In late October 1969 the BBC claimed to have dropped him, while Dee doubtless claimed
that he'd left of his own free will, but either way a London Weekend Television spokesman
told Melody Maker "Simon has known for some time that his contract with the BBC would
not be renewed, and negotiations with us have been taking place for a couple of weeks.
Dee's new shows will start in early January and will be at "peak time" -
Upset with the way he felt the BBC were treating him Simon Dee was snatched up by
David Frost's London Weekend Television to present a late-
He was given the front cover of the TV Times for the first show, such was the expectation. "Stand by for more surprises, more star guests and more groovy sounds in another television happening" they claimed.
Eamonn Andrews had been the Sunday night chat king with his ABC show, but with the
ITV regional re-
Izzard explained to the Daily Mirror "...if there are a lot of stars working at the Cinecitta Studios in Rome who we think are interesting and with something to say then we'd be prepared to send Simon there and do the whole show from Italy." While Dee explained " With the BBC I was restricted to seven minutes an interview. This isn't long enough to talk to people who have something interesting to say. That's what we're after interesting people who would like to talk to me. Again, we're going to do much deeper research into people before they come on the show so that we know more about them. Also, I'm not going to be dictated to by Tin Pan Alley. I
don't want six top singers in the first six shows who have just come to plug their records. We want lots of new faces."
It was scheduled to run from 11.30 pm -
If the show would be remembered for anything it would be George Lazenby's appearance in February to talk about his first and only Bond movie On Her Majesty's Secret Service. Instead of playing the dependable guest and fulfilling his duty to promote the movie that made him (briefly) an international star, he appeared to be stoned and rambled conspiracy theories regarding the death of President Kennedy, receiving positive acknowledgement from the show’s other guests that evening, John and Yoko. Provoking more controversy Dee would suggest that the FBI or similar authority fugues were after him.
Since the show was unwilling to announce guests in advance and no complete shows
are thought to exist it's difficult to get any kind of guest list other than the
recall of the few people who saw it, but musical guests over the weeks included Billy
Eckstein, The Pentangle, Joe Brown and Jerry Butler. After London Weekend refused
to have Matt Monro on as a guest Dee refused to turn up. Fearing a no-
The show was dropped for two weeks in June to make way for the World Cup, and it came back to fulfil it's obligation, but nothing else. By July 1970 it was all over. The show was due to run for 26 weeks, he was contracted to host a further 13 shows after the summer break, but London Weekend chose to pay him off instead at a cost of £7000. However, Dee insisted on being paid £75,000 due on the balance of his contract.
When it was announced that the show was to be dropped Dee was quoted as saying "Everyone says what happens on the Simon Dee Show, except Simon Dee."
The next offer of employment came from his old Radio Caroline boss Ronan O'Rahilly
who was about to launch Television Caroline on 1st July 1970, but the venture came
to nothing, despite Dee being a regular visitor to their London offices. O'Rahilly's
presence also upset the bosses at the BBC during the latter Dee Time years. There
was a chance of a show on Radio Four, and then a show at Radio Luxembourg, and then
a BBC radio station outside London, but again nothing happened. He had been offered
the chance to host a religious-
In 2003 Victor Lewis-
All that is thought to exist of the show is about thirty seconds of the beginning of one edition and about fifteen minutes of clips and audio.