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THIS IS TOM JONES

ATV
12th January 1969 - 27th December 1970

Produced for ABC in America, but recorded at ATV's Elstree Studios and shown on the ITV network. This was a weekly series featuring Tom in musical settings not unlike the Elvis NBC comeback special the previous year.


Comedy was provided by the Ace Trucking Company, featuring future Christopher Guest regular Fred Willard. The show ran successfully for two years, but the final series was buried by ITV in the UK on a Thursday evening after News At Ten. However, it featured the cream of pop royalty from Janis Joplin, The Who, Crosby Stills Nash & Young, Ella Fitzgerald, Little Richard, The Bee Gees, 5th Dimension etc.