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A Brief Timeline


A selection of some of the more important shows from 1955 - 1999
Each linked name will take you to a page with more information

HIT PARADE BBC 14th January 1952 - 18th August 1956
OFF THE RECORD BBC 25th May 1955 - 13th March 1958
CRACKERJACK BBC / BBC1 12th September 1955 - 21st December 1984
MUSIC SHOP ABC/ATV 24th September 1955 - 10th January 1960
THE JACK JACKSON SHOW ATV 24th September 1955 - 17th June 1959
VAL PARNELL’S SUNDAY NIGHT AT THE LONDON PALLADIUM /
THE LONDON PALLADIUM SHOW / THE NEW LONDON PALLADIUM SHOW
ATV 25th September 1955 - 2nd February 1969
THE TIN PAN ALLEY SHOW BBC 6th February 1956 - 9th July 1956 (fortnightly)
RECORDS / ABC DISKERY ABC 19th May 1956 - 1st July 1956 (occasional)
TIME FOR RHYTHM ABC 15th September 1956 - 27th October 1956

HOUSEWIVES CALL THE TUNE ABC 15th September 1956 - 6th April 1957

BRING A RECORD ABC 16th September 1956 - 28th October 1956 (fortnightly)
FAN CLUB / FAN RECORD CLUB ABC 3rd November 1956 - 29th December 1956
COOL FOR CATS Associated Rediffusion 31st December 1956 - 27th February 1961
THE ARTHUR HAYNES SHOW ATV 2nd January 1957 - 30th April 1966
THE SIX-FIVE SPECIAL BBC 16th February 1957 - 27th December 1958
TOP NUMBERS ABC 18th August 1957 - 22nd February 1959
TOP TUNE TIME ATV 19th January 1958 - 22nd June 1958
MELODY RANCH ABC 3rd March 1958 - 10th September 1958
OH BOY! ABC 15th June 1958 - 30th May 1959
DIG THIS! BBC 3rd January 1959 - 28th March 1959
DRUMBEAT BBC 4th April 1959 - 29th August 1959.
RECORD SHOP Associated Rediffusion 10th April 1959 - 19th June 1959
JUKE BOX JURY BBC 1st June 1959 - 27th December 1967
DISC BREAK ATV 24th June 1959 - 29th September 1959
JOHNNIE RAY SINGS ATV 29th June 1959 - 10th August 1959, plus one-off on 5th March 1960
PUTTING ON THE DONEGAN ATV 26th June 1959 - 10th August 1962, plus one-off on 25th August 1962
BOY MEETS GIRLS ABC 12th September 1959 - 5th March 1960
THE CLIFF RICHARD SHOW ATV 19th March 1960 - 31st December 1960
WHAM! ABC 23rd April 1960 - 18th June 1960
YOUNG AT HEART Tyne Tees 4th May 1960 - 22nd June 1960
CRESCENDO Anglia 19th January 1961 - 25th May 1961
CLIFF! ATV 16th February 1961 - 23rd March 1961
BIG NIGHT OUT ABC 25th March 1961 - 10th April 1965
THANK YOUR LUCKY STARS ABC 1st April 1961 - 25th June 1966
THE TRAD FAD BBC 1st July 1961 - 23rd September 1961
SPIN ALONG Westward 12th September 1961 - 30th November 1961
DISCS-A-GOGO TWW 14th September 1961 - 15th December 1965 (plus a one-off 2nd March 1968)
TOP TWENTIES Anglia 30th September 1961 - 18th November 1961
POP PARTY Westward 7th December 1961 - 4th January 1962
ALL THAT JAZZ ATV 5th January 1962 - 29th June 1962
BEAT IN THE BORDER Border 31st January 1962, 7th March 1962 - 18th September 1963
SWINGING ALONG Granada 20th March 1962 - 19th June 1962
NEEDLE MATCH Associated Rediffusion 15th June 1962 - 11th September 1962
HERE COME THE GIRLS Associated Rediffuison 27th February 1963 - 23rd October 1963
POPS AND LENNY BBC 10th May 1962 - 6th June 1963
TWIST! BBC 7th July 1962 - 11th August 1962
ADAM FAITH BBC 19th September 1962 - 24th October 1962
THE RAVE WAVE / RAVE! ABC 4th May 1963,  29th June 1963 - 27th July 1963

