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SPOT THE TUNE

Granada
7th June 1956 - 7th September 1962

Hosted by Marion Ryan and Ken Platt, later replaced by Desmond O'Connor, Alfred Marks, Jackie Rae, Ted Ray, then by Pete Murray. Directed by Philip Jones. Bob Sharples was the first Musical Director, later replaced by Peter Knight.

It was a simple quiz show in which a contestant had to idenify (or guess) the name of a song from as few introductory notes as possible. The male host would be with the contestant whereas Marion Ryan would provide vocals where needed.

Fisticuffs nearly ensued in 1958 as Granada took their show off for a summer break and the BBC nipped in used the name for a children's show, but as the BBC pointed out they used the name first on the radio in 1946.

One notable show was Christmas Eve 1958 when the cast of The Army Game were the contestants. After four years on air the series finally made it into the top ten ratings in Spring 1960. Pete Murray joined for the final series in 1962 with the show celebrating its 200th broadcast on 20th July 1962.

Although not a showcase for guest artists the final series did see names like Joe Brown, Frank Ifield, Kenny Lynch and Shane Fenton among others making appearances.

It's a credit to Marion Ryan's professionalism and popularity that she remained the only regular name through the show's long history.

The show was brought back in the seventies and eighties, as Name That Tune, hosted by comedian Tom O'Connor for Thames.