Unseen pilots / Un-
SATURDAY HOP ATV 1958. On March 23rd 1958 ATV recorded a pilot for this new show,
featuring three comperes, Jack Jackson, Teddy Johnson and David Jacobs. The King
Brothers, Marty Wilde and The Most Brothers participate. A tele-
ENTERTAINMENT QUIZ BBC 1958 On July 6th the BBC were to broadcast the first edition of this quiz which featured musical acts on the panel. Producer Arthur Lane talking to Disc magazine in May said "will be a marriage of a variety programme and a quiz show". Bill Owen and Barbara Roscoe were to be the hosts and Shirley Eaton, Marion Keene and Teddy Johnson as panel members.
MALCOLM VAUGHAN 1959. In March 1959 the comedy/singing duo of Vaughan and Earle record a pilot show.
UNTITLED PLAY ATV 1959. A play specially written for Adam Faith by Ian Dallas was due for broadcast before Christmas 1959, but later delayed until March 1960.
UNKNOWN BBC 1959. It had been the idea of Juke Box Jury producer Russell Turner to present an LP with accompanying visuals. The show would debut in the autumn of 1959.
CRESCENDO ABC 1959. Richard Lester was to produce a jazz show once a month from September at 11.15 pm.
CELEBRITY AR September 1959. Cliff Richard recorded a fifteen minute interview with Daniel Farson.
PAUL ROBESON ATV October 5th 1959 onwards. A series of shows featuring the singer. For the first he will be backed by Johnny Dankworth and his orchestra. Robeson and Dankworth will discuss jazz and will round off the show with When The Saints Go Marching In.
HAVE JAZZ WILL TRAVEL Associated Rediffusion 1960. Dick Lester would direct a series of 26 or 39 episodes, each thirty minute show will feature two bands, one traditional and one modern. The show was due to go into production in June 1960, visiting major European cities shooting in Copenhagen, two shows in Paris, two shows in London, Moscow, two shows in Stockholm, two in Rome and one in Warsaw. Steve Race would be the musical director. The first session featured Chris Barber and Joe Harriott, both live at The Marquee Club in London. Each programme would also shoot film in the local area. The series was an independent production for Ron Rowan Associates.
DAD YOU’RE A SQUARE ATV, 1960. This father versus child Juke Box Jury style show was made as a pilot, featuring actor Bill Owen (later to star in The Last of the Summer Wine) as the host. The pilot still exists and probably served as a template for a later show made by Southern.
TRIBUTE TO LIONEL BART c.June or July 1960. Bart will be starring in his own TV special. Cliff Richard will perform ‘Livin' Doll’, Frankie Vaughan ‘Heart of a Man’, Max Bygraves ‘Fings Ain't What They Used To Be’.
THE TEEN AND TWENTY CLUB BBC late 1961. The show, named after Jimmy Savile's Teen and Twenties Disc Club on Radio Luxembourg, was produced by Barney Colehan and hosted by Savile. A pilot was recorded in front of an enthusiastic audience of 250 in Manchester and was considered successful, but in order for to be commissioned it was shown to BBC executives in London on 12th January 1962. The pilot had no musical guests, just Savile playing the latest releases with emphasis on the Twist, but if the show was to be commissioned then a guest star would appear each week and make a record especially for a competition winner.
THE GRAM GAME BBC January 1962. Barney Colehan produces the pilot for this Pop Quiz type game devised by DJ and guitarist Ken Skyora, who will also act as question master. The teams consisted of Jimmy Savile, Brian Mathew and Neal Arden versus Carole Carr, Steve Race and Jimmy Young. It will be played to BBC executives in London who will make the decision as to whether it will be commissioned.
BEAT THE RECORD ABC, c.March 1962. The show to be hosted by Jimmy Savile would see a panel of celebrities phone contestants at the their homes and challenge them to identify a hit song.
RUSS CONWAY ABC, Summer 1963. It was announced in March 1963 that pianist Conway
was to star and host his own pop show for ABC-
ALMA COGAN, JESS CONRAD. possibly Rediffusion, September 1962. The two singers record the pilot episode of The Secret Keepers, a comedy about a lazy detective. There would be no singing for either of them in the show. The show was produced by Kenneth Hume, husband and manager of Shirley Bassey and the show would feature other guests comedians including Frankie Howerd.
