ABC had decided not to take ATV's Saturday Spectacular, and it was suggested in the press that the London style of entertainment was a bit slick for the northern audience. ABC rejected the idea and produced this response, however it was to be short lived.
The channel had hired Arthur Lane to handle the show. Lane was a experienced light entertainment producer and had interesting ideas about presentation. One of which was not to have a host or compere for the show, however, how each act was to be introduced would be kept a secret until transmission. It might have involved a group of dancers, four men and one woman.
The thirty minute, fortnightly show was broadcast from ABC's Didsbury, Manchester
studios and like the London Palladium, had a revolving stage and an in-
Talking to TV Times ABC Television claimed "We are out to provide variety -
Among the more traditional turns like George Formby and Joan Turner were a few skiffle acts like Lonnie Donegan, Johnny Duncan, Chas McDevitt, plus Edna Savage, Eve Boswell, Eddie Calvert, Michael Holliday among others.