STARS AND GARTERS Associated Rediffusion 31st May 1963 - 3rd January 1966
DAD, YOU’RE A SQUARE Southern 21st June 1963 - 13th May 1964
A SWINGIN’ TIME BBC / BBC1 25th July 1963 - 2nd July 1964
THE MORECAMBE AND WISE SHOW / TWO OF A KIND ATV 12th October 1961 - 31st March 1968
FOR TEENAGERS ONLY ATV 8th August 1963 - 1st October 1964
READY, STEADY, GO! Associated Rediffusion / Rediffusion 9th August 1963 - 23rd December 1966
HULLABALOO ABC 28th September 1963 - 4th January 1964
FIVE O’ CLOCK CLUB Associated Rediffusion / Rediffusion 1st October 1963 - 23rd September 1966
LATE SCENE / LATE SCENE EXTRA Granada 18th October 1963 - 20th March 1964.
THEY'VE SOLD A MILLION Associated Rediffusion 30th October 1963 - 10th February 1965
TOP OF THE POPS BBC / BBC1 / BBC2 1st January 1964 - 30th July 2006
THE HOOT’NANNY SHOW BBC / BBC1 6th January 1964 - 15th June 1964
JAZZ 625 BBC2 25th April 1964 - 20th October 1966
OPEN HOUSE BBC2 25th April 1964 - 5th December 1964
TOP BEAT BBC2 27th April 1964 - 9th December 1964
THE BEAT ROOM BBC2 6th July 1964 - 25th January 1965
THE COOL SPOT BBC1 7th July 1964 - 1st September 1964
DISCWIZZ Southern 14th July 1964 - 22nd September 1964
TONIGHT IN PERSON BBC2 13th August 1964 - 13th March 1966
NOW HEAR THIS Ulster 1964
LATE NIGHT LINE UP BBC2 12th September 1964 - 14th December 1972
POP SCENE ‘64 Ulster 28th or 30th September 1964 - 23rd December 1964
THE POP SPOT ABC 3rd October 1964 - 13th March 1965
THE EAMONN ANDREWS SHOW ABC 4th October 1964 - 2nd June 1968
THE KATHY KIRBY SHOW BBC1 3rd May 1964, 4th August 1964, 16th October 1964 - 12th February 1966

LADYBIRDS Southern 31st December 1964 - 29th July 1965
NOT ONLY...BUT ALSO BBC2 9th January 1965 - 13th May 1970
GADZOOKS! IT’S ALL HAPPENING BBC2 1st February 1965 - 24th May 1965
GADZOOKS! IT’S THE IN CROWD BBC2 31st May 1965 - 27th September 1965
POP THE QUESTION Southern 26th October 1965 - 4th January 1966
FRANK IFIELD SINGS... ATV 20th October 1965 - 24th November 1965
STRAMASH! THE BIG NOISE FROM GLASGOW BBC1 4th October 1965 - 3rd January 1966
A WHOLE SCENE GOING BBC1 5th January 1966 -15th June 1966
ACTION! ATV 10th January 1966 - 21st November 1966
NOW! TWW 4th March 1966 - 15th July 1966
THIS IS PETULA CLARK BBC1 16th June 1966 - 16th January 1968
DUSTY BBC1 18th August 1966 - 19th September 1967
TOM JONES ATV 7th September 1966 - 17th October 1967
HIPPODROME Rediffusion 20th September 1966 - 29th December 1966
COUNTDOWN Southern 15th October 1966 - 23rd December 1966
THE CHART BUSTERS Southern 5th November 1965 - 3rd December 1965
DODDY’S MUSIC BOX ABC 7th January 1967 - 9th March 1968
AS YOU LIKE IT Southern 11th March 1967 - 27th June 1967
DEE TIME BBC1 4th April 1967 - 20th December 1969
GOOD EVENING I’M JONATHAN KING ATV 7th October 1967 - 30th March 1968
TWICE A FORTNIGHT BBC1 21st October 1967 - 23rd December 1967

ENGELBERT ATV 3rd November 1967 - 8th December 1967
ONCE MORE WITH FELIX BBC2 9th December 1967 22nd March 1969
DO NOT ADJUST YOUR SET Rediffusion 26th December 1967 - 28th March 1968, Thames  19th February 1969 - 14th May 1969
NEW RELEASE Southern 5th January 1968 - 23rd February 1968
ALL SYSTEMS FREEMAN! BBC1 5th January 1968 - 22nd March 1968
CILLA BBC1 30th January 1968 - 26th December 1974
TIME FOR BLACKBURN! Southern 2nd March 1968 - 28th December 1968
IT MUST BE DUSTY ATV 10th May 1968 - 21st June 1968
LULU'S BACK IN TOWN BBC1 21st May 1968 - 9th July 1968
COLOUR ME POP BBC2 14th June 1968 - 30th August 1969
THE BASIL BRUSH SHOW BBC1 14th June 1968 - 27th December 1980