(Unknown title) Possibly BBC, November 1962. A pilot for a new Saturday evening pop show was recorded 1st November 1962 with guest Bobby Vee.
THE ROLLING STONES BBC, Cops And Robbers. December 1963.This play would have featured The Rolling Stones, reportedly in acting roles.
ALIENATION OF THE YOUNG BBC January 1964. A forty-
CHUCK BERRY Granada 1964. Due to record a TV special for Granada on June 1st.
CLUB CARIBBEAN BBC1 July 1964. It was the idea by the BBC to promote Blue Beat and Ska with a weekly show.
BRIAN EPSTEIN BBC, Ten Years Of Pop (1955 -
THIS IS YOUR LIFE BBC1, April 1965. Allegedly Ringo Starr was lined up to be the target of one show, but his mother refused to appear on it, so the idea was scrapped.
DISCOTEC ITV, September 1965. A pilot for this weekly thirty minute pop show was made and is widely in circulation. Hosted by Radio Caroline DJ Simon Dee who introduces the musical acts and New Musical Express’ Andy Gray who discuses the current pop scene with Gene Pitney and Manfred Mann in the studio. Newly shot performance clips of P J Proby, The Kinks (See My Friends), The Walker Brothers (Make It Easy On Yourself), and Sandie Shaw (Stop Feeling Sorry For Yourself) are included.
THE BARON ATV, October 1965. Apparently The Rolling Stones and Cilla Black had agreed to appear in the show.
UNKNOWN TITLE Rediffusion October 1965. Rediffusion announce tentative plans to present a Desert island Discs style show in which celebrities choose their favourite music, while appropriate graphics are shown on a background screen.
KATHY KIRBY SINGS Rediffusion 1966. Kathy Kirby had signed on to make a series of
THE WHO BBC1, Sound And Picture City. 1966. A music and comedy sketch show. The promo for Happy Jack was shot as a demo for this proposed series.
ALBERT AYLER BBC2, November 1966. A live show starring Albert Ayler recorded at the London School of Economics for Jazz Goes To College was recorded but never broadcast.
BOBBY DARIN Rediffusion, 1967. Darin was to direct his own TV special for British TV.
OTIS REDDING BBC, 1967. The BBC sent a film crew over to Otis Redding’s ranch home The Big O to film him for a potential documentary.
MAMAS & PAPAS February 1967. The group were due to appear on Top of the Pops, The Rolf Harris Show and The London Palladium show.
THE MOVE BBC1 Morning Service 26th February 1967. The Move had been invited to appear on the regular Sunday morning worship show, this time broadcast from the Cathedral in Birmingham. They asked producer Barry Edge if they could cut up an effigy of the devil in church, but were refused.
ROY ORBISON April 1967. Due to make an hour long special in London in colour for international distribution.
RAY DAVIES June 1967. It was announced in the New Musical Express that Davies would,
as a result of wanting to pursue solo projects, finance, set up and produce a fifty-
DONOVAN BBC, June 1967. To make a 14 part series for BBC TV where he would set famous poets work to music as well as singing his own songs.
THE BEE GEES Southern, November 1967. Recorded in October for broadcast the following month this TV special also featured Lulu, Julie Rogers, Esther and Abi Ofarim. Produced by Mike Mansfield. The show might have been based around songs from their debut album. There was also an idea where they would write a song on the spot and record it immediately in front of the cameras.
THE BEE GEES Southern, December 1967. Cucumber Castle was announced as an hour long
show for Southern Television with filming due to start on 4th December 1967 at Leeds
Castle in Kent. Colin Peterson was a still member of the group when it was finally
completed in spring/summer 1969, but was edited out of the show after he was asked
to leave. Vincent Price and Sammy Davis Jr's name were attached to the project in
summer 1969. One portion of the show would be a re-
BEAT PARTY late 1967. A new label Rutland Records are planning a new TV show featuring
Tony's Jynx, The Renaissance, The Fruit Pudding and Gary Scott. They would also play
a clip of The Beach Boys on their spring 1967 British tour. It was to be hosted by
AL MARTINO Granada, January 1968. To make a TV special for Granada with a soundtrack to be released by Capitol.
