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THIS IS PETULA CLARK

BBC1
16th June 1966 - 16th January 1968

Petula was about to join the list of British solo singers who would be given their own series.

From the Radio Times "The internationally successful singing star presenting the fourth of six programmes during her current visit to London."

English singing star Clark was selling more records internationally than The Beatles in many countries, so agreeing to a whole series must have been a real coup for the BBC, especially as her recording contract was with an ATV owned company.

Each week she would introduce a singing star from different parts of the world, including superstars like Sacha Distel and Claude Francois, as well as British talent like Dudley Moore and Anthony Newley.

Orchestral arrangements were down to Tony Hatch, her producer and song-writer, while the script was written by Graham Chapman, later to star in Monty Python.