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TOM JONES!

ATV
7th September 1966 - 8th May 1967

Jones' first TV special was Call In On Tom for Rediffusion in November 1965, but it wouldn't be until the following summer that ATV would sign him for a weekly half-hour series.

ITV were expecting big viewing figures for the first show so he rewarded with a two-page article in that week's TV Times, despite the fact that the show wasn't networked across the whole of ITV.

The guests for the first series were mostly women singers like Lulu, Truly Smith, Dusty Springfield and Marianne Faithfull, while the musical accompaniment was down to the usual ATV support team of Jack Parnell and Derek Scott.

The second series began 3rd April 1967 and this time each show was given a theme in which the songs were chosen, along with a set dressing for each song.

A forty-five minute special for ATV followed on 17th October 1967, while London Weekend gave him another on 3rd August 1968, Jones The Song. But January 1969 would see the first edition of the now image defining This Is Tom Jones.