DAVE CLARK 1968. It was announced in January 1968 that Clark's Big Five production company would make six TV specials, with Hold On It's The Dave Clark Five being the first. That was the only one made.
MANFRED MANN 1968 To appear in thirty minute dramatisation of Tom McGuinness' novel Jester Versus Art.
BEE GEES 1968. Johnny Speight's play 'If There Weren't Any Blacks You'd Have To Invent Them' was to feature the Bee Gees. Speight's Associated London Films had a connection with Robert Stigwood which would also result in an offer for the band to appear in the movie 'Lord Kitchener's Little Drummer Boys' which was also unrealised.
ANITA HARRIS Rediffusion early 1968. Rediffusion were in talks for a series starring singer Anita Harris, but the schedule may clash with her filming plans.
THE SEEKERS BBC1 April 1968. The Australian stars were given their own series for the BBC, starting on 2nd April 1968. Despite their success, they would split up within six months.
DON KIRSCHNER April 1968 Announces a new cartoon TV show similar to The Monkees featuring two British and two American boys. All the songs for the sixteen part, thirty minute show would be written by Tony Macaulay and John Macleod. He made The Archies instead.
THE PAPER DOLLS April 1968. Despite having only one hit the girls have signed to
ATV for a six-
MY GENERATION BBC1 May 1968. A Tony Palmer directed series for which The Who will be the resident group.
ANITA HARRIS May 1968. It was announced that Harris would be starring in six, hour-
SAMMY DAVIS JR BBC1 June 1968. A proposed live series of thirteen 45 minute shows was cancelled as the Musicians Union objected to him bringing his own musicians over from the USA. The shows would have been broadcast 10.45 pm on Sundays.
AMEN CORNER BBC Wales June 30th 1968 onwards. The band were given their own six part TV series. Each hour long show would have had a supporting cast of local Welsh talent.
MIREILLE MATHIEU ATV June 1968. The French singing star was due to begin filming
DON PATRIDGE June 1968. Partridge had been approached by television producer Barry
Langford for a series of thirty-
DONOVAN July 1968. Donovan was apparently offered a six part series on BBC2. Each thirty minute show would have guests like Ray Davies, John Sebastian, Graham Nash and one of The Beatles. The show would follow on from BBC2's Bobbie Gentry which finished its run on 17th August 1968.
THE CRAZY WORLD OF ARTHUR BROWN July 1968. The band had been due to record an edition of Colour Me Pop for broadcast on either the 9th or 16th August.
SOLOMON KING August 1968. The singer was due to record his own ATV special on 11th August 1968.
THE BYRDS BBC2, August 1968. The Byrds were to have their own Colour Me Pop special, but it was never recorded.
JACK GOOD August 1968. An concert was to be recorded at Hatchett's Club in London as for broadcast as a part of his deal with Yorkshire TV. The show was to feature Eclection, Vanity Fare, Strawberry Jam, The Flirtations and Dr Marigold's Prescription. Thames TV were also said to be interested in the show.
TONY HATCH AND JACKIE TRENT BBC 1968. A proposed series planned for late 1968 with two music guests each week came to nothing.
THE BEE GEES The Year of the Joker 1968. A special featuring The Bee Gees.
BATLEY VARIETY CLUB 1968. With the London Palladium Show coming to an end, Yorkshire TV suggest an alternative replacement recorded at Batley Variety Club in Leeds. It would be broadcast every three weeks.
KATHY KIRBY August 1968. The NME announce that the singing star will have her own series for ITV towards the end of the year.
CLIFF RICHARD September 1968. To record a special, Cliff Sings Scots, for Scottish TV, filmed in colour with consideration for entry to the 1969 Montreux TV Festival. Directed by Ian Dalgleish the thirty minute show was to feature Cliff on location at the Forth Bridge and Queen's View. The plot concerned Cliff falling asleep in a Mediaeval Scottish castle and in his dreams he is transported through a variety of Scottish historical scenarios, singing as he goes. When he awakes he is on the Forth Bridge and gets into battle of songs with the Black Watch. A Scottish themed special was eventually made for ATV in 1969.
