In September it moved from its late night Sunday spot to mid afternoon, alternating with Bring A Record. After it finished Edwards would move over to Saturday morning's Housewives Call The Tune.