After the mis-fires of both Pop The Question and Countdown Mansfield was given another
go, this time on location. The short series was a musical tribute to the Thames and
the Seine, filmed in the summer of 1966 on board The Southerner, Southern TV's own
boat. The four-parter was originally scheduled to be shown in September 1966, but
it took almost two years for the series to be shown in its entirety. The Musical
Associates were Tony Hatch and Mike Leander, with the theme written by Tommy Moeller
of Unit 4 + 2 and sung by Petula Clark. Ketty Lester who had her own Southern TV
special had been hired to appear when the production was due to begin late February
or early March 1966. Dionne Warwick was also sought for the show, which by January
1967 was being promoted as seven, thirty minute shows.
Hosted by Anglo-Franco singing star Petula Clark the show celebrated the rivers of
London and Paris and had singers performing songs on their riverbanks.
Filming began on 1st June 1966 with Petula Clark performing Homeward Bound on the
banks of the River Thames and then taking to the river itself for a shoot with Dave
Clark and Cathy McGowan in a power boat the following day. 16th July 1966 saw filming
in Paris with Marianne Faithfull, Richard Anthony and Claude Francois, with Lulu
in Paris on the 18th. Further filming would include Adam Faith, Sandie Shaw, Mark
Wynter, Unit 4 + 2 and dancers The Gojos. According to Melody Maker filming continued
2nd November 1966 with Lulu in Paris again.
Quite while it took almost two years to be shown is unknown. The international flavour
of the show must have made it potential Montreux TV awards and export worthy, but
it wasn't to be.