THE ROCK N ROLL CIRCUS London Weekend, 1968. Filmed 10th December 1968 at Stonebridge Park, Wembley, featuring hosts The Rolling Stones, plus guests Taj Mahal, The Who, John and Yoko and Jethro Tull. Released on home video in the late nineties. It was also due to include Traffic and Dr John.
THE BEE GEES August 1968. After the success of the Frankie Howard special another show with a different comedian was proposed for Christmas 1968.
TIME FOR BLACKBURN Southern late 1968. A special filmed in Tangiers to co-
PENTANGLE Granada 1968. A Pentangle concert was filmed and a thirty minute version would be shown 4th November 1968. but wasn't. A part of their Royal Albert Hall show was filmed for the John Cassavetes movie The Husbands.
CUPID'S INSPIRATION October 1968 The Birds and The Bees. The band were to record the theme and appear in a few episodes of the show, which was to have been broadcast in the UK and USA.
ROGER COOK. Harlech 1968. Singer and songwriter Roger Cook to record a pilot show on December 2nd and 3rd. It will feature national and local talent from Wales and the west country.
LEAPY LEE October 1968. The singer was to shoot a pilot chat show for London Weekend, based on The Johnny Carson Show format with Lee involved in stunts and gimmicks.
THE MOTHERS OF INVENTION Granada October/November 1968. The band were lined up to appear in a Granada made TV special during their UK tour.
JEFFERSON AIRPLANE 16th November 1968. The San Francisco band were due to appear in The Doors' Granada documentary.
THE BEATLES ITV November 17th 1968. A ninety second commercial was made for The Beatles (aka The White Album) which might have featured Ringo and was due for transmission at 9.20 pm. The idea was later dropped as the £16,000 cost was considered too much.
GRANADA Late 1968. After The Doors Are Open special is broadcast Granada aims to record similar shows with The Kinks, Jimi Hendrix, Johnny Cash, The Mothers Of Invention and Bob Dylan. Only the Johnny Cash project become reality. The Kinks show Arthur would eventually be released as an album.
PETULA CLARK, SANDIE SHAW ETC BBC1 1968. BBC1's new years eve special would have
been hosted by Morecambe and Wise with guests including Petula Clark, Sandie Shaw
and Val Doonican. However Petula Clark couldn't make the show recording in London
so a closed circuit link between London and Geneva was made so the orchestra could
play in London and she could sing live in Geneva with her image shown on a large
screen in the London studio. Her section had been pre-
MOBY GRAPE BBC2 January 1969 Due to record Colour Me Pop while on a promotional tour of the UK.
STATUS QUO February 1969. They announce that they are to make a "rock musical" for TV with Ayshea as the female lead. The show will be shot in America in April.
THE LOVE AFFAIR February 1969. They announce that they are to make a forty minute TV special in conjunction with Eyemark Films. Other artists will also appear in it. Filming begins March 1969.
THE CHAMBER BROTHERS BBC2 March 1969. The band had recorded an edition of Colour Me Pop on 29th March 1969, but remained unbroadcast.
JOHN PEEL Granada March 1969. Peel records a pilot for a potential TV series in Manchester. Granada TV producer Johnny Hamp told the Melody Maker "This was really a trial show to see how John shaped up on TV. He was excellent. But it was a very loose format, and might be a quite different show if we were able to do a series." The guests were Tyrannosaurus Rex, Blodwyn Pig, Harvey Matuso's Jews Harp Band, an Indian dancer and poetry.
THE BEE GEES BBC2 27th April 1969, the duo were set to record a Talk Of The Town concert for BBC TV.
THE RASCALS Granada March 1969. Sid Bernstein, rock promoter to talk to Granada's Sidney Bernstein about a series for the American group.
THE MARMALADE BBC Scotland May 1969. The band were to have their own hour-
RONNIE SCOTT'S JAZZ CLUB BBC2 or BBC1 May 1969. It was announced that a weekly Jazz
From Ronnie Scott's series is to run for at least 26 weeks, with a possibility of
extending it to 39 weeks. The show will be broadcast in colour on BBC2, but possibly
transferring to BBC1 when the colour service begins in November 1969. A pilot show
was to be recorded on June 8th with Ronnie Scott's Band and an un-
THE PENTANGLE / JULIE DRISCOL WITH BRIAN AUGER & THE TRINITY. 1969. Jo Lustig, manager of The Pentangle and Giorgio Gomelsky who manages Brian Auger suggest a TV show in which the groups swap singers.