HOW IT IS BBC1 19th July 1968 - 20th December 1968
SCOTT BBC1 16th August 1968 one-off, 30th December 1968 one-off, 11th March 1969 to 15th April 1969

THE SANDIE SHAW SUPPLEMENT BBC1 10th September 1968
DISCOTHEQUE Granada 1st November 1968 - 23rd April 1969
HAPPENING FOR LULU / LULU BBC1 28th December 1968 - 22nd March 1969
THE ENGELBERT HUMPERDINCK SHOW ATV 5th April 1970 - 26th July 1970
THIS IS TOM JONES ATV 12th January 1969 - 27th December 1970
HOW LATE IT IS BBC1 14th March 1969 - 23rd May 1969
SET ‘EM UP JOE! London Weekend 31st May 1969 - 2nd August 1969
BOBBIE GENTRY BBC2 13th July 1968 - 17th August 1968, 18th June 1969 - 23rd July 1969
DECIDEDLY DUSTY BBC1 9th September 1969 - 28th October 1969
MONSTER MUSIC MASH BBC1 7th October 1969 - 11th November 1969
LIFT OFF/LIFT OFF WITH AYSHEA Granada 10th December 1969 - 17th December 1974
IT'S CLIFF RICHARD BBC1 3rd January 1970 - 28th September 1974
DISCO 2 BBC2 10th January 1970 - 25th July 1971
THE SIMON DEE SHOW LWT 18th January 1970 - 5th July 1970

JULIE FELIX BBC1 12th April 1970 - 24th May 1970
THE KENNY EVERETT EXPLOSION LWT 10th July 1970 - 11th September 1970

DOING THEIR THING Granada 10th July 1970 - 25th September 1970

EDANDZED! BBC1 24th October 1970  - 19th December 1970
EV LWT 31st October 1970 - 2nd January 1971

MARY HOPKIN IN THE LAND OF BBC1 6th November 1970 - 11th December 1970
GENTRY BBC2 1st February 1971 - 15th March 1971
WHITTAKER’S WORLD OF MUSIC LWT 10th April 1971 - 3rd July 1971
THE OLD GREY WHISTLE TEST / WHISTLE TEST BBC2 21st September 1971 - 24th March 1987
SOUNDING OUT BBC1 10th January 1972 - 13th March 1972
SOUNDS FOR SATURDAY BBC2 25th March 1972 - 9th September 1972

THE DAVE CASH RADIO PROGRAMME HTV 17th May 1972 - 9th August 1972
2GS AND THE POP PEOPLE LWT 10th June 1972 - 15th July 1972
TISWAS ATV /Central 14th September 1974 - 3rd April 1982
45 / ROCK ON WITH 45 Granada 4th April 1974 - 30th August 1975
SUPERSONIC London Weekend 1st March 1975 - 2nd April 1977
SHANG-A-LANG Granada 1st April 1975 - 26th August 1975
DISCO BBC1 31st August 1975 - 12th October 1975
POP QUEST Yorkshire 12th September 1975 - 5th December 1975, 11th January 1978 - 5th April 1978
SO IT GOES Granada 3rd July 1976 - 11th December 1977
SUPERPOP ’76 LWT 31st July 1976 - 28th August 1976
MULTI-COLOURED SWAP SHOP BBC1 2nd October 1976 - 27th March 1982
THE ARROWS Granada 2nd March 1976 - 21st December 1976
SIGHT AND SOUND IN CONCERT BBC2 8th January 1977 - 31st March 1984
ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE LWT / Theatre Projects 12th February 1977 - 28th May 1977
GET IT TOGETHER Granada 6th April 1977 - 22nd December 1981
SO IT GOES CONCERTS Granada 17th April 1977 - 22nd May 1977
MARC Granada 31st August 1977 - 28th September 1977
SOMETHING ELSE BBC2 11th March 1978 pilot - 5th November 1982
CHEGGERS PLAYS POP BBC1 10th April 1978 - 7th November 1986

