A weekly magazine programme, very much seen as a copy of Blue Peter, complete with
real-life adventure stories, advice on pets, and for some reason, art. "A weekly
rendezvous with friends old and new" is how the TV Times explained the appearance
of the new show, which adopted pretty much all the hosts and features from the show
it replaced, Lucky Dip. Tuesday Rendezvous would also give away merit badges, just
like Blue Peter.
Muriel Young was one of the regular hosts, while guitar legend Bert Weedon would
provide music and musical instruction, sometimes with his group which featured Tony
Meehan. His Star Record Guest of the Week feature would feature pop stars like Bobby
Vee, Joe Brown and Kenny Lynch.
Along with art a source of puzzlement would be a weekly Story of Jazz feature, hosted
by Bob Wallis, hardly relevant for young kids. More relevant however was the appearance
on 4th December 1962 of The Beatles, playing both sides of their debut single which
had been out for almost two months by this time. But despite the intrusion of Merseybeat
the addiction to trad jazz continued into 1963. The Beatles re-appearance on the
show in April 1963 reinforced the idea that things were changing. Even if the reaction
by the jazz camp within the show was negative someone in the Beatles' camp must have
appreciated what was going on as Muriel Young was mentioned in the liner notes of
their first album, albeit in a reference to her Radio Luxembourg show.
Tea-time shows on Rediffusion seemed to progress from the previous incarnation and
sure enough after the series had concluded on the 24th September 1963 the following
Tuesday, 1st October The Five O'Clock Club begins, which would be a very similar
show, but this one includes more pop music.