BILLY COTTON BBC1 June 1969. The band leader was due to host another ten week series with singer Vince Hill guesting in each show, but Cotton died in late March 1969. A series starring Roy Castle may have been a replacement.
DUSTY SPRINGFIELD London Weekend, June 1969. Melody Maker spoke of a propsed Dusty Springfield special which may feature The Beach Boys who were on tour in the UK at the time.
THE BEATLES July 1969 A TV special built around recording sessions earlier in the year is set to co inside with a new LP in September. It's thought that the two hour show will be edited down from a three hour movie. An album from those sessions, 'Get Back, Don't Let Me Down and 9 Other Titles" would see a release soon.
TINY TIM BBC1 1969. His Royal Albert Hall show on 30th October with support from Joe Cocker was to be recorded for a fifty minute BBC1 special.
JACK GOOD Yorkshire 1969. Jack Good to produce a thirteen week series, similar to the Master of Pop special broadcast in October 1969.
THE KINKS Granada c.October 1969. Arthur -
THE BEE GEES October 1969. It is announced that Cucumber Castle will become a thirteen week series.
DELANEY & BONNIE 1st December 1969. Their Royal Albert Hall, London concert with
Eric Clapton to be filmed for future TV showing, possibly by Granada. It is to be
directed by Jo Durden-
WRITING ON THE WALL Unknown. According to Record Mirror, 31st January 1970 "Writer On The Wall writing song for a TV play by Middle Earth's PR, John Marshall." Presumably they mean Writing On The Wall.
DONOVAN ATV series early 1970. Talking to Disc in May 1969 Donovan announces that he was putting together a series for ATV. In August 1969 Donovan's agency Vic Lewis confirms that it was being discussed with Sir Lew Grade. There would be an introductory special at the end of 1969, followed by a series around February 1970.
LEGS LARRY SMITH interviewed for the 14th February 1970 edition of Record Mirror
he claims that he will make a half hour TV show. "What I have in mind is a half-
KITCH'S CLUB Scottish 4th June 1970. A pilot show was recorded at the Gateway The
Theatre studios in Edinburgh. Hosted by Chic Murray and Vivian Stanshall these guests
were The Tremeloes, Arrival, Clodagh Rodgers, Sandy Brown and The Rhada Krishna Temple.
The script was supplied by veteran writer Dick Vosbrugh and according to The Stage
saw the hosts "taking a light-
TELEVISION CAROLINE Due to launch 1st July 1970. To broadcast between 6.00 pm to
midnight week days, extended to 2.00 am at the weekend. The evening will start with
two hours of pop music with psychedelic lighting and effects, followed by a ninety
minute chat show, called Out Of Your Mind. Ronan O'Rahilly had tried to persuade
his old Radio Caroline DJ Simon Dee to join after his London Weekend show was dropped.
Deals with American movie companies had been done, so movies would also be shown.
All the shows would have been pre-
BOB DARIN The former Bobby Darin was in the UK to promote his two Major Minor releases of his US independently made albums. He was scheduled to appear on the Morecambe and Wise Show to be broadcast 9th July 1970.
GENESIS 1970. Jackson, a documentary about the painter Michael Jackson which had been made, but not shown. Genesis provided four pieces of music.
STRAWBS announced December 1970 in Record Mirror "The Strawbs have landed their own
London Weekend Television special. Titled "Nothing As Fundamental As Folk", it is
THE BIGGEST AND THE BESTEST Southern, 1970. Singer / Writer Kenny Lynch and co-
JOHN PEEL IN CONCERT Granada, 1970. A pilot show featuring T Rex was produced by Johnny Hamp.
STEVIE WONDER BBC, July 1970.The BBC had offered Stevie Wonder his own special, but his insistence of using his own backing musicians led to conflict with the Musicians Union. The show did not get made.
CLODAGH RODGERS January 1971. Disc and Music Echo announced that the singer was "almost
certain" to get her own series. She told Disc "We've got lots of ideas in mind; away
from the usual run-
THE FESTIVAL OF LIGHT February 1971. An independently made show involving the pop
writing and producing team Ken Howard Alan Blaikley. The half hour show would be
shot on video tape and was the idea of ex-
TAKE ONE PLUS ONE 1971. An independently produced show made by Steve Turner featuring Yes and Stephen Stills.
