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9th December 1967 - 22nd March 1969

Californian singer songwriter Felix had been travelling throughout Europe in 1963 and after landing in London she started playing the London folk clubs, attracting attention from both BBC and ITV Producers.

She became a regular on BBC's The Hoot'nanny Show and later the Eamonn Andrews Show.

In 1965 Felix was given regular spots on ITV's That's For Me and Rediffusion's Heartsong, leading to her own show Meet Julie Felix in March. By the end of the year she was a familiar face on British TV which guest spots on Folk In Focus, Late Night Line Up, The Val Doonican, Juke Box Jury, even appearing on the Christmas Top of the Pops.

By 1966 she had become the resident singer on BBC1's The Frost Report, performing cover versions and original material.

BBC2's colour service was a perfect place for her own series, produced by BBC legend Stanley Dorfman, replaced by Mel Cornish in 1969. The pastel shaded psychedelia of Donovan, Incredible String Band, The Hollies and The Kinks proved ideal for colour TV. She provided a home for some of the best and most popular British and North American folk. The musical director was John Cameron who worked with Mickie Most acts, and would later work with Felix again when she signed with the label in 1970. British jazz icon Bill LaSage would fill in on occasion. The show would also escape from Television Centre on occasion taking in locations like Edinburgh where she had been playing late night shows prior to the show's debut.

The comedy sketches would be written by Neil Shand and feature comic talent like Ronnie Barker, Ronnie Corbett, Spike Milligan, Roy Kinnear among others.

Felix Returned with The Julie Felix Show in 1970.