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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

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
ATV 25th September 1955 - 2nd February 1969
COOL FOR CATS Associated Rediffusion 31st December 1956 - 27th February 1961
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
BIG NIGHT OUT ABC 25th March 1961 - 10th April 1965
THANK YOUR LUCKY STARS ABC 1st April 1961 - 25th June 1966
DISCS A GO-GO TWW 14th September 1961 - 15th December 1965 (plus a one-off 2nd March 1968)
ALL THAT JAZZ ATV 5th January 1962 - 29th June 1962
BEAT IN THE BORDER Border 31st January 1962, 7th March 1962 - 18th September 1963
NEEDLE MATCH Associated Rediffusion 15th June 1962 - 11th September 1962
HERE COME THE GIRLS Associated Rediffuison 27th February 1963 - 23rd October 1963
STARS AND GARTERS Associated Rediffusion 31st May 1963 - 3rd January 1966
DAD, YOU’RE A SQUARE Southern 21st June 1963 - 13th May 1964
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
THEY'VE SOLD A MILLION Associated Rediffusion 30th October 1963 - 10th February 1965
TOP OF THE POPS BBC / BBC1 1st January 1964 - 30 July 2006
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
NOW HEAR THIS Ulster 1964
POP SCENE Ulster 28th September 1964 - 23rd December 1964
THE POP SPOT ABC 3rd October 1964 - 13th March 1965
LADYBIRDS Southern 31st December 1964 - 29th July 1965
GADZOOKS! IT’S ALL HAPPENING BBC2 1st February 1965 - 24th May 1965
FRANK IFIELD SINGS ATV 31st March 1965 - 24th November 1965
GADZOOKS! IT’S THE IN CROWD BBC2 31st May 1965 - 27th September 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
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
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
NEW RELEASE Southern 5th January 1968 - 23rd February 1968
CILLA BBC1 30th January 1968 - 26th December 1974
TIME FOR BLACKBURN! Southern 2nd March 1968 - 28th December 1968
IT MUST BE DUSTY ATV 8th May 1968 - 1st July 1968
LULU'S BACK IN TOWN BBC1 21st May 1968 - 9th July 1968
COLOUR ME POP BBC2 14th June 1968 - 30th August 1969
SCOTT BBC1 16th August 1968 - 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 4th January 1969 (one-off) 26th December 1969 - 26th July 1970
THIS IS TOM JONES ATV 12th January 1969 - 27th December 1970
SET ‘EM UP JOE! London Weekend 31st May 1969 - 2nd August 1969
DECIDEDLY DUSTY BBC1 9th September 1969 - 28th October 1969
LIFT OFF/LIFT OFF WITH AYSHEA Granada 10th December 1969 - 17th December 1974
IT'S CLIFF RICHARD BBC1 3rd January 1970 - 28
th September 1974
DISCO 2 BBC2 10th January 1970 - 25th July 1971
WHITTAKER’S WORLD OF MUSIC LWT 1970 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
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
SO IT GOES Granada 1975 – 1977
MULTI-COLOURED SWAP SHOP BBC1
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 -
THE KENNY EVERETT VIDEO SHOW Thames 3rd July 1978 -
RAZAMATAZ Tyne Tees 6th January 1982 - 2nd January 1987
SATURDAY SUPERSTORE BBC1
THE TUBE c4 / Tyne Tees 5th November 1982 - 1987
GASTANK C4 / Goldcrest 15th January 1983 -
SWITCH C4 / Silent Partners 25th March 1983 -
LOOSE TALK C4 / RPM Productions 11th April 1983
HOLD TIGHT! Granada 26th July 1983 -
EAR SAY C4 / Action Time 31st March 1984 -
BLISS C4 / Tyne Tees
THE ROXY Tyne Tees 9th June 1987 - 5th April 1988
BIG WORLD CAFE C4 / Zenith North / PMI
GOING LIVE BBC1
THE WORD C4 / Planet 24 4th August 1990 - 24th March 1995
LATER WITH JOOLS HOLLAND BBC2 8th October 1992 - date
LIVE AND KICKING BBC1 1993 - 1996
THE WHITE ROOM C4 / Initial 11th March 1995 - 23rd August 1996
TFI FRIDAY C4 / Ginger Prods 9th February 1996 - date
NEVER MIND THE BUZZCOCKS BBC1 / Talkback. 12th November 1996 - date
THE PEPSI SHOW C5 / Initial 1998 - date
CD:TV ITV/Ant & Dec Productions 1998 - date
PLANET POP C4 1998 -
JO WHILEY C4 / At It Prods 1998 -