D’ABO BBC1, 1971 A pilot was made featuring the host Mike D’Abo (ex-
SLAM HEFTY 1971. An independently produced series made by record producers Alan Blaikely
and Ken Howard -
THE ROLLING STONES Live at the Marquee Club, London, 26th March 1971.The Rolling Stones record two live shows in one night at The Marquee, London, before an invited audience. They tape a 28 minute set and a 52 minute set. Financed by Sagewise Ltd, to be distributed by British Lion. Directed by Bruce Gower, while Chip Monck handled lighting production management.
EUROPOP March 1972 An independent co-
IT'S A BEAUTIFUL DAY Summer 1972. According to Record Mirror 'records for OGWT on June 6th and the Dave Cash Show on June 9th'
BOBBY DARIN Summer 1972. According to Record Mirror the star 'will star in a 13 week
series for BBC-
QUINTESSENCE Summer 1972. According to Record Mirror, "Man Alive" programme built around the group Quintessence will be shown on either May 24th or 31st.
FATS WALLER July 1973. The BBC uses its new studio facilities at Pebble Mill in Birmingham to record a tribute to Fats Waller, due for transmission in December. George Chisholm who had recorded with Waller in London took part as did singer Salena Jones. It appears not to have been broadcast.
GALA POP ROCK CONCERT 25th June 1973. A charity concert in aid of a children's charity was due to be broadcast by ATV later in the year. It featured John Denver, The Bee Gees, Jose Feliciano, The Guess Who and Nina Simone and recorded at the Royal Festival Hall.
GILBERT O’SULLIVAN BBC, January 1974. Bill Cotton Jr announces that the BBC has acquired
the services of Gilbert O’Sullivan for six, one-
CARPENTERS ITV, November 1975. It was announced by TV Times in September 1975 that their Birmingham Hippodrome show in November was to be recorded for a Christmas broadcast.
OUR KID BBC Summer 1976. The BBC had planned to make a documentary about teen one hit wonders Our Kid, subject to approval of the local education authorities as the group were still school age.
OUR KID. Early 1977. A thirteen week series was planned, but since they only had one hit in mid 1976 the idea was dropped.
QUEEN Old Grey Whistle Test. 1977. A documentary about the making of Queen's News Of The World was shot in the UK and in America, but was never edited in to a completed programme. Some of the footage was damaged but was restored and shown in BBC documentaries in the 2010s.
IMPACT Mike Mansfield Enterprises, December 1977. A pilot for a punk show featuring The Damned, The Rich Kids, Generation X and The Adverts all playing live in front of an audience.
ELTON JOHN Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy. Thames, 1978. An Alan Aldridge directed special cartoon special based on his artwork for Elton’s autobiographical 1975 album.
THE STRANGLERS Rock Goes To College. BBC2, October 1978. Recorded at Guildford University. The band walked off after fifteen minutes accusing the student audience of being elitist. One song was subsequently shown on Sounds Of The 70s.
KATE BUSH Granada On The Road 1979. A documentary about her UK tour, but not transmitted.
GALAXY 1980. A pilot, directed by Mike Mansfield and hosted by Kenny Everett was shot featuring the Average White Band, Electric Light Orchestra. Hot Chocolate, Catherine Howe, Grace Jones, Peter Straker and Sweet plus promo clips of ABBA and David Bowie.
PHEW! ROCK N ROLL c.1989. Hosted by Danny Baker.
POP ADDICTS late 1980s. BBC1. Mike Read was to host this update of Pop Quiz, but this time with members of the public rather than pop stars.
THE BEACH BOYS The Making Of Pet Sounds. London Weekend, 1995. A South Bank Show special, similar to the Sgt Pepper special.
MUSIC FOR PLEASURE LWT, 1996. Another Pop Quiz style show, hosted by Phil Jupitus. The panel for the pilot show was Vic Reeves, Trevor and Simon, Graeme Le Saux.
CLASSIC ALBUMS BBC1 (Isis Prods / Daniel T / BBC-
ELTON JOHN January 1998 A chat show hosted by Elton, produced by Ginger Television.