REVOLVER ATV 20th May 1978 (broadcast pilot), 22nd July 1978 - 2nd September 1978

20th CENTURY BOX London Weekend 29th June 1980 - 30th August 1981
RAZZAMATAZZ Tyne Tees 2nd June 1981 - 2nd January 1987

THE KENNY EVERETT VIDEO SHOW/CASSETTE Thames 3rd July 1978 - 21st May 1981
OXFORD ROAD SHOW / ORS BBC2 16th January 1981 - 29th March 1985
THE KENNY EVERETT TELEVISION SHOW BBC1 24th December 1981 - 18th January 1988

OTT Central 2nd January 1982 - 3rd April 1982
RIVERSIDE BBC2 4th January 1982 - 7th November 1983

OFF THE RECORD TVS 4th January 1982 - 15th February 1982
POP QUIZ BBC1 3rd April 1982 - 9th October 1984, 21st May 1994 - 9th July 1994
B A IN MUSIC BBC1 19th July 1982 - 30th August 1982
HOLD TIGHT! Granada 13th September 1982 - 4th November 1987
TEACH YOURSELF GIBBERISH Granada 24th September 1982 - 22nd October 1982
SATURDAY SUPERSTORE BBC1 2nd October 1982 - 18th April 1987
THE TUBE C4 / Tyne Tees 5th November 1982 - 24th April 1987
WHATEVER YOU WANT C4 8th November 1982 - 21st February 1983
THE OTHER SIDE OF THE TRACKS C4 8th January 1983 - 30th March 1985
DJ TVS 10th January 1983 - 17th December 1983
GASTANK C4 / Goldcrest 15th January 1983 - 26th March 1983
WHATEVER YOU DIDN’T GET C4 28th February 1983 - 28th March 1983
SWITCH C4 / Silent Partners 25th March 1983 - 2nd September 1983
LOOSE TALK C4 / RPM Productions 11th April 1983
EAR SAY C4 / Action Time 31st March 1984 - 1st September 1984
SATURDAY LIVE / FRIDAY NIGHT LIVE C4 / London Weekend 12th January 1985 pilot, 25th January 1986 - 29th April 1987
THE FRIDAY ZONE: ECT C4 / Keefco 12th April 1985 - 14th June 1985
THE FRIDAY ZONE: SOUL TRAIN C4 12th April 1985 - 4th October 1985

BLISS C4 / Tyne Tees 9th August 1985 - 4th October 1985
SOLID SOUL C4 11th April 1986 - 23rd October 1987
THE LAST RESORT C4 9th January 1987 - 23rd December 1988
THE ROXY Tyne Tees 9th June 1987 - 5th April 1988
BIG WORLD CAFE C4 / Zenith North / PMI 19th February 1989 - 19th December 1989
GOING LIVE BBC1 26th September 1987 - 17th April 1993
APB C4 10th January 1988 - 27th March 1988
WIRED C4 6th May 1988 - 9th September 1988
RAPIDO BBC1 / BBC2 20th October 1988 - 25th March 1993
ONE HOUR WITH JONATHAN ROSS C4 5th November 1989 - 23rd March 1990
ROCK STEADY C4 20th February 1990 - 5th June 1990
THE WORD C4 / Planet 24 4th August 1990 - 24th March 1995
ROCK STEADY SPECIALS C4 17th October 1990 - 12th December 1990
TONIGHT WITH JONATHAN ROSS C4 5th November 1990 - 15th April 1992
FRIDAY AT THE DOME C4 3rd May 1991 - 21st June 1991
RETURN TO THE DOME C4 14th January 1992 - 3rd March 1992
LATER WITH JOOLS HOLLAND BBC2 8th October 1992 - date
LIVE AND KICKING BBC1 2nd October 1993 - 15 September 2001

THE WHITE ROOM C4 / Initial 11th June 1994 - 23rd August 1996
TFI FRIDAY C4 / Ginger Prods 9th February 1996 - 22nd December 2000

NEVER MIND THE BUZZCOCKS BBC1 / Talkback 12th November 1996 - 15th January 2015

THE PEPSI SHOW C5 / Initial 4th February 1998 - 4th February 1998 - 27th June 2002

CD:TV ITV / Blaze 29th August 1998 - 1st April 2006

PLANET POP / POPWORLD C4 / Straight TV 11th August 1998 - 14th July 2007
JO WHILEY C4 / At It Prods 15th April 1998 - 2000