This series was originally due to succeed Tempo '60, beginning 5th August at 7.30pm,
but the late-night Music for Moderns appeared instead. Talking to Disc magazine,
the show's producer Russell Turner said "'Sugar Beat' is to be a fast moving show,
I am not seeking another 'new sound.' I intend to produce a distinctive one, with
the appeal on quality, both in the numbers selected and the musicians". "I will use
the world's great standards and the best of the current pops. The orchestration will
consist of eighteen pieces, fronted by Johnnie Spence, and I will include two vocalists,
Paul Hanford, who has recently signed to Parlophone, and Sheila Southern". "At present,
I do not intend to regularly use any guest artists, but top stars may be invited
from time to time. My basic aim is to try and create my own stars from the series".
After the pilot show was broadcast the BBC hadn't yet made a decision about the future
of the show. The week after the pilot show Turner talked to Disc claiming "I'm happy,
but not completely satisfied with the sound of the band." He later admitted "Because
the new, original sound which we wanted has not yet been found".
Hosted by Paul Carpenter it got no further than a one-off, pilot broadcast.