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12th January 1969 - 27th December 1970

Recorded at ATV's Elstree Studios and shown on the ITV network. Despite already having recorded a recent six-part series for American TV the line up for these UK shows plainly had American sales in mind. The shows featured Tom in musical settings not unlike the Elvis NBC comeback special the previous year, but Jones would have musical guests and comedians, usually American. The show had proved so successful in American that ABC who had originally ordered another sixteen, upped the order to another twenty-six.

Series two saw blocks of recording in October and November 1969 which would then be edited into nineteen shows with Mary Hopkin, The Who, Jose Feliciano and American comic Shelley Berman for show one, Wilson Pickett and actress Barbara Eden for show two, The Moody Blues and Connie Stevens for show three and Cass Elliott, The Hollies and Charles Aznavour for show four. Further recording in November involved Dusty Springfield, Bobby Gentry, Harry Secombe, Frankie Vaughan, Nancy Wilson, Judy Collins, Liza Minelli and Victor Borge. Comedy was provided by the Ace Trucking Company, featuring Fred Willard, later a part of Christopher Guest's repertory company.

The show ran successfully for two years, but the final series was buried by ITV in the schedules on a Thursday evening after News At Ten. However, the show 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.